STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Stephanie on politics today
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin isn't in politics anymore. At least as an elected, paid, empowered official.
SHS, still just 40 for another month, has an amazing six campaigns for Congress under her belt. ... Posted on 11/4/11 at 12:13 AM
PIERRE — State Sen. Bob Gray said Monday he won’t seek a second two-year term as chairman for the South Dakota Republican Party.
The Pierre legislator was at the helm during one of the Republican Party’s strongest election performances in decades.
Republicans swept every contest for state office, gained seats in both chambers of the Legislature and won back South Dakota’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as state Rep. Kristi Noem of Castlewood upset Democratic incumbent Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has missed 17 votes in the waning days of her term in the U.S. House.
The Democratic congresswoman, whose last full day in office is today, skipped the votes during the final days of the 2011 session, which concluded in December. Herseth Sandlin missed single votes on Dec. 17 and 22. She missed seven votes on Dec. 17 and eight more on Dec. 21.
SIOUX FALLS — Republican Kristi Noem’s November defeat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was voted the year’s top South Dakota story by the state’s Associated Press member newspaper editors and broadcast news.
A year earlier, Noem was a little-known state lawmaker and Herseth Sandlin was considered a safe bet to win re-election. But Herseth Sandlin got caught up in a wave of frustration with Washington to become the first South Dakota House member to lose a re-election bid in nearly three decades.
The South Dakota Democratic Party is down but it isn’t out, according to Ben Nesselhuf, who was chosen Saturday to lead the state party.
Democratic candidates were pounded on Nov. 2, as Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was defeated, all statewide candidates lost in landslides and most legislative candidates were beaten. The party couldn’t even field a candidate to run against Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
The losses were stinging, Nesselhuf said, but they also seemed to awaken something in Democrats across South Dakota.
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin admits she was pained by her election defeat, but she’s not ready to announce an end to her political career.
“I can’t assess the odds, but I’m not going to close any doors,” Herseth Sandlin said when asked the chances of her running for office again someday.
At 28, Venhuizen helps Daugaard win gubernatorial race and earns job in administration
Tony Venhuizen is able to look Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard right in the eye and tell him he thinks he’s wrong.
“I’ve done that many times. People have asked me before, ‘With your relationship, is it hard to be honest with him?’” Venhuizen said during a recent telephone interview with The Daily Republic. “Actually, it’s easier. He accepts my advice and I hope he values it. That’s the only way it can work.”
A recount of Tripp-Delmont’s representation measure Monday showed the same outcome — a defeat by five votes.
District voters opposed changing the school board’s representation from geographic areas to at-large seats 225 to 220 on Nov. 2.
After the school board canvassed the results of its special election on Nov. 8, three registered voters and school board members — Verlin Buchholz, Carolyn Peters and Mark Mora — filed a petition for a recount.
B. Thomas Marking was disappointed not only with his showing in South Dakota’s three-way U.S. House race, but also with the order of the top-two finishers.
“I think that was probably the third-best choice,” Marking said this week of the winner, Kristi Noem.
Marking was the independent candidate in the Nov. 2 election. He finished a distant third behind the Republican Noem, who won with 48 percent of the vote, and Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who was defeated in her bid for a fourth full term and earned almost 46 percent.
The Davison County commissioners, acting as the county canvassing board, officially certified the results of Tuesday’s general election, as part of the commissioners’ weekly meeting Thursday at the courthouse.
WASHINGTON — An Environmental Working Group analysis of the 2010 mid-term election results shows that for besieged rural Democrats, voting for the 2008 farm bill and its subsidies for the largest and wealthiest agribusiness operations failed to shield them from the Republican wave, EWG announced Thursday in a news release.
Two area state House incumbents and an area county commission candidate will need to decide soon if they will seek a recount in their races.
District 22 Rep. Quinten Burg, D-Wessington Springs, is 81 votes behind Republican Jim White, of Huron. White leads with 4,607 votes compared to Burg’s 4,526. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron, has one of the district’s two House seats locked up with 4,856 votes.
The vote is over and numerous acres of city-owned land near Lake Mitchell are “permanently dedicated for public use as parks.”
What difference will that make for how the city treats and cares for that land?
Not much, according to city officials.
Mitchell voters decided to preserve land that abuts Lake Mitchell by a 53-47 percent margin Tuesday. The initiated measure was approved 2,806 to 2,525.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats’ majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.
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