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This really is huge news for South Dakota - Jack Billion was endorsed on Sunday by the Argus Leader.  The Argus Leader is the biggest paper in the state with a circulation over 75,000.  And this endorsement was no joke - the Argus came out swinging; blasting Mike Rounds for his lack of leadership and his failure to solve any of the problems that were facing the state 4 years ago.  They also believe that Jack is a great candidate with the right ideas for helping South Dakota.

You can check out the article here:

The momentum really is on Jack's side but they can always use more money to get more media.  You can contribute to Jack on the Act Blue page or his website.

Below the fold you can see some of the key quotes from the endorsement.

On Mike Rounds:

"Gov. Mike Rounds' engaging smile and personal wealth hide arrogance and secrecy and a lack of understanding, or a lack of willingness to accept, that South Dakotans have an inherent right to open government.  There's simply a basic disregard for public accountability.  Most troubling during the past four years, though, is the lack of leadership."

On Jack Billion:

"Billion gets it.  A physician and veteran.  Former state legislator, Dakota Wesleyan University board member.  Deep Roots.  Outspoken.  Open.  Willing to try new things.  Willing to admit he doesn't have all the answers.  Willing to admit when he's wrong.  Yes, Rounds is incredibly popular in South Dakota.  His popularity, though, is based on his smile - not on his leadership or successes.  It is time to change.  Jack Billion should be our next governor."

Originally posted to SoDak Dem on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 07:11 AM PDT.

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  •  Sign me up as a Billionaire! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    SarahLee, rapala

    They may have the weapons - but we have the words. Words shoot straighter...

    by Last Best Chance on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 07:19:07 AM PDT

    •  Billion televised debate party (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Who: Phil and Marcia Sietstra

      What: Are hosting the first Billion televised debate party

      When: 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 11th for appetizers and drinks,

      the live KDLT debate starts at 7:00

      Where: 5121 Sweetbriar Dr.  Sioux Falls, SD

      Why: It is time to cheer on Jack with his first live televised debate east river.

      Suggested contribution $10

      RSVP to: or call 605-271-1416.  If you forget to RSVP, no worries please feel free to just come and bring your friends.


      Don’t miss out on this fun night!

  •  Amazing. (1+ / 0-)
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    The circulation numbers look small, but consider we only have like 800,000 people in our state!  The Argus Leader is the only statewide paper.  Also, like the state itself, it tends to be conservative.  So good news for Billion.  I wonder if it could be a turning point?

  •  Great News!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Ever since the Repugs torpedoed Daschle, SD Dems have dug in and made solid progress--a reall example for others!!!  What the news on the abortion referendum...and the rez?

  •  Good! (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the report!

    Can we talk about taking back the senate? We need six states.

    by Radiowalla on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 07:50:50 AM PDT

  •  Most interesting (0+ / 0-)

    I don't remember if the Argus endorsed Rounds in '02, but they did endorse Bush in '04.

    Doubtless the wingnut bloggers are thrilled.

    "Do not offend the Chair Leg of Truth. It is wise and terrible."

    by section29 on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 08:13:47 AM PDT

  •  Great news! (2+ / 0-)
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    docangel, Dakota Dem

    As an ex-South Dakotan and ex-Democratic activist in that state, I'm delighted.  Just hope it makes some difference.  Rounds is enormously popular.  Good for Billion for standing up to him!

    And here's an added attraction.  Rounds will try to unseat Democrat Tim Johnson in the '08 Senate race, so the Argus's less-than-glowing assessment of Rounds now is good news for Johnson in the long run.  Mind you, Johnson is one of the pro-torture, anti-habeas Democrats, so it's hard to get too exercised about keeping him around.

  •  Things are looking up (0+ / 0-)

    I think the momentum is on Jack's side.  Rounds is another Republican who can't make tough decisions and then tries to cover up the truth.  

    All last week Rounds was on the defensive over revelations that he consulted with another death row inmate before delaying the excecution of a confessed murderer who wanted to be executed.  He had claimed that he had to delay it because of a technicality four hours before the scheduled execution.  Whether you agree with the death penalty or not, Rounds has been caught in a big lie in the first execution scheduled here in decades.  

    Billion also clobbered Rounds in a debate last week, and there is another one this week!

  •  Great news! (0+ / 0-)

    Last week a couple of budding activists at Sinte Gleska University here on the rez asked me to come in and talk to them about "cyber activism" and I spent an hour showing them around dKos after our talk was done.  

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