Back on track . . . Obama anticipated to be in the state

Crystal Lindell mugWell thanks to the very kind generosity of Ms. Crystal Sue Lindell, formerly of Pierre, S.D., we got my blog looking a little more cooler. Thanks Crystal. I suggested she help me redesign this page, and I would write on this blog at least EVERY OTHER DAY. I’ll try a daily post, but sometimes, my 12 hour (10 hour flex houred) days get the better of me.

It’s a  beautiful day to be a South Dakotan!

On Friday, Barack Obama’s campaign office announced South Dakota’s Obama state campaign director. Nathan Peterson will handle the throes of throwing Obama a huge party wherever and whence ever he plans on coming to the state.

Obama poseThe state has 16 delegates who will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 25 to 28.  According to the Associated Press, Peterson worked on re-election campaigns for former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle in 2004 and Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002. He now works for Hildebrand Tewes Consulting of Sioux Falls, a political consulting firm.

HillaryI talked with Peterson today and he was pretty excited to add my name to a media distribution list that will inform me when and if Obama will head to South Dakota. Peterson said he pretty much is almost certain that he is.

American Indian girlThe United Sioux Tribes Executive director Clarence Skye, of Pierre, told reporters last week that they have sent invitations to both Hillary Clinton’s and Obama’s campaigns to be a special guest of honor at a traditional Lakota Sioux Pow Wow at a time to fit in any of their busy schedules.

Skye said he wants to discuss issues facing American Indians with the Democratic presidential candidates.

In the 2006 presidential elections, the five largest Sioux tribes — Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Crow Creek and Lower Brule — voted overwhelmingly for Democrat candidate John Kerry, according to a county breakdown of votes from the South Dakota Secretary of State Web site. Although a couple counties showed a larger number of votes for Republican George W. Bush, those counties likely have less land area on a reservation.

With Michigan and Florida Democrats failing to garner enough support from their respective state legislatures to have a “re-do primary” after breaking Democratic National Party rules of moving their primaries up before the Iowa caucuses, South Dakota will now have the benefit of seeing more attention from the Dem prez candidates when voters head to the polls on June 3.

suttonklaudtPerhaps we may still have some national news coming out of this state that doesn’t have to deal abortions, a senator’s slap on the wrist for letting an 18-year-old legislative page he sponsored sleep in the same bed as him, and a fat-farmer-former-state representative manipulating and allegedly extracting eggs from his foster daughter, who also happened to be a legislative page in the state house.

More information on the county break down of South Dakota’s 2006 presidential election can visit the secretary of state’s Web site: www.sdsos.gov.

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