Today Representative Stace Nelson (R-19) asked for support of House Concurrent Resolution 1027. HCR1027 is a resolution commending, honoring, and thanking former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul. This should have been a quick resolution and taken very little floor time. Instead Rep Tim Rounds (R-24) decided to bring forth an amendment that deleted everything in the resolution and write something completely different. It should be noted that Rep Rounds is brother to former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds. Mike Rounds and Stace Nelson are both seeking the Republican nomination for US Senator in South Dakota.
So what does the resolution actually say? Here is the text of this resolution as introduced by Rep Nelson:
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Commending, honoring, and thanking former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul.
WHEREAS, the Honorable Ron Paul served our country with dignity and integrity as a United States Congressman from the State of Texas for twenty-three years; and
WHEREAS, patriot Ron Paul served our country bravely as an active duty member of the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon from 1963-1965 and as an Air Force National Guard member from 1965-1968; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Ron Paul inspired generations of Americans to become involved and get active in our government “of the people, by the people, for the people…” by inspiring countless Americans with his promotion of a limited government philosophy; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Ron Paul has remained consistent in his dedication to the principles of life, the free market, and the defense of our United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, South Dakotans greatly appreciate the sacrifice, dedication, and service of all such patriotic Americans who have done so much to serve our nation:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-
Ninth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the Honorable Congressman Dr. Ron Paul is commended, honored, and thanked for his many decades of service to our great nation. Our best wishes are extended to him and his family.
This is a resolution I agree with. As Rep Kaiser (R-3) pointed out during the floor debate: Ron Paul can be seen as the founder of the Tea Party. There are many South Dakota residents with Tea Party or libertarian leanings that would like to thank Dr Paul for his service. During the debate Rep Neslon mentioned he does not agree with all of Dr Paul’s stances, but overall Dr Pauls commitment to liberty is worthy of honoring. I agree.
Having said that, I did not expect the resolution to pass on the House floor. Dr Paul is a leader in the liberty movement, so really only conservative legislators would want to honor him. There might have been a couple of liberal legislator that would also want to honor him for his civil liberties work. But, I fully expected the resolution to fail and be forgotten (I hadn’t even planned on doing a post about the resolution).
Things don’t always go as expected in politics, especially with a US Senate race going on….
Instead of simply speaking against the resolution or voting no, Rounds decided he would make a political statement against the Tea Party and liberty-minded individuals. He proposed an amendment that gutted out Nelson’s resolution and replaced it with a resolution that listed Congressmen that South Dakota had sent to DC in the past (many of whom I would consider horrible legislators). Again, that would have been OK for Rounds to object to the resolution based on the fact Dr Paul is not, nor has he ever been, a resident of South Dakota. But instead Rounds decided to hijack Nelson’s bill; which is considered to be objectionable things one legislator can do to another. Rounds move had nothing to do with the fact Dr Paul is an out of state Congressman. It has everything to do with politics. Rep Rounds acted on behalf of his brother Mike to politically attack Stace Nelson, the Tea Party, fiscal conservatives, and liberty-minded individuals. Whether Mike Rounds had foreknowledge of this attack is irrelevant. Rep Rounds has been around politics enough to know his actions would be tied to those of his brother.
Also during the debate Rep Hajek (R-14) stood to support the bills hijacking. She made it sound like Rep Nelson had come up with this resolution to serve his own self-interest. I wonder if Rep Hajek has bothered to look at the platform and resolutions of the party she represents. The resolution introduced by Rep Nelson was not written by him. Instead this resolution was drafted and adopted by the RNC during the 2013 spring meeting. (The resolutions passed are listed here, the resolution text is here). If Hajek has a problem with resolutions passed by the RNC that is up to her. But it is puzzling that elected members of the Republican party in South Dakota have no idea what their party does or stands for. Perhaps Rep Hajek, and everyone else in Pierre for that matter, should study the party they are a part of and decide if they truly believe the overall principles that their party stands for. Perhaps we would see some party swapping happen in that event…
Finally I would like to mention the fact this hijacking should never have been allowed to happen. Rep Latterell (R-6) made a point of order about the hijacking amendment pursuant to Joint Rule 6E-1:
6E-1. Amendments to be germane to bill. No amendment to a bill or joint resolution may embrace more than one subject, which shall be expressed in the title of the bill.
To call this amendment ‘germane’ is stretching pretty far. The original bill specifically honored one person for stated accomplishments. The amendment lists multiple people, with no specific accomplishments. It could also be argued that the new bill has multiple subjects, especially since Congresswomen Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Kristi Noem seemed to be added to the amendment as an afterthought. Speaker Gosch could have ended the hijacking right then. But he ruled the amendment was germane, and thus allowed the hijacking to continue.
