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  • South Dakota Democratic Party, DLCC Statement Responding to South Dakota State Representative Steve Hickey's Anti-Gay Tirade

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2014) — In the wake of South Dakota Representative Steve Hickey’s (R-Hartford) homophobic Facebook rant, the South Dakota Democratic Party and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) urge South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Rep. Hickey’s colleagues in the State Legislature to denounce his hurtful comments.

    In an open letter posted to his Facebook page titled “A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck,” Rep. Hickey repeatedly disparages the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) community. He also displays insensitivity to South Dakota’s transgender teens, who suffer from a disproportionately high suicide rate, by warning of the “unintended consequences” of allowing their full gender expression and saying they “have broken identities.”

  • South Dakota Senate Dems recruiting for strong cycle

    South Dakota Democrats seem well-positioned to defend their state Senate seats this November and potentially pick up another, thanks to two current House members who have filed early petitions to run. According to filing reports, Rep. Troy Heinert (D-Mission) is making a bid for the District 26 Senate seat. He would replace Sen. Larry Lucas (D-Mission) if elected.

    In District 4, Rep. Jim Peterson (D-Revillo) is running to flip the seat now held by Sen. Tim Begalka (R-Clear Lake), who is retiring. Currently the Minority Whip, Peterson is a seasoned lawmaker with more than 12 years of experience. The final filing deadline for primary elections is March 25.

    The November election will also give voters in the state the chance to raise the minimum wage, including an annual cost-of-living adjustment. The state Democratic Party spearheaded the ballot initiative so as to provide a fair and livable wage to South Dakota workers. GOP lawmakers have consistently failed to promote economic fairness, opposing efforts to put more money the pockets of hard working South Dakotans.

  • South Dakota Democrats push increase to state's minimum wage

    Democrats in South Dakota are taking the fight for working families directly to the people. According a press release the “South Dakota Democratic Party and its partners in the labor community have filed language with the Attorney General for an initiated measure to raise South Dakota’s minimum wage to $8.50 per hour with annual cost of living increases.”

  • Schools or Slush Funds? South Dakota Republicans make their choice

    South Dakota Republicans want a second bite at the apple when it comes to creating a secret, multi-million-dollar slush fund at the expense of schools, hospitals, and other state priorities — and they’re planning to trample the rights of voters to get their way.