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OP-ED “My Thoughts, Opinion, and Wishes for the South Dakota Legislature, the Republican Party Ideals”
By Mike Zitterich

As we begin to go to the polls regarding the 2022 State and Midterm Elections - whether that be the South Dakota Primary Nominating Elections, or the State's General Elections later this fall, one must stop and think about what and how you wish to shape the State of South Dakota over the next few years. I may be a Republican Party Member, but I am also an American first and foremost, and a proud American Citizen of the State of South Dakota, which is promised by Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S Constitution to be a free and independent "republic" - free state (or people) as sovereign people.

Republic - a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. In a republic, the people rule as one collective group of people, who adopt laws through their representatives in an elected legislature, or directly by popular opinion of the voters, whereas the whole people collectively must consent to be governed as such. No one person is above another, we are all equals beneath God.

As a lifelong Republican party member, and a very proud South Dakotan, I believe 'we' need candidates willing to stand up to traditional politics, in order to help enforce the constitution. I have always supported candidates who believe in Low Taxes, Limited Government, Balanced Budgets, those individuals who support controlling (managing) or maintaining a very limited welfare programs to help those who need help occasionally, and those candidates who support less dependency on the Federal Government. As a proud "Anti-Federalist" – I pride myself as someone like Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson or George Mason. One who believes in the State's ability to be free, independent, and less dependent on the Federal Government. I support the candidates and current legislators who have adopted policy goals to restrict the Federal Govt in our daily lives, in our commercial activities inside South Dakota, and a legislature which holds our U.S Senators, U.S Representative, and the President accountable for their actions.

Anti-Federalist - opposed the ratification of the 1787 U.S. Constitution because they feared that the new national government would be too powerful and thus threaten individual liberties, given the absence of a bill of rights, whereas their opposition was an important factor leading to the adoption of the First Amendment and the other nine amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. The Anti-Federalists included small farmers and landowners, shopkeepers, and laborers. When it came to national politics, they favored strong state governments, a weak central government, the direct election of government officials, short term limits for officeholders, accountability by officeholders to popular majorities, and the strengthening of individual liberties.

I want the Legislature to take up the task of strengthening the Electoral College by leading the effort to get back to 1 Delegate Vote Per 1 District rather than "winner take all" of the state's delegates. I want the legislature to take up the matter of leading an effort to repeal the 12th Amendment thus meaning the runner up in the Presidential race becomes the Vice President; I want the legislature to take up the effort to lead the charge to repeal Amendments 17, 16, and 14, while repeaking the current 13th Amendment and rewriting it while adopting a new amendment that clearly bans "slavery" which the current one does not do. I want a Legislature which follows the constitution, enforcing Article 1 upon the Federal Govt. In general terms - I want a legislature stays true to the oath it agreed to in ensuring the people that the "State" shall always play its role in maintaining, managing, and promising to keep the central government a very limited one, by re-instituting the very 'rules' the founders placed upon the federal government.



Both Political Parties have become "left wing factions' today, and if we are to help Take Back and Restore the Republic – we must revamp and remodel the Republican Party in a like-minded fashion of which Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Patrick Henry would be proud of. We need a political party which is not afraid to stand up against tyranny, one of which supports the free market enterprise system, not an economy beholden to fascism, or worse, socialism type policies.

The legislature should be our last line of defense between the Federal Govt and the People, protecting our Natural Right to Life, Liberty, Property, and the Pursuit to Happiness. It needs to promote public policies which can help separate the "State" by 1/3 'rd from the Federal Government, it must strengthen and enlarge the South Dakota Militia accordingly as defined by Article 15 of the South Dakota Constitution, and protected by the 2nd Amendment. The legislature should create public policy where South Dakotans acting as "Free' American Citizens have all the tools necessary to prosper. The legislature's main job is to control "Congress" and hold them accountable to that body's corrupt policies.

If today's Congress is beholden to the International Bankers, the Foreign Investors who supply the capital, and the global lawyers who protect the interests of that aristocracy, the State Legislature must remain beholden to the very people making up the 'free republic' called the State of South Dakota.

I believe the State of South Dakota should also create, establish a State Bank much like the Bank of North Dakota, one of which can help separate us from the Federal Reserve Banking System, one of which we can better manage our Economic, Community, and Land Development providing to the people low interest loans in the name of Business, Housing, and Land Development. We need to get back to real money, gold or silver, we need to invest in ourselves, not those outside our borders. And the legislature itself has the very power given to it to make all that happen. In order to help give South Dakota citizens all the tools necessary to prosper, 'we' must as a state create public policy that supports that goal.

People have asked me for my thoughts regarding fraud in our elections, namely the 2020 Federal Election of the President. Whether or not I believe the 2018 and 2020 General Elections were defrauded or not – we will never know will we, not without first performing a deep and thorough investigation into the matter of both elections, auditing, reviewing, and checking every single ballot, checking the ballots against our voter rolls, and cleaning up any irregularities. Do I feel the presidential election was stolen? I believe there is enough evidence of fraud and abuse in many of the States to warrant such an investigation into the matter, to determine to what degree the fraud and abuse violated the American Citizens right to "Free and Fair Elections' '. And the South Dakota Legislature has the authority to make that investigation happen, and it has the authority to collaborate with other State legislatures to help secure across the United States.

I want a Legislature that will bind itself to the U.S and State Constitutions, not simply to "party politics". I want a Legislature who will stand as our last line of defense between the people and the Federal Government. I want legislators in place that are not afraid to call each other out, showing the passion expressed in their actions, their thoughts, their comments everyday, in order to maintain a Free, Independent, and Honest Government.

"The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles." - Those words were codified into our South Dakota Constitution as Article 6, Section 27 - Our 27th Bill of Right as Free People.



What I support are members of our South Dakota Legislature who believe in creating public discussion, debate, speaking on public policies that do nothing but promise to the people of this great state, the ability to protect their natural right to life, liberty, property, and their own pursuit to happiness (prosperity). As a member of the Republican Party, I intend to help play my role in helping to shape the party long into the future, to become a better, more responsible, more duty based in terms of honoring the constitution itself. We need to reinvent the party into the mold that best represents wishes, the characteristics, and traits of the very American Citizen who calls South Dakota home, and that means creating the best path forward to achieve success. South Dakota can be one of the superior, leading states across the nation in reforming the central government back into what it is supposed to be, one of which serves the states, not one of which gets in the way of the states. To "Make America Great Again'' - We must get back to the basic fundamentals that made this such a great country in the first place, one of which provided to the States, the best path to economic prosperity.

If elected by my fellow citizens of precinct 05-22 as a precinct committeeman - I hope to play my role in uniting people, informing people, leading an effort to help make the Republican Party the party of choice going forward, not by forcing people to change their individual beliefs, but by providing the people a voice, by listening to what the people are saying, what they want, thus ensuring to the people, that the Republican Party will always that party of choice, but most importantly, the party that stands in defense of your natural rights. In order to reform the republican party, it must first present to the people it's ability to listen to all the people, and when it does that, it will become a great party.

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--Mike Zitterich

Post Date: 2022-05-11 13:06:59Last Update: 2022-05-11 13:14:08


Marty Jackley, Backed by Gov. Kristi Noem, Seeks A.G Office Again Despite Past Scandals
Updated as of May 10, 2022 4pm

Marty Jackley is running to become South Dakota's Attorney General again, as current Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, faces a Senate impeachment trial.

Gov. Kristi Noem has already come out in support of Jackley, endorsing him after their long standing rivalry stemming from the previous gubernatorial race.

The decision by Noem to "bury the hatchet," and back Jackley has largely confused some voters. Political insiders, on the other hand, say they're not surprised by the apparent about-face.

The former feud between the two, occurred during the 2018 election, and often took
vicious turns during times of mud slinging.

A Noem ad related to the EB5 scandal stated, “Jackley’s tough-on-crime claims aren’t so tough after all.” Insinuating that Jackley was either soft, or somehow involved in a
financial misconduct case involving the EB-5, investment-for-visa program. Noem’s campaign alluded that Jackley was part of the Gear Up scandal too, in which 62 million dollars went missing, earmarked for the college education of Native American children. Both situations resulted in suspicious murder suicides. Funds were never recovered, and various entities involved in both of the scandals were allowed to walk away without jail time.

Jackley, after having pledged to run a "clean campaign," attacked Noem for her congressional record, stating she had not delivered on promises.

In 2019, after losing the Gubernatorial election, Jackley took the position of
state's attorney in Jones County. While working for the state, Jackley has continued to take on high profile cases through private law firm Gunderson Palmer, where Jackley is a partner.

Jackley is personally defending billionaire Denny Sanford in a case of alleged child pornography. Jackley took on The Argus Leader and ProPublica, to have the case sealed after five search warrants were issued in the child pornography probe. The search warrants were issued upon allegations made by The Centers for Missing and Exploited Children.



According to ProPublica, The Centers for Missing and Exploited Children sent Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who is now facing a senate impeachment trial, information alleging Denny Sanford had child pornography on his home computer. The allegations prompted Ravnsborg to open the now ongoing, state and federal investigation.

ProPublica reached out to ask Marty Jackley how he would handle the case, if elected as Attorney General again. According to ProPublica, Jackley did not respond to their query.

Jackley's law firm is also representing Richard Seidel, a Bison, SD man who zip tied his ex-wife, kidnapping her from Bison Grainery and raping her at gun point in their marital home, during a pending divorce settlement.

In spite of it all, Gov. Kristi Noem just endorsed Jackley for Attorney General. In her press release, Noem stated,

“South Dakota needs an Attorney General that believes in the constitution, has the confidence of law enforcement and the legal community, and understands the law. When any of these are lacking, our entire state feels the effect."

Jackley, who was
very popular amongst Anti-Trump voters, inevitably lost to Noem, who had positioned herself as a supporter of Donald Trump's MAGA Renaissance.

According to talk show host Shad Olson, in a recent interview with South Dakota political insider Jordan Mason, Kristi Noem's shifting support, and effort to now defeat populist MAGA candidates in the legislature, is indicative of a change in the prevailing winds and a sign of things to come.

"People come in two flavors to Kristi," asserts Olson, "people who advance her brand, and people who need to be utterly destroyed."

Jason Ravnsborg, who was previously investigating Noem's nepotism and misuse of public funds, faces a two day senate impeachment trial. The trial date, set by Senate Pro-Tempore Lee Schoenbeck, is to conclude the day before the SDGOP Convention. Regardless of the impeachment results, delegates will decide the next Attorney General of South Dakota.


It has just come to the attention of The Dakota Leader that David Natvig, the director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has announced a bid for the Republican nomination of South Dakota Attorney General. Natvig will pair off with Marty Jackley at the upcoming SDGOP Convention.

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--Breeauna Sagdal- Health and Policy Journalist for The Dakota Leader

Post Date: 2022-05-10 13:19:29Last Update: 2022-05-10 13:54:44


Constitutional Law Professor Deana Sacks Addresses Roe V Wade Leak
CDC Mask Mandate Vacated By Florida Federal Judge

Clint Griess and Deana Sacks discuss the decision in Health Freedom Defense Fund v. Biden issued on April 18, 2022 that rendered the CDC's February 3, 2021 travel mask mandate unlawful and unenforceable. Griess and Sacks also discuss how the people can take back democracy to resist government action that violates the people's rights, including how to vindicate the right of abortion even if the Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade.

Re-published to The Dakota Leader with permission from Deana Sacks

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--Counter Speech

Post Date: 2022-05-10 13:19:10Last Update: 2022-05-10 13:28:46


A New Local Non-Profit Brings Community Together For Art
ARSA Community Days

Art NonProfit Holds Event- ARSA to hold events that bring together art, parental, and business communities. Feedback From Local Artists & Individuals- Locals to doodle poster murals and learn about new nonprofit.

Events May 21 and 24, 2022- ARSA events at Caille (5/21 11am-3pm) and Downtown Libraries (5/24 6-8pm.)

Sioux Falls, SD 57104 (May 21 and May 24, 2022) Local nonprofit, ARSA, is inviting the community to join two marker doodling infused events in May of 2022. These free public events are aimed to improve and add to the art activities in the surrounding Sioux Falls areas. Those wanting to make their marks will be able to do so in person at either or both event dates. Future ARSA events and an invitation to join ARSA will be announced.

“Our goal with having events like this available to people interested in ARSA is to continue the start of our nonprofit with a solid understanding and connection to everyone we’re serving,'' says ARSA’s founder, Hannah Van Steewnyk. “I’m here to give artists, parents of creatives, homeschool families, local business owners, and the like, places to safely express joyful art together! I deeply want to know what others want to see come out of ARSA, as a conservative values arts organization.”

The first ARSA community day will be held in the Conference Room at the Caille Branch Library located at 4100 S Carnegie Cir, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. The second will be held in Meeting Room A at the Downtown Branch Library located at 200 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. No registration is needed for these events.

ARSA is a nonprofit in Sioux Falls, SD that is working to bring together art, partental, and business communities to achieve success. ARSA is doing this by enriching the connections with each other through ethical and encouraging cultural activities. ARSA was founded by artist Hannah V. in February 2022. To learn more about ARSA, the work they are doing, how to be part of, and how to donate to, please visit them at www.arsasd.com
--Press Release

Post Date: 2022-05-09 22:34:09Last Update: 2022-05-09 15:19:29


Sen. Lee Schoenbeck on “Good Leadership” and “Whack-A-Doodles”
“And I’ve Got More Coming Next Week, and The Week After”...

Watertown, SD state senator Lee Schoenbeck, during a recent event, told the audience that political attack ads are "good leadership". Schoenbeck further stated that Gov. Kristi Noem is working with him to take a stand against "Whack-A-Doodles"



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Post Date: 2022-05-09 13:58:24Last Update: 2022-05-09 15:02:49


FHA Action Releases Pro-Family Voter Guide, Points to Legislators With a Strong Record
Legislators and candidates were scored on issues like Abortion, Marijuana, and Increased Educational Options.


RAPID CITY, SD – Today, the Family Heritage Alliance (FHA) Action released its comprehensive voter guide for the 2022 primary election. Legislators’ records were evaluated using over 10 years of voting history and over 140 pieces of legislation. The topics include the sanctity of life, educational options, marijuana expansion, student privacy, & gambling expansion. In addition, new candidates were asked to publicly take a position on these same five issues, resulting in a clear comparison between candidates.

The voter guide can be found HERE

Norman Woods, Director of FHA Action, outlined the importance of the guide-

“Every year we see candidates advertising themselves as strong conservative leaders who stand up for the family – but some don’t have a voting record to back it up. Our voter guide is a carefully crafted compilation of over 140 pieces of legislation, showing which lawmakers have a strong record on family values and which ones don’t. This guide will help South Dakotans make informed decisions this year at the polls.”

In addition to providing a comparison of the candidates who are running, the voter guide also provides helpful information on Amendment C and Marijuana expansion.

FHA Action encourages every citizen to use this information to cast an informed vote this spring, and welcomes anyone who is ready to volunteer and get involved in helping strong candidates.

Family Heritage Alliance Action works to promote family values in public policy, and works toward South Dakota becoming a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.



