AP Projects Webb Winner In Virginia

The AP via MSNBC has projected that Democrat James Webb has defeated Incumbent George “Macaca” Allen which would give the Democrats full control in Congress. Of course Allen has yet to concede even thought many are calling him to do so.

So the “thumpin” as President Bush so eloquently described it yesterday is complete. I guess now he will be forced to work with the Democrats instead of against them if he has any aspirations of preserving any kind of legacy in his final 2 years.

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Jerauld County Democrat Wins Even Though She Died 2 Months Ago

How do you know that it might be time to re-think your political aspirations? Maybe losing to someone that passed away 2 months earlier would be a sign.

PIERRE, South Dakota – A woman who died two months ago won a county commissioner’s race in Jerauld County on Tuesday.

Democrat Marie Steichen, of Woonsocket, got 100 votes, defeating incumbent Republican Merlin Feistner, of Woonsocket, who had 64 votes.

Jerauld County Auditor Cindy Peterson said she believes the county board will have to meet to appoint a replacement for Steichen. Peterson said she’ll check with the state’s attorney to be sure that’s the process.

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Lost In The Shuffle?

Pretty much going under the radar during yesterdays election results was the fact that Dan Sutton, whom is headed for an investigation by his counterparts in the Senate during a special session of the South Dakota legislature on November 27th, won his re-election bid for the District 8 Senate seat.

Even with allegations that he groped an 18 year old page still as yet to be resolved, Sutton received 57 percent of the vote and unless something comes out of the special session later this month, he will begin his fourth term next February.

So much for my earlier comments that no matter what the outcome, his political career was over. Thankfully we can chalk one up to the “innocent until proven guilty” provision in our Constitution.

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Remember 1994? Apparently the GOP didn’t and as the old saying goes, those that don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. The groundswell of discontent that led to the Republican take over in 1994 has again re-appeared and this time the Republicans were on the other side.

Say what you will about what you think is next in our government which now has the Democrats squarely in control of the house and even possibly the Senate, the doom and gloom being brought forth by the right after their election night massacre can be traced back to one issue. The GOP lost sight of what put them in control in the first place with their refusal to be honest to the American public. When they decided that the few in control of the party i.e. George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove were always right and the majority of Americans were either wrong or just didn’t get it, they left themselves wide open when all their lies and mistakes finally came to light. Both constructive dialog and compromise became four letter words.

They campaigned on honesty and family values even while numerous scandals came to light, they campaigned on being tough on terror while getting the country involved in a war that had nothing to do with fighting terrorism and by some accounts has even made that fight tougher. The one conflict they did get us into that actually was being fought for the right reasons was terribly planned and even 4 years later is still in question.

You had a once extremely popular President that by the time this year’s mid-terms rolled around had become so unpopular that even the most endangered Republicans ran away in fear when he offered to campaign on their behalf.

Speaker Pelosi might not be something you want to deal with, but now that you do, don’t blame the Democrats. The GOP had control of both Houses of Congress and the White House but yet you still let it get to this point. Will the Democrats do any better? Time will tell but the GOP had plenty of chances and as the American public showed with their votes last night, they just didn’t do a good job.

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The Aftermath

Here is the final results from yesterdays election. Some interesting races and what could be called upsets including the current scourge of the GOP, Republican Stan Adelstein winning again even though he wasn’t running as his chosen and funded Democrat, Tom Katus, beat Republican and outspoken abortion ban supporter Elli Schwiesow. Katus’ victory was just one of the victories for Democrats, whom though still aren’t a force in South Dakota politics, are getting closer to becoming one in Pierre as they did manage to win a few they weren’t expected to get.

As I mentioned last night the J.A.I.L.er’s are already starting up with the conspiracy charges.

Does South Dakota ‘s government expect the people to believe that 90% of them approve of the ongoing fraudulent, destructive, unlawful, and unconstitutional judicial opinions? Nonsense!

South Dakota government has a much more effective and sinister way to steal the peoples election than that which they have already used, (by defrauding the people of the true meaning and intent of Amendment E, all done with the illegal use of public funds), and that is to change the tally at public expense, after the individual votes have been cast–either by adding ballots en masse (ballot box “stuffing”), or by reporting a false count.

Ballot stuffing? Sounds like reality is a concept that these folks just haven’t figured out yet!

