STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Noem enjoys a tea party, Democrats claim
While Republican politicians across the country ponder how to deal with tea party support, the South Dakota Democratic Party is trying hard pin that label on state Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running aga... Posted on 7/26/10 at 3:30 PM
There’s the Main Street side of the party, pro-business, pro-growth and pro-government. Then there are the tea party Republicans, the folks who believe the other Republicans are in league with the devil and Democrats, and aren’t sure which is worse.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, a tea party favorite, got off to a slow start as a legislator but finally introduced his first bill last week.
It is a transparent attempt by the young lawmaker to defend a company in his district that discriminates against U.S. citizens in favor of Mexican migrant workers.
State Rep. Kristi Noem will not attend either tea party event in Rapid City this month.
Noem, the Republican candidate for the state’s sole U.S. House seat, has other commitments both days, according to Josh Shields, her campaign manager.
The success of tea party candidates in several elections Tuesday could be “mixed news” for Republicans, Sen. Tim Johnson said Wednesday.
Johnson, D-S.D., said the tea party wins could mean the Republican Party will become “the party of the tea party.” He discussed the election results and other issues during a teleconference with South Dakota journalists Wednesday.
Tea party candidates have claimed wins in Republican primaries in Nevada, Delaware, New York and elsewhere this election season.
We’re ‘red,’ but not like Wyo.
South Dakota is not far behind Wyoming as one of the most conservative states in the nation. Our neighbor to the west takes the top prize, while we rank fourth.
Otherwise, there are several degrees of separation, according to the latest Gallup poll.
August 14, 2010
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