Whoa. Quite a scoop by the AP's @stephengroves on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem calling in state employees and their bosses when they initially denied her daughter Kassidy -- who was at the meeting -- a real estate appraiser license.
apnews.com/article/busine…
@stephengroves Richard Painter (@RWPUSA), chief ethics lawyer for GW Bush: Noem should have recused herself from discussions on the agency, especially any that apply to her daughter’s application -- "It’s clearly a conflict of interest and an abuse of power for the benefit of a family member."
@stephengroves @RWPUSA And, in what I'll call an interesting perspective, Noem's spokesman frames the governor's intervention on behalf of her daughter as ... an economic development move.
@stephengroves @RWPUSA INBOX: South Dakota Dem Party weighs in on the Noem daughter story, this from @RepJamieSmith, House minority leader: "I’ve never seen a clearer case of nepotism."
Noem weighing in (with a nod to Trump) on the big political news of the day in South Dakota. The AP story is clearly centered on what Noem allegedly did with her power in office, on her daughter's behalf. That's important public service journalism.
Also, SD Dem leadership is calling for an investigation by the (GOP-dominated) Legislature.
- SDDP Exec Dir Berk Ehrmantraut:
- Rep. Erin Healy (House minority whip):
I have been informed by a helpful friend that "Big Guy" in Noem's tweet likely refers instead to Pres. Biden, based on a cryptic mention of "the big guy" in a purported Hunter Biden email exchange. I stand possibly corrected. bbc.com/news/world-545…
Noteworthy nugget from @bethwarden's reporting: Sherry Bren (the Labor Dept. official Noem called on the carpet) had sent the governor's daughter's application to get scored out of state to ... *avoid any conflict of interest*
dakotanewsnow.com/2021/09/27/noe…
@bethwarden Here's why that's important: It might explain a) why Noem's daughter and supervisor were complaining about a slow process and b) why SD officials don't have a record of an initial denial. Potential answers for some questions from @stephengroves original reporting for the AP.
@bethwarden @stephengroves Oh, and if you're wondering if Sherry Bren is a liberal trying to take Noem down in all of this for political purposes, turns out she's a Republican. @AustinGossSD has the receipts.

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1 Sep
BREAKING: Investigators thought SD AG #Ravnsborg should get charged with 2nd degree manslaughter (he wasn't), and told prosecutors as much. Per DPS Sec. Price letter today to Speaker Gosch, just released:
INBOX: Full letter from DPS price to Speaker Gosch, indexing the entire Ravnsborg investigation file, to use for impeachment proceedings against Ravnsborg. Full doc here: scribd.com/document/52274…
"In my opinion as a 24-year law enforcement officer, and the opinion of the highly trained highway patrol officers involved in this investigation, Mr. Ravnsborg should have been charged with 2nd Degree Manslaughter. The prosecution team was well aware of that position."
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27 Aug
Quite a statement here issued by the City of Sturgis regarding the motorcycle rally and COVID-19.
"The safety of the
event was best illustrated through the smiles on the faces of national press who enjoyed the
event. "
sturgis-sd.gov/media/Departme…
Some real factual problems here, I don't know where to start. Wrong on:
- 'Path' of delta variant surges
- Case numbers trend in SD
- claiming more tests the cause for surge numbers
I'm on deadline, supposed to be writing a story, and all I can do is stare at this statement. Like
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9 Aug
BREAKING: South Dakota officials overrode educators to strip many mentions of Native Americans out of new K-12 social studies standards, whose revamp is a signature priority of Gov. Kristi Noem. (from colleague @ChrisVondracek) THREAD 1/3: inforum.com/news/governmen…
@ChrisVondracek 2/3 Here’s the July preface, and the one updated unilaterally by state education officials this month. See if you can spot the big differences (one example - July has “Incorporation of more diverse perspectives, especially those of Indigenous Native Americans” -- August doesn’t)
@ChrisVondracek 3/3 Want a specific example of how that dramatically alters the social studies standards? Here’s the change in Grade 8 History standards (“Oceti Sakowin Oyate” references are gone, and replaced):
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26 Feb
RAVNSBORG: It's been an eventful week on the "South Dakota attorney general killed a man, what now" beat. Here is a thread to catch up, all using South Dakota sources and coverage, with direct links to evidence when possible. (1/x)
FEB. 18: 159 days after South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg struck and killed pedestrian Joe Boever with his car, he is charged with 3 misdemeanors by county prosecutors. (2/x) mitchellrepublic.com/news/governmen…
The Ravnsborg charges are remarkable because, simply put, none of them have anything to do with Boever being killed. They're Class 2 misdemeanors for 1) using a cell phone while driving, 2) not staying in lane, 3) driving carelessly. Max penalty $1500 fine, 90 days in jail. (3/x)
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30 Dec 20
Just posted: My analysis of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and her handling of the pandemic, and the national spotlight, in 2020.
inforum.com/newsmd/coronav…
"South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s hands-off pandemic approach initially appeared to be a winning gamble, and it catapulted her into the national spotlight. ... But COVID-19 wasn’t finished with South Dakota." My analysis: inforum.com/newsmd/coronav…
"Noem made 40 media appearances in the 65 days between the state's first reported COVID-19 case in March and her last regular pandemic news conference in mid-May ... Just over half of her media appearances, 22 in all, were with conservative national media outlets"
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23 Nov 20
Also notable from this interview: Sanford Health Chief Medical Officer Allison Suttle says Gov. Noem should institute a state mask mandate -- "that would help us in our attempt to fight this virus"
(Sanford has, as an institution, not backed mask mandates, unlike Avera Health)
Now usually a CMO's statement would show me a health system's stance. But in this case, CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft has said mask mandates aren't needed. But that was in interviews as Sanford Health was actively distancing itself from things he was saying about COVID-19. So.... ?
Worth noting that CMO Suttle has gone her own way before and been outspoken about state policy. Here's from Oct. 2019, on Medicaid expansion (SD has rejected Medicaid expansion): duluthnewstribune.com/lifestyle/heal…
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