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Two candidates for statewide offices announced by the Constitution Party of South Dakota

June 23, 2014 5 comments

This previous Saturday the Constitution Party of South Dakota held its State Convention in Sioux Falls. At the Convention two candidates were chosen to run for statewide office. Here are the candidates named in the press release:

Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge for Public Utilities Commissioner and Lori Stacey of Sioux Falls for her second run for Secretary of State won their nominations by unanimous vote.

I think its great to see the Constitution Party putting forth candidates. It is too early to know if I support either candidate. But as always I will give candidates of all parties (or none) a fair chance and follow their actions over the next few months. It should be noted however that both candidates have a long road ahead of them to get votes.

Public Utilities Commissioner

Way Schmidt is not a surprise candidate. Technically the Constitution Party announced his entry into the Public Utilities Commissioner race back in January. As noted before Schmidt has run for a legislative seat in District 23 twice; once in 2006  going for a State Senate Seat and then again in 2008 going after a State House seat. This will place Schmidt against Gary Hanson this fall (who was chosen by Republicans at their convention to seek re-election). The Democrats have yet to hold their convention, so it is still unknown who the third candidate in this race will be.

No matter what it will be a tough battle for either third-party candidate (Constitution Party and Democrat Party). Here are the results of the 2012 PUC races:

2012 PUC

2012 Public Utilities Commission races results

The almost 6% that voted for Libertarian candidate Russell Clarke is likely mostly from the “I won’t vote for either big party” group. If Schmidt has any hope he is going to have to find support from outside of that group. Perhaps as the election progresses we will find out more about this candidate and see why he should (or shouldn’t) get votes.

Secretary of State

Lori Stacey’s entry into the Secretary of State race is no surprise. Stacey has been an activist trying to get voters away from the two big parties for years (well, one big party in SD). She also ran for this office in 2010. Here are the results from then:

2010 Secretary of State election results

2010 Secretary of State election results

It is worth noting Stacey received just over 6% of the votes. Similar to the amount of votes received by the Libertarian PUC candidate in 2012. This time at it Stacey must find a way to reach more voters. Her best chance may be to show how she can fix the problems that currently plague the SOS office. She might try some GOTV efforts with the reservations since ballot access is one of the issues I’ve heard speak about before.

Just as with the PUC candidate Schmidt, I am glad to see Stacey in this race. It is far too soon to know if I support her as a candidate. But I definitely support her being in the race and hope learn more about her solutions over the next few months.

Constitution Party of SD convention this Saturday

June 18, 2014 3 comments

Just a reminder for anyone that is interested in getting involved with the Constitution Party of South Dakota. This Saturday they will be having their State Convention in Sioux Falls. Below is the info I posted about the event a month ago. More info can be found on the Constitution Party of South Dakota website.

CP150x150Constitution Party of South Dakota State Convention 2014
The Constitution Party of South Dakota will be holding its state convention on Saturday, June 21st in Sioux Falls. This fun and informative event takes place in meeting rooms A & B of the main library located at: 200 N. Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls.
The event will start at 10:00 am and admission includes a catered lunch. A limited number of vendor tables will also be available to showcase your small business or services, set-up will start at 9:00 am.

We are excited to be bringing back Constitutional Attorney Richard D. Fry to South Dakota. This time he will be teaching a workshop at our state convention titled, “The Dirty Dozen: What every constitutional officer should know”. He will be covering all the bases with great information we all should learn. CP members and the public are welcome to join us!

As we head into the general election season, it is very important that we offer the voters of South Dakota some great choices on the ballot in November. We will be nominating candidates for the following statewide offices:

Attorney General
State Auditor
State Treasurer
Secretary of State
Public Utilities Commissioner
Commissioner of School and Public Lands
All serious candidates wanting to have their name entered into nomination for any of the above offices will receive complimentary admission into convention. You MUST contact State Chairwoman Lori Stacey by June 10th to have your name printed on our HAND-COUNTED paper ballots. An additional blank line for each office will be provided on ballot for write-in votes of any additional candidates entered into nomination at convention. ALL candidates will be entered into nomination from the floor. The actual voting for nominations will be done by Constitution Party members only. Voter registration forms will be available for guests wishing to participate that are not currently CP members.

Admission

1 Adult (includes lunch) $17.89
2 Adults (includes lunch) $30.00
Vendor table plus 2 adult admissions & lunch $50.00

Seating and vendor tables are limited. You must RSVP your advance purchase by either using the drop-down menu on button below by credit/debit card or paypal or contact Lori Stacey for payments by check or cash at info@constitutionpartysd.org

See you at the convention!!!

PS. No, I won’t be going. I support the CP of SD being active, but I don’t necessarily support the stances they stand for.

Constitution Party of SD will hold State Convention in Sioux Falls on June 21

May 21, 2014 1 comment

A heads up to all members of the Constitution Party of South Dakota. The party will be hosting the state convention in Sioux Falls on June 21. Tickets can purchased on Constitution Party of South Dakota website. Here is the information on this event:

CP150x150Constitution Party of South Dakota State Convention 2014

The Constitution Party of South Dakota will be holding its state convention on Saturday, June 21st in Sioux Falls.  This fun and informative event takes place in meeting rooms A & B of the main library located at:  200 N. Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls.

The event will start at 10:00 am and admission includes a catered lunch.  A limited number of vendor tables will also be available to showcase your small business or services, set-up will start at 9:00 am.

We are excited to be bringing back Constitutional Attorney Richard D. Fry to South Dakota.  This time he will be teaching a workshop at our state convention titled, “The Dirty Dozen:  What every constitutional officer should know”.   He will be covering all the bases with great information we all should learn.  CP members and the public are welcome to join us!

As we head into the general election season, it is very important that we offer the voters of South Dakota some great choices on the ballot in November.  We will be nominating candidates for the following statewide offices:

  • Attorney General
  • State Auditor
  • State Treasurer
  • Secretary of State
  • Public Utilities Commissioner
  • Commissioner of School and Public Lands

All serious candidates wanting to have their name entered into nomination for any of the above offices will receive complimentary admission into convention.  You MUST contact State Chairwoman Lori Stacey by June 10th to have your name printed on our HAND-COUNTED paper ballots. An additional blank line for each office will be provided on ballot for write-in votes of any additional candidates entered into nomination at convention.  ALL candidates will be entered into nomination from the floor.  The actual voting for nominations will be done by Constitution Party members only.  Voter registration forms will be available for guests wishing to participate that are not currently CP members.

Admission

1 Adult (includes lunch)  $17.89
2 Adults (includes lunch) $30.00
Vendor table plus 2 adult admissions & lunch $50.00

Seating and vendor tables are limited.  You must RSVP your advance purchase by either using the drop-down menu on button below by credit/debit card or paypal or contact Lori Stacey for payments by check or cash at info@constitutionpartysd.org

See you at the convention!!!

Defend Not Amend tour going through SD

March 6, 2014 6 comments

1098410_10203116082005160_1550330389_nFor next few days attorney Richard Frey will be traveling through the great state of South Dakota speaking against an Article V convention (I briefly mentioned this a couple of weeks ago). I explained before than an Article V convention is NOT the way to fix the many problems that exist in DC; and that an Article V convention may actually make matters worse!. So far in the 2014 legislative session there have been 3 attempts in the South Dakota legislature to apply or set conditions for an Article V convention. Luckily each of these attempts was stopped:

  • HJR1004 – Purpose: Making formal application to Congress to call an Article V convention of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
    This particular application for an Article V convention was doubly bad. Not only was it asking for a convention, it was asking for a balanced budget amendment. Personally I would love a federal balanced budget amendment! But any such amendment would by necessity have to exempt ‘defense’ spending. All the federal government would need to do in getting around such an amendment is use creative accounting and classify more areas of spending as ‘defense’. I am glad to say this resolution failed on the House floor 28-42.
  • HJR1005 – Purpose: to apply for a Convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution of the United States.
    This one died in the House State Affairs committee the same day they passed HJR1004. I think the committee realized that the subject of an Article V convention doesn’t really matter, because it has no impact upon what actually happens at the convention.
  • HB1136 – Purpose: limit the authority of delegates to a limited Article V convention to vote for unauthorized amendments contrary to legislative instructions and to provide a civil fine for the violation thereof.
    This was a close one. It failed with a vote of 33-37 on the House floor. The next day a vote to reconsider was defeated narrowly with a vote of 35-35. This particular bill would not have actually petitioned for an Article V convention. Instead it would have tried controlling the actions of any delegates sent from South Dakota to a convention. Such a move would be both unwise and potentially unconstitutional.

Now just because the above three bills were defeated it doesn’t mean there is nothing more to fear in this legislative session. There are tricks that can be used to resurrect an attempt to push an Article V convention through. Hopefully those attempts can be stopped before they actually start.

But in the meantime I would urge everyone to meet with Mr Fry on the Defend Not Amend South Dakota tour!

