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Lowe comes out ahead of Wismer in Brookings QA session

May 21, 2014
Susan Wiser and Joe Lowe at the QA session in Brookings

Susan Wiser and Joe Lowe at the QA session in Brookings

Yesterday evening I took a drive down to Brookings in order to see what I thought was going to be a debate between the two Democrats in the SD gubernatorial primary. Unfortunately the event was not a debate, and instead was a QA session. I really had hoped to see candidates Joe Lowe and Susan Wismer go head to head with their ideas. Even though this was not a debate I feel Lowe treated it more like one and provided more actual ideas (he even took some jabs at Wismer).

This is the second time I’ve seen both candidates together. The first time was during the the Oglala Lakota College candidate forum. During the OLC event I felt Lowe trampled over Wismer. My opinion has not changed based upon this QA session. In fact I think Lowe did a much better job at actually providing solutions and answering questions. There were a couple of questions that Wismer spent way too long bashing Republicans, and didn’t really provide any solutions. Joe also took jabs at Republicans, but spent more of his time actually providing his solution to move forward.

I can’t vote in the Democrat primary so I’m not going to provide a question by question analysis. There was a progressive blogger in attendance. See her post over at Sustainable Dakota for a different take on this event. She also has a link to some videos she took during the Brookings QA session.

Below I have embedded the audio from this event for anyone that wants to listen to the candidates own words. The MP3 file can also be downloaded by clicking this link: Lowe & Wismer QA session. The file is 75 minutes long and has a download size of 68MB.

I also live-tweeted the event. Here are my tweets from the QA session in Brookings. (please ignore the many misspellings and blatant grammatical errors).

