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  • Cat Fight in South Dakota

    10/21/2010 11:30:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | October 21, 2010 | Jillian Bandes
    Kristi Noem has been dubbed the “next Sarah Palin,” but she’s keen on distancing herself from that title. “I respect Sarah Palin and her service as Governor of Alaska and as the Vice Presidential nominee in 2008,” said Noem in an interview. “A lot of people have tried to put labels on me, but right now I’m focused on being Kristi Noem and getting my message out to South Dakotans.” Noem is the Republican candidate in South Dakota’s lone House race, and is polling dead even with her opponent, Stephani Herseth Sandlin, who has held the seat since 2004. Noem’s...
  • Fallen Star Sees His Message Rise (Mark Sanford)

    09/26/2010 5:11:18 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-25-10 | VALERIE BAUERLEIN
    As Tea-Party Movement Clamors for Limited Government, Sanford Leaves StageCOLUMBIA, S.C.—Last year, Gov. Mark Sanford chose love over politics. An affair with an Argentine woman buried his immediate prospects for higher office, but the two-term Republican governor said in an interview this week he was content. He is divorced, enjoying high approval ratings and ready to embark on a private life when his second term ends in four months. Mr. Sanford's longtime message of limited government is catching fire with voters across the U.S. But the former presidential prospect is now on the sidelines. "I've had friends say, 'You were...
  • Noem doubles up Herseth Sandlin in fundraising ( SD )

    10/13/2010 6:18:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    rapid city journal ^ | October 11, 2010 | David Montgomery
    Republican House candidate Kristi Noem raised twice as much money in the past three months as Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, giving Noem hundreds of thousands more dollars for the campaign’s last weeks. Noem, who challenged her supporters in August to help her raise $1 million during the remainder of the campaign, met that goal with a $1.1 million third-quarter total. Herseth Sandlin’s campaign reported collecting about $550,000 in that same time. This was the second quarter in a row Noem has outraised Herseth Sandlin. Noem’s campaign manager Joshua Shields said the third-quarter fundraising is evidence Noem is doing...
  • Kristi Noem, congressional hopeful and Tea Party favorite from South Dakota raises $1.1M

    10/13/2010 10:22:31 AM PDT · by llevrok · 26 replies · 3+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/13/2010
    Move over Christine O'Donnell. The new Tea Party star — and fund raising machine — is Kristi Noem, a rancher, mother of three and GOP candidate for congress from South Dakota. Noem, 38, who's a state representative and relatively unknown on the national scene, has raised $1.1 million in the last three months — more than any Republican congressional challenger in the U.S. and roughly twice as much as her Democratic incumbent opponent, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, ABC News reported. In their quest to win back control of the House, Republicans have set their sights on Dems like Herseth-Sandlin,...
  • In South Dakota: Another Sarah Palin?

    10/12/2010 4:57:13 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 49 replies
    If money is any indication, the hottest Republican House candidate in the country is Kristi Noem. The 38-year-old rancher has raised more campaign cash than any Republican house challenger in the country. Noem has raised $1.1 million over the past three months, about twice as much as her opponent, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD). And that money will go a long way: South Dakota's media market is one of the least expensive in the country.
  • In South Dakota: Another Sarah Palin? (A New Republican Star Takes on a Tough Dem Incumbent)

    10/12/2010 4:34:38 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 11 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/12/10 | JONATHAN KARL and GREGORY SIMMONS
    If money is any indication, the hottest Republican House candidate in the country is Kristi Noem. The 38-year-old rancher has raised more campaign cash than any Republican house challenger in the country. Noem has raised $1.1 million over the past three months, about twice as much as her opponent, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD). And that money will go a long way: South Dakota's media market is one of the least expensive in the country. Noem may need the cash. Herseth-Sandlin is a moderate Democrat with a proven ability to win, and win big, in South Dakota. She decimated her Republican...
  • South Dakota House: Noem (R) Regains Small Lead Over Herseth-Sandlin (D)

