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When does the Marion Rounds standup comedy tour begin?


Rounds recently responded to Kevin Woster’s ’12 reasons’ questions and boy did I get a good laugh. Maybe he’ll take old Blogevich on the road with him?

Here are the top 12 reasons former Gov. Mike Rounds says you should vote for him in the U.S. Senate race:

1. I have a proven track record of leadership with a decade experience in the state senate, six years as majority leader and I was honored to work as governor for eight years.

So what you are telling us is that you were such a great ‘leader’ you knew nothing about what the Board of Regents, Joop Bollen and Richard Benda were doing with EB-5. Because you know, great leaders have no clue with what is going on around them.

2. When I was Senate Majority leader, I was part of a team that created and passed a 30% property tax reduction plan that’s still in place today.

And then you took that tax cut (which mostly went to farmers) and gutted education funding.

3. I’ve been in small business for over 30 years and I understand the ups and downs and how government affects business.  I’ll work tirelessly to reduce the amount of government overreach and to create policies that improve our economy and create good jobs.

You were so concerned about too much government overreach while governor you increased FTE’s by 1000 and had to use Federal tax dollars to balance the budget, all the while still having shared interest in your insurance company.

4. During my entire eight years as governor, America was at war. I’m a strong supporter of the military, a strong national defense and I have the highest respect for our military women and men, their families and especially the sacrifice they’ve made for our country.

Hate to break it to you Mike, but America has been at war, with someone, somewhere for over 100 years. It’s time we cut our military and end some of our occupations.

5. I believe we need to put government back into the roll our founding fathers intended by balancing the budget, reining in federal bureaucracies like the EPA, and limiting executive power by passing the REINS Act, approving and building the Keystone XL pipeline and repealing and replacing Obamacare, piece by piece,  with a patient centered, market driven alternative.

Yeah, how is the ‘market driven’ healthcare working out for you? Pretty good if you own an insurance company, not so well for patients who have to file bankruptcy anytime they need to see the doctor.

6. As part of a bipartisan team, we worked hard in our successful efforts to save the Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure during the BRAC process, and will continue those efforts to keep our military and Ellsworth strong.

I remember our Washington Delegation preventing that closure, while you dropped in for some photo ops.

7. I worked hard in securing a national lab designation for Sanford Lab, and a strong I’m (?)a strong proponent of creating better science opportunities for our children.

While gutting education funding.

8. I’m a proud father of four and grandfather of six  and Jean and I believe it’s  our responsibility to provide a better life for the next generation just as our parents and grandparents did for us.

While gutting education funding and rufusing to expand Federal funding for Medicare and Medicade.

9. I’m NRA A-rated and staunch supporter of second amendment rights.

10. I’m pro-life and pro-family.

I’m pro-gun and pro-life and pro-family. A family that shoots critters together, stays together.

11. I recognize the importance of clean air and water and providing recreational activities like hunting, fishing camping, and will continue to work hard to create even more opportunities for the next generation.

While proposing to gut the EPA.

12. I’m pleased to accept endorsements from: NRA, NFIB, US Chamber, Eagle Forum, National Right to Life, Family Heritage Alliance, Senator John Thune, Governor Dennis Daugaard, Governor Mike Huckabee and others.

Huckabee? LOL!


EB-5 isn’t Rounds’ first Scandalous Rodeo


He was lying 8 years ago, and he keeps lying today.

While things in the EB-5 world are heating up for Rounds (signing off on SDRC’s contract and now the Brown County Commission asking for a banking commission investigation) the stonewalling at Dakota Wuss College continues, and of course the lying (Wadhams claiming Kathy Tyler had a secret meeting with Brendan Johnson when all she said is that she talked to him, kind of like when I waited on him a couple of months ago and I asked him what he would like to drink, does our beverage conversation count as a secret conversation? I think he said something like, “I’ll take a merlot, and did you know, Rounds is guilty as Hell.” (snarc)

The lies get more ridiculous by the day, I hope they are paying BK Jr. good to purport all those lies on his ‘blog’. Pat really should have taken some lessons from the original fake political blogger, Jon Lauck.

But enough of those yahoos.

I wanted to remind everyone of all the other scandals Rounds was involved with while serving as governor, some of you have short memories;

Using his gigantic fleet of state owned airplanes for personal use, then paying the fuel bill from the Governor’s club fund ‘after’ he was busted. It was so scandalous at the time, Professor Reynold Nesiba got it on the ballot to limit Rounds’ travels, and the good people of SD agreed.

Increased the FTE’s by over a thousand during his short tenure, giving many jobs to family members and family members of campaign contributors.

No bid contracts to campaign contributors. Just call Scott Lawrence over at Lawrence and Schiller, he will explain it all to you, or maybe his dad can, you know, Craig Lawrence, the guy running the State GOP now.