  • At the Brookings library, waiting for the Lowe/Wiser debate http://t.co/HcjMSpAP1O May 20, 2014 
  • Host mentioned this is NOT a debate, rather it is a QA session with the candidates. May 21, 2014 
  • There is already a long list of questions the locals have submitted for answering. May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer up first with opening remarks. May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer going through her history, including the history of her family in politics as Democrats May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said South Dakota needs more balance in Pierre, better competition for ideas. May 21, 2014 
  • Wsmer sums up end of her opening statement by saying she is running for young people May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe now with his opening statement, starts saying he has been hitting road hard campaigning. May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe picking up with calling Daugaard mean-spirited for not expanding Medicaid May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentions the legislature getting a per-diem raise while state employees didn’t get that (Wismer got that per-diem raise) May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer sums by saying we can do better for the state. May 21, 2014 
  • Question about what to do to replace and enhance Ed funding May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe would get rid of the 3% cap on the districts May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe highlighting how different districts can’t be treated the same. May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says the sustanability of any solution must be looked at. He would suggest 1% tourist tax for four months to raise Ed money May 21, 2014 
  • He would want the voters to decide if the 1% tourist tax is what the state wants. May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said she started thinking of running for Governor in the budget cut year May 21, 2014 
  • Highlights the cuts were not actually neccesary May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer says education does not have an advocate in Pierre, and says the Republicans do everything behind closed doors May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer says someone from Republican party needs to stand up and say things are wrong May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer sharing a story about an administrator job that couldnt’ be filled in a school district, due to low pay May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer often tells that story to show it is not a school district problem at all, but purely the fault of Pierre May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said the “Powers of the state” (lobbyists) prevents any attempt to raise more revenue to pay for education May 21, 2014 
  • New question. Should Medicaid be expanded, as per ACA, and how to fund it May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer says funding is not an issue, it is such a ‘nominal’ ammount May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer says the state treasury would gain money if Medicaid expansion (presumably from more health services sold). May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer closing that question with “its the law” May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says Daugaard stepped over the line because he doesn’t trust fed gov on Medicaid expansion, but OK with other half of SD budget May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe implies Daugaard didn’t expand Medicaid because he doesn’t like the administration in the WH May 21, 2014 
  • Question about equality for LGBT in all apsects May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says absolutely May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says we have to respect each other and values. May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer says she definitely supports equality May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer mentions PA and Oregon successes in this area recently May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer is tired of legislators in Pierre with old simple ideas May 21, 2014 
  • Questions about Death Penalty. Good question!f May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer is opposed to the Death penalty. May 21, 2014 
  • But she also said she has never been in the position of a victimes family. So she understands the other side. May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer would suppport repealing death penalty May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said he seen a low of death with him time in fire fighting industry. Says it is not pretty May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe would definitely support the Death Penalty. People who commit ed hanious crimes deserve it May 21, 2014 
  • Live-tweeting the SD Dem gubernatorial QA in Brookings May 21, 2014 
  • Question about uranium mining May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe brings up historical problems with uranium mining. Says we as SD shouldn’t want the Black Hills to have contaminated water May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said the few jobs aren’t worth the great possible environmental risk May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe brings up problems if there is a uranium fire (using his fire fighter experience to answer this) May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer relates a story of her husband being part of the cleanup where they built “the bomb” and also cleaning nuclear plants May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer has concern about uranium mining, mentions this new mining would be different than what has been done May 21, 2014 
  • But, Wismer said she is not absolutely opposed to uranium mining, because she doesn’t know enough about it May 21, 2014 
  • Style-wise: Lowe loves to roam in front of podium talking, WIsmer likes to stand behind the podlium May 21, 2014 
  • KXL question May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer asks why would do anything that would hurt our land and tourism industry May 21, 2014 
  • She has concerns about the pipeline and would be very leary of it, especially with its route May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said he would hever as a legislator or governor take away the ability of state to regulate uranium mining (dig at WIsmer) May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe highlights the jobs promised by KXL are temp, and has many possible economic downsides May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says Kalimizoo River history shows this is a bad idea, the spill there is still there May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentions the steel being made for the pipeline comes from China and India, not America May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentions a foreign company exercising eminent domain in US for KXL May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe also mentions KXL will go through land with treaty obligation (reservation) May 21, 2014 
  • Question about Economic Development plan May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentions the bad deal with Manpower May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says he would follow best practices. The new trend he likes is develop the human capital within the state May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says industry and tech schools should work together May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentions tech schools need to look at needs of industries May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says there need to be transportation hubs to bring good in/out of state, and need qualified workers May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said make university R&D more available to private sector May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says public-private partnership work May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer mentioned bad outcomes from companies coming in, and failing after getting taxpayer dollars May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer mentions the problems with Dairys and EB-5, plus mentions Norther Beef May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said it “doesn’t sit well” to buy way into country (EB-5) May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer mentioned Building South Dakota was allowed more Dem input, after it had failed on ballot last fall May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer highlighting successes she sees in Building South Dakota program May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer mentioned Building South Dakota was gutted by Daugaard this year (thereby taking away the Dems victories) May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer mentioned vocational programs that had to be cut after Daugaards big budget cut a few years ago May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said if state isn’t willing to pay for education, the private sector has to step in May 21, 2014 
  • On that questions: Lowe spent most time saying how he would promote econ dev, Wismer spent most of her time talking about how done now May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer finished by saying educaiton is important for econ dev May 21, 2014 
  • Asked if SD has a fair tax system May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said the tax system has been patched for thirty years, said SD has strange tasxes other states don’t May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer mentions contractor excise tax, lotto tax, unclaimed property. May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said a change of priorities would help. She is also promoting the Mainstreet Fairness ACT (Internet tax) May 21, 2014 
  • INternet Sales Tax that is May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says SD has one of the most regressive tax systems in the US May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says we have a structural budget deficit. Says it needs to be looked at. And new ways to make taxes fair and sustainable May 21, 2014 
  • Questons about mass transit in SD May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe is surprised there isn’t train service between bigger cities in SD May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says we need to support mass transit, tying this back to the transportation hubs he spoke about in earlier question May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says there is mass transit in her county, for senior citizens. (scheduled buses?) May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said viability of mass transit have to be looked at, especially west river May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer cannot say she in favor of mass transit in SD May 21, 2014 
  • Question, how can governor promote better family planning May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer wants to get government out of family planning altogether May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said “I’m not used to expanding on things” May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said planned parenthood and other organizations exist, no need for governor to get into it May 21, 2014 
  • Question if there is hypocracy in SD (Pierre) because we take so much fed money May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe relates story about this. Too long to tweet, but shows the hypocracy May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer highlights how some state agencies were able to get more money from feds after state budget cut a few years ago May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said SD is proud to make things work with little money, says that since the feds “are so far away” we don’t see the hypocricy May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer says Republicans in SD get elected by promising no new taxes May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer thinks there is a lack of good citizenship causing a decline May 21, 2014 
  • Q: would winner offer Lt Gov to loser May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer won’t speculate on that May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer mentions LT gov has different strengths that are required May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe backs up a question, and mentions how SD balanced budget on stimulus money May 21, 2014 
  • One more question. What personality traits, abilities, etc make you best suited to be gov May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says he has proven leadership. (Takes a few good shots at Daugaard) May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe said he got things done working in executive branch, and got respect from people that didn’t agree with his politics May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe mentioned only Cuba, China, and North Korea have one-party rule longer than SD May 21, 2014 
  • Lowe says he is not afraid of Daugaard, and wants to go toe-to-toe with him in the general May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer said a governor is hired as someone to establish policy May 21, 2014 
  • WIsmer thinks it will be important in the general election to have someone that can appeal to the moderates May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer mentions her “lifelong history in the state”… is she finally taking a dig at Lowe? May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said her six years in the legislature makes her in a good position to hold Daugaard accountable during general election May 21, 2014 
  • Wismer said frustrations with feds needs to be disconnected from what happens in Pierre May 21, 2014 
  • That is it for the Brookings Dem gubernatorial primary QA May 21, 2014 
  1. Mary Perpich
    May 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    If you want to see the candidates in a debate, tune into SD Public TV on May 29.

    • May 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Yeah, Looking forward to that. Just wish Daugaard would have committed to a Republican Primary event.

      • Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
        May 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

        It would only hurt him–best to just act like he’s got in the bag. However, not very useful for public discourse.

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