    10/07/2010 10:35:14 AM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies
    Republican Kristi Noem has edged back into the lead over incumbent Democrat Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in South Dakota’s U.S. House race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in South Dakota finds Noem with 47% support, while Herseth-Sandlin earns 44% of the vote. Six percent (6%) like another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) It remains a very close race. Noem fell slightly behind Herseth-Sandlin last month 47% to 45% for the first time since winning the Republican Primary in early June. Noem, it appears, is beginning to...
  • Lutheran split divides church families

    10/04/2010 7:22:02 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 10/4/10 | Mary Garrigan
    When churches split, leaving can be hard. Staying is, too, says the council president at Grand River Lutheran Church in Buffalo. The 2009 decision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to allow congregations to call openly gay pastors continues to reverberate through ELCA churches in western South Dakota. On Sept. 26, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead voted by a 59-8 margin to leave the denomination, making it the largest ELCA church west of the Missouri River to depart to date. It takes with it a membership roll of 400 members, an average Sunday attendance of 80...
  • Dakota Dreaming. The presidential hopes of John Thune (long read)

    09/25/2010 7:23:22 AM PDT · by paudio · 41 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 4, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    John Thune is likely to run for president in 2012. If he wins the nomination, it will be because he is an exceptionally skilled retail politician who can communicate a kind of midwestern, common sense conservatism that is ascendant in reaction to liberal profligacy. It will be because of skills and values he learned in Murdo.
  • Prospectors find largest gold nugget in 120 years[Black Hills-SD]

    09/17/2010 9:22:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 13 Sep 2010 | Holly Meyer
    A bright yellow glimmer caught Charlie "Digger Chuck" Ward's eye as he panned. His eyes had fooled him in the past, so he reached in the pan to feel the weight of the clump. Ward handed it to his prospecting partner, Byron Janis, and asked "Is this what I think it is?" The 2-¼ inch by 1-1/2 inch by 1 inch rock was exactly what Ward thought it was: gold. It turned out to be the largest undisputed gold nugget found in the Black Hills in the past 120 years. (A larger nugget has been found, but its authenticity has...
  • Noem, Herseth Sandlin step up air war

    09/15/2010 9:31:47 AM PDT · by rosettasister · 13 replies
    Mitchell Republic ^ | September 15 2010 | Tom Lawrence
    The air war is under way. Republican congressional candidate Kristi Noem aired her first general election TV ad Tuesday while Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., aired her fourth of the campaign. Noem targets what she terms out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C., in the 30-second spot that features images of the candidate as well as South Dakota icons such as a buffalo and Mount Rushmore. “The government is here to serve the people, not the other way around,” Noem says in the ad. Spending is an issue that plays well in the state, Noem said.“No matter where I travel in our...
  • John Thune starts prepping for 2012

    07/27/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 101 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/27/2010 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    With speculation growing that he’ll join the wide-open 2012 Republican presidential field, South Dakota Sen. John Thune plans to roll out a sweeping proposal Tuesday to remake the congressional budget process. Thune’s budget plan would create a joint House-Senate panel on cutting government spending, call for a line-item veto and mandate that 10 percent of the deficit be cut each year until it is eliminated. As he tries to build up his policy credentials, Thune is also stepping up his political travel, headlining a Republican Party of Virginia event on Wednesday, to be followed by trips to Arkansas, California and...
  • Possibly record breaking hail in SD

    07/27/2010 3:45:44 PM PDT · by DManA · 46 replies · 4+ views
    NOAA web site ^ | July 27, 2010 | NOAA
    Pictures of what may be US record hail that fell today.
  • Kristi Noem leads Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in raising money (SD Republican nominee for Congress)

    07/25/2010 1:10:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 6+ views
    Link only - Kristi Noem leads Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in raising money
  • Senate Democrats regret supporting Roberts, Alito (Obama "impressed" by Roberts' intellect)