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Post Date: 2022-05-06 10:51:14Last Update: 2022-05-06 11:10:55


Start Your Victory Garden by Supporting Future Farmers of America!
THAT’S Some Good Fruit....

Austin Kesteloot of Madison High School's FFA club has worked with students throughout the semester to grow quality flower and vegetable starts, for this planting season. The starts will be available to the public during weekdays, and school hours at the Madison Central High School Greenhouse, located on the N.E end of 800 NE 9th Street Madison, SD 57042.

"Free Will" donations, per start, will help to fund the Madison Future Farmers of America Club, events, classes, and continued education into the next year.

If you intend on having a victory garden this year, please consider investing into our next generation of farmers and ranchers. Buy your garden starts from 7:45am to 3:45pm, any day of the week. Plants will be available until sold out.

Supporting the future of agriculture, and investing into our next generation will yield excellent fruit, we guarantee it.

"We are having a plant sale fundraiser for our Madison Central FFA Chapter in the High School Greenhouse located on the northwest end of the high school. Our Horticulture class spent a good chunk of the semester growing them. We have a variety of plants ranging from petunias to tomato plants. Stop by anytime during the school day. I'll be around from 7:45 to 3:45! Free will donations!" -Austin Kesteloot

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Post Date: 2022-05-06 10:16:44Last Update: 2022-05-06 10:51:14


“Update On Food Plants: More Fires, FBI Alert, One Off-The-Wall Explanation”
With Permission to Re-Publish, Courtesy of PJ MEdia

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED on May 02,2022 for PJ Media, by Jeff Reynolds.

Last week, PJ Media reported on the suspicious number of food processing plants, factories, logistics centers, and other industrial food facilities across the U.S. that had burned, exploded, or had planes crash on them. In the past week, more accidents have occurred, the FBI has issued a warning, possible motives have emerged, and one company offered a rather implausible explanation for the destruction of their facility. At this point, we still have more questions than answers.



Now the fact-checkers have come out in force, so we know there’s nothing to worry about. Right?

Click HERE...to continue reading Jeff Reynolds's breaking story.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-05-06 08:52:55Last Update: 2022-05-06 09:11:59


South Dakota’s Republican Party and Midterm Voter Suppression

Voter suppression is defined by Britannica as, "any legal or extralegal measure or strategy whose purpose or practical effect is to reduce voting, or registering to vote, by members of a targeted racial group, political party, or religious community."

Historically, voter suppression is associated with Black Republicans who controlled Southern states following the civil war, when the Democratic backed Klu Klux Klan used terrorism to suppress Republican votes. The original RINO (Republican in Name Only), President Elect Rutherford B. Hayes struck a deal to end reconstruction and institute Jim Crow laws, in exchange for Democratic support of the contested election of 1870. In modern day South Dakota however, voter suppression is coming from the Republican party, aimed at keeping conservatives out of the party.

State-wide candidates report driving hundreds of miles, through the night at times, just to make the next campaign event. Certain candidates however, are being made to work overtime, while their challengers are given preferential treatment.

The Dakota Leader has found out that certain candidates are being silenced, hidden from voters by the press and broadcasters, relegated to the end of candidate events, not given a platform to debate their opponent, or not given time to speak at all.

Bruce Whalen, Taffy Howard, Steve Haugaard, and Monae Johnson are four of these candidates, currently being suppressed as they run for the State's top offices. During a primary, incumbents are beholden to the same rules as challengers, and by law, each must be given equal access to the voters and ballot.

Bruce Whalen, working to primary
U.S Senator John Thune this election, is running a historically significant campaign. If elected, Whalen would be the only Native American to represent indigenous peoples in Washington DC.

During a time when the country is demanding more equity, diversity, inclusion and representation of oppressed peoples, Whalen has largely found himself silenced and ignored by South Dakota's Republican party. Whalen has also found himself to be
completely ignored by the media, despite FCC rules regarding equal air time.