Going forward I do not think any liberty-minded voters will forget this move by Rounds. The Rounds campaign may believe millions of dollars in the coffers guarantees a victory in the Primary this June. Yet, this move in the SD House may have provided the catalyst needed for conservative activists to rally behind Stace Nelson and expand his network of grass-root supporters. It is one thing to fail voting conservative; sadly, constituents are used to that. It is however a much different issue when a candidate, or the brother of a candidate, directly attacks and disrespects a leader in the liberty movement. The June primary is looking better and better.
PS. Full disclosure: I do support Stace Nelson as the US Senator from South Dakota in the 2014 election. I did not write this post not because he took a political shot at Nelson, that is expected and in itself is not enough to warrant this post. I, like many others I’ve spoken to today, am quite upset that Rounds would so brazenly disrespect Dr Paul, fiscal conservatism, and the liberty movement. It was Rounds disrespectful attack on the liberty movement that made it necessary for me to write this post.
I was just looking through the list of House Bills South Dakota Governor Daugaard has signed into law so far. It might be a good time to actually look at what our legislature has decided is important enough to pass both houses and then have the governor sign. Here is my take on each of the House Bills signed into law (the Senate bills will be on a separate post).
- HB1009 - Purpose: repeal the creation of the commemorative medallion fund.
This repeals § 1-6-23. House Appropriations testimony on this bill said the commemorative medallion fund hasn’t been used in years. Seems to be a good cleanup of old code.
- HB1010 - Purpose: repeal the tree nursery reserve fund.
This repeals § 41-22-4. House Appropriations testimony said this fund was no longer used. Another good cleanup of old code.
- HB1016 - Purpose: repeal certain outdated or unnecessary statutes and administrative rules pertaining to the Department of Public Safety.
This is one that repealed a lot of old code. I see Rep Kaiser voted no. On his Facebook page he had this to say why he voted no: “I voted no on HB 1016, it removed the following from state law : interstate motor carrier is subject to control of the department only to the extent permitted by the constitution of the united states.” That bit of code actually appeared to be a good check on the Dept of Public Safety.
- HB1017 - Purpose: repeal certain outdated and unnecessary statutes related to the Department of Social Services.
Another cleanup bill that removed a lot of code pertaining to the Dept of Social Services.
- HB1018 - Purpose: revise certain provisions regarding the record-keeping process of child welfare agencies to the Department of Social Services.
I don’t see any problems with this bill. It codified that childrens records at DSS be kept confidential.
- HB1024 - Purpose: place certain substances on the controlled substances schedule and to declare an emergency.
This was a bill I briefly mentioned in a post earlier this session. The bill adds more ‘designer drugs’ to the controlled substances schedule. Just an attempt to keep up the battles in a failed drug war. This is a bad bill that shows the current political environment in South Dakota doesn’t realize its continuing to push a failed policy.
- HB1026 - Purpose: provide for the transfer of the state’s interests in the Webster National Guard armory and underlying land to the city of Webster.
I think its great the state gave the armory and land to the city of Webster. Seems like a good bill passed into law.
- HB1027 - Purpose: provide for the transfer of the state’s interests in the Watertown National Guard armory to the city of Watertown.
Just as with the Webster bill, this looks like a good bill passed into law.
- HB1032 - Purpose: revise certain provisions regarding children placed in residential treatment centers or intensive residential treatment centers.
This seems to clean up language and clarify the existing language.
- HB1035 - Purpose: provide certain provisions relating to the executive branch internship program.
This created an internship program for the Bureau of Human Resources. I don’t see a problem with this. I personally think internships are great in any industry (including governmental).
- HB1037 - Purpose: authorize the Transportation Commission to establish limited speed zones on nonstate trunk highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.
This is one I actually listened to testimony on, and thought Kaiser did a good job opposing it in committee. Here is Kaiser’s Facebook reason for voting no on the bill when it hit the floor vote: “I voted no on HB 1037, an act to allow the DOT to establish speed zones on certain roads. The proponents of this bill pointed out area’s in SD where speed limit signs had been posted and presumably enforcement and arrests have occurred, however they pointed out the state never had the authority of post the speed limits, so the state has been illegally enforcing laws on the public and now wanted to pass this law. Now that the law has passed, the illegal activity by the state will be hidden.” This looks like the legislature trying to cover up for illegal activity of the State. I’m glad Kaiser was able to bring that up, otherwise we might not have realized it!
