It’s not like he casually going to be at this event on a Saturday afternoon. He is taking time away from his job as our Mayor of Sioux Falls to drive to Yankton on a Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new business in another community.
Makes you wonder if he will also announce a run at this event?
A couple of weeks ago Brian Allen got all giddy about his ‘exclusive’ interview with the mayor about his future plans (in an empty room at the Old Courthouse). The mayor told him, what he has told everyone else; not ready to make an announcement yet. They also did a glowing interview about Huether Family Moth Ball center and his wife winning a national tennis award.
ArtMaze, one of the better parts of Sioux Falls life in 2016
2016 has been a rough year for citizen activism. While it has been up and down here in Sioux Falls with many successes and failures to boot, it seems Washington DC has gone into full collapse as we allowed racist, sexist, hillbillies to elect our president.
But locally there were three things that stood out;
• Governor Daugaard claiming that voters were ‘hoodwinked’ into voting for IM 22, then getting the Pierre (in)justice system to go along with it. Funny how for over 40 years voters have been voting his party into power, and no word about ‘hoodwinking’ but once that corrupt power will be challenged, all the voters are idiots. As one official told me that used to work for Dennis, it’s not the public that are idiots, it’s Dennis. And his idiocy has been shining through.
• The South Dakota Democratic Party’s bottom completely fell out, and the people in charge patted themselves on the back. Insanity I tell you! Insanity!
• But one of the greatest achievements of the year is the Sioux Falls City Council’s change of power. The four new councilors have been flexing their muscles with a little help from Councilor Erickson, and while they have had a few missteps to start out, they have been learning from the battle scars. While ‘leadership’ of the council (Rolfing and Kiley) seem to be on a two man mission to rubberstamp all things Huether, shut down public input, and concoct false ethics charges against a fellow councilor (until they got caught lying like the snakes they are) they are becoming more and more in check. The city council has many big plans for 2017, and I have a feeling their agenda will push through easily as our lame duck mayor melts.
Let’s take a look at some the finer high and low points of 2016;
• The Huether Tennis center continues to block parking from other event attendees at the Sanford Sports complex though they basically stole $500K from taxpayers for the facility. Throughout the year there was several reports on cones and signs blocking the lot with not cars in it. But hey Mike’s Bride won an award this year and seemed surprised she did, without commenting that her check to the organization that gave the award wasn’t returned.
• The Sioux Falls City Council leadership and mayor’s HR department pulled a military retiree out of their asses for city clerk, a person who will be in charge of our city elections and hasn’t been registered to vote for years. He also proved his knowledge of official stamps when he stamped a petition without even bothering to read it. While Mr. Greco has gotten better over the year, the city clerk position should not be a $80K+ a year job as an apprentice, sadly being trained by one of his assistant clerks who has ten times the qualifications and applied for the position but was turned down. I’m sure it had nothing to do with the council chair’s view of women in the work place.
• Speaking of letting the mayor’s HR department and Leadership’s Mutt and Jeff pick the next internal auditor, the council barked loud enough that they did not want another ‘Greco’ pick. Not sure if the barking worked, but the person who was set to take the job saw the writing on the wall and turned it down. Hopefully the person who ultimately gets the position won’t be turned down because they shave their legs.
• The city continues to blow money on the Winter Wonderland Display, but the way the mayor has been cutting budgets these days, I expect next year’s display to be a couple of homeless barrel fire pits, sponsored by the Dudley House of course.
• After posting about the ridiculous corporate like raises the mayor has been giving to his management team, he turns around and still screws the minions with dismal raises again this year. I think in a special note to the city employees on their Christmas paystub he wrote, “I don’t care.”
• The city continues the FREE condom distribution program at area bars, and for some reason Monk’s is always emptied the quickest. Coincidence that is also a favorite watering hole of city managers . . .
• The Tuthill shooting case becomes ‘inactive’ and a tree branch shadow gets off scott free.
• The Erp wrongfully calls out local massage therapists as prejudice because they pointed out the ‘shower massages’ that were taking place around town. Apparently someone got a bad fortune cookie that day.
