But sometime, between now and the end of the August recess, they’ll need to put their big-boy, big-girl pants on and hold some town halls. They need to show the state’s voters that they can stand down blubbering bounders, paid provocateurs and those who are genuinely concerned. They need to have the courage of their convictions to explain why Obamacare must go and why its replacement is better for the country. Because if there’s one thing people dislike more than a hypocrite, it’s a coward.
This is why I often tell people to get involved with local politics, DC is just full of silliness. These three could care less how the average South Dakotan lives their lives. Noem pretends to care on occasion because she wants to be governor, but Thune and Rounds have been disconnected for years. Of course the Stooge protectors say this is a setup for the left wing to attack them. First off, if there is a ‘left wing’ big enough to attack people in SD, please point them out to me, I would like to meet them, and secondly, this isn’t about just attending a left leaning town hall, it’s about having ANY town hall that is held in front of the general public.
Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem will return to South Dakota during a congressional recess period, but don’t plan to hold formal town hall forums. Spokespeople for the three said they hadn’t received invitations to the Thursday forum.
Kate Hayes, one of the group’s organizers, said she thought it was important that constituents remain an active check and balance system, weighing in regularly about Trump’s comments or policies that might worry them.
“We want to get back to where we’re doing our job as part of our democracy,” she said. “We need to be there to watch them and hold them accountable.”
Even if this was a grassroots Republican event, I doubt they would make an appearance, these clowns only show up to these kind of events if they can show off shooting hoops or collecting checks from rich donors.
But I’M NOT discouraging people from going to the event at Icon Lounge-Sioux Falls, Thursday, 5:30 – 7 PM. There will be a lot of other guests and speakers, should be fun, especially if NO Republicans make it.
Protest at Rounds office
Tuesday 02/06/17 • 12 noon.
Against Betsy DeVoss nomination.
320 N Main Ave., Suite A
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Protest should gather in front of building and gather more information. Peacefully assemble. Bring signs. Behave yourself. Comply with police. Send someone to his office to bring staff/clipboards to the protestors to leave statements.
Share details, tell any media contacts. Don’t give anyone a reason to criticize our methods, only our ideas.
Funny for a guy who weaseled his way out of the EB-5 scandals, he sure is paranoid of who is calling him. I even cracked a joke the other night, the reason I like being involved in local government is because I can call my local lawmakers (city and county) and they will talk to me about concerns, where if you have to get a hold of our DC delegation – good luck. Now it appears, Rounds is doing background checks on people who just want to ask him a question. Super creepy;
But Ellis smelled something else fishy about Senator Rounds’s response. It was addressed to Ellis by her full name, including her middle name, which she did not give over the phone. It was sent to her son’s e-mail address, which she did not provide to the Senator’s staff. Ellis’s son has never provided that e-mail address to Senator Rounds’s office; Ellis says her son has never contacted any elected official and has zero political involvement. (She’s working on changing that.)
Curious, Ellis called the office back. She asked about her son’s e-mail address; Rounds staff couldn’t explain how that address had gotten into their system. She asked about the use of her middle name; Rounds staff said something about how birth certificates are public record.
Today the Huffington Post went to great lengths to manipulate Senator Rounds’ remarks and take them out of context. Rounds believes it was a mistake for Trump not to disavow the KKK immediately, a key point of the conversation conveniently left out of the quote being misrepresented and the key element missing from the Huffington Post’s “story.”
Even if you’re disappointed with the way he’s responding to things, even if you’re mad at him, you disagree with him, if he did it intentionally — I don’t think he did, I think he just made a mistake — even if he did, they’re still going to do a better job with him there than if you had Hillary or Bernie in his place.
Because you know, a racist POS is way better, and hey, if you can get the white power folk to vote for Trump, more power to them (no pun intended).
Okay, I know what you are thinking, Detroit is at it again with his Christmas list. But to tell you the truth, that has been off my radar. Why? Well, because Mike did his smooth sailing to his Senate seat, so I figured, “Never happen.”
And it may not, but there has been quite a bit of chatter about it.
I had a good chuckle, because like I said, these things don’t come easily. So I picked the brains of some connected Republicans in the state about the possibility. They didn’t know anything about pending indictments, but this comment sticks out from one of them, “Lobbyists in Washington consider Rounds as TOXIC because of EB-5.”
Yeah, let’s talk ‘toxicity’. His two terms as governor were plenty toxic for me.
UPDATE: A reader identifies the person in the ad as Doug Rounds, Mike’s brother. I will admit, I was skeptical also if it was Mike, because the way this person ends sentences is different then Mike’s voice.
Not sure if it is him (towards the end of the ad, not the beginning speaker) but if it is, he is violating US Senate Ethics Rules (Pages 8-9; DOC;EthicsOverview_Booklet).This one sticks out;
May not allow name to be used by an entity providing professional services.
There may be a little wiggle room here if it is him. First off he doesn’t use his name (I am Mike Rounds trying to sell you insurance) though it is his agency. And the sell job is done by another announcer, but still a slippery place to be. I remember as sitting governor he did PSA’s for supplemental insurance (that his agency sells) those ads quickly disappeared after it was brought to his attention. These might just mysteriously go bye, bye to.
“I have had the opportunity to talk to a number of Democrat Senators who are welcoming the change back to what Leader (Mitch) McConnell is saying will be the new norm, which will be making through a regular order of business where committees actually function once again and are expected to get their work out on a timely basis,” Rounds said.
And when you talked to those senators Marion, did they tell you they prefer the non-Rush Limbaugh title of ‘Democratic’. No surprise coming from our new Repug Senator.
Spring has sprung and that means golf courses are reopening in the Sioux Empire. According to Dakota Golf Management, Prairie Green Golf Course and its driving range are now open for the season in Sioux Falls. Elmwood and Kuehn Park golf courses and driving ranges will open on Friday, March 31.
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