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Secretary of State Krebs should use this opportunity to her benefit

As you may or may not know, the MC Election Review Commission’s chair, Danielson found many issues with data coming from the SOS office, and probably caused many of the issues auditor Litz was having with sending out wrong ballots. These issues occurred during Gant’s tenure. I think Krebs should take heed of the recommendations, and fix the issues with data that happened during Gant’s administration. It will only be to Shantel’s benefit, but better yet, benefit voters and auditors across the state. We will see how she handles it.





Rapid City Mayor helps collect signatures to put Civic Center on ballot

Mayor Kooiker continues to surprise me every day;

Kooiker, who estimated he personally collected about 400 signatures, said he was pleased that the City Council’s decision to approve $180 million in bonds for a new civic center arena will be put to a public vote.

What I find amazing about what Sam did, is that not only did he support a public vote, he helped collect signatures. This is in stark reality to our mayor who told everyone he supported snow gates, but when asked to sign the petition to put them on the ballot, he refused, as did many local politicians, including our Secretary of State elect Shantel Krebs, who told petition gathers after refusing to sign, “Initiatives/referendums should be illegal in South Dakota.” Interesting statement from the person that is now in charge of our elections :(

I want to commend Mayor Kooiker for standing up for democracy in South Dakota and setting an example for other elected officials who don’t really understand the process that well.



Gant calling the Kettle Black


So when Jason’s partisanship is called out, he calls it ‘Absurd and Pathetic’

Myers has described the secretary of state as ‘a hit man for the Republican machine in Pierre.’

“The secretary of state is used as a party to advance the interest of the dominant party,” said Myers.

“Absolutely not — that’s absurd and pathetic. That’s just the sad attempt of publicity,” said Gant.

“And you know what, I don’t like bullies. So Gant is the big guy up in front of all the bullies,” said Myers.

“The law is the law and I can’t change it. Mr. Myers can’t change and I have to follow it. If he doesn’t agree with it, that’s his concern,” said Gant.

Jason has time and time again used his position as a REPUBLICAN to advance his party, he has made anybody who isn’t in the Republican party follow a separate set of rules, he has raised gobs of money for the state party, he has even went as far to purchase equipment from companies that have donated to the state party (E-Poll books) and has even endorsed candidates. Now if that isn’t partisanship, not sure what is. This issue could have been easily accommodated, the AG could have went in front of a judge (in the absence of the law referring to Indy candidates) and asked for an exception for Myers and Hubbel, then instructed Gant to put them on the ballot. But instead, they must punish those who don’t ‘kiss the ring’ and make them go dig up attorneys. Gant and Jackley know who their bosses are, and it is not the citizens of this great state.

One more reason Krebs is not qualified to be SOS

While reading one of Lalley’s meandering columns about Skunk Creek/Big Sioux pollution I found this little tidbit about Shantel interesting;

The rather difficult bit to stomach is the reaction from the lawmakers whose job it is to guard our natural resources, in this case Sens. Shantel Krebs of Renner and Jason Frerichs of Wilmot. They represent their parties as the top managers of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

And their message, as relayed by Harriman’s reporting, was clear: “Everything is fine.”

Both said they see no need for further regulation.

Both also pointed to urban run-off and lawn chemicals as a contributor to pollution. It’s true, that’s a point of discussion, but it ignores the larger issue.

While Frerichs just kind of throws his hands in the air and blames farmers who probably won’t work with government, Krebs IS a small farmer who probably is polluting the Big Sioux herself. It seems Krebs is happy with the status quo (unless she is working hard to make the referendum and initiative process harder so she can keep good standing with her favorite organization ALEC). This is the kind of person we want for our next SOS? Krebs doesn’t want to improve the lives of South Dakotans, which includes cleaning up the pollution in the Secretary of State’s office. Maybe Krebs as SOS will just continue the blatant prejudice against the Native Americans, continue screwing up the voter lists, continue to let Republican candidates to break the rules while turning in the Dems for breaking the same rules. Maybe she thinks ‘Everything is fine’ in the office, just like she thinks nothing should be done to fix the polluted Big Sioux. I have a feeling that if Krebs wins in November we will just have ourselves a skinnier blonde as SOS, not much else will change, it may even get worse.


