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Rex, give it up already

Well if you think the State Legislature gets nothing accomplished now, elect Rolfing for more do nothingness. The sad part is he would not have been able to run in my District if it wasn’t for Gerrymandering of Lincoln County.

ZERO accountability by GOP Leadership in Pierre

We saw yesterday how the GOP protects their own from scandals when the AG’s office sent out a ‘Nothing Burger’ press release about Loetscher’s hacking investigation.

This letter reminded me of the same ‘circling of wagons’ around one of their own;

Recently, Jenna Netherton stepped down from District 10 Senate because she relocated to Texas.

Residents of District 10 have been misled by this. Netherton has not lived in district or even the state for the past year. How can a state senator represent a district if they don’t even live in it or the state they represent?

Well, it really hasn’t been proven that she was living in Texas. However, it is highly suspect. When brought to the attention of Republican leadership by one of it’s legislative members during session there was NO investigation and NO conclusion. Nothing. Which tells me it was just a cover-up further proven when Jenna bolts her position to go work for the Koch brothers before her term is up.

Pierre is nothing but a basket of self-serving snakes.

Jenna Netherton (Haggar) ‘NOW’ decides to move out-of-state

Like we couldn’t see this coming a mile away;

She’s not seeking re-election and resigning before finishing out her term so she can move out-of-state with her husband.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Jenna conveniently finishes her legislative term THAN decides to move out-of-state. She also sets up the ‘fake incumbent’ scenario for the Governor to appoint someone to finish out a very short term.

There was already speculation that she has already living out-of-state with her husband before the session started. When this blog and others brought it up, there was radio silence from Jenna and the Legislature on the issue.

And some in the State Legislature wonder why the citizens are so Hell bent on more ethic rules for our legislators. Hmmm.

South Dakota State Rep, Majority Whip, Larry Rhoden’s son thinks the Left Wing is smarter than small town ‘plebs’

(H/T – SE Podcast)

Apparently the closest ‘Lefties’ live 5,000 miles away. These small town ‘plebs’ must really be naive if they get hoodwinked by a handful of people who live on another continent.

Meeting, what meeting? Guest Toon: SE Podcast

How a Bad Bill Dies in Pierre – HB 1204 – UPOA (G/P- Bruce)

Ah the glories of Public Input. Public Input does make a difference. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible to stop a fast moving locomotive. It took four months to stop this one, but thanks to the South Dakota State Senate Judiciary Committee, it can’t move anymore this year.

This locomotive started with some hope for victims of elder abuse and their families. What it became was a bill appearing to make it easier to defraud them and the unsuspecting. As advocates, we strive to do what is right for those we wish to protect and make it harder for those who might try fraud and deceit. This is why those of us who use Public input fight, not only for today but for the future.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to defeat HB 1204, “An Act to revise certain provisions regarding power of attorney“.

For a little background, as we age or have special needs, there are legal forms and processes available to allow others to help us with medical or financial decisions. We often will pick a trusted family member to legally act on our behalf under certain types of circumstances without the need for court proceedings. This is the Power of Attorney (POA) process. I firmly believe everyone must have a POA document signed, sealed and put away for the time it is necessary to use. Your family and especially the person you trust the most has to know these documents. If you currently have them, do they know where they are,  or how to use them in the case of emergency?

Put into the wrong hands through fraud, deception or self-interest, the POA can be the gateway to stripping you of all your rights and property. Having activated a POA, it can set in motion a process of forcing you into a guardianship where you are left with no rights at all. At this point you are left with nothing to say about your life. All your dreams of a happy or peaceful retirement are gone. In the wrong hands, you can become a legal ward or prisoner wishing you were dead, because death is the only freedom left.

This is not something I have made up; I have been a guardian, conservator and POA for several people in multiple states for over 30 years, seeing the best and worst.

HB 1204 was a 52 page bill created by special interests to create, protect or implement business plans. HB 1204 was based on the Uniform Power of Attorney (UPOA) concept of model legislation. There are many good ideas in the UPOA but this version had so many issues, it had to die and allow the public to be part of a process to fix what is wrong with our current weak processes.

I have recorded and placed on the Internet, over 3300 public meeting videos to teach others how government and Robert’s Rules processes work. There are rules we outsiders may not fully understand but we must become familiar with them in order to effect and affect change. The Senate Judiciary Committee took about 90 minutes to decide HB 1204 was not a good fit for South Dakota. Here is my video of the meeting: https://youtu.be/-0mk_m6wN84 How a Bad Bill Dies in Pierre – HB 1204 – UPOA.

If you want to part of the process to fix these laws in South Dakota, please email me at upoa@citizens4integrity.org. If you have a story to share, please feel free to also contact me.

