STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Another big GOP night
We don't have access to any exit polls here at South Dakota's favorite newspaper, even if they exist.
But here's a projection: This will be another good night for the South Dakota Republican Party. I... Posted on 11/6/12 at 6:01 PM
PIERRE — Clarifying earlier remarks, Secretary of State Chris Nelson has said he believes President Barack Obama is a natural born U.S. citizen and the legitimately elected leader of the nation.
Based on Nelson’s comments on a newspaper’s blog last week, South Dakota Democratic Party executive director Erin McCarrick criticized the Republican congressional candidate for questioning whether Obama qualifies to be president.
Secretary of State Chris Nelson has announced that absentee voting for the June 8 primary election will begin today and continue until 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot may do so at their county auditor’s office or by applying for an absentee ballot through the mail.
Commenting Thursday evening on the field of Republican candidates seeking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson said, “Somewhere there’s a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, and they are very nervous.”
Johnson’s quip followed comments from candidates Chris Nelson, Kristi Noem and Blake Curd to about 160 GOP faithful who attended the Davison Hanson County Lincoln Day Dinner at the County Fair Banquet Hall in Mitchell.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., is now “virtually tied” with one Republican opponent but is still ahead of two others in her re-election bid, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The firm’s recent survey of likely South Dakota voters finds Herseth Sandlin with 44 percent support to Republican Chris Nelson’s 42 percent. Six percent prefer another candidate and nine percent are undecided.
Forget the 32-year Democratic governor drought in South Dakota.
There’s another drought that’s much longer and, some would argue, far more alarming.
It’s been 78 years since South Dakota — proud, western, cowboy-rich South Dakota — has had a governor with a mustache.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republican congressional candidate Blake Curd criticized Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on Wednesday for sending what he called campaign-style material to South Dakotans at taxpayer expense.
PIERRE — The chairman of the state Republican Party called for an “inquiry” Thursday into U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s request for lists of South Dakotans who purchased hunting and fishing licenses in 2009.
The worst-case scenario for the state budget will be facing the Legislature in January —state expenses are going up; revenue is going down.
Facing increasing mandatory costs for programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance, the state’s already fragile bottom line will be shaken badly.
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