• The car rental tax and BID tax grabby-grabby fails in Sioux Falls, but the state legislature passes one of the most idiotic tax increases ever so our teachers are now just tied for last instead of dead last in pay. Out hoodwinking governor already has plans to rob the pot only one year after its passage.
• Hartford’s city government was in a state of collapse. Who really cares?
• The Levitt Pavilion is moving forward in Sioux Falls. It will be nice watching outdoor concerts sitting in the grass while battery acid is boiling beneath our asses.
• The Boulevard ordinance changes went into effect. Now stop worrying about rocks and plant a garden.
• The Washington Pavilion got a change of leadership after Darrin Smith takes over as President. So far he has only eliminated one director, but I hear the blood-letting has just begun. Now let’s throw another couple of million at the place to fix the poor construction to begin with. That will never happen with the Events Center . . .
• The Events Center cracks down on outside snacks and guns at events. We are all now safe from cheap fat people shooting us, but not in the parking lot.
• The Pottie Room war starts in Pierre and is guaranteed to return in 2017.
• A city council candidate throws a hissy fit over a post I wrote about his wife’s involvement with the Jesus plows and after threats to my employer I pull the post. He ends up taking last place in the at-large race. How’s Jesus working out for you now?
• Due to health reasons, Kermit Staggers decides not to run for a 4th term on the city council. His endorsement of Stehly puts her over the top.
• One of the youngest candidates in city history runs for city council. I apologize to Briggs for all the shitty things I said about him during the campaign.
• The Argus Leader sues the city for the details in the secret events center siding settlement. The Argus loses the first round but it is headed to the SD Supreme Court.
• On a similar note, the SON neighborhood is also awaiting a judgement in their Walmart suit with the SD Supreme Court.
• The Mayor and Q-Tip Smith screwup the DT parking ramp development by flapping their traps to soon, and the council later on in the year returns the favor and defunds the ramp all together for 2017. I still think the fiasco is what got Smith to seek refuge at the Pavilion.
• City officials throw a hissy-fit over Bruce’s camera at a city meeting we were invited to by then city councilor Kenny Anderson. Looking back on it now, I just chuckle.
• Bruce and I do a presentation on voter turnout in Sioux Falls at Democratic Forum and one of the mayor’s buddy developers in Sioux Falls tries to shut us down. When he fails, he walks out. Another casualty to transparency.
As our crime rate in Sioux Falls continues to rise, gets more violent, and the animosity towards police nation wide grows, you would think the city’s human resources department and mayor would agree to a minimal pay increase of 3% (an extra $300,000 a year);
“You have excellence on one hand when they’re publicizing the virtue of the city, but in negotiations, the median or even below the median is somehow acceptable. We don’t think those two fit together very well,” said Wilka.
Whether you are for or against this pay increase, as Mr. Wilka points out, it seems kind of strange to deny the union’s request. Maybe the mayor is punishing the union and blaming them for the sharp crime increase?
Had a person ask me today if I had anything to do with the below google results through using ‘bots’. While I find it funny, I did not do this. The only thing I could think is that since this is one of the first toons I did of Mike over 7 years ago, that it has become a popular image in his searches.
If Mike is going to run for higher office, it is time for him to order that thicker skin. He is going to need it.
If our greatest mayor who ever lived is planning a future as our greatest guv’nor or congress critter, he better get his big boy pants on and show some respect.
The microphones were hot Tuesday night to match the temperaments during public input. Citizens show up to offer advice on current issues facing the city. Our elected leaders don’t always like it. Too Bad, So Sad. Sioux Falls City Council Public Input on December 20, 2016 was just one of those nights where the mayor didn’t get his loving and adoration he demands.
We’ll be showing the rest of the input in another video but this video shows his disdain for those who dare challenge him or his policies. Just remember, the mayor gives out Gold Tooth awards for those he really disdains.
Over the past several months (since early summer) I have been getting several political insiders telling me about a rumored plan by Huether to find a ‘place holder’ candidate for mayor.
