Spineless South Dakota Legislature will NEVER impeach AG Jason Ravnsborg

I made a risky bet with a friend a few weeks ago, loser has to take the other one out for a night of mayhem in Downtown Sioux Falls. He actually reduced the bet to ‘a couple of drinks’ but not because he thought he would lose.

A couple of days after Noem asked Jason Rumblestrips to resign and the legislature was moving forward with impeachment I bet a Republican friend (I have a few) that it would never happen (resignation or impeachment). I know, I haven’t quite won yet, but the odds are in my favor.

The legislature wants to wait until the trial is done (whatever) and Jason will never resign while this is making it through the court process. In fact it could be 4-12 months before this even sees the inside of a courtroom. His attorney has already said he needs 60 days of discovery and may extend it after that.  I get the itching feeling that Jason, his attorney and the state legislature are just going to run out the clock, or try to. Most people will probably even forget about it in a year, or at least they are hoping.

While I agree with Noem that he should resign, why would he? It’s just misdemeanors at this point and he still has to have his day in court. Why not just hide in your office, milk the clock, and suck on the taxpayer’s teat as long as possible. Besides, even if he finishes his term, which I think he will, he will never be re-elected or even elected to dog catcher ever again. His political career starts and ends with this term. Yeah, it’s pretty disgraceful to not resign, but expected from another gutless South Dakota Republican office holder in Pierre.

Lie, Deny, Deny, Deny. Kristi does it all day long, like her famous one that the family was destitute after her father died because of a $169K estate tax bill they had to pay failing to mention the millions the family received in insurance and farm subsidies (Federal taxpayer funded welfare).

We all know the real reason Kristi is salivating over a JR resignation is because she wants to appoint a Trumper to push her agenda of dismantling abortion and Mary Jane in the state, and probably a whole host of other crap. My advice, sadly to AG Rumblestrips is to ‘Stay Golden Pony Boy’.

As for the legislature, they are even more spineless than Kristi or Jason. They make a bunch of noise about how they are going to impeach him, then once they realize they are breaking the Reagan Rule of destroying your own they chickensh!t out.

I knew they would. BACH! BACH!

While their argument of waiting for his day in court may seem honorable, it’s just a lame excuse. He has already been charged, and the preoccupation alone disqualifies him from performing his job duties. Heck, he can’t even tell us what the state has spent on trying to kill Rec Jane. His own resignation or impeachment would prove he has integrity, even if he is found not guilty – of course the evidence says otherwise. Most common folk in this same scenario would have already admitted that they may have screwed up, but these same folks are also NOT elected officials such as the top law enforcement agent for the state. I sometimes wonder if he knows that. I would ask him to google it, but he would probably do it while driving.

In the real world, most of us probably would have been arrested that night and a blood drawn done. We also probably would have been charged with reckless driving. It is pretty obvious that Jason has gotten mountains of preferential treatment in this whole deal, even when he was too stupid to have a lawyer with him while answering investigator questions, heck I wouldn’t even agreed to a sit down interview, but this is the same guy who doesn’t even have a passcode on his smart phone (hand on head right now). This F’up alone should disqualify him to be AG or even having a law license.

Sadly, no matter how this turns out, a majority of South Dakota voters will continue to elect these same Republican clowns.



27 comments ↓

#1 Very Stable Genius on 03.18.21 at 9:27 pm

Did you notice that Democrats voted to delay, too. What the hell?

#2 D@ily Spin on 03.19.21 at 9:13 am

Built into the process is time until everyone stops paying attention. Waiting out his term is a problem for state business. His duties go stagnant. He should resign but not going to happen.

#3 The Great Compromiser on 03.19.21 at 6:17 pm

No one ever goes gets arrested, nor go to jail for any motor vehicle accident in this state, nor do they get convicted of Homicide in 99.9% of all accidents. No reason to force him to resign, nor is there any reason for him to quit his job. He did no wrong. This is nothing more than an accident, like all accidents that occur daily.