The Liquor Licensing System has been problematic for years

Like most things South Dakotan, you have to be a rich Republican to do business. Liquor licenses are a prime example of this;

“The regular on-sale liquor license is $192,360,” said Palmer.

So guess who gobbles these up? The wealthy or the large corporations. That’s how HyVee liquor put all the little mom and pop liquor stores out of business around town.

I have often said that since beer and wine licenses are handed out like candy for a minimal cost, a full ‘alcohol’ license in SD should be renewed each year like them and get rid of businesses using liquor licenses like assets. Some argue, ‘What about those who have bought an expensive liquor license already?’ It’s simple, you can pro-rate them. For instance let’s say the yearly fee is $10K. If you bought your license 10 years ago for $100K and we give you a $1K a year credit for however long you have owned it you would have a license credit of $11oK. That would mean for 11 years the licensing fee would be waived due to the credit. I would also allow that credit to transfer to other owners AS LONG as the location of the establishment DOES NOT change.

It would also generate a lot more revenue for the state, counties and cities.

Of course Pierre is full of rich Republican OLD businessmen who are their to line their own pockets and anybody with new ideas are F’ing Lying B—-s!

Guest Toon: Sioux Empire Podcast

As you can see, Mickelson was up to his parlor tricks again;

DiSanto tells KELOLAND News she let the matter go to go along with party leadership. The two female representatives specifically named Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson as the person who wanted the matter resolved without incident.

Sorry, but when someone acts like this, there should be some kind of discipline. I don’t think he should have been kicked out of the legislature, maybe a censure, but I find it ironic since nothing happened to Disanto for her disgusting meme, her attacker gets off also. I guess when Republicans do f’ckd up things in our legislature, they get off.

South Dakota is preparing to allow other people to take away your assets

Please protect yourselves.  Please contact the members of the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee (listed below) Monday.

Did you know South Dakota is preparing to allow other people to take away your assets or deplete your assets without you being able to do anything about it? On Tuesday February 27, 2018 the SD Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering a poorly written bill allowing other people to determine your personal and financial fate. They will be considering HB 1204, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. This bill while offering a few good ideas, allows someone to strip you of your rights at the point you are most vulnerable, when you are sick or aged. It will not allow you to fight a forced guardianship proceeding. It will allow trumped allegations of your mental or physical conditions to be ram rodded through a court proceeding where you are not even allowed representation.

How do I know this? Read the text of the email I just sent to the committee members today below:

I have witnessed and experienced the Power of Attorney (POA) process at its worst. As passed by the House, HB 1204 makes an easier method for greed and fraud to take over your life when you need protections most. There are no safeguards in HB 1204 protecting you, the person, before you can be locked away from everyone and everything you care about. HB 1204 only cares about the money assets and throws you, the financially depleted person as a carcass on to the state’s Medicaid program.

I have been an unpaid guardian, conservator and power of attorney in multiple states for several people for over 30 years. People entrusted me to be their eyes, ears and decision maker when they were most vulnerable. I have had to sit for hours over the course of years, in some cases, to know their deepest thoughts and fears as they aged. I have also been entrusted to complete their desires when the inevitable time comes, to help them reach death with dignity. These are not easy decisions to make for a healthy person and impossible to make when society does not want to help them in the way they wanted. In each situation I have been part of, I had to learn how each wanted my help. 

HB 1204 easily takes this most precious, personal and scary time away from the person they trusted and allows complete strangers to benefit without recourse. Frauds and deceptions can happen to the protected person without the ability of legal, family or current POA to help. A person can be locked up in a facility, controlled by strangers who have no interest other the next check they can receive until the assets are stripped.

Do you know how I know this? I have a family member currently locked up in a house, in a town she never wanted to live, with people she doesn’t liked, not being allowed to talk to her children without supervision and we family members have her cry out during phone calls for help to stop abuse without anyone being able to do so. This law as written, will legalize the entire process just described.

First, I believe in the model legislation HB 1204 was supposed to be based on, but this version before you only protects a commercial guardianship business at the expense of the person who may or may not have signed a POA. This legislation, as offered, will only protect the abusers of the elderly and those who have asked for assistance. 

When I recently asked the authors to consider modifications to HB 1204, the answer was “Well, you can sue if there is a problem.” HB 1204 does not have legal safeguards in place for a person to fight. In many states where this legislation has been introduced, this type of legislation has enhanced the professional guardianship industry to strip people of their rights, property and families.

If you have a chance to read the article link I am enclosing, you may see the mess Arizona and other states are considering for the UPOA process.

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights

Please help us fix the safeguards before making the system worse by passing this Uniform Power of Attorney bill, HB 1204. I know you are very busy with the work you do for South Dakota, but please vote no on HB 1204.

All we ask is for the public to be able to help craft this law to protect not only our loved ones but ourselves as we age. We average non legal or financial citizens should have been asked to be part of this process before we are abused like so many we can no longer see or talk to.










