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Cash or Coal? Kin or Commoner?

Gregory County cartoonist Jo Johnson sends holiday greetings, who is stuffing those stockings by the chimney with the utmost of care:

Here Comes Governor Kristi Claus — Cash or Coal? Cartoon by Jo Johnson, December 2019.
Here Comes Governor Kristi Claus — Cash or Coal? Cartoon by Jo Johnson, December 2019.

Ho ho ho.



  1. grudznick 2019-12-22

    BAH. Conservatives with Common Sense wish you all a full belly this fine morning. Ho. Ho. Ho.

  2. Donald Pay 2019-12-22

    In light of DFP’s greenhouse gas goals, I think we should ban coal from stockings henceforth. In light of the excess amount of such material in the era of Trump and Noem, I suggest we stuff stockings with that great modern medium of exchange: Republican B.S. Republican B.S. comes with a special tax break for those whose wealth tops $1 billion. And if you are related, you get special treatment. Hurry in now!!! The Democrats are trying to end this great deal!!! It could be over soon!!!!

  3. Robert McTaggart 2019-12-22

    You can at least burn the coal in the fireplace. If you placed a solar panel in your hemp stocking, the only thing you could burn for heat would be the hemp stocking ;^).

  4. Debbo 2019-12-22

    Jo Johnson draws an excellent cartoon. Looks like she used colored pencils. It’s well drawn and her point is seasonally appropriate, clear and true. Does she draw for a newspaper? If not, what are the papers waiting for!?!

  5. grudznick 2019-12-22

    Young Ms. Johnson does cartoons all over South Dakota. grudznick is not surprised that Ms. Geelsdottir doesn’t understand that, being the out-of-state name-caller she is. Soon, I hope, Ms. Johnson will be well known in the People’s Republic of Minnesota.

  6. John 2019-12-22

    Cory: I lament asking you, or others, to do my research. Yet, consider glancing on the work from Pew to determine how many, and, if so, which SD counties had an increase in poverty from 2016 to 2018. Thanks. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.
    Meanwhile: the economy is WUNDERFUL! GDP is up! The stock market is up! Never mind that life expectancy fell for 3 years due to overdoses, suicide, despair, anxiety.

    As an aside if the SD Democratic Party cares about growing, cares about recruiting young people (doubtful as those are), then the party would get behind the issues and solutions found in, The War on Normal People.

  7. Porter Lansing 2019-12-22

    Everyone has a name, grudznick. Most like to be called by their name. Why are you afraid to reveal yours? Is your “acting out” like a high school boy bad for business? Hmmmmmm …?

  8. grudznick 2019-12-22

    Mr. John, that information is in the public of domain. The problem is when the people who try to interpret it for fellows like you do it wrong it becomes French Math. So, while Mr. H or I could give you some numbers, it is you, young Mr. John, who needs to define your questioning and your answering. For if Mr. H ascertains a question from your rant, and he gives you a number, then grudznick will call French Math and win the debates. Happy New Year, and may your belly be full of taters and gravy during this season of gluttony.

  9. Gayle 2019-12-24

    Very accurate cartoon. Does anyone know who citizens can contact to oppose this nepotism? Is kristi as untouchable as trump? I’ve written to her office and never get a response. I’m sure they don’t care what an atheist democrat thinks, but is there any office of accountability for the princess? She’s as dirty as trump. The word is corruption.

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