Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rounds wrong on fiscal policies

Like this is news. But it's worse than we thought. From the Democratic Legislative Caucus:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 30, 2008

Heidepriem and Hunhoff call for new focus in Pierre

PIERRE – Democratic legislative leaders say Gov. Mike Rounds’ fiscal policies in good and bad economic years have created a crisis which requires a new focus on cutting state government and creating new jobs.

“An analysis of the Rounds years reveals a shell game has been played to manipulate a false perception that budgets have been conservative and our economy has grown. The reality is the state bureaucracy has bloated and the personal property tax replacement fund has been drained to finance the bloat,” Sen. Scott Heidepriem, D-Sioux Falls, the Democratic state senate leader said. “Today, South Dakota is in a weak position to weather a recession made worse by energy costs, job losses, housing devaluations, stock market failures and the credit crisis. Our focus is to put the state in a better position and on a more responsible path.”

Heidepriem, D-Sioux Falls, and Rep. Bernie Hunhoff, D-Yankton, pointed to a recent news analysis of how Rounds has depleted the personal property tax relief fund to balance budgets and to charts showing rapid growth in state employee positions since Rounds took office. Heidepriem said that in 2002, Rounds promised he would reduce property taxes and reduce the dependence of public school funding on property taxes. Instead, Rounds is now seeking a $6.3 million increase in property taxes while pulling another $25.7 million from the PTRF to pay for his budget proposal. Rounds also proposed 77 new fulltime state employee positions in the new budget. Heidepriem and Hunhoff said Democrats will again offer a limit on state spending.

“In each of the last two legislative sessions, Democrats have sought a limit on state spending to 3 percent or the rate of inflation, which is the same standard Gov. Rounds holds over school districts, and the Republicans have defeated it each time. We are going to try again this year and we believe we will have some Republican support,” Heidepriem said. “The Rounds budgets have increased state employee numbers on the back of K-12 education funding, and that puts the burden on property taxpayers. Something has to give and it shouldn’t be the property taxpayers giving again.

“We need a long term budgetary solution. We need to stop thinking that yesterday’s priorities are right for tomorrow. We need smarter government, not bigger government, and we begin with zero-based budgeting to control the bloating.”

Hunhoff said Democrats can find bi-partisan support for the following methods to control bloated spending:

* A real freeze on state employee positions that requires any additions be matched by equal reductions elsewhere in government.
* Limit state spending to no more than 3 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
* Implement zero-based budgeting which allows the legislature to work with the executive branch to analyze and reduce state spending.
* Outlaw “pay to play” policies which appear to reward cronies with no-bid contracts.
* Take steps to put South Dakota communities into the best position to take advantage of President-elect Barack Obama’s major jobs and economic recovery package to encourage wind-energy development and launch new community-based wind energy projects.
* Limit the growth of the highest paid state employee positions to make sure compensation is not excessive considering the current economic crisis.

“These are common sense steps that have little to do with party ideology and everything to do with being responsible stewards of the public’s tax dollars,” Hunhoff said. “Our approach is a two-step strategy to cut state spending, which lowers the pressure on property taxpayers, and to set the stage for new jobs and economic growth that pays the bills and offers hope to families and businesses.

“The best relief from this economy is to grow our way out of it and to avoid further burdening taxpayers.”

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

[PenDems (129)] Local officials present with Governor rounds tomorrow

The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce presents local officials
and Gov Rounds in a discussion of next year's legislative session.

Where: LaCroix Hall, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
When: Tomorrow (Wednesday Dec 3)
10:00 Local officials, questions
11:45 Luncheon with Governor

The event is free and open to the public.

