Killer Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg appears to remain an avid reader of Dakota Free Press. He was checking this blog on his phone moments before plowing his car into pedestrian Joe Boever on September 12, 2020. Then last week, just one day after I posted that he was still using Governor Kristi Noem’s image on his campaign website, Ravnsborg—or, at least, whoever is in charge of his campaign—appears to have directed his webmaster to scrub that image of the Governor who wants his head from his website
Last week, Ravnsborg’s “Jason for South Dakota” website featured a banner rotating two images: one of him at his busy desk while his chief of staff, Tim Bormann, stands beside him with more papers, then an image of Ravnsborg seated next to Noem:
I check Ravnsborg’s campaign website this morning and find Jason’s picture with Kristi has been removed from the banner. The home page banner is now a static image, the photo of Jason and Tim at the desk, shrunken and overlaid on an American flag. The metadata on the page gives a publication date of “Tue Apr 05 14:13:23 UTC 2022,” indicating that the webmaster updated the home page one day after I published the above awkward screen cap.
Noem’s hasn’t gotten Ravnsborg’s head yet, but the webmasters did get Bormann’s, or at least part of it. The webmaster, still listed as the PR Marketing Group run by Republican Representative Trish ladner and her husband Bobby, shrank the picture of Jason and Tim and cropped the top half of Tim’s head. This cropped banner image also chops off Jason’s hands and desk, which were visible in the previous version. When we could see his hands and desk, the image at least conveyed the impression that he was busy working with lots of papers. The papers on the desk gave Jason’s and Tim’s eyes a reason to be focused downward, away from us. This new crop leaves no image of the work on the desk. The image thus leaves Jason looking inactive, passive, waiting for his chief of staff to hand him something.
The webmaster also moved Jason’s name and title from the clunky grey box below his portrait at the left to the top center, but in their haste, they failed to adjust Jason’s image, leaving Jason’s head and torso floating detached from the banner image below. This graphic error recurs on the Meet Jason and Contact pages.
And in general, I would suggest that there is no good reason to cut a picture through any subject’s hand or head. Sloppy work, web designers.
Related Web Trivia: The keywords embedded in Ravnsborg’s campaign website indicate his web people haven’t updated the code for his website since the 2018 campaign.
<meta name="keywords" content="Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota Attorney General, Randy Seiler, Marty Jackley, John Thune, Retired Randy Seiler, Attorney General, South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley Attorney General, District Attorney, Vote for Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota Jason Ravnsborg, Jason Ravnsborg for Attorney General, Best Attorney General, Lance S Russell, John Fitzgerald, South Dakota SB 70, South Dakota SB 71"/>
<meta name="description" content="A graduate of the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Political Business and History as well as an Army commission through ROTC. Your support is appreciated."/>[Jason Ravnsborg campaign website, meta tags for keywords and description, retrieved 2022.04.11]
Those keywords aren’t working all that well: when I search for the last two terms Ravnsborg tucks into his keywords, Google responds with just 17 links on “South Dakota SB 70” and just 6 on “South Dakota SB 71”. Most of the former results refer to the 2013 justice reform package; the latter are split among 2019 SB 71 (a failed bill that would have prohibited sentencing severely mentally ill people to death), 2021 SB 71 (the failed and swiftly obsolesced bill to make Juneteenth a working holiday), and 2022 SB 71 (the South Dakota theocracy‘s latest expansion of its stealth vouchers). None of the Google results for either keyword point to Ravnsborg’s website, but searches on each term do bring up Dakota Free Press and my mention of Jason’s website keywords in the comments under last week’s post.
Jason, how much are you paying Trish Ladner for Google juice? Maybe you should buy an ad on Dakota Free Press instead.