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To all Kossacks:  Please take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable.  They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.  

There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds."  To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback.  We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.

We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

This isn't going to be much of a diary.  You can add anything you want about South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.  Keep in mind this diary is just for information purposes.  Let's not get too carried away with whether or not any of these Knowledge Democrats information gathering diaries mean the Congressional districts in questions are winnable by Democrats or not.  Were here to assess districts across the country, no matter how "deep reed" or "red" or Republican-occupied they are.

What issues directly affect people in South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the At-Large Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Kristi Noem.


U.S. House, South Dakota, At-large District General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate                            Vote %    Votes
        Democratic     Matt Varilek    42.6%    153,789
        Republican    Kristi Noem      57.4%    207,640

Total Votes:  361,429

Source: South Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
http://electionresults.sd.gov/...

Also, taking politics out of the equation, let others know if you've been to South Dakota and can point out some good restaurants, venues and places to spend time in there.

So far, we only have the basic information.  What issues should be documented? What important links / articles / information should be added to the wiki page?

Originally posted to Knowledge Democrats on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 06:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by South Dakota Kos.

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  •  I Lived (0+ / 0-)

    In Rapid City for a year when I was stationed at Ellsworth AFB.  What I remember most was that every 5 minutes there was a commercial about how South Dakota was experiencing a "brain drain" as pretty much every college bound student left the state, and many never came back.  I will say that while it is a red state, I never met anyone particularly extreme politically.  

    The town itself is incredibly boring.  About 90% of the restaurants are chain restaurants,  there are about three bars downtown.  The Black hills are neat, but after awhile they get old.  

    •  If people in SD aren't extreme politically... (1+ / 0-)
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      bluebrain

      Why isn't the SD-At Large District emphasized more at the DCCC?  The Democratic candidate who ran in last election didn't get even close to the number of votes that Kristi Noem did but still a good number of votes nevertheless to look at the state as not a deep red state.

      Besides, Kristi Noem is a Michelle Bachmann clone, except less attention grabbing like Bachmann.  Therefore, the South Dakota At-Large District should be a big target for the DCCC, unless they just don't want to take any changes.  

      Of course, there is the idea that we should care about our country too and get rid of all the Tea Party Republicans in Congress.

      •  How extreme South Dakotans are depends largely (0+ / 0-)

        on where you are.  I grew up about half-way between Pierre and Rapid City.  In rural areas like that, most are to the right of Atila the Hun.  When I visit, I don't open my mouth about anything remotely political, and have to bite my tongue when they talk about that "n***r in the White House."  Being liberal, let alone as much of a leftist as I am, is tantamount to treason in the view of those  people.  I know some who have virtually gone bankrupt because of medical bills, yet  they categorically reject single payer or anything close to it because it's "socialist."  Not that they'd know what a socialism is if it bit 'em on the leg.  Fortunately, they know nothing about organizing, have no inclination to protest, and are hopelessly naive.  If they were savvy, they could be very, very dangerous, I think.  

        -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

        by GulfExpat on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:33:49 AM PDT

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      •  In fairness (0+ / 0-)

        They also have elected Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson and several other moderate Dems and Noem's challenger got over 150k votes.  As the poster below said SD, like a lot of Western States, is right wing in rural areas and moderate in areas like Sioux Falls and Rapid City.  I was there in 2001 so it may have changed, I was just giving my .02.

  •  South Dakota (0+ / 0-)

    South Dakota runs about 60/40 Republican votes/Democrat votes by my very unscientific impression. That's 11% that needs to be tipped which doesn't seem all that overwhelming.

    The ranchers in the rural middle are a significant voting powerhouse. Tim Johnson was initially and perpetually elected by attending to this group.

    In Rapid City, Ellsworth Air Force base is another red-leaning area that might be ripe for conversion given the low salaries many of the military have. The positive outreach Michelle Obama has established with military families could be a solid base from which to approach these voters.

    The reservations tend to be intensely Democrat-leaning but need observers to fend off the allegations of fraud typically brought by Republican losers.

    The Rapid City Journal is all-Repub-all-the-time, carrying many of the most rancid of the right wing columnists. If there were a way to actually educate South Dakota voters there would be enormous potential here.

    15 years ago South Dakota had two Democrat senators. Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, and Representative Stephanie Herseth, so the state is not hopelessly red.

    I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth whenever I please.--Mother Jones

    by bluebrain on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:27:56 AM PDT

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