A brief synopsis of what's going on out in South Dakota
Why? None of my kids had to be hauled anywhere last night, so I treated myself to an icy cold beverage in a frosty mug. The downside of that, is any intake of alcohol causes me to wake up ridiculously early. So, at about 5am this fine Saturday morning, my internal alarm clock started blaring for me to get up. And here I am.
After checking the news and e-mail - What can I tell you about what's going on in South Dakota today?
I've got a parade in Volga I'm taking the kids over to this morning. And I had a note from former Senator Lee Schoenbeck that he's going to abuse his body by doing a triathlon up at Lake Poinsett today. I could handle the swimming and the biking, but the running? Forget it. I'm not sure I have any cartilage remaining in any part of my left leg which tends to hinder such foolish notions.
What else is happening?
Pierre lost a local personality in Radio Broadcaster Del Fischer who passed away yesterday:
Del Fischer died at his home this morning. He was 62 years old.Read that at KCCR.
Fischer’s booming voice was heard for years in this area. He also was a well-known DJ, playing records for various charitable events. He and the late Fred Smith of KCCR were the two signature voices in the Pierre area for decades.
Dennis Eisnach, The mayor of Pierre, had a bit of a scare himself as he was put into the Hospital with chest pains....
The 71-year-old mayor originally was admitted to St. Mary's Healthcare Center around 1 a.m. Thursday, and then rode with his wife Shirley by air ambulance to The North Central Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls later Thursday morning. Shirley Eisnach said an angiogram has shown that the pain is not related to his heart.It sounds like the mayor turned out just fine. Must have been losing that guaranteed Schwellenbach rubber-stamp vote on the city council. Read that at the Capital Journal.
"He'd been sleeping and then work up and said 'I have chest pains,'" she said. "It was one of those things where he just thought, you don't fool around with this, he hasn't experienced this before."
I just found out that the Union County GOP is having a Lincoln Day Dinner on August 6th in Dakota Dunes. I'll get more details on that as they come.
Mt. Blogmore isn't showing me any love this AM, as reporter Kevin Woster seems to intimate he isn't familiar with the SDWC, as they debate the merits of the Herseth trip on Global warming.
PP? Who’s that? K.W.Ugh. (You know, Bob Ellis did do a whole column on SD blogs.) In the same blog post, I will note that I thought long-time South Dakota environmentalist Donald Pay had one of the most intelligent points I've heard to date on the Herseth trip:
Read that here as well.
What has this to do with Herseth Sanlin’s trip? Probably not much, except that she is getting a first-hand introduction to some data. She could probably get more out of reading 40 years of climate research, but so could the global warming doubters.
The Argus Leader takes a look at South Dakota's conflict of interest laws after the Ted Klaudt rape accusation issue brought up the fact that his wife was involved in the Foster care program:
Read that all here.
"No complete bright line has yet been drawn between prohibited and permissible legislator business dealings with the state," according to a document prepared by then-Attorney General Mark Barnett in 1998.
That remains essentially the case these days, as Attorney General Larry Long said in a recent interview in which he declined to discuss specifics of the Klaudt contract and possible conflicts.
Senate Democratic Leader Scott Heidepriem of Sioux Falls recognizes that the conflict provisions are open to interpretation, but he thinks the Klaudt case crossed the line.
He said it's possible for a legislator's spouse to have a state contract involving something entirely separate from the lawmaker's duties.
"The idea of a foster home, though, almost presupposes that both spouses will be directly involved in the process," Heidepriem said.
That's about all I've got this morning. What else is going on?