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April 21st, 2014 — Daugaard, Rounds
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 . . .”
November 30th, 2013 — Cartoon, Rounds
November 21st, 2013 — Rounds
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.
May 10th, 2013 — Rounds
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.
November 29th, 2012 — Rounds
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-Child Welfare (The Mette Case)
Anti-Fair Bid Contracts
September 14th, 2012 — Cartoon, Rounds
September 13th, 2012 — Rounds
Anti-Child Welfare (The Mette Case)
Anti-Fair Bid Contracts
Yeah, sounds like a great guy for the senate.
September 4th, 2011 — Governor Rounds, Green Energy, Rounds
Another example of nepotism and golden parachutes for Repugs in our state;
Former Gov. Mike Rounds has been named to the board of directors of a company that plans to build a multibillion-dollar network of transmission power lines across the Dakotas – a job that will pay him $75,000 next year, plus that amount in stocks.
While it’s not unusual that a former politician such as a governor would be named to the board of directors of a private company after leaving office, this appointment has raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest.
That’s because ITC Holdings of Novi, Mich. – the company for which Rounds now works – eventually will need its project to be approved by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, where most employees are carryovers from the Rounds administration. That includes analyst Brian Rounds, son of the former governor.
I read about half the story, and got tired of reading all the f’ing excuses and didn’t finish. Kinda reminded me of Chico from SDSU sitting on the board for Monsanto. While it is clear there is a conflict of interest, doubt anything will be done about it, as usual. ITC isn’t that bad of a company after all, they support green energy. Wonder if Rounds knows that? But like a typical Repug in our state, all he cares about is if the check is good.
June 1st, 2011 — Rounds
Governor Christie needed someone to fly him to his kid’s game. Hey, Chris, get your pilot’s license like Marion and fly yourself;
Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son’s baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter.
Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field, a noise from above distracted the spectators as the 55-foot long helicopter buzzed over trees in left field, circled the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field. Christie disembarked from the helicopter and got into a black car with tinted windows that drove him about a 100 yards to the baseball field.
During the 5th inning, Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie got into the car, rode back to the helicopter and left the game. During a pitching change, play was stopped for a couple of minutes while the helicopter took off.
Chris must have stole a page from the Rounds administration.
December 6th, 2010 — Rounds
“Screw! Education. Who needs it?”
Could have seen this coming faster then a female Castlewood rancher with big hair and hoop earrings;
Rounds is proposing that they cut about $240 dollars in funding for every student, dropping the number from $4,804 dollars to $4,564 for each child’s education.
I have a better idea to save the state money; throw out all the elitist Republican politicians that have rewarded their friends and family over the years with jobs and no-bid contracts. We can’t do that, instead lets cut an already underfunded education system.
What a dirty move, but not surprising.