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Ravnsborg, 2020: “One Thing I’m Good At, It’s Driving.”

Judge John Brown had to rescind the community service component of Jason Ravnsborg’s sentence for his traffic misdemeanors. Judge Brown wanted to require our speedy killer Attorney General to perform a “significant public service event” once a year for the next five years around the anniversary of his killing of Joseph Boever, in the form of public speeches on the dangers of distracted driving. But Ravnsborg’s attorney Tim Rensch argued that the court can’t impose a sentence that runs beyond the maximum jail time available for the crimes in question. The maximum jail time for each misdemeanor is 30 days, so public service over five years is out.

But hey, Jason Ravnsborg probably does the public better service if he refrains from making any public speeches. He has trouble putting facts together, and speaks with the kind of dreary bumbliness that only a Kool-Aid-soaked partisan can love.

An eager reader did catch an example of Killer Jason’s less-than-killer oratory at the January 27, 2020, Aberdeen City Council meeting. If you want to hear Jason’s whole spiel on drugs (well, that was the topic Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeil said the AG was there for, but Jason opened with a two-minute recitation of all the other things his office does), go ahead, ruin your day with the complete video (Jason starts in around 7:30).

But my eager reader found most noteworthy Jason’s closing comment, an off-the-cuff self-assessment of his driving skills featured at the end of this edited clip:

“Drive safe,” says Councilman Rux at the end of the presentation.

Ravnsborg responds, “One thing I’m good at, it’s driving.”

Now there’s a campaign slogan… for anyone who runs against Ravnsborg next year, if he’s still around to run for re-election.

Related Public Records: The speeding ticket issued to Ravnsborg by Hughes County Deputy D. Sack for Ravnsborg’s race down Garfield Avenue to take out his recyclables after sunset on Sunday lists his height as 6’2″ and his weight at 225, which produces a body mass index of 29, which knocks on the door of the definition of obesity.

Evidently if there’s one thing Jason Ravnsborg really is good at, it’s packing away chicken dinners at those GOP fundraisers.


  1. grudznick 2021-09-01 17:27

    That fellow, Mr. Ravnsborg, is an embarrassment and needs to resign or be resigned.

  2. Porter Lansing 2021-09-01 17:38

    SD Public Safety boss says Ravens should have been charged with manslaughter.

  3. grudznick 2021-09-01 18:03

    Indeed, Mr. Lansing. That very young local gal from the County of Hand was too scared to press the tough stuff. Too soft, to inexperienced. Why do you think the big dogs who disagreed with her from the Counties of Pennington and Minnehaha took a pass on being part of such a “career building”, or perhaps “career busting” law case?

    Whistling past the graveyard, is Mr. Ravnsborg. Tonight, he is home reading this blog, texting violently with the Sherriff of the County of Hughes about the latest video put out only to embarrass him. They slap him left, then they slap him right, then they will bonk him on the head.

  4. mike from iowa 2021-09-01 18:12

    “One Thing I’m Good At, It’s Driving.” Actually, he excels at avoiding responsibility for his actions.

  5. grudznick 2021-09-01 18:20

    Is this the item that brings Mr. Lansing, he of the cooking bent, and Mr. mike who is from the pig state of Iowa, and grudznick together to breakfast? Perhaps over a fine, fancy, and large breakfast by Mr. Lansing’s skilled hand we could commiserate on how horrible Mr. Ravnsborg’s election to the General Attorney of South Dakota has been. Mr. Ravnsborgs failings go far beyond traffic accidents and mowing down a fellow on the road. The impeachments should take into account his general unworthiness and unsuitability, and golly I wish they could take into account his general funny-looking-ness.

  6. Jake 2021-09-01 19:34

    Lest we forget-he was the ‘premier’, the finest, the fresh face of the GOP in south Dakota; the lawyer who had never done a criminal trial-the best the GOP could offer, AND he still got elected! Go figure.

  7. Porter Lansing 2021-09-01 20:07

    I’d be honored to cook breakfast for you, grudz and your whole group of “C.W.C.S.”

    Oven roasted, Yukon Gold potatoes with Jimmy Dean Pure Pork sausage and cream gravy

    Baked Asparagus Hollandaise

    Colorado Rocky Ford cantaloupe with Devonshire cream

    A & W root beer float with SDSU ice cream

    My treat #grins

  8. Dicta 2021-09-01 20:47

    Pat Powers is now actively censoring critical comments regarding Ravnsborg. Take note.

  9. Arlo Blundt 2021-09-01 21:27

    Well…Jake’s comments are worth noting…there are probably 800 attorneys in South Dakota, 700 of them Republican for career reasons if for no other, and the Party, in its benevolent wisdom, looked at this pile of legal talent and chose Ravensborg…there is something fundamentally wrong with the Republican Party in South Dakota.

  10. Bob Newland 2021-09-01 22:41

    Everything we want him to be good at, he’s bad at.

    There seems to be two things he’s good at: 1) avoiding serious repercussions for his incompentnce and bad behavior and, 2) performing acts soaked in dubious character upon Republican strongfolk.

    As to number 2, how else could a simpering pathetic little piece of dung like him achieve the nomination of the Republican Party of SoDak for the highest law enforcement job in the state? Makes one also want to review how he got to be a Lt. Col. in the Army.

  11. M 2021-09-03 07:29

    The rest of the sentence….by Jason R
    “One thing I’m good at, it’s driving with my left hand and using my right for entertainment.”

    Yes Arlo, there is rot within the Republican party in S.D. Yet I smell it from other states as well depending on the direction of the wind.

  12. Dicta 2021-09-03 08:32

    Things that happened yesterday:

    1. I made a call to quite a few legislators, many of which tipped their hat quite clearly re: Ravnsborg.
    2. One of the deflections frequently leaned on was Ravnsborg being a vet. As a vet myself, I am still trying to figure out how that is relevant.
    3. A couple claimed there was a report that was not released to the public that said GPS data PROVE Ravnsborg did not lane drive. First, you just made it public and did so in a selective manner that most benefitted you carrying water for the AG. Second, if this report exists, why in the blue hell did Price reach the conclusions he did?
    4. Of course, many of them trashed Noem. The first reason was because “she wants to place on of her choices there.” While freely admitting Noem is a political animal who will never let a tragedy go without capitalizing on it, this is not relevant. Noem bad != Ravonsborg should walk away with no consequences. 2. NOEM HAS HER OWN SPEEDING TICKETS! I don’t even know how to respond to such an obvious red herring.
    5. Powers is vanishing posts critical of the AG at an alarming rate.

    He isn’t going to be successfully impeached. Bank on it.

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