“I’m telling the truth, just ask Whopper Junior and the traveling computer server fun show.”
While the state debates whether or not spending $18,000 per military vote (while thumbing their nose at native American voters) was a wise choice by our former Secretary of Hamburgers, uh, I mean State, some other questions have arisen, like whoÂ stole the flag? And more importantly, why is it a secret?
Well, it really isn’t a secret, but that’s all you are getting from me. But if the person’s name is ever released, and it is who it is, you will see they have many political connections in Sioux Falls.
Stay tuned, this is going to get interesting.
I also wonder if the timing of this flag fiasco and Gant investigation (that has been going on for months) has anything to do with taking attention away from the latest EB-5 findings? As you may or may not know, Shantel and Mitch Krebs are close friends with Mike Rounds, and would defend him in any manner. Nice distraction folks.
Let’s worry about flags and I-Pads while the elephant walks out of the room.
Stuff like this really gets my blood boiling;
The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office under former Secretary Jason GantÂ misused federal grant money, overspent its annualÂ budget and couldn’t account for $43,000 in state funds, according to a report by the state auditor.
Cameraman Bruce and I told the media and government officials over two years ago that we were very suspect of what was going on in that office. Not just the campaign business being run by the deputy SOS, but the moving servers, the large donations to the SDGOP from election services companies, missing records, etc., etc.,
Stan Adelstein responded (thankfully) and all we got was a watered down report from the AG that said, “They didn’t steal anything.” Now we know that might not have been the case.
But what do I know, I’m just a speculator.
UPDATE: It only took Stormland TV two and half years to pick up on something I forgotten I reported.
And a year earlier I was exposing theÂ ‘campaign store’ Pitty was running.
I guess I don’t feel so bad for not catching this before Stormland, because it has been so long since I reported it, I forgot about it. Now maybe they will do a story about real pressing issues, like our mayor possibly running for higher office and hop-scotching all over the state to OTHER Home Rule cities on our dime.
RememberÂ when we were chasing former SD deputy secretary of state Powers and SOS Gant for running a campaign business while working for the state?
Remember Powers’ departure and the nationwide tour his servers took?
Seems Kennecke over at Stormland asked current SOS Krebs an interesting question about missing corporate files, her response? Astounding;
When Krebs won the election for Secretary of State, she also discovered she had inherited a problem. Krebs says the state IT department informed her of a hack onÂ the data base for corporate filingsÂ in April of 2012.
“I want to clarify that the corporations system or website was on an outside server.Â And it was not on the state’s information and technology–state sanctioned and state secured–server,” Krebs said.
Something Krebs says was set up by her predecessor Jason Gant.
“We used state servers; we used outside servers,” Gant said.
Outside Servers!? This is going to get real interesting real quick.
As you may or may not know, the MC Election Review Commission’s chair, Danielson found many issues with data coming from the SOS office, and probably caused many of the issues auditor Litz was having with sending out wrong ballots. These issues occurred during Gant’s tenure. I think Krebs should take heed of the recommendations, and fix the issues with data that happened during Gant’s administration. It will only be to Shantel’s benefit, but better yet, benefit voters and auditors across the state. We will see how she handles it.
Mayor Kooiker continues to surprise me every day;
Kooiker, who estimated he personally collected about 400 signatures, said he was pleased that the City Council’s decision to approveÂ $180 million in bonds for a new civic center arena will be put to a public vote.
What I find amazing about what Sam did, is that not only did he support a public vote, he helped collect signatures. This is in stark reality to our mayor who told everyone he supported snow gates, butÂ when asked to sign the petition to put them on the ballot, he refused, as did many local politicians, including our Secretary of State elect Shantel Krebs, who told petition gathers after refusing to sign, “Initiatives/referendums should be illegal in South Dakota.” Interesting statement from the person that is now in charge of our elections 🙁
I want to commend Mayor Kooiker for standing up for democracy in South Dakota and setting an example for other elected officials who don’t really understand the process that well.