    07/23/2010 5:23:49 AM PDT · by earlJam · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/10
    Senate Democrats regret supporting Roberts, Alito By J. Taylor Rushing - 07/23/10 06:00 AM ET Senate Democrats are expressing regret for supporting the nominations of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. From the rank and file to senior members, Democrats widely said they were particularly frustrated that Roberts, during his confirmation hearings, portrayed himself as an umpire merely calling balls and strikes. Instead, they say, he has joined the far-right wing of the court and been a leading voice in recent controversial 5-4 rulings. “The representations that were made and implied turned out not to...
  • Senate Republican Leader Won't Campaign in Nevada Against Senate Democratic Leader

    07/23/2010 10:54:37 AM PDT · by goldendays · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | Thursday, July 22, 2010 | By Edwin Mora
    Senate Republican Leader Won't Campaign in Nevada Against Senate Democratic Leader Thursday, July 22, 2010 By Edwin Mora Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday about how BP -- the oil company responsible for the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf Coast -- helped write the Kerry Lieberman bill on global warming that is being debated by lawmakers. (AP photo) ( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not campaign in Nevada against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) who is seeking reelection in November, according to a senior Republican aide. “He’s helping Republicans...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

    07/17/2010 5:59:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 157 replies · 3+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 17, 2010 | LAUREN ETTER
    ... Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls. In Michigan, at least 38 of the 83 counties have converted some asphalt roads to gravel in recent years. Last year, South Dakota turned at least 100 miles of asphalt road surfaces to gravel. Counties in Alabama and Pennsylvania have begun downgrading asphalt roads to cheaper chip-and-seal road, also known as "poor...
  • Brief for 9 states backs Arizona immigration law

    07/14/2010 5:05:10 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies
    ap ^ | 071410 | AP
    DETROIT — States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law. Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • 9 States Back Arizona in U.S. Immigration Suit (Woo-Hoo)

    07/15/2010 2:21:39 AM PDT · by onyx · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 15, 2010 | Associated Press
    DETROIT -- States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law.
  • Some Dems Not Even Bothering To Run

    07/12/2010 9:59:13 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies ^ | 07/12/10 | CaroleL
    With White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly announcing Republicans could gain control of the House of Representatives and less than four months until the elections billed as a referendum on the Obama agenda, the president's party isn't even bothering to put candidates on the ballot in some states.
  • 3 die as canoe goes over dam; 8-year-old survivor walks 2 hours for help (SDAK)

    06/28/2010 5:45:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies ^ | 6/28/10 | Paul Walsh
    A canoe with four occupants went over a diversion dam and broke apart on a South Dakota river, killing three people and leaving an 8-year-old survivor to walk barefoot about two hours for help, authorities said. The canoe was "sucked into the turbulent waters below" the dam on the Belle Fourche River Sunday afternoon, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office in western South Dakota. Killed were Jeramy Rogers, 38; his daughter Sierra Rogers, 11; and his U.S. Forest Service (USFS) coworker and friend Andrew Korth, 26. All lived on the same block in Rapid City, S.D. Isabella Rogers, another...
  • State ELCA Lutherans [SD Snyod Assembly] reject church's national stance on sexuality

    06/14/2010 5:45:46 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies · 312+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | June 11, 2010 | Holly Meyer
    The 2010 South Dakota Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America narrowly voted Friday against the national church's statement accepting gay relationships. By a margin of eight votes, the state assembly passed a resolution, 251-243, with 10 abstaining, rescinding the national 2009 Churchwide Assembly's decision to recognize same-gender couples through its social statement "Human Sexuality: Gift & Trust," which also passed narrowly at the national level, according to Bishop David Zellmer, leader of South Dakota's ELCA congregations. A re-vote was sought on Friday's action, but that request was denied by a 19-vote margin. The state assembly is expected...
  • Raw Video Catches Tornado Moving Across South Dakota Farm

    05/24/2010 6:53:57 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 839+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 24, 2010 | Brian
    Here is amazing raw video of a tornado that swept across South Dakota yesterday, May 23, 2010. This tornado was filmed moving across a farm in Edmond County. The farm was damaged, but no injuries were reported.
  • Elections chief: Constitution 'important' Ineligible candidate would be 'biggest scam ever...

