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Constitution Party of SD State Convention tommorow

cp of sdThe Constitution Party of SD will hold its 2016 state convention in Sioux Falls tomorrow. It will be he held at the main library in Sioux Falls begin at 1:45 PM. Anyone interested in an alternative to the Republican or Democrat parties may wish to attend.

There are two items to watch for this year. First, the Constitution Party Presidential Nominee  Darrell Castle will Skype into the convention. This will provide an opportunity to hear from a presidential candidate that will be on the ballot this fall.

The second thing to watch for is former Republican Lora Hubbel. It was recently announced she left the Republican Party for the Constitution Party. Perhaps she will throw her name in to run for office.

If anyone attends the convention drop me a line to let me know what happened. Even though I haven’t attended any of this years conventions I still like to keep up with what is going on.

PS. No, I won’t be attending the convention. I have other priorities this weekend. And honestly my personal views just don’t coincide too closely with the Constitution Party on some big issues.

Two candidates for statewide offices announced by the Constitution Party of South Dakota

This previous Saturday the Constitution Party of South Dakota held its State Convention in Sioux Falls. At the Convention two candidates were chosen to run for statewide office. Here are the candidates named in the press release:

Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge for Public Utilities Commissioner and Lori Stacey of Sioux Falls for her second run for Secretary of State won their nominations by unanimous vote.

I think its great to see the Constitution Party putting forth candidates. It is too early to know if I support either candidate. But as always I will give candidates of all parties (or none) a fair chance and follow their actions over the next few months. It should be noted however that both candidates have a long road ahead of them to get votes.

Public Utilities Commissioner

Way Schmidt is not a surprise candidate. Technically the Constitution Party announced his entry into the Public Utilities Commissioner race back in January. As noted before Schmidt has run for a legislative seat in District 23 twice; once in 2006  going for a State Senate Seat and then again in 2008 going after a State House seat. This will place Schmidt against Gary Hanson this fall (who was chosen by Republicans at their convention to seek re-election). The Democrats have yet to hold their convention, so it is still unknown who the third candidate in this race will be.

No matter what it will be a tough battle for either third-party candidate (Constitution Party and Democrat Party). Here are the results of the 2012 PUC races:

2012 PUC
2012 Public Utilities Commission races results

The almost 6% that voted for Libertarian candidate Russell Clarke is likely mostly from the “I won’t vote for either big party” group. If Schmidt has any hope he is going to have to find support from outside of that group. Perhaps as the election progresses we will find out more about this candidate and see why he should (or shouldn’t) get votes.

Secretary of State

Lori Stacey’s entry into the Secretary of State race is no surprise. Stacey has been an activist trying to get voters away from the two big parties for years (well, one big party in SD). She also ran for this office in 2010. Here are the results from then:

2010 Secretary of State election results
2010 Secretary of State election results

It is worth noting Stacey received just over 6% of the votes. Similar to the amount of votes received by the Libertarian PUC candidate in 2012. This time at it Stacey must find a way to reach more voters. Her best chance may be to show how she can fix the problems that currently plague the SOS office. She might try some GOTV efforts with the reservations since ballot access is one of the issues I’ve heard speak about before.

Just as with the PUC candidate Schmidt, I am glad to see Stacey in this race. It is far too soon to know if I support her as a candidate. But I definitely support her being in the race and hope learn more about her solutions over the next few months.

Constitution Party of SD convention this Saturday

Just a reminder for anyone that is interested in getting involved with the Constitution Party of South Dakota. This Saturday they will be having their State Convention in Sioux Falls. Below is the info I posted about the event a month ago. More info can be found on the Constitution Party of South Dakota website.

CP150x150Constitution Party of South Dakota State Convention 2014
The Constitution Party of South Dakota will be holding its state convention on Saturday, June 21st in Sioux Falls. This fun and informative event takes place in meeting rooms A & B of the main library located at: 200 N. Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls.
The event will start at 10:00 am and admission includes a catered lunch. A limited number of vendor tables will also be available to showcase your small business or services, set-up will start at 9:00 am.

We are excited to be bringing back Constitutional Attorney Richard D. Fry to South Dakota. This time he will be teaching a workshop at our state convention titled, “The Dirty Dozen: What every constitutional officer should know”. He will be covering all the bases with great information we all should learn. CP members and the public are welcome to join us!

As we head into the general election season, it is very important that we offer the voters of South Dakota some great choices on the ballot in November. We will be nominating candidates for the following statewide offices:

Attorney General
State Auditor
State Treasurer
Secretary of State
Public Utilities Commissioner
Commissioner of School and Public Lands
All serious candidates wanting to have their name entered into nomination for any of the above offices will receive complimentary admission into convention. You MUST contact State Chairwoman Lori Stacey by June 10th to have your name printed on our HAND-COUNTED paper ballots. An additional blank line for each office will be provided on ballot for write-in votes of any additional candidates entered into nomination at convention. ALL candidates will be entered into nomination from the floor. The actual voting for nominations will be done by Constitution Party members only. Voter registration forms will be available for guests wishing to participate that are not currently CP members.