More details here:
http://penndemocrats.blogspot.com/2008/12/gov-rounds-in-rapid-city-tomorrow.html

Gov Rounds in Rapid City tomorrow

CRACKERBARREL, GOVERNOR ROUNDS LUNCHEON ADDRESS
SET FOR DECEMBER 3rd


The Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee will hold the annual pre-Legislative Crackerbarrel and Joint Service Club Luncheon on Wednesday, December 3rd in LaCroix Hall, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

The session will begin at 10am with a series of three brief presentations by Rapid City Mayor, Alan Hanks; Rapid City School Board President, Sheryl Kirkeby; and Pennington County Commissioner Ethan Schmidt on their respective priorities for the 2009 Legislature. Following their presentations, Rapid City Area Legislators will be presenting issues and ideas on the upcoming Legislative session beginning on January 13th. A Question and Answer session will follow their presentations. The crackerbarrel is free and open to the public.

Governor Rounds will speak at the luncheon which begins at 11:45 A.M. Reservations are required and the cost of the luncheon is $22 for Chamber members and members of area service clubs. The cost for non-members is $27.

The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, Rapid City Regional Hospital, FourFront Design, Inc. National American University, H&R Block and Gary Brown.

Reservations are required for the luncheon and Governor’s address and may be made by calling the Chamber at 718-8480 or by e-mail at kendall@rapidcitychamber.com no later than noon on Monday, December 1st.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What auto workers really are making

Around your thanksgiving table in the lovely Black Hills, you may hear a friend grouse about $70/hr union workers as the cause of the "Big Three" bailout.

Please don't buy it. It's a patently false distortion of the facts.

The truth is the UAW and other union workers are team players with a management who continues to pretend they can fly around in big private jets, even as they ask us for a handout.

Here's the truth for Cousin Bob who will may be railing about the unions after dinner tomorrow. Just politely ask Bob for his sources of information and tell him what Keith Olbermann tells us below:



Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

[PenDems (128)] PenDems meet THIS THURSDAY!

 Pendemorandum 

The Pennington County Democratic Party
invites you to supper!


SPAGHETTI SUPPER & MEETING
FEATURING our new Democratic State legislators:
ED IRON CLOUD & KEVIN KILLER


5 P.M. - THURSDAY, NOV. 20
MOTHER BUTLER CENTER
221 Knollwood Dr, Rapid City


View and print the flyer!
http://penndemocrats.blogspot.com/2008/11/pendems-meet-thursday-in-north-rapid.html

See you there!


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PenDems Meet Thursday in North Rapid City

(click below to zoom in. You can also download and print the flyer.)


Monday, November 17, 2008

Democrats propose energy committee

Story from the Rapid City Journal Odds and Ends today...

In short: South Dakota Democrats don't just talk about renewable energy development in South Dakota at election time. They act.

SIOUX FALLS - South Dakota Democratic leaders are putting out their first agenda item for the legislative session that starts in January and it's focused on the state economy.

Newly elected leaders of the caucus said they plan to put more attention on developing an economy based on renewable energy because of the state's resources in that area.

Democrats said they will propose a new permanent committee in the Legislature called the Energy Committee. They said growth from the effort would pay for education and research.

The Democratic legislators also said they also want to eliminate wasteful spending and make education a larger asset to economic development and jobs in South Dakota.

Monday, November 10, 2008

[PenDems (127)] Ten For 2010

 PenDemorandum 

Ten for 2010


Now we set our sights on 2010. With more Dems in Pierre
and strong support for our next Democratic candidate for
Governor, Democrats will be on our way moving our State
forward by being the Party that listens and works to clear
the path for South Dakota's future.

But this won't happen without a solid, organized
Democratic Party in Pennington County.
After the efforts of 2006 and 2008, we know how to do this:
lots of hard work and smart tactics. But we also
know that
success will only come with pro-active efforts creating

a Democratic presence and power base in West River,
before the
next election cycle starts, and over the long term.

That's where this project comes in.
If only 100 of us can support our local party with
$10 per month, (the cost of a few fancy coffee drinks!)
the Pennington County Democratic Party
will have the funds to support our values,
our issues, and successfully support our candidates
in 2010. A strong West River Democratic
organization must have a presence starting
right now to
build success in the future.