    05/11/2010 12:01:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 565+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 10, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    The chief elections officer in the state of South Dakota says the issue of President Obama's eligibility to the office is a huge concern among the voters in that state, and he thinks the constitutional qualifications for the office are supremely important to the nation. "I would hope that all Americans would find constitutional qualifications to be an important issue," Chris Nelson told WND today. "I would hope there would not be any questions about the issue." The comments came after Nelson was quoted in a Rapid City newspaper article that poked fun at the issue. Under the headline, "OK,...
  • Gun-toting victims fight back(ND)

    05/09/2010 8:29:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies · 708+ views ^ | 7 May, 2010 | Staff
    Criminals beware: South Dakota hasn't lost its spirit of the Wild West, so you might want to think twice before trying to victimize a stranger who just might be packing heat. Criminals were thwarted twice this week by targeted victims who turned the tables on the bad guys. In the first incident, a Box Elder man scared off a would-be burglar by firing two shots at him during an attempt to break into the man's home. The second incident involved a pizza delivery man who was assaulted and robbed while delivering a pizza. He managed to fire a pistol at...
  • Two F-16 Fighting Falcons head out to South Dakota

    04/29/2010 6:38:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 399+ views
    Hilltop News ^ | 4/30/2010 | Rich Essary (75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
    Two Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcons set out from Hill Air Force Base on April 27 for a new home. They were reassigned to the South Dakota Air National Guard at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls. The F-16s are the first of 24 jets currently assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing scheduled to be transferred or retired from the base in fiscal year 2010 to comply with the Air Force's combat air force restructure plan announced last June. Under the Air Force plan a total of 259 aircraft will be retired including 138 F-16s, 112 F-15 Eagles and nine...
  • Rural South Dakota church leaves Lutheran church body

    04/05/2010 5:51:08 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 445+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | April 4, 2010
    ARMOUR -- A rural Armour church celebrated Holy Week as part of a new body. East Lake Andes Lutheran voted recently to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The decision came in opposition to the ELCA's approval of clergy in committed same-sex relationships. At the same meeting, the congregation voted to join a national association known as the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The action took effect recently. The parishioners voted 50-8 to leave the ELCA and 49-9 to join a different Lutheran church body, in this case the LCMC, said church council president Mike Bryant....
  • Democrats Won't Even Try In South Dakota

    04/02/2010 1:35:22 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 9 replies · 440+ views ^ | 04/02/10 | CaroleL
    South Dakota Democrats have failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican Senator John Thune in his bid for a second term this November. Mr. Thune could still have an opponent as Independent candidates have until June to file nominating petitions, but with Democrats failing to meet this week's deadline, Senator Thune is all but assured victory.
  • Young SD ranch couple use social media to urge farmer-ranchers to speak up (against HSUS & PETA)

    03/29/2010 1:43:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 352+ views
    AGWEEK ^ | March 29, 2010 | Mikkel Pates
    Stacy and Troy Hadrick of Vale, S.D., have become nationally important defenders of agriculture, primarily using social media. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek) FARGO, N.D. — Stacy and Troy Hadrick of Vale, S.D., take the stage as quintessential young Dakota ranchers — except they’re talkers.They say young farmer-rancher types like them have been too trusting of others to use the Internet and social media to fight back against groups they consider anti-animal agriculture. They urge farmers to tell their own stories, rather than have their industry twisted by journalists with hidden agendas.The Hadricks spoke to North Dakota State University Ag...
  • UN Could Take a Lesson from South Dakota

    03/12/2010 8:14:18 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies · 281+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12 March 10 | Ben Evansky
    South Dakota is the latest state to have adopted terror-free investment policies that target companies doing business with Iran. It joins some 18 other states and the District of Columbia. Observers say these states can teach the UN Security Council a thing or two when it comes to punishing Iran. The South Dakota law will force its state controlled pension fund to divest itself from companies doing business in Iran. Right now there are three other states with similar bills to that of South Dakota; Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Mississippi. While the other two are gaining traction, Holton says he is...
  • South Dakota Firearms Freedom Act Passes

