Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Former SD Gov., US Rep. Bill Janklow dead at 72
Mercury News ^ | 1/12/12 | Chet Brokaw - AP

Posted on 01/12/2012 10:43:53 AM PST by NormsRevenge

PIERRE, S.D.—As governor of South Dakota for 16 years, Bill Janklow was always in a hurry—pushing lawmakers to approve his proposals and racing to disaster sites to take charge. His need for speed also likely played a role in his one regret: the 2003 fatal traffic accident that landed him in jail and ended his political career.

As South Dakota's attorney general, governor and congressman, the colorful politician dominated the state's political landscape for more than a quarter century, changing the face of the state's economy, education system and tax structure. Even his enemies—and there were many—admitted the Republican had a talent for getting things done, even as they complained that he ran roughshod over his opponents.

Janklow died shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday of brain cancer after being moved to hospice care in Sioux Falls earlier in the week, his son Russ Janklow said. He was 72.

"My dad loved this state," Russ Janklow said. "You know that."

At a final news conference in November, Bill Janklow had announced he had inoperable cancer and said his only regret was running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist. The accident happened less than a year after Janklow was elected to the U.S. House.

"If I had it to do over, I'd do everything I did, but I'd stop at a stop sign," Janklow said.

Janklow was known as a brilliant lawyer, a dynamic and brash speaker and an innovative governor. He had a long list of accomplishments, including saving rail service for much of the state, cutting property taxes and leading the nation in connecting classrooms to the Internet.

"To me, it seems indisputable he was South Dakota's greatest governor," Dave Knudson, a former legislator .. Janklow was driven to solve problems, Knudson said.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: dead; janklow; southdakota

1 posted on 01/12/2012 10:43:53 AM PST by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Rest in Peace


2 posted on 01/12/2012 10:54:43 AM PST by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised if you see more of that behavior)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
inoperable brain cancer

Well that's one stop sign he couldn't run.

3 posted on 01/12/2012 11:13:05 AM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: from occupied ga

GMTA...shame on us.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 11:14:03 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

RIP....

An ironic thing is he signed a bill in 1985 or 1986 where South Dakota did away with points for speeding and now there is a bill being pushed to put speeding on the SD points system again !


5 posted on 01/12/2012 11:28:30 AM PST by CORedneck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

RIP.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 11:42:53 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?
GMTA...shame on us.

tell that to the motorcylists that he killed

7 posted on 01/12/2012 12:06:04 PM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: from occupied ga

Okay...shame on me. I know what he did, but I’m not proud of myself with finding humor in brain cancer...even in Janklow’s case...YMMV.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 12:11:19 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: who knows what evil?

Sorry, I phrased that very poorly - what I meant was shame on him for being so careless as to kill a person for no other reason that he didn’t feel like stopping for a stop sign. I see no shame on either of us for thinking that. (I hope that was clearer)


9 posted on 01/12/2012 12:15:10 PM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: from occupied ga
Sorry, I phrased that very poorly - what I meant was shame on him for being so careless as to kill a person for no other reason that he didn’t feel like stopping for a stop sign. I see no shame on either of us for thinking that. (I hope that was clearer)

100% agree...

10 posted on 01/12/2012 12:41:18 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

RIP...


11 posted on 01/12/2012 12:59:55 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: from occupied ga

There are many a biker that will not miss that POS.


12 posted on 01/19/2012 4:36:05 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson