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Legislative Intern Accuses Goodwin, Castleberry, and Schoenbeck of “Plot to Reshape the State Legislature”

During last week’s Special Session on redistricting, a Legislative intern surprised House State Affairs with a brief allegation of political plotting within her Republican party.

On November 9, House State Affairs met at 8 a.m. to give the Senate’s proposed redistricting map a full hearing. After Senator Mary Duvall, Senator Casey Crabtree, and Four Directions Native voting rights advocate Bret Healy testified in favor of the Senate map, House State Affairs chairman Rep. kent Peterson called for opponent testimony. At 22:55 in the SDPB audio of the hearing, Karli Healey, a Black Hills State University student, BHSU College Republicans vice-president, Air Force spouse, and Legislative intern took the mic, reminded members that she had interned for this very committee during the regular 2021 Session, and then dropped a bomb seemingly unrelated to the proceedings at hand:

Tim Goodwin colluded with Senator Castleberry to recruit me into Lee Schoenbeck’s plot to reshape the State Legislature. When Tim Goodwin found out what Legislative district I live in, he started to go around announcing my campaign for the State House to his friends in Pierre, cutting deals with Lee Schoenbeck without my informed consent.

I urge a no vote on this map [Karli Healey, testimony against 2021r SB 1, House State Affairs, 2021.11.09; timestamp 22:55 in SDPB audio].

Colluded… plot… Schoenbeck—those three words used in the same sentence should set any audience abuzz. But after a two-second beat, Chairman Peterson asked for “further opponent testimony to Senate Bill 1. After rookie Centerville Representative Richard Vasgaard and failed Republican Legislative candidate Joel Koskan voiced their complaints about the Senate map, alleged colluder Representative Tim Goodwin took the mic. Rep. Goodwin made no comment about Healey’s accusation; he simply stated his objection to having Wall, Wasta, and New Underwood moved from his District 30 over to Pine Ridge-focused District 27 (with an impolitic claim that his current district includes everything that’s in South Dakota tourism magazines except for “that big bird feeder in Mitchell”).

I don’t know which Legislative district Healey lives in, but her Air Force spouse status suggests she could be in current District 35 along with alleged Goodwin co-conspirator Senator Jessica Castleberry and hard-right Representatives Tina Mullaly and Tony Randolph. Representative Goodwin is a right-wing nut himself, so why he’d want to help a mainstreamer like Schoenbeck replace fellow faithful wingnuts in Rapid City would have to boil down to personal power games rather than ideology.

But hey, Tim! Jessica! Lee! If you are colluding in some nefarious plot to reshape the Legislature, let the voters know! Give me a call!

Related Reading:

  • Rep. Goodwin kicked up a fuss against the Senate map but ultimately voted for  the Senate’s final Sparrow map. Reps. Randolph and Mullaly voted against it, as did Goodwin’s District 30 seatmate Rep. Trish Ladner from Hot Springs. The Sparrow map left the south and western border of District 33 the same, leaving Goodwin’s house and nearby Sheridan Lake just barely inside District 30.
  • Rep. Randolph did provide a deciding vote in killing Rep. Goodwin’s 2021 HB 1059, a proposal to make government bigger by adding two non-voting legislators to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority. (Hey, if they wouldn’t be voting, why put them on the board? Let them sit in the cheap seats with the rest of us!)


  1. O 2021-11-17 13:30

    What am I missing here? Isn’t ALL politics an attempt to “shape/reshape the legislature?”

  2. Bonnie B Fairbank 2021-11-17 14:31

    Ed Zachery, O.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-11-17 15:54

    But how does Schoenbeck fit into Goodwin’s ALEC plot, and how do Mullaly, Randolph, or whatever other right-wingers Goodwin was targeting with Healey not? I sense some other game afoot here. What game did Healey try to expose?

  4. Porter Lansing 2021-11-17 15:59

    Perfect assessment, O. Hear, hear …

  5. larry kurtz 2021-11-17 16:19

    Isn’t the Sioux Falls Diocese Schoenbeck’s client? O’Gorman is suing the Biden administration, Goodwin is up to his eyeballs in Koch. They both hate women’s reproductive rights. Schoenbeck wants to preserve the dynasty trust industry at any cost, so does the extreme white wing of the Republican Party. The enemy of my enemy is my friend kinda deal.

  6. ArloBlundt 2021-11-17 16:26

    Well…Mrs. Healy may have misinterpreted Goodwin’s remarks which may have been just a casual compliment. Or, it may be that Goodwin wants somebody a bit sharper and a bit more eloquent representing his area…its hard to judge…legislators are full of blarney and, of course, the chamber is full of various plots and conspiracies. Ambition and status are legislative currency.

  7. Mark Anderson 2021-11-17 17:19

    O, I guess you are right, to bad all the Churching and schooling you receive doesn’t mention the true facts.

  8. grudznick 2021-11-17 20:31

    Mr. Goodwin is a known colludist. We in the Distict numbered 30 are ashamed.

  9. larry kurtz 2021-11-17 21:10

    District 30 is so infected with white wing nutbags and weirdos destined to eat itself out from the inside Bob Newland seems normal.

  10. grudznick 2021-11-17 22:52

    Lar, that is a mighty fine observation, and I respect it. Much as I respect my good friend Bob’s observations, at least those when he’s not out working for The Man. And you are righter than right that the District numbered 30 is populated heavily with some fellows who are rather odd, and many who are insaner than most.

    This is why you should re-join the Conservatives with Common Sense, and once again donate your breakfast-equivalent to our pool of funds. It is we CCSers and the Rhoden Rhangers alone who stand between total insanerism and a District numbered 30 that is more normal.

    Have you even seen what’s going on in Rockerville these days?

  11. Curt 2021-11-17 23:20

    Alright, what IS going on in Rockerville these days?

  12. Cully Williams 2021-11-18 02:29

    Karli was, if anything, throwing mud into the water to persuade a few people to vote no to kill Sparrow. Without saying her full address like a heathen, she lives in the area south of the KOA in the part of 1-4 that’s in 35. In no way was she likely to be redistricted into anything else, nor were the others in 35 going to a different district even if it would have followed city lines better. D35 was pretty well set and not changing come time for special session.

  13. grudznick 2021-11-18 06:56

    A massive development is underway, Mr. Curt, into which a large contingent of radical right-wingers are planning to move. Never mind the ecological destruction going on, this will swing Pennington County District RK over the edge.

  14. larry kurtz 2021-11-18 08:38

    My blog coverage of Lee Schoenbeck began in 2012 when he acknowledged his church’s support of the NRA. Recall that after the NRA, Butina, Erickson scandal broke Schoenbeck said Erickson had duped the Russians instead of the other way around. He needs Castleberry and Goodwin to keep their mouths shut and the NRA is one common consideration. Bendagate is another area where Schoenbeck has hidden vital evidence from GOAC to protect his political party at the expense of voters.

    This is deep sleaze, folks, and it’s not going away any time soon. With dirty trillions being hidden in South Dakota trusts and banks Republicans will do anything to protect that.

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