    03/13/2010 9:30:25 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 42 replies · 1,560+ views ^ | March 4, 2010
    South Dakota --( The South Dakota Legislature has passed the South Dakota Firearms Freedom Act and that bill is enroute to the Governor’s desk. Governor Michael Rounds has indicated that he’s comfortable with the SDFFA and will sign the bill when it reaches his office. SD will make the fourth state that has enacted a clone of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act. Once the Wyoming and South Dakota governors sign their respective bills into law, they will join Montana, Tennessee and Utah with enacted laws.
  • More Democrats come out against health care bill [Four from KY, IL, SD and NC]

    03/12/2010 8:40:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies · 10,467+ views
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2010 | Charles Riley and Jeff Simon
    As House Democratic leaders advised their members Friday to prepare for a legislative battle over health care that could stretch through next weekend, four additional rank-and-file Democrats have come out against the Obama administration's signature domestic priority. Reps. Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Luiz Gutierrez of Illinois, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota and Heath Shuler of North Carolina say they will vote against their party's health care plan, which may be headed to a final vote late next week. "At this time, I am a 'no' vote on health care," said Gutierrez in a written statement. "It's no secret that I...
  • GOP Senators Pen Letter to Reid Vowing to Block Reconciliation [tough words]

    03/10/2010 1:57:39 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 67 replies · 3,906+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 10, 2010, 3:28 p.m. | David M Drucker
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday were preparing to send a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowing to raise potentially crippling objections to any portion of a proposed health care reconciliation package that they believe violates the procedure’s narrow guidelines. The letter, signed by all 41 Senate Republicans and spearheaded by Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.), is actually directed at House Democrats. To sow discord among House Democrats and derail passage of health care reform in that chamber, Senate Republicans are making it very clear that anything House Democrats agree to could die in the Senate. “Forty-one of us have...
  • Blue Dog chairwoman would vote against Senate bill

    03/04/2010 5:25:53 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 20 replies · 1,217+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2010 | Eric Zimmerman
    The co-chairwoman of the Blue Dog Caucus said today she will oppose the Senate version of healthcare reform if it comes up for a vote in the House. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), who also voted against the original House bill, tolld reporters in a conference call that she oppposes the upper chamber's legislation, and she would not support any changes that come from the Senate via reconciliation. "I will not vote for the Senate bill as is," she said, according to the Rapid City Journal. "I will not vote for a package of changes that would go through the...
  • Colorado, South Dakota Firearms Freedom Act Introduced

    01/26/2010 12:38:28 PM PST · by all the best · 40 replies · 1,394+ views
    The Tenth Amendment Center ^ | January 25, 2010 | Michael Boldin
    Introduced in the State Senates of both Colorado and South Dakota last week is a bill known as the “Firearms Freedom Act.” If passed, the bill would make state law that “any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the state and that remains within the borders of the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.” This now makes Firearms Freedom Acts already passed in Montana and Tennessee, and currently introduced in these 21 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado Florida, Georgia,...

    01/14/2010 8:01:56 PM PST · by MestaMachine · 2 replies · 305+ views
    January 14, 2010 | MestaMachine
    SOUTH DAKOTA ELECTION CENTRAL If we are going to make a difference in the upcoming election, we need to KNOW the candidates. Please post the names of ALL your Congressional candidates on this thread along with any and all information available. We need names, positions, platforms, news articles, statements, pictures. We need to separate the RINOS from the Conservatives, and most of all, we need to get the liberals of either party OUT!We can do this if you help. I have started this thread. All you have to do is contribute a little time and a little research. Help...
  • SD Lawmakers Oppose Sales Tax Boost to Fix Budget(2/3 of them: S. Dakota)

