Madison and District 8 just lost a thousand-some registered voters… and Scott Parsley’s chances of unseating rookie Senator Jordan Youngberg just went up.
According to full-time recreational-vehiculist Becky Schade, Madison mail-forwarding company My Dakota Address has abruptly gone out of business:
On Tuesday the 24th I first heard whispers that My Dakota Address (MDA), which has been my (and many other full-time RVers) mail and domicile solution for years was closing its doors at of the end of this month. Having received no officially notice from MDA and seeing nothing on their website, I assumed this was just a rumor or at most an exaggeration. I fired off an e-mail to MDA and got a response back late in the afternoon – the rumors were true. Not only that but they were no longer accepting new mail as of yesterday the 25th.
I waited to break the news because the situation kept changing. There was talk of a different SD mail company buying out My Dakota Address, but that fell through today (the 26th) so it’s now official. My Dakota Address is closing [Becky Schade, “South Dakota RV Residency Update—My Dakota Address Going Out of Business,” Interstellar Orchard, 2018.07.26].
As of this morning, owner Jon Knuths and manager Terri Lund still haven’t taken down their MyDakotaAddress.com website or even posted any notice of their defunction. Schade says the Madison company recommended DakotaPost, a.k.a. Alternative Resources of Sioux Falls, to its customers.
Schade recommends that the newly mailboxless RVers “move” to Florida for the really good ObamaCare:
If you’ve been thinking of switching residencies to another state, say for health insurance reasons, now might not be a bad time to do it. To be honest if I was anywhere near Florida I would seriously consider taking this forced opportunity to “move” there for true nationwide health coverage and let Escapees handle my mail forwarding and residency. Something to think about [Schade, 2018.07.26].
That ObamaCare boost deserves some detail from Schade’s May post:
Being more or less self-employed, pre-retirement age, in general good health but wanting to cover myself in case of an emergency, and wanting to stay compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I have a plan through https://www.healthcare.gov/ – commonly called the Marketplace. Let me state here that things are much different for medicare age RVers, and that this article is aimed at younger pre-medicare RVers such as myself.
Every state’s Marketplace offerings are different, and some are definitely better than others. Of the three big full-timing residency states (Florida, South Dakota, and Texas), only Florida has Marketplace plans that provide nation-wide coverage (Florida Blue), which is something worth thinking about for those of you hitting the road in the near future who are debating what residency state to choose.
If I had health issues and required regular medical care, I’d probably “move” to Florida for this reason, but as I am still, thankfully, in good health, I can’t justify the cost it would take to switch residency states at this time.
With my plan based out of South Dakota I’m covered for an emergency out-of-state, but if I needed recurring care, I’d need to go back to South Dakota to get it. Likewise if I want any preventative care, checkups, etc., I need to go back to South Dakota, which for me isn’t a huge deal as most of my family is in Wisconsin so I tend to pass through South Dakota pretty regularly on the way to and from there [Becky Schade, “Health Insurance for Full-Time RVers, 2018 Edition,” Interstellar Orchard, 2018.05.30].
We know that some RVers go nomad to avoid state income taxes, but Schade points out that RVers not yet on Medicare (government health insurance) can get the best deal from a healthy Affordable Care Act Marketplace (government-subsidized health insurance). (On Twitter, we’d say #irony.)
Given that MyDakotaAddress.com is kaput, a thousand-plus voters no longer have residential nexus at 110 E. Center Street in Madison. The county auditor and Secretary of State will want to take note and include those now defunct addresses in the usual August voter purge. Conducted correctly, that voter purge could wipe out the 183-vote margin that Republican Jordan Youngberg enjoyed in Madison’s Ward 1 in the 2016 District 8 Senate election. Given that Youngberg won that election by a mere 94 votes, and given the suspicions of many that non-resident voters might favor a generic R like Youngberg over a well-qualified Democrat like Parsley, the Youngberg/Parsley rematch may have just taken on a new dynamic with its smaller, all-local voter pool.