Elkpoint / Hyperion fiasco. That has so many layers, don’t even know where to begin. How is that project going by the way? And how much state tax dollars were wasted?

Millions in subsidies to TransCanada, that they didn’t need or ask for.

Taking public education funding in SD back to the stone age (remember, one of Rounds’ objectives is to get rid of the Federal Department of Education as senator).

I could go on, but you get the gist. Why on earth any South Dakotan would want to send this crook to Washington is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have 100% confidence in Weiland or even Pressler as our next Senator, but I will say this about the two gentlemen, one was honored for his integrity and the other wants to fix healthcare by offering a public Medicare option, which is what the ACA should have offered from the freaking beginning.

All we will get with Marion Mike Rounds is more scandals, afterall, this is a guy who doesn’t even use his first name. Even Alice Cooper has more integrity then that.


SD Senate Debate


Just watched the US Senate debate, got a good laugh at all the BS that comes out of Rounds mouth. He said he wants to shut down the EPA, the Federal Department of Education and revoke Medicare.

So I guess if we send him to Washington, he will make sure we are dumb, sick and living in an environmental wasteland. Sounds like a winning campaign platform to me.

Below, the Myers team demonstrating at Dakotafest how the Benda suicide took place according to an unnamed source. I guess the barrel of the gun was 18″ from his stomach. That is one heck of a stick he needed to push the trigger.



If a man shoots himself in the stomach using a branch in the woods, and nobody is there to witness it, is Denny and Marion still guilty of ignorance?


More EB-5 fun times;

Of the documents released by USCIS, the most surprising relate to the TransCanada project. Bollen made the initial application in May 2011 to include TransCanada as a qualifying EB-5 project.

By that time, Gov. Dennis Daugaard had been in office five months. Benda, who had not been retained by Daugaard as a Cabinet secretary, had gone to work for Bollen and SDRC.

Tony Venhuizen, Daugaard’s director of policy and communications, said state officials didn’t learn until more than two years later — last summer — that Bollen had applied with the USCIS to supply EB-5 financing to Trans-Canada. By then, state and federal officials were investigating the state’s program.

“He told them he wanted to get into the pipeline business,” Venhuizen said, saying the TransCanada information was a surprise.

But one thing the state officials said they didn’t learn until questioned last week by the Argus Leader was that Bollen also was trying to expand SDRC’s service area into Montana and Nebraska.

“That was not a detail that he mentioned,” Venhuizen said.

I love how the current administration and the Rounds administration act like Benda and Bollen were just working alone, because, you know, like the governor doesn’t have time to monitor millions of dollars in economic development money. I could just hear Denny and Marion having the conversation as Marion was leaving office, “Yeah, Dennis, really not sure what Benda and the boys are doing up in the ED office, but you can trust them, they are really good at managing themselves, heck, they never ask for my assistance ever, sometimes it will be months before I even talk to them.” Dennis responds, “Cool, it is kind of how I handled fostering native children out to white foster families. Once they left Children’s Home Society, and you cut us a check, I was pretty much hands off, guess you can’t say that about Mr. Mette . . .”

I know NOT’ING!


Gordon Howie drops a bomb

Wow! This is interesting;

From sources high in the South Dakota Republican leadership camp, the message is a real political bombshell.

We have been told that Mike Rounds will withdraw from the US Senate race in December…

due to investigations currently underway.  Details were sketchy, but the assertion is that the EB-5 program investigations are getting too hot for former Governor, now Senate candidate Mike Rounds.

That might explain why Rounds has been conspicuously absent from nearly all of the joint appearances of the candidates.

We are also told that current US Congresswoman Kristi Noem will enter

Okay, Howie isn’t exactly the best source for this news, but it certainly an interesting theory.

Mike Rounds, still hiding crap

Mike Rounds still hiding secrets;

Rounds has denied an open-records request filed by a Democratic group asking for  the records, according to a rejection letter sent  on May 7, 2013 provided to the The Daily Caller.

Part of me doesn’t want to know even half the crap he pulled secretly as governor.

At least we will get to watch Dems beat each other over the head and waste a bunch of money in a primary, I’m sure that process will be very open (and messy). Your welcome Senator Rounds.

Is the Anti-Governor running for senate?

Get out the party favors!

Soon one of the worst governors (besides Janklow) will become our worst senator;

“I am here today to ask the people of South Dakota for their support and to allow me to work for them as their United States Senator in 2014,” Rounds said in a statement.

I encourage anyone whose is ANTI anything to vote for him;


Anti-Open Government

Anti-Child Welfare (The Mette Case)

Anti-Fair Bid Contracts

Anti-Limited government

Anti-Fiscal responsibility



The Anti-Education governor, Rounds, running for Senate?


Anti-Open Government

Anti-Child Welfare (The Mette Case)

Anti-Fair Bid Contracts

Anti-Limited government

Anti-Fiscal responsibility


Yeah, sounds like a great guy for the senate.