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Blogging on the Radio: Republicans Adopt Liberal Blog Issues, Cory Predicts Primary!

Patrick Lalley invited me onto the airwaves yesterday to talk primary politics. Lalley gave me credit for writing some of Kristi Noem’s campaign material—and you know, when you hear this much about EB-5 and sexual harassment, you can’t help wondering how much Team Noem has been reading this blog. Then Lalley poked me out onto the limb of primary predictions.

Our conversation begins around 34:00 in this audio:

I offered this observation on Marty Jackley’s failure to raise the issue of Kristi Noem’s lying about her family’s estate tax in the 1990s:

CAH: There is a great story that we Democrats have been telling for some time now about questioning Kristi’s whole “oh our poor family and the estate tax” plus the farm subsidies, plus the million-dollar life insurance payout they got… to cushion the blow of the … estate tax they paid…. There’s a huge story that Marty could tell here, and he’s not. …He’s sitting there saying, “Oh, I don’t like being negative,” but come on, seriously? We know candidates are going to go negative, and candidates should point out the errors, the bad judgment, the lies that their opponents have told, because… telling people the truth and fighting corruption, those are things that we want in our candidates. and if candidates have failed to do that, we have every right to know that, so you just gotta not be timid about that stuff. You gotta tell the whole story and fight to win.

Lalley: It’s a dirty business, isn’t it? But… that’s politics, and if you’re not willing to do those things, maybe you’re not willing to win.

CAH: If you’re not willing to tell the truth and the whole truth, you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage [CAH and Patrick Lalley, The Patrick Lalley Show, 2018.06.04, ~47:30].

But enough complaining and prognosticating—get out and vote!


  1. leslie 2018-06-05 15:31

    Why would eager Sec of “stepping stone” State Shantel KREBS put her campaign sign up at West Blvd POLLING PLACE, 11th&Columbus today?

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-06-05 18:32

    Get a picture, pace it off—if it’s within 100 feet of the door, she’s violating SDCL 12-18-3 and faces a Class 2 misdemeanor.

  3. leslie 2018-06-05 20:25

    It was illegal, since removed, actually Fulton St. right of way, Krebs must not have known about the law against political signs w/I public ROW, but she knew enough not to violate your provision -3. Remember when Secretaries of State might have had their positions for 20 years, getting really good at their job?

    “a dirty business…that’s politics, and if you’re not willing to do those things, maybe you’re not willing to win.” Hmmmmm

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-06-05 21:43

    I don’t consider seeking and speaking the truth a dirty business.

    I also don’t consider it plausible that a Secretary of State would not know these basic election laws. Perhaps she can blame an underling or volunteer?

  5. Adam 2018-06-05 23:30

    OMG – Kristi Norm has beaten Marty Jackley.

    Wow. SD Republicans are dumber than ever.

  6. Curt 2018-06-06 00:23

    So who will be Kristy’s running mate? G Marky?

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-06-06 10:14

    Larry Rhoden. Even though Noem ate into Jackley’s West River advantage last night, she needs a real Marlboro man to tamp down Billie Sutton’s cowboy cred.

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