    01/04/2010 9:14:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 455+ views
    ABC ^ | 01/04/10 | CHET BROKAW
    SD Lawmakers Oppose Sales Tax Boost to Fix Budget Survey: South Dakota lawmakers oppose sales tax boost to fix budget problems CHET BROKAW Associated Press Writer The Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. South Dakota lawmakers have no interest in increasing the state sales tax to fix the state's budget problems, according to a survey by The Associated Press. Two-thirds of the legislators responding to the survey said they oppose increasing the sales tax to balance the budget in the next year or two. House and Senate leaders said lawmakers want to balance the budget with spending cuts, not tax increases. "I...
  • Rapist, former lawmaker Ted Klaudt claims name copyright (To keep his name out of print)

    12/18/2009 10:05:24 AM PST · by civilwar2 · 22 replies · 1,161+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 12-15-09 | Chet Brokaw
    A former South Dakota lawmaker convicted of raping his two foster daughters has sent news organizations what he claims is a copyright notice that seeks to prevent the use of his name without his consent. A letter and an accompanying document labeled "Common Law Copyright Notice" said former state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is reserving a common-law copyright of a trade name or trademark for his name. It said no one can use his name without his consent, and anyone who does would owe him $500,000. Klaudt was convicted in 2007 on four counts of second-degree rape for touching his...
  • New movie on abortion attempts to spark honest debate

    12/14/2009 3:47:51 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 512+ views
    cna ^ | December 14, 2009
    Hollywood, Calif., Dec 14, 2009 / 05:37 pm (CNA).- A new independent film explores the issue of a woman's ability to chose to have an abortion, using a blend of the drama and documentary genres. “South Dakota: A woman's right to chose” isn't in theaters yet, but it has riveted audiences at a series of screenings in California.Bruce Isacson, director of “South Dakota,” began with the idea of making a documentary on the subject of abortion.” However, Isacson knew that he couldn't reach large numbers of people with the documentary genre. Historically, he notes on the movie's website, “documentaries draw...
  • Fidel-ity: Three Decades of the Myers Spy Ring

    06/08/2009 5:37:57 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 8 replies · 762+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/08/09 | clarice Feldman
    Last week a Department of State retiree and his wife were arrested and charged with spying for Cuba for thirty years. In this article I will sort out what we know, don't know and need to explore about this matter. Walter Kendall Myers, Jr .and his wife Gwendolyn Steingarber Myers
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Map of the Day: Where is McFarthest Spot in U.S.?

    09/23/2009 7:18:13 PM PDT · by BGHater · 34 replies · 1,685+ views
    Carpe Diem ^ | 23 Sep 2009 | Mark J. Perry
    The map above is a visualization of the contiguous United States, colored by distance to the nearest McDonald’s, courtesy of Stephen Von Worley (via Felix Salmon): For maximum McSparseness, we look westward, towards the deepest, darkest holes in our map: the barren deserts of central Nevada, the arid hills of southeastern Oregon, the rugged wilderness of Idaho’s Salmon River Mountains, and the conspicuous well of blackness on the high plains of northwestern South Dakota. There, in a patch of rolling grassland, loosely hemmed in by Bismarck, Dickinson, Pierre, and the greater Rapid City-Spearfish-Sturgis metropolitan area, we find our answer....
  • California Leavin'

    09/02/2009 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Sockdologer · 15 replies · 977+ views
    South Dakota Politics ^ | Sep 02, 2009 | Miranda Flint
    “Boy, your winters are really dreary here,” my husband observed today as he looked out at the rain. “And it’s only September.” He is right. South Dakota has much drearier weather than a Californian is accustomed to. Here, we lack citrus trees and palms and we cannot take a day trip to the ocean side. And yet, in many ways, South Dakota is much less dreary than California. California is now bankrupt. The state is issuing IOUs to many of its creditors and employees. But according to The Wall Street Journal many banks will no longer accept them. Foreclosures are...