Taffy Howard is a currently elected Representative in South Dakota's State legislature. Like Whalen, Howard is running against a privileged, white, cis male, and again,
virtually invisible in South Dakota's MSM. Johnson, meanwhile, is constantly in the press.

Most recently, the South Dakota Board of Regents launched its
“Higher Education Marketing Campaign” directly ahead of the election, featuring Dusty Johnson. Voters driving the stretch of I29 through Sioux Falls, have seen Dusty Johnson portrayed on large Billboards, boasting where he went to college.

Monae Johnson, is likewise running against South Dakota dynasty member and current Secretary of State, Steve Barnett. Barnett hails from a powerful, and wealthy Aberdeen family that even has an event center named after their name sake, at Northern State University.

Given the recent
image and optic issues of the GOP, one would imagine the party would hail these heroes of diversity. Instead, The South Dakota Republican establishment appears to be working overtime to pretend they don't exist.

At a recent event, hosted by Congressman, and former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, Howard, Haugaard and Whalen were slated to speak. Instead, Rounds turned the microphone over to incumbent John Thune, Whalen's primary opponent. Thune was allowed to speak for as long as he wanted, while others were treated as second class citizens. According to attendees, the conservative challengers were given a set of strict rules and limits, governing speaking time.

Various attendees wrote to The Dakota Leader after the event, shocked at what occurred. Beyond the unfair treatment of the primary challengers, attendees described to The Dakota Leader, what appeared to be a planned hijacking of the event by incubents. Rather than yield back, it's reported that Thune proceeded to turn the microphone over to Gov. Kristi Noem, who similarly monopolized on time, just before calling up "the rockstar," Congressman Dusty Johnson.

The Dakota Leader reached out to Gov. Noem's spokesperson Ian Fury about the event, asking for a statement related to the Governor's actions and clear bias.

"It has come to the attention of The Dakota Leader that an event was recently held where Gov. Kristi Noem introduced Congressman Dusty Johnson to a room of voters as "The Rock Star," and out of turn. It is our understanding that his primary opponent, Rep. Taffy Howard (R-Rapid City) was in attendance during this event, and was made to wait her turn to speak, while time limitations still applied."

Fury responded to The Dakota Leader's request with the following, "please direct all campaign related inquiries to Chris Hupke."

Hupke was not responsive to The Dakota Leader. Nor was Hupke responsive to a recent inquiry from Journalist Joe Sneve of the Argus Leader.
Sneve's article in The Argus Leader outlines similar concerns regarding the Governor's preferential treatment of candidates, along with her active involvement in this year's election cycle.

The event coordinator reportedly apologized to Haugaard, Howard, and Whalen. According to an insider, the event coordinator also claimed no knowledge of the planned take over of the event.

However, at a recent luncheon, constituents report that Gov. Kristi Noem and Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden showed up unannounced. During the luncheon, Representative and Gubernatorial candidate Steve Haugaard was speaking, when Noem stood up and interjected, again taking over the microphone.

On May 14, 2022, the Pennington County Republican party is set to host their Lincoln Day Dinner.
Outrage was sparked, after the board of the Pennington County Republican Party voted to only allow incumbents speaking time during the event.

It's possible that these events are unrelated and merely coincidence, but when voters only hear from one candidate the effect is a form voter suppression as full informed consent and access to candidate information results in reduced voting. And then there's the financial aspect of the situation.

According to the
GOP rules, section 11, under "Candidate Support"

"The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office of that state, except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office."

It's well known by the state party that Gov. Kristi Noem has a republican challenger in Steve Haugaard, and yet she's still received about
80,000 thousand dollars from various state republican parties this election. North Carolina, Texas and Kansas republican parties have donated to Noem’s 2022 Gubernatorial PAC, despite being members of the Republican National Committee. As the Argus Leader article points out, Noem and Schoenbeck appear to be teaming up, in order to rid South Dakota of conservative voices. Voices, that Sen. Schoenbeck derided as "whackadoodles," in a recent debate hosted by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, where Schoenbeck alluded to being in lockstep with the Governor.

