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Time to vote for new faces

First Last
for Tri-State Livestock News

What a scandal it is for the state of South Dakota when Fox News reports, using the Wall Street Journal as its source, that South Dakota is the second most corrupt state in the union when it comes to transparency in government, only to be edged out by the state of Georgia as the worst.

One does not have to tread very far to figure out what the situation is leading up to this earned dishonored award.

In 1999 we find that Governor Mike Rounds was a corporate backer of commodity price reporting secrecy. SB 95 was led by farmers and ranchers from across the state which filled the Senate and House galleries to seek passage of the bill. SB 95 simply gave producers of commodities current price market availability and would have curbed the practice of hiding price contracts from independent producers that stifled current marketing price discovery.

I worked with the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development to secure a local multi-species livestock harvesting plant and with the help of the Development Office everything was a go until Governor Rounds discharged this community’s project and backed a meat marketer and con-artist from the state of Connecticut. This individual after some fraudulent marketing schemes had an arrest warrant issued for him in one of Northeastern states which cost unwarranted money from our state’s treasury.

Governor Rounds in 2004 still was not done with his plan to put livestock producers who are owners of state registered brands in a head gate. Governor Rounds then took it upon himself to shake up the industry’s State Brand Board established in the late 1800s and under the control and administration of South Dakota Stockgrowers Association based in Rapid City. The registered brand inspection and increase of inspection fees are now solely under the control of the state of South Dakota. As the late Johnny Smith said, “about 90 percent of us West River are Republicans, and here’s our own governor kicking us in the mouth.”

So now enter into the state’s scandal of EB5 and beef harvesting plant in Aberdeen. This now brings present Governor Dennis Daugaard into the picture. The mysterious and untimely death of Richard Benda has everyone in Governor Daugaard’s office and staff scrambling for facts and misplaced documents which includes the unexplained state’s expenditure of $500,000. That started with Governor Rounds’ lucrative no bid government contracts to one employee to administer the EB5 program.

So now, we have candidates Rounds, Daugaard and other constitutional officials helping the state earn us the second most corrupt state in the union distinction. I think it is time for all to vote for some new faces and help permanently defeat the Koch brothers who will be financing the campaigns to the fullest for these governors.


Robert Thullner

Herreid, S.D.

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