- HB1044 - Purpose: authorize limited cosmetology services outside of a licensed salon or booth.
This bill seems to clean up the language already there. Just another cleanup bill.
- HB1047 - Purpose: revise various trust and trust company provisions.
Most of this bill seems to be language cleanup. Plus it seems to add some clarification language.
- HB1048 - Purpose: repeal certain provisions regarding property and casualty insurance.
Another cleanup bill that removed sections of code no loner necessary.
- HB1049 - Purpose: establish and revise certain provisions regarding the South Dakota Athletic Commission.
I have mixed feelings on this one. As a fan of MMA I am glad we are one step closer to big MMA events in South Dakota. Last year the commission was created, but the legislature failed to give them any power. But now this law may give them too much power. This from Kaisers Facebook page: “I voted no on HB 1049, revise provisions regarding athletic commission. This bill gives bureaucrats the ability to make rules (with fines). They will have the ability to deny location requests of where the games will be held. I think too much power in the hand of bureaucrats.”
- HB1053 - Purpose: revise certain provisions regarding the regulation of insurance rating organizations.
This seemed to be a lot of cleanup and some code modification. I see Rep Greenfield and Rep Latterell voted no on the House Floor. Rep Greenfield also voted no in the Commerce and Energy committee. During committee an amendment did a small fix by making sure the ‘director shall’ issue a licence, instead of just may. That removed the ability of the director make arbitrary judgments to issue a license. I’m not really sure of the reasons for the no votes.
- HB1055 - Purpose: revise certain provisions regarding references to the Internal Revenue Code.
This bill fixed references to IRS code from 2013 to 2014. It seems aimed at nonprofits. Just code updating.
- HB1057 - Purpose: repeal certain provisions imposing the inheritance tax and the estate tax.
This bill removed a lot of old code that is no longer needed. It had been left over to deal with the taxes in question after they were repealed because it was needed to handle the tax for so many years after its repeal. Now its at the point all of the old code can be removed. Just a simple cleanup law.
- HB1070 - Purpose: sunset certain tax refund claims for an economic development incentive program that has been previously terminated and to declare an emergency.
The program in question ended a couple of years ago. This bill says anyone submitting a claim from that program has until May2014 to make their claim. Any money unclaimed will go the general fund for FY2015. Rep Nelson and Rep Russel voted Nay. Since it’s a bill that has little interest to me, I didn’t bother trying to find out why the no vote.
- HB1080 - Purpose: clarify that emergency personnel driving records are not to include motor vehicle accidents resulting while engaged in the performance of their official duties.
Another cleanup bill. Most of the cleanup makes the laws language more concise.
Since these bills were passed in the first half of session there are a lot of ‘cleanup’ bills. That is actually what I like to see. I hate it whenever the legislators in Pierre ‘take action’. It seems like any time a government body takes action that a little bit of liberty is lost. The couple of bills above that I don’t like are examples of that…
On Tuesday, February 25, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel will host a fundraiser in Sioux Falls. Here are the details of this event:
Please join us for treats and socializing this coming Tuesday February 25th
4800 W 57th St
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
When Tuesday February 25th
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
(come and go as you please)
Contact: Scott Bartlett
There will be cookies, coffee, juice, to grab as you socialize with others. A small program featuring our NEXT Governor, Lora Hubbel will start at 7:00PM
There will be a door prize and a silent auction.
If you have items you would like to donate, please bring them with or contact Scott Bartlett to have them picked up
We’d love to have you there!
Lora Hubbel, former South Dakota District 11 Representative, has a background in health care. She has researched the history of the health care act in South Dakota, and presents the ACA’s factual timeline and its implications for our citizens
Yesterday I noted US Senate candidate Stace Nelson was the first to turn in the required signatures. Today the SD Secretary of State announced via twitter that his petitions have been approved:
Stace Nelson (R) petitions for US Senate are approved.—
Jason Gant (@SOSGant) February 19, 2014
This officially makes Stace Nelson the first South Dakota candidate in the US Senate race. None of the other candidates have filed their petitions yet. It is also worth noting that the Nelson campaign still has several hundred signatures coming in. The ability to get these signatures at this point and continue to get signatures shows the true grassroots support Stace Nelson has on his side.