Please consider joining us at $10 or more a month.
http://www.actblue.com/page/pendems2010

Thank you!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ten For 2010 Step by Step

The County Party is committed to changing the landscape in West River, a landscape that is, let's face it, not so great for Democrats. South Dakota legislative districts are drawn against us and we need to grow more Democrats and Democratic supporters in all of them.

To that end, all are invited, strongly encouraged to help us build a monthly regular income so we can secure our place in West River. Just being there during election season is not enough; we must be a "on the scene" with a visible office and presence. This can only happen with a regular income. That's where you come in.

Our goal is to sign up 100 Democrats to give a regular contribution through ActBlue. You can do this using your credit card or your VISA/MC bank card, and it's very easy to do and maintain. ActBlue has been a great resource for our candidates, and may have been one of the keys to our wonderful Democratic gains, from the Presidency on down in 2008. It doesn't have to be large, a $10 per month contribution from 100 Democrats will be enough to pay the rent, phone and internet needed for our permanent office in a visible part of Rapid City.

We can do this -- and we are well on our way!

Yes, we can!

Here's how:

1. Visit actblue.com/page/pendems2010

2. Fill out the basic information on the form, then click "Contribute Without ActBlue Express":



3. You are now in a secure web page (verify there is an "https:" in your browser's address bar to make sure). Enter your credit card information and the address information (this info is used to validate your credit card against your billing address).



4. Fill out the employer information (required because ActBlue is a PAC)



5. You may "tip" the ActBlue PAC here if you want to support their work on behalf of Democrats across the country. (totally optional).

Click the "Continue" button...



6. Verify the information, confirm, and you're done!!



Modifying your contribution

One of the best things about ActBlue is you can easily modify your contribution at any time conveniently 24/7 and online. Here's how to do that:

1. Visit www.actblue.com, and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the Recurring contributions link:



2. Enter your card number.



3. Review your current recurring contributions. To modify recurring contributions, simply cancel and set up a new one.



Now you know what you need to know!

Please join us with a monthly contribution. If you have any questions, please contact us at democrats@pendem.org.

Friday, November 07, 2008

[PenDems (126)] MEETING TOMORROW - and a word from Cheryl Chapman

 PenDemorandum 

Volunteer Thank You and Election Review

Saturday, November 8th
10:00am - 11:00am
West River Dem HQ, 522 Kirkeby Lane, Rapid City
(next to Walgreen's on West Main)

A note and invitation from Cheryl


Dear Democratic Friends:

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our Democratic Party.
This week we witnessed an election of great national victories and
local defeats.  What a great nation we live in to elect Barack Obama
as our next President and decisively return Senator Tim Johnson and
Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin to Congress! 
Our Democrats gained four in the House, just breaking the long-held
Republican supermajority -- a very significant step. In 2009-2010,
our seats are 15 of 35 / 43% (Senate) and 24 of 70 / 34% (House).
This is very great news for all citizens of South Dakota, as it
ensures a conversation that includes both parties in Pierre.

However, although we wanted to elect fine local Democrats to the
State Legislature, and worked very hard, we fell short of that goal.

I know without question, though, that our local election results were
not because of our candidates, who were of the highest caliber and who
worked untiringly, and were not because of lack of commitment of the
hundreds of volunteers who worked throughout the campaign season. 
Our candidates were the finest and we can only hope they will join the
races in 2 years and work again for a Democratic victory--won't you
join me in encouraging them to do so?

So what does this mean for our political future? 

Come join us at 2008 Democratic Headquarters
(just east of Walgreen's on West Main)
Volunteer Thank You and Election Review
Saturday, November 8th
10:00am - 11:00am


If you're unable to attend, just reply to this email with your thoughts.
We'd love to hear from you as we develop and plan for 2010.

