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DFP: Three Noem Budget Posts in Under 24 Hours. DWC: One Dusty Press Release. Support Good Original Blogging Today!

I have three posts so far analyzing different aspects of Governor Kristi Noem’s proposed budget for Fiscal year 2022 (including her bid for a new campaign state plane!); I suspect I have many more to come.

Maybe the SDGOP spin blog has more to come, too. I’d settle for anything to Brookings blogger and GOP mouthpiece Pat Powers is sponsored by Noem, so you’d expect to see lots of cheery posts about the Snow Queen’s fiscal wisdom. But as of Wednesday breakfast, Powers has nothing on Noem’s Tuesday speech, just another press release from Washington. Powers hasn’t written anything original since December 1.

But that’s why you read Dakota Free Press. Every day, I strive to give you not just press releases and blockquotes—though I will always give you great helpings of sources and links for more reading—but original analysis and commentary.

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  1. jerry 2020-12-09 14:50

    Cory, you do an outstanding job on an outstanding blog. It has always been my pleasure to support this very worthwhile voice in the South Dakota wilderness. Hope you and your family have a great and safe holiday season.

  2. Jake 2020-12-09 17:48

    Likewise, Jerry! a few extra !0 or 20 $$ flow from this oldster’s marginal retirement $ go to a well-deserved form of media that I really appreciate and savor reading. Thanks for what you do, our friend Cory, and please know you are appreciated. Mainstream media never covers like you do. Thanks.

  3. John 2020-12-09 18:38

    Corey did a wonderful job cross-posting 2 outstanding budget articles from the South Dakota Standard.
    Recent state senator Susan Wismer shares her scathing initial review of noem’s feeble budget proposal.

    In the second John Tsitrian suggests noem put on her ‘positive pants’ when looking the future state budget through the lens of the increasing ag futures since Biden’s election. One could also add that Biden’s choice of former 2-term Iowa Governor and 8-year USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, as Biden’s Ag Secretary will also improve rural America — far better than a Georgian Ag Sec and — far better than did the trumpian tariffs and over-the-top ag producer bribes (er, payments to off-set the mis-guided trumpian tariffs).

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-12-09 19:59

    No blog is an island, John. We provide a fuller, richer picture of South Dakota when we point to all the original, independent voices (not the partisan hacks like Pat, but the real writers and scholars of contemporary South Dakota) to help everyone find more interesting, useful writing about our home and how to make it better.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-12-09 20:01

    Jerry, Jake, thank you both for your friendship and support. It’s a pleasure to do this work, it’s a pleasure to meet good neighbors through this work, and it’s a pleasure to know I make at least some of my neighbors’ lives better by writing.

  6. Jean Farlee 2020-12-10 10:45

    Cory, I’d Like to donate but with a check. Please send me an address to send it to.

    Jean Farlee

    I had an address once but misplaced it.

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