SD Politics - What's hot, and what's not
August 30, 2005

I'm starting this as a new feature to "bullet point" some of the week's happenings in SD politics for people who might not have time to digest the news.

Since most of my posts have been about bitching who is and isn't sending in their 10 questions, and the problems I've been having with my blog template, I thought I'd add something new - some actual political content.

Any of this discussion is meant to be applicable for a week's time. And like any other activity in politics, consider it all stale in about a week. And let it fade from your memory.

What's hot on August 30th?

Hot

SD Delegation saving Ellsworth: They can bring home the bacon, and fry it up in a pan. The kudos on Ellsworth are going to be remembered for a long time. Possibly even longer than a week.

Not

Tom Daschle From RCJ: He said he would not be able to call Thune to congratulate him. "I am in Western Montana, so I'm not in a very good position to make calls," he said in a telephone interview. He said he would be "contacting the delegation and giving them my best wishes." Maybe he should have gone on the SD telecommunications tour instead?

Hot

Governor Rounds: As part of the team that saved Ellsworth, he gets the benefit of it going into an election season.

Not

Ron Volesky, and anyone else considering a Gubernatorial run: With the big Ellsworth love fest going on, election prospects for challengers are dimmed this week.

Hot

Stephanie Herseth: As part of the team that saved Ellsworth, gets the benefits of it going into an election season.

Not

Challengers for Stephanie Herseth: Just like with Ron Volesky, with the big Ellsworth love fest going on, election prospects for challengers are dimmed this week. (this sounds familiar)

Hot

The power of incumbency: If the election were held this week, there aren’t many incumbents in SD who would lose with the positive mood of success and cooperation in the air. Enjoy it while you can. Elections are still 14 months away, and it can (and probably will) change next week.

Not

Political Parties: "The Ellsworth Mood" is going to make challenger candidate recruitment suck. “You want me to challenge who?”

Hot

Gas prices going up yet again: If there’s anything that could sap that good Ellsworth mood in time for the next election season, gas prices continuing upward will do it. With states starting to consider price caps, watch for this issue to start to percolate.

Not

Employment in Sioux Falls: Is the Argus the only place hiring lately? I might not be able to circulate managers (or whatever it is) but I can blog. Really.

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