Constitution Party of SD announces statewide tour to defend the US Constitution against an Art V Convention

February 23, 2014 3 comments

The announcement below has been released by the Constitution Party of SD. The guest in this tour is attorney Richard Fry, an expert on the dangers of an Article V Constitutional Convention. I’ve posted my opposition to an Art V convention previously. Here is the announcement from the Constitution Party of SD:

986760_10203042378922629_759308735_nThere are several announcements of upcoming events coming to a town near you.  First, we are disappointed to announce that the South Dakota for Freedom rally had to be postponed until late June or middle of July and will be at a different location in Rapid City.

Gubernatorial candidate Curtis Strong will be at a meet and greet in Sioux Falls tomorrow afternoon, Sunday Feb. 23rd.  It will take place at the main library located at 200 N. Dakota Ave.  Event starts at 3:15pm in the large meeting room, room A.  Petitions and voter registration forms will be available.

Attorney Richard Fry will still be coming to South Dakota and will now be doing an entire speaking tour throughout South Dakota on March 7, 8 and 9.  Richard, the Strongs and I will be making a complete loop throughout our state in order to take a stand in defending our constitution against the dangers of a proposed constitutional convention.Richard is very knowledgeable on this subject and is volunteering his time to help fight this in our state.  We are going to be flying him in from KS and covering his travel expenses for this very important pushback to an Article V convention.  He has also issued an open challenge to debate any of the Convention of States folks or our state legislators.

We will be petitioning all along the way and getting our gubernatorial candidate in front of as many people as possible.  As you know, press is extremely hard to come by so we need to be in the good fight however we can be.  Getting our gubernatorial candidate on the ballot is a do or die effort for keeping our status as a party in South Dakota and we are fully committed to retaining ballot access into the future.
Anyone that can help us with setting up the speaking spots along the way, getting the word out to your local community and coming out to sign petitions is greatly appreciated.  Our route will be available and interactive so you can see where we are on this 3 day journey around South Dakota.  We need to be leading the way in defending our constitution and bringing expertise in to help stop the possible rewriting of our supreme law of the land.  The interactive calendar and map will be available shortly on one of Richard’s websites at http://www.defendnotamend.com
We are standing up to defend our constitution and not going away anytime soon.  Any urgently needed donation that you can make to help us retain ballot access and fund the expenses of taking this stand as a party would be greatly appreciated.  No donation is too small, please go to http://www.constitutionpartysd.org and hit the donate button to contribute by debit, credit or paypal.
We hope to meet you along the way!
In Freedom and Justice,
Lori Stacey
State Chairwoman
Constitution Party of South Dakota

Constitution Party of South Dakota adds a PUC candidate

January 7, 2014 1 comment

CP150x150Yesterday the Constitution Party of South Dakota announced the entry of Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge into the statewide Public Utilities Commission (PUC) race. This from the announcement:

Mr. Wayne Schmidt of Mobridge, South Dakota has been a member of the Constitution Party since its founding as a national party back in 1992.

Wayne is no stranger to running for political office. He has previously run in District 23 for State Senate and State House back in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In the senate race, he garnered nearly 10% of the vote. He has also previously run for Mayor of Mobridge.

The 2014 election will be the first time he is throwing his hat in the ring for a statewide office. His name will be entered into nomination for Public Utilities Commissioner at the upcoming Constitution Party of South Dakota’s State Convention which will be held sometime in June.

With Schmidt in the race there are now three Constitution Party of South Dakota candidates in a state-wide race. The first was Curtis Strong entering the gubernatorial race and the second was Lori Stacy entering the US House of Representatives race. 2014 appears to be the year the Constitution Party of South Dakota is trying make itself be heard. I think that is great. More ballot choices may cause more voters to actually do research to determine which candidate best represents their stances.

Curtis Strong will officially announce as a Governor candidate this Saturday in Rapid City

November 28, 2013 3 comments

CP150x150This last weekend I mentioned the Constitution Party would have an entry in the South Dakota Governors race with Curtis Strong. The Strong team has released the details for the official announcement this upcoming weekend in Rapid City. Here are the details:

  • Date: November 30, 2013
  • Time: 2:00 P.M. MST
  • Location: West River Electric-3250 Hwy., 44, Rapid City, SD 57703

I noticed the campaign site is now up at curtisstrongbillofrights.com. That gives us a chance to see what his campaign will revolve around. Here is the a checklist is of his issues from the website:

First 90 Days
  • Common Core out of South Dakota
  • Agenda 21 out of South Dakota
  • Arial spraying funding no longer funded by any county or the State of South Dakota
  • All EB 5 projects stopped in the State of South Dakota
  • Stop The Affordable Care Act in South Dakota
  • Supply the People of South Dakota an itemized budget
  • Constitutional Carry in South Dakota

It could be an interesting Governor’s race if Mr Strong is able to pick up enough west-river steam.

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