According to leaders such as
Professor Thomas Sowell, and former California Gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, this type of viewpoint discrimination and voter suppression of conservatives, is hitting critical mass.

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--Breeauna Sagdal- Health and Policy Journalist for The Dakota Leader

Post Date: 2022-05-05 10:48:33Last Update: 2022-05-06 22:34:09


Should the City Council of Sioux Falls Conduct an Investigation into the Human Resources Department?
After Learning ‘Key Solutions’ Director Was Convicted of a Federal Felony

Beth Warden of Dakota News Now, recently broke a story regarding the conviction of Key Solutions Director Tami Haug-Davis. Haug-Davis had accepted a plea deal after admitting to knowingly and intentionally making materially false statements to investigators regarding "the creation, submission, and veracity of board meeting minutes and documents," of the Missouri Valley Crisis Center in Chamberlain. Beginning on or about September 2016 until February 2019, Tami Haug-Davis was the Director of the Missouri Valley Crisis Center (MVCC) in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

According to the
report by Beth Warden, Tami Hag-Davis was hired as the Director of Key Solutions in 2017, where she currently provides counseling services to city employees.

The concern with her employment, according to Sioux Falls City Councilor Pat Starr, is trust. “If you can’t trust someone who’s lied to law enforcement in just not that long ago,” said Starr. “How do we get our police officers and our firefighters and our city employees to trust their counselor when there are charges against that person?” Starr told Dakota News Now.

The Sioux Falls Director of Human Resources, Bill O’Toole argues-

Considering the implications for the City, Sioux Falls council members and residents are beginning to ask questions. With the concerns currently being voiced, it might be an appropriate time for an internal review of the City's HR policies. As it turns out, the city charter provides the council with the authority to review how the department conducts business on behalf of the city, and how it manages the public employees of the city itself.



City Charter Section 2.09 outlines the powers given to the City Council to audit, investigate, ask questions, and to find solutions-

"Section 2.09 Investigations – The city council may make investigations into the affairs of the city and the conduct of any city department, office, or agency and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Failure or refusal to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of these powers by the council shall be a violation and punishable as provided in state law" - Sioux Falls City Charter

As Beth Warden points out- how can city employees trust their therapist/councilor, when that individual has a felony record of falsifying information?

Furthermore, the employees of the city, and residents alike should know if Bill O'Toole knew about Haug-Davis's record, prior to hiring her for the current role as Key Solutions Director. An investigation into the events that took place leading up to Haug-Davis being hired, could reveal blind spots in the hiring process, and help to guide new policies. Sources tell The Dakota Leader, this step would go a long ways towards providing transparency and boosting community trust.

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--Mike Zitterich- Historian and Policy Columnist for The Dakota Leader

Post Date: 2022-05-04 13:10:59Last Update: 2022-05-04 09:59:33


Good Policy Makes Good Politics
Family Heritage Alliance

When it comes to many of our modern hot button issues such as women’s sports, gender ideology, and free speech, we are seeing that good policy is becoming good politics. These issues are highlighting the fact that not only is the primacy of policy vital, but good policy is both a means and an end.

After Disney protested Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill, Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down and fought back. He signed the bill into law and continued to vouch for parent’s rights. He even condemned the company and exposed its hypocrisy.

DeSantis called his opposition from Disney and the Oscars a “badge of honor,” because he understands his role as an elected leader. He has also continued to enact vital legislation such as the Responsible Fatherhood bill, and his supporters are thanking him for it. DeSantis is paving a new way forward, making action the new litmus test.

“Those on the political left are not only becoming detached from Middle America, they are also losing their influence over politicians they once controlled. In recent years, progressive interests have used threats and intimidation to accomplish virtually all of their political goals, even in red states,”
writes Joseph Backholm, senior fellow for biblical worldview and strategic engagement at the Family Research Council.