An the survey says…

US House
100% Reporting
Herseth – 69%
Whalen – 29%
Rudebusch – 2%

Governor
100% Reporting
Rounds – 62%
Billion – 36%
Gerber – 1%
Willis – 1%

Referred Law 6 Abortion Ban
100% Reporting
Yes – 44%
No – 56%

Measure 7 Video Lottery
100% Reporting
No – 67%
Yes – 33%

Amendment C Define Marriage
100% Reporting
Yes – 52%
No – 48%

Amendment D Property Tax
100% Reporting
No – 80%
Yes – 20%

Amendment E Judicial Accountability
100% Reporting
No – 89%
Yes – 11%

And here’s some results from several Senate races of interest

District 13
92% Reporting
Heidepriem – 54%
Kelly – 46%

District 30
100% Reporting
Linz – 61%
Ratlif – 39%

District 32
100% Reporting
Katus – 53%
Schwiesow – 47%

District 35
100% Reporting
Napoli – 53%
Spry – 47%

The abortion ban may have been voted down but out of all the Senate Democrats that voted to pass the ban only Michael Kroger, D-Dell Rapids lost last night while Dan Sutton, D-Flandreau, Frank Kloucek, D-Scotland, Julie Bartling, D-Burke, Jim Peterson, D-Revillo, and Gil Koetzle, D-Sioux Falls all won.

Finally, I was sorry to see that friend of the site Catherine Ratliff was unsuccessful in her bid for the District 30 seat but I do want to congratulate her on a great run. And it is also a shame to see that South Dakotans decided that discrimination is ok when they voted to add it to our constitution in the form of the Marriage Amendment.

Will video lottery opponents try for a fifth time next year as they seem to have a hard time getting around that meaning of “no” concept? I am also taking odds on whether we’ll be voting on the abortion ban again as soon as next year as most of the major supporters are still around. But I bet that their next attempt will include rape and incest exceptions. So what are your thoughts? Surprises?

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Political Quote Of The Day

Jon Schaff from South Dakota Politics had this one.

Random thought: If you are Bruce Whalen, do you call Stephanie Herseth to concede? I mean, won’t she pick up the phone and say, “Bruce who?”

I will close this evenings festivities on that note but if you wish to keep up with the results overnight KELO has the feed from the Secretary of State.

One more note, Planned Parenthood seems confident that the abortion ban has been overturned as they have sent out a text message to their subscribers calling it a victory.

More thoughts tomorrow.

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I Think We Can Safely Say Amendment D Is Dead

The proposed plan to overhaul the way South Dakota collects property taxes can pretty much be considered DOA. The latest numbers have it down 83 percent to 17 percent. Maybe the fact that the legislature would have had to fix numerous holes in the initial legislation or maybe South Dakotan’s whom are already some of the lowest taxed in the nation didn’t see a need for this legislation.

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Morality Watch Part 2

Referred Law 6 Abortion Ban
31% Reporting
Yes – 44%
No – 56%

Amendment C Define Marriage
31% Reporting
Yes – 51%
No – 49%

It appears that Roger Hunt needed to illegally funnel a few hundred thousand more into the Vote Yes for Life campaign as the abortion ban looks like it will be overturned though it isn’t quite a done deal. On the other morality front, the amendment to add discrimination to our constitution in the form of the Gay Marriage Amendment is still too close to call.

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4th Time Not A Charm

Though only 24 percent of the precincts have reported so far, it appears likely that the video lottery opponents will fail to get it overturned again. Currently the totals stand at 68 percent in favor of keeping it versus 32 percent wanting to outlaw it.

In an even worse landslide, Amendment E is shooting for the record for the most one sided loss in South Dakota history losing with 90 percent of the voters realizing just how bad of an amendment it actually is.

I wonder what is going through Bonnie Russell and Bill Stegmier’s mind now, maybe another lawsuit because as SD Watch reported earlier today, one of their supporters had a hard time voting.

The sister of an attorney friend of ours went to her Sioux Fall polling place only to be told she already voted. Fortunately, she was allowed to vote after much hassle but then election officials said ‘well your brother already voted.’

Brother lives in another state and has for Years. The woman will contact officials tomorrow. Contact us for details.

Who knows because when your only down by a 70 percent margin, that one vote would really make a difference…Surely a conspiracy.

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Races Called

The AP has called the US House race for Stephanie Herseth and the Governors race in favor of Mike Rounds.

US House
12% Reporting
X Herseth – 72%
Whalen – 26%
Rudebusch – 1%

Governor
12% Reporting
X Rounds – 61%
Billion – 37%
Gerber – 1%
Willis – 1%

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