Today US Senate candidate State Nelson turned in 2479 signatures to Deputy Secretary of State Patricia Miller in Pierre. This move officially makes Stace Nelson the first candidate in the Senate race to actually turn in the required signatures. By turning in his signatures this early it goes a long way to show the great grassroots support there is in the State of South Dakota for Mr Nelson. These signatures were all gathered by volunteers or Mr Nelson himself. It is also worth noting that the Nelson campaign has several hundred more signatures that will be included in a supplemental filing. As volunteers send these additional petition in they will be filed accordingly.
I will finish this post with some words I had to say about Stace last year, and feel they apply even more today:
Over this last year I have been paying close attention to what actually happens in Pierre. One name that remains consistent in liberty-related issues is Stace Nelson. Stace has proven himself able to fight for what is right. That is true even (or maybe especially) if it means he has to go against party leadership. To me the sign of a good leader is someone willing to speak up when others are afraid to do so. From what I have seen Mr. Nelson is never afraid to speak up. As a South Dakota resident this is exactly the type of leader I want in DC!
To find out more about Stace Nelson’s campaign or to contribute to his senate run I would recommend visiting his website at StaceNelson.com
Yesterday South Dakota state Representative Susan Wismer (D-1) announced her entry into the Governors race. With her entry in the race there are now two Democrats in the primary for South Dakota Governor. The other candidate, Joe Lowe, has had a very quiet campaign so far (I’ve heard him referred to by a local Democrat as the Stealth Candidate). Maybe Wismer’s entry in the race will get Lowe excited and start his campaign.
Since the South Dakota legislature is currently in session and Rep Wismer owns a tax preparation service it is unlikely we will hear much from her until mid-April (I can relate, my wife and I own a tax prep office). Her campaign announcement doesn’t have much information about what her platform is. The closest she has to issues is this part of the release:
“South Dakotans need and deserve a state government that works for them,” said Wismer. “It’s time we had a Governor that stands up for middle-class South Dakotans, invests in education, and brings a fresh voice to the conversation, instead of the machine that has controlled Pierre for a generation. That’s the kind of leader I intend to be.”
Since she is a Democrat candidate it is not surprising she opens by promoting class welfare. But I am glad she is in the race. I of course don’t support her stances. Bit, I feared the Democrats would fail to field a candidate that could at least gain attention. The election process works so much better when voters have actual choices. Right now I would say Wismer should easily beat Lowe in the Primary (unless he finds some fire somewhere). After that Wismer will have a hard time unseating Daugaard, but she at least can hopefully put up enough of a fight to make Daugaard work for his re-election bid.
With Wismer added there are now 6 candidates in the South Dakota Governors race:
- Dennis Daugaard – Republican Incumbent (technically he hasn’t announced yet, but I’ve seen his petition being circulated).
- Lora Hubbel – Republican challenging Daugaard in the Primary
- Michael “Mike” Myers – Independent candidate who will have a challenge getting enough signatures
- Curtis Strong – Constitution Party candidate from the Rapid City area
- Joe Lowe – Democrat Party candidate that is running a stealth campaign
- Susan Wismer – Democrat candidate currently serving in the SD legislature
This last week Independent South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Michael Myers held a press conference to announce the Lieutenant Governor running with him and start his petition drive. Here is the video of a portion of the Press Conference provided on the Michael Myers for Governor website:
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2
Some might criticize Mr Myers for not having a big flashy press conference or a prepared speech. I actually like the fact he handled this press conference in an ‘off the cuff’ manner. But in the end I don’t care about the presentation part and want to focus on what he said. Here are a few brief thoughts I took away from this press conference:
- Mr Myers and his Lieutenant Governor, Caitlin Collier, have very different political views. But both are independent and will work with each other. I think this is a valuable lesson for all politicians looking at an executive office. Would it better to have a 2nd that cheers everything on? Or one that would bring up alternative viewpoints? Personally I think it would be more useful to have a second that brings up alternative views.
- He can do 20 push-ups. (but he didn’t break the plane on all of them.. I hated taking my PT test and getting push-ups disqualified for that reason).
- Mr Myers as a law professor taught many of those that are now lobbying politicians in Pierre. He knows how they operate and understands their goals.
- He said “hemp is marijuana in the same way that whiskey is corn”. I wish more politicians would do things to take on the War on Drugs. No matter how a person feels about drugs, it is clear the War on Drugs has caused more harm in society than any good that was intended. Hemp production being banned is one of those unintended consequences. Hemp is NOT marijuana. It is a cash crop that we have to import because it is similar to a drug some people contend are bad.
- It is hard for an Independent to get media attention. For years I worked with third parties on issues and can relate to his problem. The mainstream media generally won’t even look at independent candidates. To be fair though, Myers has gotten some press this year; South Dakota mainstream media is doing better than some states I follow.