Admission

1 Adult (includes lunch) $17.89
2 Adults (includes lunch) $30.00
Vendor table plus 2 adult admissions & lunch $50.00

Seating and vendor tables are limited. You must RSVP your advance purchase by either using the drop-down menu on button below by credit/debit card or paypal or contact Lori Stacey for payments by check or cash at info@constitutionpartysd.org

See you at the convention!!!

PS. No, I won’t be going. I support the CP of SD being active, but I don’t necessarily support the stances they stand for.

Constitution Party of SD will hold State Convention in Sioux Falls on June 21

A heads up to all members of the Constitution Party of South Dakota. The party will be hosting the state convention in Sioux Falls on June 21. Tickets can purchased on Constitution Party of South Dakota website. Here is the information on this event:

CP150x150Constitution Party of South Dakota State Convention 2014

The Constitution Party of South Dakota will be holding its state convention on Saturday, June 21st in Sioux Falls.  This fun and informative event takes place in meeting rooms A & B of the main library located at:  200 N. Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls.

The event will start at 10:00 am and admission includes a catered lunch.  A limited number of vendor tables will also be available to showcase your small business or services, set-up will start at 9:00 am.

We are excited to be bringing back Constitutional Attorney Richard D. Fry to South Dakota.  This time he will be teaching a workshop at our state convention titled, “The Dirty Dozen:  What every constitutional officer should know”.   He will be covering all the bases with great information we all should learn.  CP members and the public are welcome to join us!

As we head into the general election season, it is very important that we offer the voters of South Dakota some great choices on the ballot in November.  We will be nominating candidates for the following statewide offices:

  • Attorney General
  • State Auditor
  • State Treasurer
  • Secretary of State
  • Public Utilities Commissioner
  • Commissioner of School and Public Lands

All serious candidates wanting to have their name entered into nomination for any of the above offices will receive complimentary admission into convention.  You MUST contact State Chairwoman Lori Stacey by June 10th to have your name printed on our HAND-COUNTED paper ballots. An additional blank line for each office will be provided on ballot for write-in votes of any additional candidates entered into nomination at convention.  ALL candidates will be entered into nomination from the floor.  The actual voting for nominations will be done by Constitution Party members only.  Voter registration forms will be available for guests wishing to participate that are not currently CP members.

Admission

1 Adult (includes lunch)  $17.89
2 Adults (includes lunch) $30.00
Vendor table plus 2 adult admissions & lunch $50.00

Seating and vendor tables are limited.  You must RSVP your advance purchase by either using the drop-down menu on button below by credit/debit card or paypal or contact Lori Stacey for payments by check or cash at info@constitutionpartysd.org

See you at the convention!!!

Defend Not Amend tour going through SD

1098410_10203116082005160_1550330389_nFor next few days attorney Richard Frey will be traveling through the great state of South Dakota speaking against an Article V convention (I briefly mentioned this a couple of weeks ago). I explained before than an Article V convention is NOT the way to fix the many problems that exist in DC; and that an Article V convention may actually make matters worse!. So far in the 2014 legislative session there have been 3 attempts in the South Dakota legislature to apply or set conditions for an Article V convention. Luckily each of these attempts was stopped:

  • HJR1004 – Purpose: Making formal application to Congress to call an Article V convention of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
    This particular application for an Article V convention was doubly bad. Not only was it asking for a convention, it was asking for a balanced budget amendment. Personally I would love a federal balanced budget amendment! But any such amendment would by necessity have to exempt ‘defense’ spending. All the federal government would need to do in getting around such an amendment is use creative accounting and classify more areas of spending as ‘defense’. I am glad to say this resolution failed on the House floor 28-42.
  • HJR1005 – Purpose: to apply for a Convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution of the United States.
    This one died in the House State Affairs committee the same day they passed HJR1004. I think the committee realized that the subject of an Article V convention doesn’t really matter, because it has no impact upon what actually happens at the convention.
  • HB1136 – Purpose: limit the authority of delegates to a limited Article V convention to vote for unauthorized amendments contrary to legislative instructions and to provide a civil fine for the violation thereof.
    This was a close one. It failed with a vote of 33-37 on the House floor. The next day a vote to reconsider was defeated narrowly with a vote of 35-35. This particular bill would not have actually petitioned for an Article V convention. Instead it would have tried controlling the actions of any delegates sent from South Dakota to a convention. Such a move would be both unwise and potentially unconstitutional.

