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Eldon Nygaard switches parties; will serve in South Dakota State Senate as Republican
KTIV.com ^ | 11/18/10

Posted on 11/18/2010 6:14:58 PM PST by LdSentinal

PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - Saying "voters want change", South Dakota State senator-elect Eldon Nygaard, of Vermillion, has made a change, too. He's now a Republican.

Nygaard served in the South Dakota House from 2006 to 2010 as a Democrat.

But, in a statement, Nygaard said he believes he can better-serve his constituents in Pierre as a Republican. "I firmly believe that I can represent my District's needs in Pierre more effectively as a member of the Republican Party. My past four years in the House have been marked by a bi-partisan approach to working for my district and the people of South Dakota."

Nygaard says he will continue to reach across the aisle to find solutions for his district.

Nygaard joins a state Senate with 29 other Republicans, and only 5 Democrats.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: dakota; nygaard; republican; south
South Dakota State Senate:

30 Republicans
5 Democrats

1 posted on 11/18/2010 6:14:59 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

30 Republicans 5 Democrats

a good start...

2 posted on 11/18/2010 6:20:35 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: LdSentinal
Wow! Changes parties like changes socks! Love them Dems!
3 posted on 11/18/2010 6:23:37 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: LdSentinal

“Voters want change.”
That’s a pretty smooth way of saying,”I want to keep my job.”


4 posted on 11/18/2010 6:24:27 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: LdSentinal

Any representative in any legislative body who has a serious interest in doing “constituent service” should always caucus with the MAJORITY PARTY if at all possible.


5 posted on 11/18/2010 6:25:00 PM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: April Lexington
Sorry but if we conservatives stood on principle,we would applaud him for changing parties but require a new election whenever anyone changes party affiliation after winning an election as a member of another party.
6 posted on 11/18/2010 6:29:15 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: LdSentinal

I think you mean:

29 Republicans
5 Democrats
and one 1 Gutless, cowardly, morally bankrupt, scum-sucking leech, traitorous piece of pig-sh*t Politician who has no place in the SD Legislature.

This bottom-feeding piece of filth lied to his constituents, and now wants nothing more than to be on the ‘winning side’.

They are sub-human when a Republican switches sides - and the same goes when a RAT jumps ship. No respect for this animal at all.


7 posted on 11/18/2010 6:29:40 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: LdSentinal

I wonder if the GOP is recruiting dems to try to keep conservatives out in oh-12.


8 posted on 11/18/2010 6:31:48 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: LdSentinal

Yeah but they want changed people not the same people with changed labels, ya jackwagon!


9 posted on 11/18/2010 6:32:57 PM PST by bigbob
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To: InvisibleChurch

PS. Why would they name a city, Pete, South Dakota? Is there a Doug, West Virginia?


10 posted on 11/18/2010 6:33:47 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: LdSentinal

That’s a nice story, but just like the rest of the folks in office, I will wait to see them back up their rhetoric with votes for smaller government, like Americans overwhelmingly want.

We’ve all seen what damage a “Republican In Name Only” can cause.


11 posted on 11/18/2010 6:35:08 PM PST by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: LdSentinal

As goes Eldon Nygaard, so goes the nation!


12 posted on 11/18/2010 6:36:30 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: LdSentinal
"Nygaard says he will continue to reach across the aisle to find solutions for his district."

I'm sick of all this "reach across the aisle" crap. Unless, of course, he's reaching across to b**ch slap the 'Rats...then it's okay.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

13 posted on 11/18/2010 6:41:17 PM PST by wku man (Still holding my breath, but exhaling a bit after Nov. 2...)
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To: hoosierham

Agreed. Take them any way we can!


14 posted on 11/18/2010 6:42:01 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: LdSentinal

But is he now a conservative or a progressive republican? Wonder what the folks who voted for him think?


15 posted on 11/18/2010 6:42:05 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ( I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra)
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To: airborne
We’ve all seen what damage a “Republican In Name Only” can cause.

Unless the ND Senate has a large population of RINOs it is hard to imagine how this one flipper is going to do much damage when the Senate is devided 30 to 5 in the Republican favor.

Nygaard would have to get 10 other Republicans to join him to swing a vote against the Republican majority.

All I see here is a center left Democrat who does not want to be in the minority.

