Senator Tim Johnson’s Chance to Show Leadership on Right to Carry

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 272-154 in favor of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

The bill, introduced by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), allows any U.S. citizen with a valid concealed firearms permit to carry a concealed firearm in states that allow concealed carry, or states that do not prohibit concealed carry for lawful purposes.

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the Second Amendment to the Constitution means that individual Americans have a right to bear arms in 2010.

Senator Thune (SD) sponsored a concealed carry reciprocity amendment in 2009. It received 58 votes, which was two votes shy of blocking a filibuster. There was bi-partisan support from several Senate Democrats, including Feingold (WI), Dorgan (ND), Bayh (IN), Pryor (AR) and Webb (VA). GOP Senators Lugar (IN) and Voinovich (OH) voted “nay”.

President Obama has not demonstrated any support for our 2ndAmendment rights, making a veto of any related legislation likely. This allows liberal Democrats in conservative states vote simply for re-election purposes to keep their party in control of the Senate. These legislators are not acting as leader representatives for their constituents. They are simply playing political games. The citizens of South Dakota deserve representatives that take active roles and are willing to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.

They deserve principled leaders who will take concrete steps toward permanently securing these rights, not just for South Dakotans, but for the citizens of our country as well.

So it remains to be seen whether Johnson will work with Thune to build the coalition necessary to pass the Senate legislation with enough votes to override a Presidential veto. Or will he simply sit back and cast a safe vote to keep his party in power knowing the President will likely act contrary to the will of the people.

Is Senator Johnson truly “working” to protect our rights or to protect a seat in the Senate? Will he fight or simply cast a vote?

Obama takes on Keystone XL decision

Keystone XL

Today’s interview on Omaha station KETV, Obama said he will be the one to make a final decision based upon the recommendation of the State Department.

Excerpt from the interview:

They’ll be giving me a report over the next several months, and, you know, my general attitude is, what is best for the American people? What’s best for our economy both short term and long term? But also, what’s best for the health of the American people? Because we don’t want for examples aquifers, they’re adversely affected, folks in Nebraska obviously would be directly impacted, and so we want to make sure we’re taking the long view on these issues.

“We need to encourage domestic oil and natural gas production,” Obama added. “We need to make sure that we have energy security and aren’t just relying on Middle East sources. But there’s a way of doing that and still making sure that the health and safety of the American people and folks in Nebraska are protected, and that’s how I’ll be measuring these recommendations when they come to me.” Read more

Obama has put himself in a precarious situation. Let’s hope he makes the right decision in favor of jobs and energy security.

Noem Fights for Limited Government

President Ronald Reagan sums up the way the Obama Administration’s regulatory obsession through its cronies at the EPA and other massive federal government departments is reaping havoc on the American economy. Reagan asserts, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” (Brainy Quote)

Congresswoman Kristi Noem has it completely right with the preemptive strike at the heart of the Obama-led EPA regulation machine which continues to kill jobs, destroy small business and hurt the American farmer in our Heartland. Noem has introduced the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act to U.S. Congress to preemptively stop the Obama Administration and its EPA from burdening American farmers with entirely too much regulation.

Noem hits a core issue in the 2012 campaign season that we all must be mindful of and that is the over regulation of every aspect of the American economy. Noem is fighting the good fight to keep this President and Democrats from continuing to push American jobs off our fields and ‘Main Street’ by redistributing them overseas.

Our country must not forget the American farmer in our Heartland. The Ford Library Museum website reminds us that President Ford eloquently asserted that, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” I am proud of Congresswoman Noem as she fights to preemptively stop the largest expansion of the federal government of any time in American history and allow government to get out of the way of the American worker.

We cannot stand idly by, while the Democrats, Harry Reid and this President continue to destroy the American dream through regulation and entitlements, which at its best is continuing to erode our work ethic, the cultural ideal of individual responsibility and the entrepreneurial spirit. As it is said, “Not on my watch.”

Thank you Congresswoman Noem, we stand with you!


Democrat Gerrymandering Claims Do Not Pass Smell Test

From Chet Brokaw earlier this week:

“Minority Democrats argue that the plan recommended by a Republican-dominated committee appears politically motivated because it would throw five incumbent Democrats into one northeastern South Dakota district that could only elect three lawmakers.”
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After the last vote has been taken by the Senate the legislature passed the proposed map un-amended and with little debate.

Both Republicans and Democrats were put to the political test to explain why, who what and where the lines fell.

After all the spin from the South Dakota Democrat Party the final result is very simple to understand … more people are moving to urban areas. To properly reapportion votes the redistricting committee had to slice the pie wider for rural districts to catch more people. Urban districts, like the ones in and around Sioux Falls had to be narrowed.

In today’s article from Chet Brokaw:

“Rep. Suzy Blake, D-Sioux Falls, sought unsuccessfully to change the boundaries of two districts on the southern edge of Sioux Falls. Blake, who represents District 13, said Republicans now outnumber Democrats by about 700 voters in her district, but the new plan gives Republicans an edge of about 2,300 voters.

“I’m disappointed, shocked and angry,” Blake said.
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It’s laughable to hear Democrats claim gerrymandering when the population is so overwhelmingly Republican.

To actually make the Democrat Party happy would require the most blatant gerrymandering and disregard for the process.


North Dakota’s Booming Oil Patch Swelling to South Dakota

From James MacPherson via the Bloomberg Business Week. ”

Some experts believe that South Dakota may hold up to one-third the volume of oil estimated in the prolific Bakken, one of  the largest continuous oil accumulations. To that end, many energy companies are leasing large lots of land for future development, with one Texas company leasing  almost 67,00 acres. “Jarrod Johnson, the School and Public Lands commissioner, called the record lease sale to the Texas company a landmark.” We’re excited, but we have to be cautious in thinking `here comes our North Dakota,'” Johnson said.”

Who says South Dakota doesn’t have any oil?

Now the question is how do we support exploration?






SDGOP Calls on U.S. Attorney to Investigate Senator Johnson Staffer for Hatch Act Violations


 From my email box:

 PIERRE- South Dakota Republican Party officials are calling on U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson to launch a full investigation into potential violations of federal law by a senior staffer for Senator Tim Johnson.

 “U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson should immediately begin an investigation into a possible violation of federal law that occurred this week when a senior staffer for Senator Johnson attended a campaign event as a potential candidate for federal office while still on the government payroll,” said SDGOP Executive Director Tony Post.

Matt Varilek, a senior staffer for Senator Tim Johnson who earns approximately $90,000 per year, reportedly attended a Democratic Party rally in Mitchell this week where he delivered vitriolic campaign-style personal attacks against Rep. Kristi Noem.  Varilek has said he is looking at possibly challenging Noem.  He has also recorded a campaign-style video for a ‘Draft Varilek’ website. 

 “South Dakotans have a right to know whether their hard-earned tax dollars are being used to subsidize a nascent political campaign.  Varilek needs to immediately come clean with expense records showing that he has not violated the Hatch Act, which puts restrictions and prohibitions on federal government employees from certain political activities.”   

 Brendon Johnson received his appointment to the U.S. Attorney position with the help of his father, Senator Tim Johnson.