    06/05/2009 1:55:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 83 replies · 2,597+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | June 5, 2009
    PIERRE, S.D. -- A 23-year-old rancher whose family has fallen behind in their taxes and recently had a mobile home repossessed has claimed a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot on Friday, one of the largest undivided jackpots in U.S. lottery history.
  • Secretary of State Nelson Weighs Bid for US House

    04/30/2009 6:07:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 627+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2009
    Secretary of State Chris Nelson plans to decide by this fall whether to make a bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives. He can't run for his current job again because of term limits and said publicly at the Lawrence County Lincoln Day dinner that he's looking at the congressional office. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said she will decide later this summer whether to run for re-election, challenge incumbent Republican Sen. John Thune or run for governor in 2010. Nelson said what Herseth Sandlin does will play into his decision but won't be the ultimate factor.
  • Long Live Conservatism! Long Live Liberty! (2nd qtr '09 FReepathon thread IX)

    04/22/2009 1:10:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 142 replies · 6,794+ views
    It's been said that conservatism has different meanings for different people. It may not be textbook, but without a whole lot of navel gazing, here's what it means to me and what Free Republic is all about: In a word, Freedom! In two words, Preserving Freedom. In a handful of words as stated by our Founding Fathers, to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity! America was founded on the proposition that all men are created equal by God and that our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are granted directly by God...
  • The Tax Day Tea Party a huge SUCCESS!! Gov, media shocked and speechless!! (FReepathon thread VIII)

    04/20/2009 11:16:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 258 replies · 12,205+ views
    Do not believe the nattering nabobs of negativity. The Nationwide Tax Day TEA Party/Tax Revolt was a huge success!! What we need now is MORE and LOUDER!! Obama has no clue. Being confronted by millions of fed-up citizens is new to him. He never expected the otherwise docile American people to rise up against his wannabe Marxist/fascist totalitarian regime. He's now lashing out at us through the Dept of Homeland Security as if We the People are his enemy. Well, we are! And he now knows it. And he's scared witless!! And the media has been reduced to the speechless,...
  • Woo hoo!! Over 600 TEA Parties, 750,000 patriots, all 50 states engaged!! (FReepathon thread VII)

    04/18/2009 11:36:17 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 222 replies · 12,308+ views
    Click here to support FR ^ | April 18, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Congratulations FReepers and Patriots! According to Henchster's ongoing tallies, we've surpassed 750,000 participants in our nationwide Tax Day TEA Party/Tax Revolt! Woo hoo!! All 50 states fully engaged! Over 600 cities represented and reports still coming in! Huge turnout, huge SUCCESS!! Elected officials take note: DO NOT TREAD ON ME!! Tyranny, usurpation, corruption, overreaching, big spending, high taxing will no longer be tolerated! We the people are FED-UP and we're not going to take it anymore! Ignore us at your own peril! All Congressional seats, all elected offices throughout the land at risk! Revolution is in the air!!
  • House Democrat Leaders: Tea Partiers Are Racist, Nazi, Gun Nuts

    04/16/2009 11:58:07 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 102 replies · 4,854+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Posted by Brian Faughnan
    If the Obama administration has taken flak for suggesting that conservative groups might be home to domestic terrorists, it looks like some House Democrat leaders are willing to go even further: But in an interview on Fox TV in San Francisco, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) chalked up the GOP grass-roots effort as “AstroTurf.” “This initiative is funded by the high end; we call it AstroTurf, it's not really a grass-roots movement. It's AstroTurf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class,” Pelosi said....
  • Non-Partisan Group Estimates Number of Electoral Votes in Each State in 2012

    04/14/2009 5:46:54 PM PDT · by CalifScreaming · 24 replies · 1,867+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | April 14, 2009 | Richard Winger
    After the 2010 census has been held, the number of seats held by each state in the U.S. House of Representatives will change. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently estimated what the 2010 reapportionment will mean for each state. Eight states are expected to lose one seat each, in the U.S. House and in the Electoral College. They are Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. States that will gain will be Texas (3 seats), and one each for Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah. If the bill now pending in Congress to expand the...