In other words, he has been digging around to find someone to run for mayor, hopefully win, then after four years not run for a second term so Huether could run again. It’s possible in city politics to serve two terms (4 years) back to back and run again, but there must be a 4 year separation between the two terms, similar to what councilor Dr. Staggers did.
I haven’t really said much about it, because I was uncertain if he could find someone to do such a strange thing. Oh, and it is strange and quite egotistical. The place holder would obviously be someone with a lot of spare time, and not a lot of political ambition.
Ironically enough, the mayor may have found this person, and they fit the bill. I will hold back from saying who this may be, because they still haven’t announced yet, but if or when they do, guaranteed I will make sure the media pressures them about this rumored plan. This person does have political experience, but not exactly a stellar record when it comes to political ambition, more like serving politically to serve their own personal ambitions.
The mayor said this to Brian Allen on KSFY tonight,
“If I could run for mayor again, I would.”
So what if the plan succeeds, and the mayor either decides NOT to run for higher office or loses his bid? Could he go to work for said candidate as Chief of Staff or as a director with the city? He probably could.
What I find odd is why does the Mayor want to keep such short reins on city government, even if he leaves for four years? Is there certain things going on that a ‘place holder’ candidate may have to cover up for the mayor?
My first suggestion to the new mayor, no matter who they are (hopefully not a place holder) would be a forensic audit of the city, because if Huether has been up to any inside deals or corruption, I would want it out in the open before they take over the finances of the city.
This may be what the Mayor worries about the most.
The only person who made the decision to register as an independent was Mike. But he may not have had a choice. Over the past year there has been many prominent Democrats considering asking him to leave the party, ironically for the reasons he told us why he was leaving; he’s not a Democrat. This has been obvious for a while and came to its climax yesterday.
Even if Mike would have chosen to remain in the party, I don’t think he would be helping them much, and vice versa. I think Mike’s chances of winning in Congress have increased by registering Independent. But I don’t think he has a shot at becoming Governor as an Independent.
I think the Dems should look at this as a blessing in disguise. Instead dealing with this sociopath, they will have a chance to put up a solid (Democratic) candidate, and let Mike steal votes from the Republican (because that is what he will do). The Dems might actually have a shot at the congressional seat in 2018, thanks to Mike Huether after all.
One thing I have noticed about Mike is once you get him away from his comfort zone of his staff or surroundings, he shrinks. And he shrinks fast. While he starts out strong, he quickly shrivels when he can’t fall back on his staff to answer the questions. And they were not that tough, mind you, they were not softballs either, but it is safe to assume they would be asked.
I get why he is leaving the party. First off, many in the party don’t want him there anyway, because besides the money he has given them, he really isn’t a true Democrat. If you watched our series of meetings, you will see a resounding theme (besides whining) they are the party of the working class. Mike could care less about these people, he stated this at Black Sheep Coffee. He is now part of the ruling class. Democrats, especially in this state are not the ruling class, they are the handup class that want to help others, no matter their creed.
Though he proudly admits he voted for Thune and Daugaard, he refuses to answer if he voted for Trump (though he defends him) and said he isn’t going to list all the other candidates he voted for. He had to know that the question would be asked if you admit you voted for the top two Republicans in the state.
He throws this press conference to simply say he is switching his registration, but then won’t answer if he is running for higher office (congress or governor). Then why have this press conference? As one Argus reporter joked on Twitter, Did he tell us what he had for lunch or when he is going to change his vehicle registration? While sarcastic, they make the point, you don’t throw a party ‘just because’.
He talks about a developer who tried to tell him how to run the city shortly after he became mayor, then tells him that is not how it is going to be. It sure hasn’t. We have reason to believe that the mayor has used his position to pad his pockets in many private investments. But since SD has such horrible ethics and open records laws, we may never know how deep those investments go.
He calls himself a moderate and a fiscal conservative and social liberal. Talk about the total opposite of his record. He is a extreme corporatist who makes decisions based on his bottom line, he has spent and borrowed like a drunken sailor who is has put our city into more debt then any other mayor before him. He has also been opposed to free swim passes, free bus rides and has been trying to increase rates on the para transit. Social liberal? He doesn’t even understand the term. Social liberals are also concerned about crime, something he has totally ignored, and even went so far to screw the police union on raises.
