So apparently:
- South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack was arrested, then released from jail during the first week of the legislative session
- We're just finding out about it
- We don't know what happened
- The case remains under seal…
To be clear, this was during the 2020 session and Cammack was named majority leader in 2021.
Oh, don't forget, Majority Leader Cammack is a 2021 inductee into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. 1 of 10. Ceremony next spring.…
Relevant to this thread:
- 1st offense DUI Jan. 18, 2020
- Bonded out Jan. 19, 2020
And let's not forget Monday's @SDNewsWatch piece on Majority Leader Cammack's son, Chris, who got more than $1M in COVID relief funding for his South Dakota business -- but it sure looks like he lives and works in Texas.…

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The Daily Mail in the UK is generally sensationalist, trashy and tabloid with unreliable reporting, but in this case, it looks like they got Odom's actual statement -- not just anonymous claims from someone. Here are the parts about Noem:
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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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