#4 Name thankfully no longer in quotes on 03.19.21 at 8:55 pm

Why do you insist on giving every person you don’t like an uncreative nickname?

#5 l3wis on 03.19.21 at 10:25 pm

I was arrested for reckless driving, had blood drawn and all I did was speed and didn’t use a blinker.

I thought it was a very creative name, Jason’s victim’s bone spurs were found impeded in the rumblestrips.

#6 "Woodstock" on 03.19.21 at 10:58 pm

“I think Ntnliq is Matt P., that’s what I think”… “Did you notice how he ‘disappeared’ during the Jensen campaign?”…. “And then became obsessed with quotes during that time frame?”

#7 D@ily Spin on 03.20.21 at 8:34 am

Not paying attention to your driving or falling asleep is not an accident. It’s vehicular homocide but maybe 3rd degree. Persons in higher office get a friendly wink while citizens get time and a fine. Keeping this topic in the news is the best punishment in that his political career has ended. Citizens get the final verdict at the polls.

#8 The Great Compromiser on 03.20.21 at 4:27 pm

If a law enforcement officer pulled you over, and cited you for Reckless Driving, then there was evidence by a witness of you actually committing a Class 1 Misdomeanor. Please look up the statutes and understand that IF a cop or some innocent bi-stander actually witnesses you of reckless driving, there is now evidence that you had intended to commit a crime. You do not have any such case in the Jason Ravnsborg incident. There was no traffic citation for reckless driving, which there cannot be, due to the fact no cop pulled him over prior to the incident, meaning there is no prima facia claim of such crime.

All assessed charges occurred after the fact, which all that can be cited are the class 2 misdomeanors. They do not warrant jail time so long as the offender pays the fine.

#9 The Great Compromiser on 03.20.21 at 4:30 pm

There is also no case for Vehicular Homicide, you must be drunk or on drugs prior to getting into a motor vehicle, let alone the law enforcement officer would have to actually test the driver or drivers to assess the claim. Again, there is no facts or evidence to prove he was drunk or not. In fact, all possible witnesses have came forward to squash the claims of drunk driving.

#10 Name thankfully no longer in quotes on 03.20.21 at 4:34 pm

Woodstock, etc.. as is the norm with your posts, you’re incorrect.

#11 Mike Lee Zitterich on 03.20.21 at 6:53 pm

Its not vehicular homicide – you people need to learn the law. Tons if people get tired at night and get get distracted to the point the vehicle steer one way or the other. There is no evidence of him being drunk or on drugs. Stop reaching…

Ad for Scott’s position for being cite for RECKLESS DRIVING – he was pulled by a COP cause he was reckless driving which is a class 1 misdemeanor cause there is a witness to the event. Then he was found to be DRUNK. Which them leads to more serious offense.

There is no EVIDENC3 of reckless driving in the Ravnsvorg case cause there is NO WITNESS. You do not have it (evidence). They charged him AFTER the fact which is simply a class 2 misdemeanor. Nothung serious as long ad you a petty fine or agree to community service. COURT could rule that Jason provide so many hours of pro-bono service to those who need a DEFENSE.

You Democrats love to reach. You got nothing. JADON is gonna get off on 2 of the 3 charges. Be charged with distracted driving (sleeping at the wheel) cause his phones were locked prior the incident.

He will most likely lose a civil suit allowing family to recover damages and he will pay a small petty fibe and be ordered to community service of done kind abd keep his job.

YOU GOT NO CASE of Vehicular Homicide or 2nd Degree Manslaugter and there is no 3rd Degree Manslaughtet in this case. I do not think we even have codified 3rd Degree Mabslaughte in this state. There are only 5 types of murder listed in our statutes.

Capiche.

#12 "Woodstock" on 03.20.21 at 10:10 pm

“Ntnliq,”

“Then what happen to Matt?”

#13 Name thankfully no longer in quotes on 03.21.21 at 8:12 am

I’m the wrong person to ask. I don’t have a clue.