He throws Nancy Pelosi under the bus, but can’t answer who would do a better job then her. It’s an easy question, like saying you prefer vanilla pudding over chocolate, instead of just saying, I don’t like chocolate.
He talks about being a non-partisan office holder then goes on to say that partisan politics is seeping into city government, but can’t give us an example of when this has happened. Sure, there was a few small cases, but I will admit, I haven’t seen it, even more with our new councilors. I think they are more populists and libertarians then anything. I don’t see them implementing Republican or Democratic polices, though the mayor has certainly tried, especially with a smoking ban.
He believes he will be attaining more allies by becoming an independent. What he really is saying he is trying to get more Republicans in his camp if he runs for higher office because he knows he can’t win as a Democrat, and he may quickly find out he can’t win as an independent either.
He says he hasn’t been beholden to special interests groups. That is hysterical in itself. All he has done is cater to special interest groups, whether that is Walmart, big developers, the swim teams, tennis or the Events Center, all of his moves have been for special interests, and not the common working Joe. In fact he has fought the little man the whole way.
He is leaving the Democratic Party, but can’t tell us why he is leaving them, except he blames both parties. But you are not leaving the Republican party, you are leaving the Democratic Party. Why?
In one of the most revealing moments, he is asked (twice) how he used business acumen (like Donald Trump) and while trying to weasel out of the question all he can say is that we are getting things done and I learned this, and I learned that and applied it to city government. C’mon! You can’t give one example? I could give dozens of how you have used business acumen to destroy city government. One big one is his breakdown of organized labor within the city, borrowing too much money on the backs of the working poor, bullying the council like you are a CEO and not a manager. Shall I continue?
He was honest at the end, he admits he will continue to run the city the same way as he has so far. I have no doubts about that, straight into the ground.
Cameraman Bruce watched a train wreck Monday and recorded it for you. Why was the train wreck scheduled and then held?
No simple question can be answered. No answer can be simple. So what was the purpose? No one in attendance can discern a reason for the mayor’s press conference on December 19, 2016. If the message can’t be told, why give a message?
Was My Man Mike bored? Was My Man Mike tired? Was My Man Mike tired of not getting any news media coverage so he had to create a pseudo-event? Where was the family? It must be sad to be Mike some days. The presser event was a sad without the usual mayoral tears.
So, what was presser for? Why was it held? We thought it was already done after the Belfrage radio show announcement, so the display sure seemed unnecessary, or was it?
Does not be able to get his way every day in city government now mean having to hold a press conference to give his lunch menu or updates on bowel movements? We do not know. This dumb presser reminds us of the little boy who cried wolf story. What is he was actually crying over something important and nobody showed up?
You could tell by the Twitter action during the presser, the press didn’t want to be there and will question the purpose of the next one, if there is a next one.
Like we the press said when it was done, what was the purpose and do we care? We really don’t know, we really don’t care and it is like watching old train wreck movies. You know there is going to be something. You know there is going to be carnage. You know there is going to be a mess. When it is over, who is going to clean it up? Us in less than16 months and 24 days. but who’s counting?
This is going to be an interesting ride for Mr. Huether. So when will he announce he is running for Congress or Governor as an indy.
He was inferring during the press conference that the (city council) was becoming partisan. Hardly. Ironically, I have seen the Dems on the council act like fiscal conservatives and the Republicans on the council act like social liberals. Sorry Mike, the current council is hardly partisan, but they do lean populist and libertarian.
He also hints that he is going to be a ‘leader’ in the independent movement in the state. LOL. Mike, kind of sounds like you are what you have always been, an opportunist corporatist.
He admitted that he voted for Thune and Daugaard. He was asked if he voted for Trump, and wouldn’t answer the question, but did like what Trump was doing.
Ironically, I’m sure the SDDP will be celebrating tonight. At least ONE good thing came from this election cycle.
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