As for Krebs’ challenger, Angela Schultz, I have only heard good things. A stellar resume (I didn’t see shoe salesperson in there though).

What does Christianity and Abortion have to do with fair elections?


What is scary about this is that Pat currently serves under Gantless as our deputy Secretary of State. I sometimes wonder where these people come up with their campaign slogans. As deputy, shouldn’t she know what the job of a SOS is? It has nothing to do with religion, God or abortion. It scares the Sh*t out of me that an ideologue like this is running our elections. How would she treat a petition challenge by a liberal Democrat Atheist who was pro-choice? It seems a Republican SOS only duty is to make sure that the opposition party doesn’t get a fair election in our state. What is even more dreadful is that the people of SD continue to vote these kind of people in office (Her challenger, Krebs, isn’t much better).

Yet the Democrats can’t dig up one single person to challenge these yahoos.

The job of SOS is simple, very simple. You must be fair and unbias. That’s it. No one cares what church you go to or whether you like kittens and rainbows. We want to know if you can do the job fairly.

Pat, as a principled voter, your postcard scares me. I will pray for you.




Meet the new boss same as the old boss (H/T – GP)

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SKrebs wouldn’t know how to be nonpartisan if it came up to her as a makeup counter attendant and applied the reality. She is an ambitious person who only wants power for herself, family and those who pay, ALEC. Her husband was a nice enough news reader for the second place Sioux Falls TV station who now uses his connections and power to return Marion M. Rounds back to a front row power seat. Shantel is just part of the PG13 program.

Shantel does not believe in the freedoms she espouses. She has proved this in everything she has done in her public and private work (former shoe salesperson). Just the way she blew off the courthouse petition gatherers and let those who witnessed, she did not believe in the petition process.

Krebs is a cog in the wheel of ALEC puppet power system. She will only do what Jason Gant could not get done for them. There must be a complete control system for all positions of responsibility in Pierre and she will make sure Gant’s ALEC plans are carried out.

Montgomery did a good job of outlining why South Dakotans should be afraid of Shantel.

  • The statement reported “she would “do whatever it takes” to help Republicans win every single statewide office on the ballot next year, include secretary of state“ says it all when she is in office.
  • How much will her husband and his personal connections to power assist in her effort.
  • Opposes early-voting sites to three other reservation and probably any other place where the GOP majority could be “harmed”.
  • Also note, she went to the former ALEC SOS, Chris Nelson, to get his advice. Doesn’t his make you warm and cozy?

Montgomery also throws more into the pot with this post Nelson hits Gant’s performance.  Shantel is getting advice from Nelson as Nelson dumps on Gant. Just remember, Nelson was SOS with control over the Help America Vote Act $9 million fund. He did nothing to help the Native American citizens to vote. Nelson was also SOS during the Lake Andes Native American voter harassment program to scare them away from voting for Daschle.

So Krebs promises to be nonpartisan, sure she will. You betcha,  just like Gant and Nelson…

GP goes off about the AL’s Ellis’ views on Gantless


Ellis: Mission attained? Not likely

Departing Secretary of State’s term fraught with liability

Buried by the controversies are the good things Gant did. He brought more transparency to the state’s campaign finance and corporate filing system with a new website. While glitchy, the website at least began to get the state into the modern age.

At what point does a 2×4 with a long nail hitting them in the head make them realize they have been hit with a golden story of the man hit in head by thug wielding a 2×4 embedded with long nail? They never seem to get the impact of the story or even try to help the public understand the significance. Is the AL more concerned with dwindling ad dollars to care about the truth? Ellis’ phony Libertarian politics supporting the phony conservative Krebs? You be the judge.

Why doesn’t any of the articles since Gant’s announcement of no re-election bid (not retirement or resignation as AL reported) stress that in your face fact: he had to get the respected Sue Roust to take over the office, just to conduct the last statewide election?