Now just because the above three bills were defeated it doesn’t mean there is nothing more to fear in this legislative session. There are tricks that can be used to resurrect an attempt to push an Article V convention through. Hopefully those attempts can be stopped before they actually start.

But in the meantime I would urge everyone to meet with Mr Fry on the Defend Not Amend South Dakota tour!

Constitution Party of SD announces statewide tour to defend the US Constitution against an Art V Convention

The announcement below has been released by the Constitution Party of SD. The guest in this tour is attorney Richard Fry, an expert on the dangers of an Article V Constitutional Convention. I’ve posted my opposition to an Art V convention previously. Here is the announcement from the Constitution Party of SD:

986760_10203042378922629_759308735_nThere are several announcements of upcoming events coming to a town near you.  First, we are disappointed to announce that the South Dakota for Freedom rally had to be postponed until late June or middle of July and will be at a different location in Rapid City.

Gubernatorial candidate Curtis Strong will be at a meet and greet in Sioux Falls tomorrow afternoon, Sunday Feb. 23rd.  It will take place at the main library located at 200 N. Dakota Ave.  Event starts at 3:15pm in the large meeting room, room A.  Petitions and voter registration forms will be available.

Attorney Richard Fry will still be coming to South Dakota and will now be doing an entire speaking tour throughout South Dakota on March 7, 8 and 9.  Richard, the Strongs and I will be making a complete loop throughout our state in order to take a stand in defending our constitution against the dangers of a proposed constitutional convention.Richard is very knowledgeable on this subject and is volunteering his time to help fight this in our state.  We are going to be flying him in from KS and covering his travel expenses for this very important pushback to an Article V convention.  He has also issued an open challenge to debate any of the Convention of States folks or our state legislators.

We will be petitioning all along the way and getting our gubernatorial candidate in front of as many people as possible.  As you know, press is extremely hard to come by so we need to be in the good fight however we can be.  Getting our gubernatorial candidate on the ballot is a do or die effort for keeping our status as a party in South Dakota and we are fully committed to retaining ballot access into the future.
Anyone that can help us with setting up the speaking spots along the way, getting the word out to your local community and coming out to sign petitions is greatly appreciated.  Our route will be available and interactive so you can see where we are on this 3 day journey around South Dakota.  We need to be leading the way in defending our constitution and bringing expertise in to help stop the possible rewriting of our supreme law of the land.  The interactive calendar and map will be available shortly on one of Richard’s websites at www.defendnotamend.com
We are standing up to defend our constitution and not going away anytime soon.  Any urgently needed donation that you can make to help us retain ballot access and fund the expenses of taking this stand as a party would be greatly appreciated.  No donation is too small, please go to www.constitutionpartysd.org and hit the donate button to contribute by debit, credit or paypal.
We hope to meet you along the way!
In Freedom and Justice,
Lori Stacey
State Chairwoman
Constitution Party of South Dakota

Constitution Party of South Dakota adds a PUC candidate

CP150x150Yesterday the Constitution Party of South Dakota announced the entry of Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge into the statewide Public Utilities Commission (PUC) race. This from the announcement:

Mr. Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge, South Dakota has been a member of the Constitution Party since its founding as a national party back in 1992.

Wayne is no stranger to running for political office. He has previously run in District 23 for State Senate and State House back in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In the senate race, he garnered nearly 10% of the vote. He has also previously run for Mayor of Mobridge.

The 2014 election will be the first time he is throwing his hat in the ring for a statewide office. His name will be entered into nomination for Public Utilities Commissioner at the upcoming Constitution Party of South Dakota’s State Convention which will be held sometime in June.

With Schmidt in the race there are now three Constitution Party of South Dakota candidates in a state-wide race. The first was Curtis Strong entering the gubernatorial race and the second was Lori Stacy entering the US House of Representatives race. 2014 appears to be the year the Constitution Party of South Dakota is trying make itself be heard. I think that is great. More ballot choices may cause more voters to actually do research to determine which candidate best represents their stances.

Curtis Strong will officially announce as a Governor candidate this Saturday in Rapid City

CP150x150This last weekend I mentioned the Constitution Party would have an entry in the South Dakota Governors race with Curtis Strong. The Strong team has released the details for the official announcement this upcoming weekend in Rapid City. Here are the details:

  • Date: November 30, 2013
  • Time: 2:00 P.M. MST
  • Location: West River Electric-3250 Hwy., 44, Rapid City, SD 57703

I noticed the campaign site is now up at curtisstrongbillofrights.com. That gives us a chance to see what his campaign will revolve around. Here is the a checklist is of his issues from the website:

First 90 Days
  • Common Core out of South Dakota
  • Agenda 21 out of South Dakota
  • Arial spraying funding no longer funded by any county or the State of South Dakota
  • All EB 5 projects stopped in the State of South Dakota
  • Stop The Affordable Care Act in South Dakota
  • Supply the People of South Dakota an itemized budget
  • Constitutional Carry in South Dakota

It could be an interesting Governor’s race if Mr Strong is able to pick up enough west-river steam.

