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    Albanius

    SD is underrated.  there's still some of the prairie populism there that elected George McGovern, Jim Aborezk, and Tom Daschle.  This is indeed a possible Democratic hold.

    Rounds, as Governor, is vulnerable for everything that happened while he was in the Gov's Mansion.  Governors do not transition to Senators easily.  Many are used to be being treated with the high honors a state's chief executive receives.  One gaffe indicating any sense of entitlement on his part will sway thousands of voters against him.  

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Wed May 07, 2014 at 07:37:35 PM PDT

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      Council for a Livable World here, which is appropriate for McGovern's state.

      Thanks profoundly for the diary, I like to target my limited donations to strong progressives in competitive races.  I just gave via CLW, to send a message as well as help the candidate - a given contribution will have a disproportionate impact in low population states like SD.

      Here is an excerpt of CLW's analysis:

      Rick Weiland is running a determinedly populist campaign to replace Democratic Senator Tim Johnson. Modeling himself after President Theodore Roosevelt’s campaign against the “malefactors of great wealth,” he argues that big money has Congress in a headlock, that CEOs’ salaries are much too high compared to those of workers, and that Apple Inc. brags about paying its taxes while stashing funds in low-tax countries.

      The Mount Rushmore state, heavily influenced by farming, was home to the first candidate that Council for a Livable World ever endorsed, a young professor named George McGovern in 1962. Since that time, Council has backed winning Democratic candidates such as Senators Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson and James Abourezk.

      Weiland is a fifth-generation South Dakotan born in small town Madison, South Dakota… He began his political career during college, when he worked on Tom Daschle’s first Congressional campaign in 1978, eventually rising to become Daschle’s Senior Adviser and State Director. In 1997, President Clinton appointed him field director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in charge of coping with disasters in six states. He also served as state director for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), CEO of the non-profit International Code Council and owner of a Sioux Falls restaurant.

      Weiland is a progressive on national security issues as well. He was an early opponent of using military force in Syria, saying he has “grown weary of these international conflicts” and is “...opposed to any unilateral decision by the United States to declare war on Syria."

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Thu May 08, 2014 at 12:40:38 AM PDT

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