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Eric Leggett, District 15, House Candidate

How did Jenna Haggar pull it off?

With a little help from a friend, and few dirty tricks. As Cory from Madville points out, Christina Espenscheid learned her tricks from one of the best in the business.

But what Cory did not mention was that Jenna and Christina are practically attached at the hip. I met the two neo-cons at the same time at a political party. At first I thought they were twin sisters (fraternal, of course) because of their similiar talking points, it was almost like they briefed themselves to be on message about labor and abortion. In fact I remember getting into an argument with Christina about the minimum wage.

I still think the Vanderlinde campaign should have sent out this postcard.

I still think Jenna is an extremely bright person (not just a pretty face), and one to watch in Pierre this year. Jenna was brought up around politics and knows her issues, it’s just unfortunate she let one of her friends deceive voters to win her first election, but hey, it’s the only way the neo-cons can win.

Really? This is the best we can offer?

I stumbled across this forum of District 15 candidates and I can honestly tell you the only candidate that knew what they were talking about was the unopposed candidate, Angie Buhl. Thank Gawd she showed up, or this would have been a hot dog without relish and mustard.

I know I am a smartass, crass, prick sometimes, but when I watch these forums I want to cry when I see how little these dill weeds know about local and state government. My turds are more knowledgeable, without even trying, (or pushing).

. . . and BTW, Jenna needs to buy a new outfit, seriously. And Martha wins the ‘Chic’ glasses debate (and I’m not being a smartass or prick).

Honestly this debate just makes me hungry . . . or a hotdog with relish and mustard.

Vanderlinde and Kirschman better hold on to their hats in District 15

Because it will be a wild ride – because of this young lady, Jenna Haggar.

Jenna is running for House in District 15 as an Indy, but make no mistake, she is very conservative in her views. If I lived in District 15, she would not get my vote, BUT that doesn’t mean she won’t have a good following. As Pitty Patt Powwers points out;

She’s razor sharp, and has a winning attitude

I have had the pleasure of meeting Jenna several times (and we disagree more then we agree on several issues), but Pat is right, she will be a formidable candidate, even in a strong Democratic district. You have to remember, Kirschman is also pro-life, like Haggar, so it should make for an interesting debate.

What happened in District 15?

UPDATE: I decided to update this post after a couple of Kirshman supporters set me straight in the comments area. I have found when posting ‘Rumors’ about politicians on this blog, it gets people out to set the record straight, and I appreciate that.

One fact still remains though. What is with the riff between Pat and Martha? The only thing I can think of is their views on abortion. It seems they are both life long Democrats who support labor unions, education and seniors. I hope they can kiss and makeup, I don’t think District 15 can afford to have two very talented politicians, who are in the same party, in Pierre working against each other.

If the disagreement comes down to abortion, that is unfortunate. I want to remind both of them that abortion SHOULD NOT be legislated by lawmakers or governors. It should be a non-issue this year in Pierre. Find some common ground. PLEASE! Though infighting and stupid legislation only helps editorial cartoonists like myself – I would prefer it ended for the betterment of this state.

May I suggest you two meet before the session starts, have some crumpets and tea, and strategize what is best for your district.

And people wonder why I’m a registered independent . . . geeeeezzzz!


As you may or may not know, Martha Vanderlinde won handily in the primaries, winning over 60% of the vote with Pat Kirshman in second and Madigan in third place. I knew this would have Vanderlinde sitting well for the general election, but never expected Kirshman to get more votes in the end. Since they take the top two people running in the House, Vanderlinde still gets to go to Pierre, but playing second fiddle to someone who she tromped in the primaries must sting a little.

Remember, Vanderlinde was the only pro-choice candidate running in District 15, Democrat or Republican. District 15 voted 70% against the abortion ban in 2006. Vanderlinde also wants to focus on elder care and working class issues in Pierre. Though Vanderlinde may not have the same views of the majority of the House, she definitely represents her District.

Do something that actually helps the children of our state.

I would like to congratulate Kevin Killer, Martha Vanderlinde and Scott Heidepriem on their victories last night. They all are good people and will represent our state well. Kevin and Martha are very progressive minded people, and they will bring a fresh and LIBERAL perspective to the State Legislature, which we desperately need.

I would also like to thank all the people who voted NO on 11. It was an unconstitional, intrusive law. The morality police need to let this one drop. If they are concerned about children, I suggest they ADOPT a lower income family in this state and buy their groceries for a year or help serve food at the Banquet. Do something to actually help the disadvantaged kids that already born and alive in our state.

I think about all the good that $3 million dollars spent on both campaigns could have done for  the hungry children in our state, and just makes me shake my head.

I propose two new initiatives for the next election cycle.

1)      Eliminate the food tax (something that actually does more good for ALL the children of the state)

2)      Ban the Unruhs from the legislative/initiative process, or better yet, from the state (and take Janklow with you).


In Defense of Martha Vanderlinde

The Gargoyle Leader has started their endorsement process, or as like to call it – The Kiss of Death. Today they talked about District 15.  While they endorsed Kathy Miles for Senate they stayed on the fence about the House seat and had this to say about Martha;

To be effective, Vanderlinde will have to tone down the left-leaning rhetoric to be effective in a state House that is virtually always Republican-dominated.

Left-leaning rhetoric? Well, not sure if the AL was paying attention to the primaries, but Martha kicked ass and took names, apparently her district likes her views, left-leaning or not. When serving in Pierre you should be representing the views of your district not the views of the party elite, like the AL is suggesting. Sure, Martha will have to cross the aisle once in awhile to get things done, but I would prefer her to vote NO then to rubberstamp legislation that doesn’t represent the things that are important to her district. Once again the AL has shown how out of touch they are with the citizens of the community they are supposed to be serving. You may call Martha’s views left-leaning, I call them spot on.

I also see the AL will endorse a presidential candidate on Sunday – let me guess – John McCain.