Unless they make Nygaard a committee chairman I don’t see how he can make much trouble. And considering the size of their majority I can’t imagine why they would have made that kind of deal with him to get him to flip.

16 posted on 11/18/2010 7:01:16 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: April Lexington

Nygaard joins a state Senate with 29 other Republicans, and only 5 Democrats.

Wow! Changes parties like changes socks! Love them Dems!

...and therein lies the problem, a senate full of RINO Republicans. According to my ex senator, there aren’t five real conservatives in the entire Legialature. I believe him.

Most all believe in Government handouts, instead of going it alone. Just heard my leftist, US Senator express his regrets that we are attempting to get rid of earmarks, “it’s bad for South Dakota and States like her”, meaning small and receiving more from Government than they give.

When Uncle is broke, then what?


17 posted on 11/18/2010 7:02:31 PM PST by wita
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To: wita

Well, he is from Vermillon, the home of the University of South Dakota. He probably realizes he needs to be a Republican to help fund the university.


18 posted on 11/18/2010 7:28:16 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: wita

Please identify your ex-senator. As a South Dakotan, I say he/she is full of BS.


19 posted on 11/18/2010 7:30:31 PM PST by Myndbender1
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To: LdSentinal

I don’t know the guy but on the surface it sounds like he’s kissing up to the winning team. Just another RAT scurrying off the sinking ship.


20 posted on 11/18/2010 7:46:55 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: wita

Oh, and what is your definition of a “real conservative?”


21 posted on 11/18/2010 7:48:42 PM PST by Myndbender1
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To: Myndbender1

I’d be more interested in the LA House flipping to the GOP.


22 posted on 11/18/2010 7:59:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Myndbender1

If you are East River, I can understand how you don’t understand. If you are West River I would pose the questions, where do you stand on a balanced State budget, and how many years has the budget been out of whack?

Who, then has been in charge, in the legislature, and in the Governors office. The latest election has certainly not changed anything in the Governors office, where the number of state employees rose like the tide during the last administration, and is unsustainable, if the budget was truly in balance.

This state is in serious financial trouble, like many others, and we have waited past the good times, until it is bad times, and we will see if tough decisions can be made or SD is going to continue to depend on the now BROKE federal government to cover our loses.

Something that has not happened for four years so far. Speaking of BS, I hope you don’t believe the latest from the legislature, that the budget was balanced, at the end of the last legislative session. Not even the leading Democrat candidate for Governor believed that statement.

There are a couple more pertinent questions, but enough for now.

One thing that does need to be considered, is the number of Senators presently in the legislature, who have done precisely what this thread is discussing, that is, change from dem to rep, and not for reasons of principle. I believe the number is larger than the true conservatives that remain.


23 posted on 11/18/2010 9:09:00 PM PST by wita
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To: wita

Before I answer your questions, please answer mine, although since I see you’re from Rapid, I can pretty much guess as to the ex-senator to whom you refer. PS. Thanks for your service to our country.


24 posted on 11/18/2010 9:20:52 PM PST by Myndbender1
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To: LdSentinal

30 to 5 and he STILL wants to “reach across the aisle”?? He’s nucking futz. Tell that micro-minority to get stuffed!


25 posted on 11/18/2010 9:28:05 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: InvisibleChurch

No, but we do have...
Gilbert, AZ
Daphne, AL
Guy, AR
Ross, CA
Florence, CO

and many others


26 posted on 11/18/2010 9:35:11 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Myndbender1

Thanks for your service to our country.

You are welcome.

Hope you do not mind a private reply as this subject I believe, is beyond the public arena on FR.

My ex senator, is also ex house member and was term limited for both the house and senate.

He is a he.

He is nationally known for an out of context abortion remark.

He has the same initials as a National Railroad running through Alliance NE.

He is the living example of what “mainstream” Republican, Stanford Addlestein calls a Wingnut.

...and last but not least, he ran in district 35.

Let me know if your original guess was correct.


27 posted on 11/19/2010 3:19:36 AM PST by wita
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To: LdSentinal

3 in Georgia 2 in Louisiana 1 in South Dakota and 1 in Maine this is a good start. By January we’ll see some Congressman and maybe Webb or lil Ben.


28 posted on 11/19/2010 4:39:48 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I guess I like the names of my towns on the par with Walla Walla, Washington.


29 posted on 11/19/2010 6:25:46 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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