Gant was taking his orders from his ALEC backers. The SOS’ and State Treasurer’s offices have taken the computerization of their office records to a level of show but no go. No one can accurately search for the data as promised. The SOS election reports are a mess of misinformation and subterfuge.  The ALEC Treasurer’s website does not give any information needed to actually follow the state’s spending.

The no-bid contracts given by the current office holders are hidden within incomplete or cumbersome search engines. Reports are not filed by state offices, at what penalty? None.

The Legislators and Democrats are worthless or powerless to demand anything from the Constitutional officers, why? People like Jason Gant have been in the hallways doling out ALEC checks to the very legislators who are supposed to oversee their actions.

So as to not publicly clean up this mess, cozy relationships are cultivated with the major press for advertising dollars and access to inside information to put into their articles or segments.

Gant hasn’t done anything good since he has been in office. He has allowed lazy reporting and research. As I began to use SOS data several years ago, trying to understand what is happening in SD politics, it showed Gant was putting pretty curtains on ugly windows. Nothing fixed, just covered up.

Gant’s decision to not seek a 2nd term smells a little fishy to me

While I would agree with Cory, that Gant should resign right now (don’t trust what he will do in the last year of office) I don’t agree with some of the theories coming from the blogsphere;

This announcement comes after a clear vote of no confidence from his own party as Senator Shantel Krebs (R-10/Renner) declared Gant had violated the integrity of the office and began lobbying SDGOP delegates to support her in a convention challenge to Gant’s renomination

Don’t be so sure Cory. I found it a little strange that Krebs had not made a formal announcement even though she had a nice little logo made up and a letter sent to conventioneers. If she lacked so much confidence in the job that Jason was doing, why was she being so quiet about her challenge? The conspiracy theorist in me thinks Shantel knew in advance that Jason was not going to seek a second term, and put herself out there quietly before he made the announcement. Why do I think this? Shantel is a card carrying ALEC member with good standing in the SD GOP. She really isn’t much different then Jason when it comes to her political philosophies. And as a SF conventioneer said to me, there is no way they were voting for her in the convention because of her political views mirroring Jasons’.

May I also note when we were circulating the snowgate petition, Krebs refused to sign, and went so far to tell the petitioner that she doesn’t believe in petitions because making legislation was the job of elected officials. She seemed offended that citizens would want to present their own legislation. Just the kind of SOS I look forward to :(

Gant’s former cheeseburger eating buddy, Pitty Patt Powwers even throws out more evidence that this was in the works for awhile;

But with the seat now wide open.. others are also expressing an interest in becoming the custodian of official records for the state and chief elections officer.

I’m hearing at least two others are expressing strong interest in entering the contest. I’m also hearing rumors that Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dan Lederman may be renewing the past interest he’d expressed in running for SOS prior to 2010.

Mr. SD ALEC himself is even considering the run. I may be a little thick at times, but if you think all of this excitement about running for Jason’s seat started after his announcement today, you are smoking some pretty good stuff.

And how are the Democrats reacting?

AL’s editorial on GANT; Too Little, Too Late (H/T – Helga)

It only took the AL’s ED board about a year and a half to figure out what kind of scoundrel Jason Gant is, then they decide to give him a free pass;

Under the circumstances, it might be tempting to ask for his resignation. But the reality is, with little more than a year left on his term, the ramifications of pushing such an agenda would be nastier than our state can tolerate.

Our recommendation: Grit our teeth until his term expires while urging him to not seek re-election, and watch him like a hawk.

Why fire a guy who has screwed up numerous times, just give him another year to do more damage, it is only the whole state who suffers under his stupidity. The last sentence boggles the mind;

It is hard to know how such people ever get in office in the first place.

It’s the AL who endorses these clowns in the first place, then when they F’ck up, they trash them in an editorial, then tell the public we just have to put up with them for another year or so. Enough already. All the editorial boards in the state need to call for Gant’s resignation.

Hey, Sue Roust, looking for another part-time gig until next November?