- Mr Myers had his healthcare marketplace radio show cancelled because one of the two big healthcare providers in the state didn’t like what he was saying. Those opposed to Obamacare may want to listen to what he has to say on this issue going forward.
- Mr Myers is shooting for 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot. When trying to reach the roughly 3,000 signatures required it is likely the SOS office will disqualify a lot of signatures gained. Myers has a couple of good people on his team, but it will be tough for him to get all of these signatures on time.
- The SD Secretary of State office wants $5,000 for a hard copy of all voters registered Independent in South Dakota. Completely out of budget for an grass-roots campaign.
- The SD Secretary of State office wants $2,500 for a digital copy of all voters registered Independent in South Dakota. Still out of budget for a grass-roots campaign.
- Favorite line of the presser: “If they quack like a God-dang for-profit duck, I think they out to pay taxes like a for-profit duck”. Personally I would rather get rid of all corporate taxes; but I agree at least in part with what he is saying here. These large healthcare companies are anything but non-profit!
Unfortunately the videos provided do not have any statements from Collier. But the Argus leader article on the presser does have one paragraph that sticks out:
Collier also proposed an “infrastructure core” project to rebuild roads, bridges and other necessities as a method to put people to work.
This statement has me worried because many of the infrastructure projects from the 30′s and 40′s are often said to have created employment and enriched the economy. Yet at the same time other parts of the economy that were not ‘boosted’ were hurt because of the centralized movement of resources and manpower into politically favored industries. I would be interested to hear what Mr Myers has to say on the subject.
In the future I hope to talk more at-length with Mr Myers. But for now I am happy he is in the race because he adds a different perspective. I’m not sure if I support him as a candidate yet, but I do support him being in the race and look forward to what he says in the future.
Tomorrow, Jan 15, independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers will hold a press conference in Sioux Fall. The details are in his press release below. I will not be able to make it to Sioux Falls tomorrow. But if anyone goes please pass on any thoughts (good or bad) about the press conference.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 13th January 2014
Independent Candidate for Governor Announces Running Mate and Launches Petition for 2014 Election
Michael Myers, A former health care executive and law professor will announce his Lieutenant Governor running mate for an Independent bid for Governor of South Dakota.
Michael Myers is an Independent candidate for Governor and will introduce his Lieutenant Governor running mate at a press conference this Wednesday, 11am in Sioux Falls at the Main Library in Meeting Room A; 200 N. Dakota Ave. After the announcement, the candidates will begin the process to collect more than 3,000 voter signatures necessary to qualify an Independent on the ballot. The press conference will start with a brief introduction of Myers and his running mate and open up for questions from the press. The public and campaign supporters are also encouraged to attend.
Michael Myers is a highly qualified expert on health care policy. Myers worked as CEO of Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, the COO who led the merger of St. Joseph Mercy and St. Vincent hospitals in Sioux City, Iowa, and the merger of Fairview Riverside Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Myers also taught healthcare administration and healthcare law at the Schools of Law and Business at the University of South Dakota for 23 years.
After working a long career as a health care administrator and instructor, Myers retired and set out to apply his knowledge and guidance to public service for senior citizens. For more than a decade, professor Myers hosted a radio show called the “Elder law Forum” and provided free advice to senior citizens. Now Myers sets out to use his expertise and passion to serve South Dakota as the next Governor. Myers is committed to make major health care reforms his number one priority for his administration, and will promote a non-profit cooperative that is owned by the members who receive coverage, so “profits” will be returned to patients in the form of lowered costs.
Myers is not just an advocate for patients and better health care policy, but an Independent voice for South Dakota who can be open to new ideas and concepts that would not otherwise be considered by officials who are held captive to political parties. Myers will make the Governor’s office more transparent and collaborative with the public. Myers advocates for a range of issues spanning agricultural and industrial hemp, economic development that will strengthen our work force, and real education reform that starts with parents and teachers not bureaucrats and politicians. Myers’ running mate has legislative and legal experience and will add much populous appeal to his Independent ticket.
Yesterday 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.
On Tuesday Jan 7, 2014, Republican candidate for Governor Lora Hubbel will be in Aberdeen. She will be at the Aberdeen Pizza Ranch from 11:30am to 1:00pm. So far Ms Hubbel is the only Republican candidate to actually announce their entry into the Republican primary (Daugaard is going to wait until the end of the legislative session to decide/announce). Lora will be giving a short PowerPoint presentation and then answering questions for attendees.
Here is a flier with some additional info from the Lora Hubbel for Governor Facebook page: