That’s no video stalker—that’s Libertarian Party chair Ken Santema filming Democratic Party chair Ann Tornberg and four other loyal South Dakota Democrats at Thursday’s “Front Porch Forum” hosted by the Brown County Democrats here in Aberdeen.
Tornberg joined District 21 Senator Billie Sutton from Burke, former District 4 Representative Kathy Tyler from Big Stone City, former (and it sounds like future!) District 1 Representative and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer from Britton, and Santema’s Aberdeen blog neighbor me to discuss GEAR UP, EB-5, the Blue Ribbon K-12 panel, and other topics of interest to local Democrats and other interested South Dakotans.
Senator Sutton brought particular knowledge on GEAR UP, since he serves Charles Mix County and Platte, site of the gruesome killings of the Westerhuis family that launched the Mid-Central Educational Co-op scandal, and the Blue Ribbon panel, of which he is a member. Tyler brought unique I-told-you-so authority on the issue of EB-5, which she helped publicize in September 2014 and whose concerns have been validated by the USCIS Notice of Intent to Terminate South Dakota’s EB-5 Regional Center status. Susan Wismer and I had a wonderful contrast of viewpoints on whom the Democrats should nominate for President (the real headline of this forum: “Clinton and Sanders Tied Among Dems in Crucial Final-Primary State!“). Chairwoman Tornberg made a passionate pitch for Democrats to fire up and support the party by defending Democratic principles (which, as shown by the success of our ballot measures, reflect the principles of South Dakota voters).
And me? Well, I just waved my arms a lot.
Santema broke out his new camera and found he can get 90+ minutes of quality video on one battery. He breaks that 90+ minutes into three segments for your YouTube pleasure. I commend Santema for taking the time to document this public event and share the views of an opposing party with the general public. Watch, comment, and share!