Chief Deputy Attorney General Charles McGuigan spoke to the Brown County Republicans on Wednesday about his bid for the GOP nomination for full-bird Attorney General. One of his nomination opponents, Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald, brought his campaign to the Brookings County Republicans on Saturday. The Democratic candidate for Attorney General made no public appearances this week, because we don’t have a candidate for top cop yet. (Democratic lawyers! Think about it!)
Fitzgerald and other GOP candidates fill the agenda for the Brown County GOP’s monthly Wednesday lunches at Pizza Ranch:
October 11, 2017: Marty Jackley. Marty is currently the Attorney General for South Dakota. He is running for Governor of SD.
November 8, 2017: Dusty Johnson. Dusty is a candidate for the US House of Representatives.
December 13, 2017: John Fitzgerald. John is a candidate for SD Attorney General.
January 8, 2018: Shantel Krebs. Shantel is a candidate for the US House of Representatives.
February 14, 2018, Wednesday: Jason Ravnsborg. Jason is a candidate for SD Attorney General.
Brown County Democrats host their forum at Pizza Ranch, too, on the second Monday of each month. When I hear who’s up for those events, I’ll let you know!
In other news of Aberdonians getting a really early jump on the 2018 campaign, some of Aberdeen’s richest and Rightest are hosting a fundraiser for local boy Steve Barnett, who wants jump from his term-limited position as state auditor to secretary of state:
Piggybacking off a big Chamber event may actually be pretty good idea for turnout. Why expect people to make a special trip just to hear a candidate’s pitch? Plus, Barnett is saving everyone some time and gas! Remind me next time I run for office not to host any standalone events; I’ll just rent a room outside other major community events and put out my signs and a collection plate for the passing crowd.
The C-SPAN Cities Tour has spotlighted the literary life and history of over 120 American Cities. Next week, the bi-monthly broadcast project finally comes to South Dakota. According to a press release from C-SPAN and Midco (remember, C-SPAN was created by and gets its funding from the cable industry), C-SPAN staff will be in Pierre next week, September 2–7, to shoot material for Book TV and American History TV.
The Pierre City Commission will welcome the C-SPAN crew at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m. Central at City Hall. C-SPAN will spend the week recording features on the following local leading lights and sights:
Interview with Mayor Steve Harding
Interview with Governor Dennis Daugaard
South Dakota State Capitol Tour
South Dakota Historical Society
Trail of Governors
South Dakota Historical Society Press Publishing History
South Dakota Historical Society Press Pioneer Girl Project
Jim McLaird, “Hugh Glass: Grizzly Survivor”
Cathie Draine, editor of “Cowboy Life”
C-SPAN will broadcast its Pierre material October 7–8. The Cities Tour webpage says C-SPAN will feature Sioux Falls November 4–5.
St. Peter Lutheran Church closed last April, but my friend Charlie Johnson and other neighbors and congregants are working to preserve the old fieldstone church and repurpose the facility as a public rural meeting facility.
My morning paper tells me that theologian Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen will present a lecture at Trinity Bible College up in Ellendale, North Dakota, on Thursday, August 24, at 7 p.m. Dr. Kärkkäinen will present Trinity’s fourth annual Herman G. Johnson Lecture, titled “Jesus Christ Between Islamic and Christian Faiths: A Missional Impasse or a Promise?” According to Trinity’s Facebook page for the lecture, “This public lecture will discuss a Pentecostal-Evangelical approach to religious diversity and pluralism along with a comparison of Christian and Muslim traditions particularly as they relate to Jesus.”
Kärkkäinen, along with his wife, Anne, and two daughters, returned to Pasadena on September 5. They had been forced to leave the United States on July 31 when the Department of Homeland Security revoked Kärkkäinen’s “special immigrant religious worker” visa.
Immigration officials, now under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security, questioned Fuller’s tax-exempt status. They ruled that Kärkkäinen’s role as a seminary professor was not a “traditional religious occupation.” They also claimed that Kärkkäinen, who has two doctorates and two master’s degrees and served as president and theology professor at IsoKirja College in Keuruu, Finland, did not have the necessary experience for his position.
…”What amazes me,” Kärkkäinen said, “is that the world’s most influential country and its administration are obviously unable to make a distinction between threats and friendly, productive immigrants” [Bob Smietana, “Security Gaffes,” Christianity Today, 2004.11.01].
Unlike the fakers who have danced through our neighborhood trolling for fearful donors, Kärkkäinen isn’t coming to talk about immigration policy, and I doubt he’ll say much about politics. Kärkkäinen is a genuine scholar coming to give a serious scholarly lecture on religious diversity and pluralism.
Also descending on Brookings later this month are Democrats—yes, Democrats!—pursuing their dreams of victory in 2018. The Brookings County Democrats are hosting their annual picnic on Thursday, August 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Life Center of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of 6th St. and 7th Ave.
Speaking to the Brookings picnickers will be Senator Billie Sutton, who is running for South Dakota Governor, and Tim Bjorkman, who is running for U.S. House. The Brookings Dems will also offer door prizes, t-shirts for sale, and initiative petitions to sign.
The Brookings County Democrats picnic is (attention, new Jackrabbits!) free and open to the public. But if you’re able, help out the cause by bringing a dish to pass and an item to donate to the Brookings County Food Pantry.
Looking for some good food, good drinks, and some good conversation? Join us at the Broadwater Bar on the north side of Lake Madison on August 8th, at 6 pm, for a progressive mixer where you can visit and commiserate with folks on the issues of the day! [Lake County Democrats, Progressive Mixer invite, Facebook, retrieved 2017.08.02]
Commiserate? Try collaborate, conspire, and come up with candidates and courses of action to kick Trumpublicans out of office!
“Occupational licensing hinders the American workforce,” he told the crowd gathered before the American Legislative Exchange Council. “Almost one in three jobs requires an occupational license.”
…A Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis study estimates that licensing requirements are keeping 2 million people out of jobs, a number equivalent to 1.3 percent of the labor force, Acosta said. He also cited another study from Brookings that puts lost employment opportunities at closer to 3 million.
Even when occupational regulation makes sense, state and local governments could do more to standardize and simplify requirements so licenses will work across multiple state lines without re-certification, Acosta argued [Aldo Svaldi, “Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Speaking in Denver, Argues for Reduced Job Licensing Requirements,” Denver Post, 2017.07.21].
South Dakota requires numerous professions and occupations to obtain licenses to participate in the free market. See—South Dakota may not tax your income, but it makes you pay a fee before you can even start earning income.
So maybe it won’t just be us cranky liberals protesting Secretary Acosta’s appearance in Sioux Falls Thursday. Maybe Governor Daugaard will share some grumbles about this Trump Administration push to reduce local control and reduce South Dakota’s revenue stream this time from plumbers and barbers.
Another petition is street-ready! Doug Kronaizl announces on Represent South Dakota’s Facebook page that Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has approved his group’s South Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment for circulation. This measure writes key campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics reforms from the voter-approved, Legislatively repealed Initiated Measure 22, plus measures to protect ballot measures from Legislative meddling, into the state constitution. The Anti-Corruption Amendment does not include IM22’s “Democracy Credits,” the public campaign financing plan. Read the full text of the measure online here.
Represent SD will have petitions to sign and training for circulators at kick-off events this weekend: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Madison Saturday; Brookings, Huron, and Spearfish Sunday, and Vermillion Monday.