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Patrick Lalley Podcast

Pat’s guest was Sioux Falls City Councilor, Christine Erickson. Pat drilled Christine about her and Neitzert getting their panties in a bunch over Knobe’s ethics comments. What I find funny is if you don’t think you did anything wrong ‘ethically’ why do you care what Knobe says? I think your reaction speaks volumes about your guilty conscious.

Patrick Lalley Show Podcast

This past week Pat hosted my good friend Matt Fockler. Matt and I have been friends for over 20 years and used to have a radio show on KAUR called the ‘Mutt & Squat’ show. We mostly got into a lot of trouble because we wouldn’t follow programming rules. Hey, we were volunteers, who cares! We also created the club ‘Chickens are Fun’ (which was mostly just an excuse to make bumper stickers) and I named one of Matt’s former bands, ‘Billy Goat Edsel’. I have also helped him with countless graphic design projects. Matt has written many songs for well known musicians throughout the years. Besides Rich Show and Jesse Christen, Matt is one of the more talented songwriters locally, he also tells great stories. I’m proud to call him my friend.

‘It’s amateur hour over at city hall.’ – J. Ellis (Patrick Lalley Podcast)

I was told to listen to this podcast from a few weeks ago. Argus Leader reporter, J. Ellis talks about investigative reporting, remembering Kermit Staggers and the communication skills of TenHaken’s office. Good stuff.

Patrick Lalley Podcast

In his latest podcast, Hudson kicks out a busload of people who supported the Bunker Ramp. Amen!

Patrick Lalley Podcast

Pat’s guests this week were councilors Starr and Brekke. It was a great discussion about the lack of transparency and communication coming from the Mayor’s Administration and how it reminds us of the last administration’s lack of it also, even though there is different players.

Pat Lalley also rips on the councilors for not standing up to Video Lottery in our community, and I agree!

Patrick Lalley Podcast

This week Pat revives Hudson’s get out of town and has a debate with a person about bonding.

Hudson kicked out KSFY for their purchase of KDLT, it was enlightening.

Patrick Lalley Show, Episodes 8-9

I’m a little behind on these, but had a chance to listen today. Episode 8 with Sioux Falls City Councilor Erickson is interesting. If you FF to about 18:40 you will hear Lalley ask about the Bunker Ramp. Erickson tries everything in her power to blowoff the important questions, she even asks Pat at one point to change the topic. Erickson said that it really couldn’t be stopped (construction) because they signed a contract. Pat quickly pointed out that the city could have defaulted on the contract and just paid a penalty. He also pointed out that it is ‘ugly’. She slithered thru the questioning.

Lalley Podcast w/Cameraman Bruce

Patrick has Bruce as his guest yesterday.

Lalley; Shut up and vote.

Guest Column by Patrick Lalley

In government and politics there is a direct line between votes and votes.

That’s not a typo.

It means that when you enter the arena of elected office every vote you take becomes potential fodder against you. That’s just part of the deal and most people know that going in.

Party caucus leaders in legislatures and Congress will perform all sorts of procedural gymnastics to either prevent their members from taking a “bad” vote or forcing the folks on the other side into the same.

For better or worse, that’s the game.

It’s fun to watch in the hands of the masters.

It’s pathetic in the hands of amateurs.

That’s what I was thinking on Tuesday night during City Council Bingo at Full Circle Book Co-op.

The issue: Whether to look into diverting some parking ticket money to the Banquet’s SOS program, which collects school supplies for low-income families.

NOTE: Before we go any further can we just say that we all love the good people at The Banquet? If you don’t, raise your hand. Good. That saves us some time.

NOTE 2: This one is for the City Council. We all love The Banquet, as evidenced by Note 1. You don’t have to tell us that you do as well.

NOTE 3: If you didn’t see the City Council meeting on Tuesday, based on the comments, I can only assume each of the members has donated thousands of dollars to The Banquet.

Back to the issue of the parking ticket money and the low-income students. Councilor Theresa Stehly forwarded a resolution to ask Mayor Paul TenHaken and his people to look into a Las Vegas deal under which ticket cash was diverted to a similar program.

Now, let’s just say for the record that any time you’re using Vegas as your example, maybe you’ve gone a little off the mark. That being said, we’re talking about a pretty harmless request, a resolution saying can you look into this.



Move on.

Which would be all well and good if our current collection of city councilors weren’t so concerned about what Theresa is doing, or saying, or writing.

Instead of voting no and letting it go, which in truth is the correct vote for all kinds of reasons, Councilor Curt Soehl decided to up the game with an amendment to the resolution.

That’s where the wheels came off.

All of them.

Wheels hanging out of the trees.


The details at this point get a little fuzzy, but basically the city attorney said the amendment to the resolution would require a public notice, etc. etc.

But the underlying issue here is that Councilor Soehl thought it was a good idea to poke Councilor Stehly in the eye with a procedural stick.

The best defense against a bad guy with a stick is a good guy with a stick.

Wait, that analogy took a turn. Oh well, weapons.

Let’s just say that it went bad and after a bit of wrangling and ridiculous positioning the entire council looked like blithering fools.

Political positioning in legislative bodies is an art.

This was not that.

I get that there’s a fissure on the council. It’s 5 to 3 in a lot of situations in which there is disagreement.

NOTE 4: But for a couple hundred public service sector union votes that put Soehl in that seat, it could very well be 4 to 4. Think about that for a second.

And if you don’t like Theresa Stehly, that’s fine, you probably have similar opinions in your echo chamber. And to be clear, she’s not a political strategist.

In fact, let’s get back to politics. Specifically, let’s talk about elections.

Former councilor and state legislator Kermit Staggers won a lot of elections and I would venture that about 6 percent of people actually agree with him on philosophy. But the man was an advocate.

He showed up.

He listened.

That’s what Theresa is, an advocate for people who don’t have a voice.

That plays my friends. It always has and it always will.

Here’s my advice to Councilor Soehl and like-minded folks who want to try and use the legislative process as a political tool.

Be careful.

Back in my reporting days, in a land far, far away, we used to have a saying.

Shut up and vote.

Lalley Podcast; Ep 3

Janet Brekke and I are the featured guests!