Right here in South Dakota, a Spearfish-based group announced it is planning on offering an
“equity training” event this summer to train educators on “anti-bias,” “anti-racist,” and LGBTQ inclusivity topics. Governor Noem, however, reminded everyone that because of her executive order, the reach of this training will be limited.

“Thanks to my Executive Order,
@sddoe will not be approving the credits that this training claims to offer. Our teachers deserve training opportunities that will better educate our kids, not divisive concepts aimed at classroom indoctrination,” Gov. Noem wrote in a tweet.



Republican lawmakers cannot get away with cowardice today as they once could. Finally, individuals are being held accountable and stepping up to put good policy into action, and they are being rewarded politically because of it.

Conservatives are no longer satisfied by rhetoric and talk. They are looking to leaders who actually walk the talk and put good policy into place instead of just complaining about the status quo without using their authority to actively address it. This is their responsibility as our elected officials, and conservatives are right to force them into action.

They are cheering for Elon Musk as he makes drastic changes to social media and fights for free speech. They are ensuring that their leaders stand up for women’s sports and protect children from radical indoctrination. These issues have become litmus tests, and politics is becoming more effective because of it.

We should continue to expect our elected leaders to act boldly and hold them accountable when they don’t.

Good policy is beginning to make good politics. This is excellent news for conservatives, especially with elections quickly approaching this fall.

Most importantly, this is good news for parents in America. It is their children who have suffered the most from cowardly leadership, and with a renewed sense of responsibility, more leaders may finally listen to parents and take action to protect their children.

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Post Date: 2022-05-04 10:49:46Last Update: 2022-05-06 10:40:33


Letter To The Editor by Kenny Konechne

For 50 some years I've voted in elections and for 50 some years I've watched our country deteriorate. I've watched as the government got bigger and took more control over people's lives. Taxes and everything we need to buy to sustain our way of life has risen year after year.

Govt control of the schools like in the Communist countries, education did not teach the young people, they indoctrinated them with the wrong kind of values. I see young people who can't print or even write their name so it's readable. Just a scribble. Like no one has any pride anymore.

We elect representatives to go to Washington DC to fix our problems, to represent our interests.

Yet the debt keeps rising and our prices keep rising. We have to work more to get less, But those elected can vote in their own pay raise and they get a nice pension check when they leave. I assume the more terms they are in, the bigger that pension check gets. So like anyone trying to get rich they do everything they can to get re-elected, except fix the problems that are creating a burden on the people in their states that elected them.

My question is why do we keep electing and reelecting these kinds of people? Some have been there for 20-30-40 years. All I can see is they are filling their pockets living the high life while we struggle to get ahead. What has to change?

Common sense tells me how to fix the problem, but few have any idea of what common sense is. They have been programmed for too long by a Govt controlled education system that has dumbed America down.

The solution is simple- Don't vote for the person with the most money. The one with the most money to buy advertising always wins. If you really want change, change yourself. Vote for the person with the least amount of money. Vote for the person out walking the pavement campaigning on a shoestring budget.

There have been many good people who stepped up in the past, but because we all are too dumbed down, we chose some smooth talking professional politician because they had the most money to get their name out and had all the right answers people wanted to hear. Keep voting for the best talkers, with the most money and Kiss America Goodbye.

We need a new kind of people in Washington DC. and in our state Govt.



Good Christian people who know and practice right from wrong. People who still believe in our Constitution and abide by it. People that put America First.

Do not re-elect anyone if you do not like the shape America is in today, because they don't know how to fix it. They had their chance and failed. We don't need people above us to rule us. We need people who will listen to us and work for us.

This time might be our last chance to get it right. Change your ways of thinking.

You and I are America. Vote for people like you and I. The workers. We get stuff done. We know how to fix things.

Kenny Konechne

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Post Date: 2022-05-03 10:33:52Last Update: 2022-05-03 10:49:46


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