Your actual Congresswoman shows up for private meetings with cops and safely controlled speaking engagements where she can avoid protestors. The Democrat who wants to replace her in Congress, Tim Bjorkman, holds public meetings, like a forum coming up next week in Sioux Falls.
The Sierra Club will host Bjorkman at a public forum at the Icon Event Center and Lounge, 102 North Main, on Thursday, October 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
Tim said, “I am convinced that we need to send strong, independent leaders to Washington who will stand up for South Dakota values…That’s why I am running for Congress”. Take this op- portunity to meet him personally and ask him where he stands on the issues important to you.
Mark Winegar, Chairman of the South Dakota Chapter of the Sierra Club, is pleased to host this event for the congressional candidate. He said, “Many of our members have spoken with Tim and are impressed with his candidacy. Personally speaking, I like him. I think you will too” [Sierra Club, South Dakota Chapter, press release, 2017.09.26].
The event is free and open to the public; you just walk in, and there’s a public servant, ready to take your question, with no party apparatchik moderator wagging his finger at you as if you’re a bad person for wanting to ask a tough question. Heck, the only thing standing between you and your chance to ask Bjorkman a question may be a big line of other interested citizens.
If you’d like to try telling Senator M. Michael Rounds to make the news for doing the right thing for once and join Rand Paul, John McCain, and Susan Collins in opposing yet another bad Republican health care bill, or if you’d just like to hear the plants the Senator’s staff recruits to ask their prefab questions to make Mike feel less bad for being such a do-nothing Senator, call in to the Senator’s party line chat (the old phrase gains new meaning here) on Wednesday evening:
This Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at 7:50 p.m. CT/6:50 p.m. MT, I will be hosting a live, toll-free telephone townhall, and I would like to invite you to join the call. If you would like to participate, all you need to do is call in or click on the link below on Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. CT/6:50 p.m. MT. The link will allow you to listen to the call live and submit your own questions for me to answer.
Hearing firsthand from South Dakotans is an important tool that helps me make the best decisions when I’m working in Washington, D.C.
I look forward to Wednesday’s event, and I hope you can participate. If not, you can always contact me at any of my offices or on my website at www.rounds.senate.gov.
Call into the telephone townhall at: 877-229-8493 Pin: 115923
Listen to the telephone townhall live HERE [Senator Mike Rounds, e-mail to constituents, 2017.09.27].
Just be sure you stand up when the Senator plays the anthem at the beginning of the call.
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!