#14 l3wis on 03.21.21 at 9:00 am

Mike, there is no logical argument that his phone was locked when he struck Boever. Think about it, if you listen to Jason’s own words you are basically saying that within a 60 second time period that Jason went from checking his email, to reading several websites, to locking his phone to changing the radio, falling asleep hitting his victim, pulling over safely than calling 911. Jason may be a decorated soldier but that is some huge accomplishments in a period of 1 minute.

#15 Where's the proof? on 03.21.21 at 9:05 am

NTNLIQ, To answer your question of drunk or on drugs prior to getting into a motor vehicle consider these thoughts.

Jason as a military officer and the leader of a transportation group was required to immediately demand a blood test following any accident, he did not get one until 12 hours after he ground his victim into the rumble strips long after a blood test would have usable results?

Why did Jason not insist on the military code required test needed to maintain his commission immediately upon contacting the sheriff? Is he now likely in line to get a court marshal conviction and removal from the service without pension?

Did Jason call his good friends in Hyde County to assist him in covering his tracks over the rumble strips leading to the appearance to be a conspiracy of silence over there?

How come the sheriff did not even look at Jason’s car, inside and out?

How did Jason or sheriff not even see a glowing flashlight on a dark, lonely rural South Dakota highway where a flashlight would likely have been seen for a mile much less 2 – 3 feet?

Is a damaged Attorney General worth more for blackmail or favoritism than an undamaged one?

The longer this story carries out, the more likely there is a conspiracy to conceal the real story and lose the evidence.

#16 Name thankfully no longer in quotes on 03.21.21 at 10:55 am

Proof, thanks, but I never asked any of that. I asked why Scott insisted on giving everybody he doesn’t like uncreative nicknames.

#17 Mike Zitterich on 03.21.21 at 2:14 pm

Scott, all we got is the law itself by how it defines the incident. You are all attempting to incriminate a man for actions that are done by 99.9% of the population. How many people do you see during the course of 24 hours driving on public roads that have their cell phone unlocked, mounted to their dash, let alone in their hand or lap glancing at the phone to review headlines, let alone reading Facebook Posts?

While this tends to be a topic ‘we’ may disagree on, what we can agree on is the fact that this has become a common practice by many South Dakota drivers, and it would be a dangerous precedent to set by incriminating one man for an activity that 99.9% of the population partake in, we would in light of, be incriminating 885,000 people.

We are all guilty of peeking at our phones, computers, I-pads, to talking on our phones while driving at least 1 time each day; that this is in fact common practice among all citizens.

Another fact is, Animal Hits (deer, raccoons, dogs, cats, skunks, etc) are all pretty common routine incidents on public highways, in the middle of no where, so to incriminate a man whom believed he had hit a deer that crossed his path at the very absolute last second, not even seeing it, would set dangerous precedent, cause again, how many ‘animal hits’ do we have over a course of 12 months?

There is no cover up her, no conspiracy, this has been made political by a small faction of people, all for political gain, let alone to create an effort to lobby to change our laws.

Why would law enforcement seek out and make known for probable cause of drunk driving where there is no ’cause’ or thought of drunk driving. How many times have you been asked to take a Breath Test for hitting a deer?

How many times have we seen a Vehicle vs Motorcycle Accident where the driver(s) were forced to take a Breath Test, let alone be on trial for Vehicular Homicide? The correct answer is less than 10% of all Accidents.

I do not know how you or anyone can make a case for Reckless Driving in this particular incident, cause there has been not one sourced ‘witness’ to come forward as of yet, let alone there was no law enforcement officer that pulled him over prior to the incident itself.

Lets see, I can unlock my phone, dial my moms phone #, talk to her, then hang up, then lock my phone all in a matter of 90 seconds (1 minute and 30 seconds). Not out of the ordinary. In that split moment of time, driving down a Sioux Falls roadway, I travel no less than 5 city blocks if not 10 city blocks, let alone, as I look down to put my phone down, turn up the volume of my radio, I may run thru a stop sign.