Legislative Update


This is an adaptation of the good alert about what’s up on Monday from the Democracy in Action group in Rapid. Basically, I am adding SJR1 and also DRA’s comments on 1184.

Here we go again. Crossover day was Friday, which means that all bills must be heard and cleared (either passed or defeated, tabled or sent to the 41st legislative day) in the legislative house where they originated. Many did not survive, but there are plenty left for us to support, and also an inordinate number of those we must oppose.

Senate State Affairs Committee: 10am(9Mt)

Senators  Bob.Ewing@sdlegislature.govJenna.Netherton@sdlegislature.gov,Jim.Bolin@sdlegislature.govBlake.Curd@sdlegislature.gov,




will consider

House Bill 1199:  prohibit collective bargaining by employees of the Board of Regents

     This bill follows the lead of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, who disabled unions among public employees, including K-12 school teachers.  This bill prohibits collective bargaining among professors and staff at our public colleges and universities.  That would mean that every contract would, of necessity, have to be individually negotiated. In a state well known for paying its teachers poorly, do we want to give up the only mechanism for collective bargaining?  How would that affect the quality of instructors/professors who would apply for any openings we might have in the state?  And since women have, in the past, been found to ask for less than men do, simply because men believe they’re worth more, it might mean that women end up with less pay than men.  Please ask the members of Senate State Affairs to OPPOSE this bill.

House State Affairs Committee:  7:45am(6:45Mt)

Rep’s Larry.Rhoden@sdlegislature.govLee.Qualm@sdlegislature.gov,


Lynne.DiSanto@sdlegislature.gov, David.Lust@sdlegislature.gov,





will consider these three bills:

Senate Joint Resolution 2:  Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to the militia of the state.

     This resolution, if passed by the Senate, will go to the ballot in November.  It defines the South Dakota militia as “any adult able-bodied person legally residing in the state except any person who is exempted by the laws of the United States or of this state.”  I personally don’t want to be considered a member of the state militia.  Do you?  While the definition it replaces was certainly outdated — only men, and only men between the ages of 18 and 45 — this might be a good opportunity to let our senators know how we feel about guns.

Senate Bill 8: to establish provisions as to how campaign contribution limits apply to certain aggregate contributions.

    Now that it is legal for “entities” to contribute to campaigns (stemming directly from the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United V. FEC), this bill, if passed, would make certain that all “committees established, financed, maintained, or controlled by the same corporation, labor organization, person, or group of persons, including any parent, subsidiary, branch, division, department, or local unit thereof, are affiliated and share a single contribution limit both with respect to contributions made and contributions received.”  It makes sure that corporations cannot game the system by making multiple contributions to a campaign.  Please tell the members of House State Affairs to SUPPORT this bill.

Senate Joint Resolution 1:  Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, relating to amendments to the Constitution.

     This resolution, if passed by the Senate, will go to the ballot in November.  It would raise the threshold for voters to pass resolutions, from 50%+1 to 55%. The process has worked, and it seems to work pretty well. As is, it’s not too easy to pass a Constitutional amendment. Since 1972, only 17 citizen-initiated constitutional amendments have been on the ballot, and only 7 passed. There does not seem to be a good reason we should change the initiative, referendum, or amendment process. Let’s leave it the way it is. Please ask the members of House State Affairs to OPPOSE this bill.

Senate Transportation Committee:  9am(8Mt)

Senators jim.bolin@sdlegislature.govblake.curd@sdlegislature.gov,




will consider

House Bill 1184:  provide certain provisions regarding waste disposal lines along or under highways

    This bill would allow Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), large corporate animal farms, to lay pipes through which to pipe manure on property they do not own.  We’ve all heard stories about pipeline leaks; consider what a spill of animal waste would be like. This bill is a direct gift to corporate farming operations.  Please ask the members of Senate Transportation to OPPOSE this bill.

    Here is how DRA describes it: House Bill 1184 would allow CAFO operators to run their force-main manure disposal pipes through the right of way across private land without landowner permission. It would accomplish this by putting these pipes into a section of code dealing with public utilities… except these pipes would be above ground. [I add:   And they are private companies, not public utilities.] We see HB 1184 as a major breach of private property rights. Currently, those wishing to run their private business’s waste disposal pipes across their neighbor’s land work out an agreement to do so with their neighbor. This bill would allow them to [run the pipes] without any kind of permission or notification. An amendment to this bill allows for counties to regulate this process if they desire–but there’s no requirement to do so. Proponents of this bill say that a vote against it is “a vote against agriculture,” but our farmer and rancher members disagree–if you want to do a part of your business on someone else’s property, you work that out with them. Contact members of the Senate Transportation Committee and ask them to OPPOSE this bill.

These last two weeks of the session will be busy, so please keep up the good work. Thanks.