Other notes from the Constitution Party of South Dakota meeting

CP150x150Yesterday I attended the Constitution Party of South Dakota meeting in Sioux Falls. After the meeting I posted the announcement that Curtis Strong would be the CP candidate for Governor. Now I will share some assorted other notes from the meeting. I will note I am not a member of the Constitution Party; I went because I feel it is important to have multiple choices at the ballot and feel it is worthy to spread information about those choices.

The meeting was led by the CP of SD State Chairwoman Lori Stacey. Most of the meeting was spent explaining the Constitution Party history and where it is now. At its core the mission of the Constitution Party is to bring back the original intent of the Constitution. By doing this Lori says American would be put back in the hands of the people.

Here are some brief bullet points of items brought up during the presentation. For those unfamiliar with the CP I think these bullets provide a good ‘100-mile’ view of the party.

  • Constitution Party is Pro-Life. Many CP members left the Republican Party during the Bush years when the Executive and Legislative branches were Republican controlled and they did nothing to legislatively overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • The Grace Commission Report that was requested during the Reagan administration showed the long-term dangers of the Federal Reserve. The CP would end the massive amounts of taxpayer dollars that go to pay interest to this private bank.
  • The Constitution Party is pushing to end the income tax altogether. Instead the CP would return to federal revenues coming from foreign import tariffs. At the same time the Constitution Party opposes the “Fair Tax” (I have an upcoming post on the Fair Tax, it is a stance Republicans should be taking too).
  • Obamacare is illegal because it was a tax started in the Senate. It became a ‘tax’ after Justice Roberts rewrote the law. While this is true there have been no real attempts by either Democrats or Republicans in DC to actually do something about it.

After going through some of the CP issues Ms Stacey made the announcement that Curtis Strong will be the party candidate for Governor. I believe this move should allow the CP to grow numbers west-river where the Tea Party is strongest in South Dakota. By taking advantage of this proximity Tea Party members (many of whom are disenfranchised with the Republican Party), it will be easier to gain the votes required to retain party status after 2014. It will also make ballot access signatures easier to get if there are physically more CP members in one area. I’m not sure if this strategy will work, but I do think it is their best strategy.

After announcing the Strong Governor run Ms Stacey announced she has started an exploratory committee for Federal Office. At this time she is unsure if she will look at taking on Noem in the House race or the chaos that has become the Senate race. Either way she wants to make sure there is financial and voter support before actually declaring for an office. If she does enter the race I personally hope it would be for the House; I really feel that race needs more options.

Finally Ms Stacey mentioned the Secretary of State’s office was asking about $2500 to get a list of registered CP voters in South Dakota. This seemed odd. During SOS Nelson’s tenure the CP of SD was able to get this list for $50. It seems the SOS office is treating the CP members in each district different and is charging accordingly. She is looking further into this and hopes to have this resolved. $2500 is simply too much for a third-party to spend on such a small list.

Going forward I will continue to follow the movements of the Constitution Party of South Dakota (along with any other parties). It is important for voters to feel they have actual choices on the ballot. Plus it will potentially make the larger parties stop taking votes for granted.

PS. In attendance at the meeting was Independent Governor candidate Mike Myers. He was not there to support or endorse the CP. He was there for much the same reason I was: to find out more about the Constitution Party. It is NEVER a bad thing to learn more about other viewpoints! I will have a short post about my conversation with him later this week.

A Strong candidate for Governor from the Constitution Party of South Dakota

CP150x150Today I attended the meeting in Sioux Falls for the Constitution Party of South Dakota. I will have more coverage of the meeting later this weekend; however I thought it would be worth posting one announcement made at the meeting. The CP of SD will have a candidate for South Dakota Governor in 2014 and it will be Curtis Strong.

At this time I don’t know much about Curtis Strong other than he lives in the Rapid City area and is married to Stephanie Strong. It was also announced both Curtis and Stephanie have changed their party registration to Constitution Party. An official announcement from Curtis will be forthcoming in Rapid City. If Curtis is even half as passionate as Stephanie this may be a great addition for the CP of SD. The strong Tea Party support west river can potentially be utilized to expand the Constitution Party.

I am told the website CurtisStrongBillOfRights.com will be active Monday so we can learn about his governor campaign. He also has a fresh twitter account created @CurtisStrongSD.

I will have more details in the future.