On a public highway traveling @ 65-70 mph, who knows how far you can travel in a matter of 90 seconds, obviously the course of two football fields.

Funny, or sadly, thru Discovery, we will learn more of Mr Boevers whereabouts the 2-3 hours prior, and why he also became distracted, crossed the white line, and ran off the road damaging his vehicle, why did he not report the incident to law enforcement?

Did Mr Boever not violate the same laws as well?

#18 l3wis on 03.21.21 at 2:27 pm

First off, I think my nicknames are creative, ironically they usually don’t come from me. Mayor Bucktooth and Bowlcut comes from directly from his mouth as he mentioned several times that was him as a child. Mayor Stoneless comes from when former auditor Litz said Paul lacked the ‘stones’ to do the right thing when it came to ballot drop boxes. Quite honestly, I don’t think about these people ‘personally’ I don’t know them. Do I have personal opinions about them? Yes I do. These things are only shared with my close friends and Mom. But I don’t put that on my blog, my references to them have to do with what they do in their public, political lives. What is going on with Jason is very public and very political and as far as I am concerned free game.

#19 l3wis on 03.21.21 at 2:31 pm

Mike, 99% of people are running over and killing people while using their phone while driving? Please enlighten me with where you got that statistic? Let me guess, it was from the Qanon website that said the election was stolen from Trump and vaccines and masks are a scam and unconstitutional.

#20 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.21.21 at 3:00 pm

If 99% of the population are killing their fellow citizens while driving and using their phones, then we should start to see a significant reduction in our overall population very soon. #MalthusWasWrong #ClimateChangeResolved #SocialSecurityIsSolvent

#21 rufusx on 03.22.21 at 7:37 am

Mt. Z – “……we will learn more of Mr Boevers whereabouts the 2-3 hours prior…..” Mr. Z is not on trial and his actions 2-3 hours prior to being struck while legally walking on the side of the road, facing traffic, with a flashlight in his hand is irrelevant, and a COMPETENT judge will not allow that “evidence” (was there a witness per your own requirements?) in any case.

#22 Where's the proof? on 03.22.21 at 7:39 am

As an officer in the military services and the leader of a transportation group Jason was required by his oath to report the incident to the local law enforcement and insist on a test to show his sobriety. There is no forgiveness on this, he broke his oath and should not lose his military commission.

Jason is guilty of a military courts marshal offense on top of the minor charges he now faces.

#23 Where's the proof? on 03.22.21 at 7:45 am

Sorry for my typo above

There is no forgiveness on this, he broke his oath and should lose his military commission including his military pension.

Jason is guilty of a military courts marshal offense on top of the minor charges he now faces.

BTW, what would he have done as a leader of his transportation group if one of his people had struck and killed a person on a deserted rural highway or busy city street and they did not follow the law?

#24 Very Stable Genius on 03.22.21 at 12:20 pm

Impeached and a court-martial, talk about a rough year. After a year like that, a guy could use a good steak, a baked potato, and a Coke.

( and Woodstock adds: “Say, can a guy still get a Lowenbrau, and where?”….)

#25 Tom on 03.22.21 at 2:04 pm

Question – all the questions by the investigators as to how he didn’t know he had hit a person and did not find the body right away, especially with the flashlight shining – is the implication that he did know he hit a person and/or did find the body but decided to pretend he didnt? What would be the purpose of that especially as he did find and report finding the body the next day?

#26 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.22.21 at 11:46 pm

aaaah, I see that Jason’s Utah-based public relations and crisis management firm has found South Dacola.

#27 Very Stable Genius on 03.23.21 at 7:35 pm

To answer Tom’s question: Because it would be easier to try to establish the argument that he didn’t know what he hit, if the body wasn’t found until the next day. Especially, if the jury had had the opportunity to weigh misdemeanor versus felony charges. Tom’s comments actually highlight the quick thinking of a legal mind, which has just been involved in a fatal accident. Plus, what Jason thought doesn’t matter either way. It’s being on the phone and tire marks in the shoulder that tell the relevant story.