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The Rapid City Journal’s endorsement of Knudson is no surprise

UPDATE: The Gargoyle Leader follows suit

Will the Gargoyle Leader follow suit?

Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson led the long overdue movement to cut state spending this legislative session and knows that more cuts will be necessary to tackle the projected deficits which lie ahead. While the state’s Republican legislative and executive leaders have all been guilty of overspending and underestimating the impact of the nation’s recession, at least Knudson tried – albeit a little late in the session – to rein in spending in Pierre.

Knudson’s approach is in contrast to the governor and lieutenant governor, who support dipping into the reserves and not addressing the fundamental issue which so many Americans are demanding this year: Reduce government spending.

Knudson is looking for ways to increase funding for our K-12 education system, and would like to retool the current formula to allow state school districts to receive additional revenues when the state prospers.

Knudson became an advocate for open government and open records in 2009 – following in a path carved out by former attorney general Larry Long and Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry. Knudson helped get SB 147 passed which presumes state’s records to be open, no small feat in a state which is desperately far behind when it comes to supporting a public’s right to know.

Knudson believes our infrastructure needs improvement, and has the courage to outline how he would pay for it. A gas tax increase and license plate fee increase may not be popular, but credit him for his honesty and for giving specific funding sources for his initiatives.

I don’t have a dog in this fight, and have said all along, Doogard probably has this all wrapped up. But it is clear Dave Knudson is the most qualified candidate in the race, and maybe with endorsements from both the RCJ and the AL, he may be able to sneak by Doogard. I know a battle between Dave and Scott would be fun to watch. One being an ex-Dem and the other an ex-Rep, not to mention all the legislation they have worked on together, it could be a finger pointing death match to the end, or a chummy-chummy hugfest of barforific proportions.

Dakota Wuss College actually posts something funny for once

This video made my day, thanks Pitty Patt.


The Hypocrisy of the SD GOP


Who is the real phony running for governor?

When are South Dakotans going to freaking wakeup and realize the SD GOP are the real ‘Phonies’. As reported widely by many SD news organizations, the SD GOP’s Lucas Leach decided to attack Scott Heidepreim for being a phony because he drives a nice car or something like that. The hypocrisy couldn’t be more obvious. First they attacked Scott for switching parties, living in a mansion and the car he drives. I wonder if they know they have someone in their party that fits that description and he is running for governor, Dave Knudson. To be honest I don’t care about any of this stuff and I don’t support any of the candidates running in either party but I just wanted to point out the hypocrisy.

– Dave switched from Democrat to Republican (I am assuming once he started making the big bucks).

– Dave drives a very nice SUV, not sure what kind it is, but when I saw him in it, I recall it was either a Cadillac Escalade or a Mercedes SUV, not sure, but it was very nice.

– As reported by the Argus Leader last year, Dave lives in a home worth over $600,000, hardly a bungalow.

– He held a $1,000 a plate BBQ fundraiser, doubt many ‘regular folks’ were in attendance.

I’m glad no one from the SD Democratic Party decided to report this stuff, why lower themselves to the ratfink level of the SD GOP. I hope they resist the urge to be no good muckrakers. But I’m not below it.

Knudson the Blogger


Dave and his wife the Quen Be De as the lunch lady.

Check out Dave’s blogs on the internets.

VOTE KNUDSON, CUZ HE'S SMART! (even though his friends are not)

I had to laugh after reading this fundraising letter for Dave Knudson on Pity Pat Powers website

The Cookout divx

. Some of the commenters over there have poked fun at Thoms for his writing skills, but I am convinced that Dave’s wife wrote the letter.

Here’s some highlights;

download next friday online


Dave Knudson is friends with Democrats to?


Look, a Democrat at a Republican fundraiser

Dave Kranz of the Argus Leader wrote about Dave’s fundraiser the other day that raised over $250K and an attendee told Kranz this (paraphrasing);

“There was quite a few Democrats there to.”

What? Serving the drinks and cooking the franks?

One more reason election campaigns should be publicly funded


Hi. I’m Dave Knudson, and I want to be your governor. I also want to be the governor for the RR industry, the overpriced American motorcycle industry, the hotel industry, the healthcare industry, the trucking and transport industry, the credit card industry, the steel industry, the real estate and developer industry, the attorney industry, and the gravel and sand industry, and of course the regular hardworking Joe industry in South Dakota, that is of course, if you give me 1,000 bones in exchange for a hot dog and some chips.

The list of names on an invitation for a May 21 fundraiser for State Sen. Dave Knudson, R-Sioux Falls, offers a glimpse into supporters of the gubernatorial candidate.


The event is a “down-home barbeque” to be held at the home of Kelby and Heidi Krabbenhoft. He is president of Sanford Health. A donation of $1,000 is suggested on the invitation.

Down-Home BBQ? What, are they stoking the fire with wood from all the homes they tore down this year around Sanford?


Names on the invitation are business executives Dan Kirby; Jeff and Carol Parker; Kevin and Carmen Schieffer; Tom Everist and his wife, former Senate Majority Leader Barb Everist; Steve and Kris Egger; Bob Thimjon; Miles and Lisa Beacom; Tom and Patti Dempster; Don and Chris Dunham; John and Ann Henkhaus; Rob and Larissa Skjonsberg; Doug and Anne Hajek; Kim and Susie Patrick; Paul Jay Lewis; Jim and Jill Entenman, and David and Jill Bockorny.


Sanford officials include Dave and Laurie Link, Dr. John and Debby VanderWoude, Dr. Pat and Jody O’Brien, and Dr. Dan and Becky Blue.

There will be so many rich South Dakota Republicans at this event they may have to have some emergency skid steers on standby so there is no run off into the Big Sioux Creek. Hate for it to flood manure into any of the shoe and video store businesses that are not protected by a levee yet.

If I had the money and was invited I would give Dave $1,000 not to bring his wife. Figure that would come to about a buck a babble.