If you’re a member of the GOP in South Dakota, you owe it to yourself to read this letter from District 30 State Representative Lance Russell (R).
Apparently there is an active, ongoing campaign by some CURRENT MEMBERS of the legislature to exclude duly elected GOP office-holders such as Rep. Lance Russell from membership in the GOP caucus during the upcoming 2013 legislative session in Pierre .
Here is an excerpt from that letter:
“Not only are calls are being made to survey potential exclusion or inclusion of Legislators to certain meetings, but regular communications and notices are not being sent to certain Legislators as well.”
“I have been completely excluded from receiving any e-mails sent among Republican members, including the one that apparently announced the date of caucus elections for the 2013-14 sessions.”
Is THIS what the GOP leadership in Pierre means when they talk about having a “big-tent” party ?
Apparently they welcome a “Republican” party where Pro-Abortion, Anti-gun, and Pro-Tax Increase members are welcomed, while social and fiscal conservatives are marginalized and excluded from membership.
To simply label this kind of conduct by members of the legislature an “outrage” would be one of biggest understatements ever uttered.
Rest assured that we will contacting Representative Russell to find out which current House members have been conducting this covert campaign to exclude him (and presumably other conservatives as well) from the House GOP caucus in upcoming legislative session.
Until that time, we recommend that you call and/or e-mail Speaker Pro-Tem Rep. Brian Gosch and demand that he put a STOP to these reprehensible phone calls and exclusionary tactics and force the legislators involved in this scheme to publicly apologize for their actions.
By refusing to put a stop to either of these things, Gosch is either tacitly endorsing these despicable actions, or he is showing Republicans across the state that he is UN-FIT to be the future Speaker of the House.
You can find Gosch’s contact information by clicking here.
With election day less than a week away, we felt it was important for South Dakota voters to be able to evaluate their legislators based on how well they represent and uphold Republican values as expressed in the 2012 South Dakota GOP Platform.
One of the Republican values we hold dear is doing our best to support our military veterans including our National Guard members.
We are pleased to announce that by popular request from our faithful viewers and GOP Platform supporters, we now have a Veteran’s Issues Accountability Scorecard available available for download.
For the complete Veterans scorecard in Adobe PDF format, click HERE.
With election day less than 10 days away, we felt it was important for South Dakota voters to be able to evaluate their legislators based on how well they represent and uphold Republican values as expressed in the 2012 South Dakota GOP Platform.
We are pleased to announce that the updated 2012 South Dakota GOP Platform Accountability Scorecard is now available for download.
For the complete scorecard and bill descriptions in Adobe PDF format, click HERE
Click here to download the scorecard in Adobe PDF format for the House.
Click here to download the scorecard in Adobe PDF format for the Senate.
As many of you are aware, a postcard was mailed out yesterday to the voters of District 12 which included endorsements of a liberal, pro-abortion, pro-tax Democrat by half a dozen individual identified on the postcard as “Republicans”. The fact that there are two incumbent Republican legislators running for re-election who are arguably more conservative than this Democrat candidate seems to be of little concern to them.
But while voter registrations may actually list these Democrat-endorsers as Republicans, past voting records against Pro-2nd amendment and Pro-Life legislation, as well as their work on behalf of organizations like the pro-abortion group NARAL and “Equality South Dakota” are enough to cause most grass-roots Republicans to question the legitimacy of their “Republican” claims.
Sadly, this is not the first time that conservative candidates have come under attack from fellow Republicans. As you may recall, the governor made several ill-fated endorsements in the Republican primaries and promptly saw 3 out of the 5 less-than-conservative candidates he endorsed go down to defeat. In fact, two of the legislators he endorsed had verifiable records of voting against Pro-Life legislation and advocating for special legal treatment for “alternative lifestyles”.
The governor also used the bully pulpit of his campaign e-mail account to call for investigations by Attorney General Jackley into calls placed by veterans who dared call attention to the less-than-stellar voting records of some top GOP leaders on veteran’s issues.
Given the history of attacks on conservative candidates during the current election cycle, we are posing several questions that deserve an immediate answer:
# 1 – Did the Governor, SD GOP Chairman Tim Rave, or executive director Tony Post have advance knowledge of this postcard prior to it being mailed ? If so, why did they not bother to lift a single finger to stop it from being sent ? How deep is their involvement in this war against conservative Republicans ?
# 2 – Did the Governor, Chairman Rave, or any other high-ranking members of the state GOP contribute money to help finance the design, printing, and distribution of this revolting RINO campaign mailer ?
# 3 – Will the Governor denounce this postcard in the same manner in which he denounced the person (or persons) responsible for publicizing the voting records of members of the Republican leadership ?
Or will he continue on with his disgusting double-standard of supporting only the most liberal and “progressive” members of the Republican Party while vilifying and chastising the more conservative members of his party who are calling for a return to the Republican values expressed in the SDGOP Party Platform ?
For those of you who have contacted us with questions about financially supporting the effort to publicize the votes of your elected representatives, we have some good news.
To help educate South Dakotans (and Republican voters in particular) about the voting records of their legislators, we are pleased to make the following announcement:
As of today, Oct. 23rd, you as a supporter will now be able to donate securely online to this educational effort.
The option to donate online is now available on our Facebook page which you can visit by clicking on the elephant icon below:
P.S. Thank you for all your e-mails of support and words of encouragement.
As noted in an earlier post, we received a number of requests for a more detailed version of the scorecard that contained Democrat votes on the same group of bills.
In response to that request, we have added the scores of several Democrat legislators to the scorecards so that Republican voters can not only see how their local legislators voted compared to other GOP legislators, but also how they voted in comparison to some of the Democrat legislators as well. We hope this updated scorecard for the S.D. House is useful for that purpose.
An update version of the scorecard for the S.D. Senate is now available as well.