As you think about the future, here are some examples of our
accomplishments in 2008 to ponder and be thankful for:

* First time in many years that we had candidates
  running for all 15 Pennington County races. And support from
  our members contributed to new county organizations.
  (Meade County had the first full Dem slate in 41 years! Wow!)
* Democratic candidates with years of service to community,
  State and Nation.
* Democratic candidates who stepped up, showed up and
  spoke articulately about the issues.
* Democratic candidates collectively knocked on thousands of doors,
  mailed thousands of pieces of lit, attended hours of forums and
  events.
* Most Democrats registered in one year period.
* For the first time, our County Party provided support for fairs & events,
  parades, booths, billboards, radio, without tapping candidates' funds.
* Provided over $2700 to local candidates for   their individual campaigns.
* First time that we have captured, in a permanent data base,
  voter information that can be shared and used for future campaigns.

Thank you all, and hope to see you tomorrow!

Cheryl Chapman
Chair, Pennington County Democratic Party

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

[PenDems (125)] Democratic Victory Party Tonight

Tue November 4, 8 pm
PenDem Victory Party

Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn


After the work is over come and join us at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
This is a new location for us for a victory party-- we will have a
big crowd so we needed a bigger venue! EVERYONE is invited;
we will have lots of food and special guests as we watch
the returns come in!

Come help us celebrate a historically successful campaign
for Democrats here in South Dakota and across the Nation.
We will also be powering up the future of our County Party--
come on out and find out about it!!

This day is going great. If you haven't voted, VOTE!
If you have an hour or more to help this afternoon,
PLEASE call 716-3393 to volunteer. Every call, every visiblity,
every urging of friends and family to vote counts....

Pictures to inspire...

http://penndemocrats.blogspot.com/2008/11/election-day-pictures.html

See you tonight!!!

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Election Day pictures!!

See you all the party tonight at 8 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City!

electionday08

Sunday, November 02, 2008

[PenDems (124)] A message from Sen. Tom Katus

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 8:23 PM

PenDems,
 
    I know that many of us are upset with the Rapid City Journal's editorial on Tim Johnson. I talked to Barbara tonight, and she felt the article was "cruel," As both Barbara and Tim have always been way too gracious, I believe this is a great understatement.
 
    While the RCJ has every right to its views and endorsements, going after Tim on his current physical disabilities is over the edge. I myself am a 12-year survivor of melonoma, the deadliest of cancers. Does this make me unqualified for office? And how about our greatest President in modern times, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who could not walk?
 
    I spoke briefly with Tyler Smith tonight. I feel strongly our support rally for Tim should meet at the FDR statue and walk across the street to the RCJ in full protest mode. Handicapped frriends in wheel chairs would be especially welcome. I, for one, plan to be there, and I hope all the rest of you will join in protest to the Journal's outrageous condemnation of Tim's physical condition. Like FDR, his mind is fine. I would encourage all of you who have disabilities or friends with disabilities to attend this rally in support of Tim's courageous comeback "from the valley of the shadow of death." We, too, should fear no evil.
 
    I hope to see you all tomorrow at 12:15. I recommend we start at the FDR statue, as we did two weeks ago, and walk across the street to the source of "cruel and unusual punishment"--the RCJ editorial board. Who are these insensitive people?
 
Warm regards,

Tom

[PenDems (123)] Reminder, come celebrate today at 4 pm!

Sun Nov 2 at 4 pm: Rally with Sen Johnson
Rally at the Labor Temple,
922 St Patrick St, Rapid City
featuring:

  * Sen. Tim Johnson
  * PUC candidate Matt McLarty
  * Our quality local candidates!

  * DD And The Fayrohs
See you there!

Also:
Noontime rally for Tim
Monday, Nov 3 12:15pm, at 5th and Main St.
come show your support!

http://penndemocrats.blogspot.com/2008/11/johnson-in-town-this-afternoon.html

Johnson in town this afternoon!

Call the Rapid City Journal (605-394-8400) and tip them off that Tim's "handlers" are "hiding him" today at a massive public rally at the Labor Temple this afternoon.


Don't miss it!

Sun Nov 2 at 4 pm: Rally with Sen Johnson
Rally at the Labor Temple,
922 St Patrick St, Rapid City

featuring:
* Sen. Tim Johnson
* PUC candidate Matt McLarty
* Our quality local candidates!
* DD And The Fayrohs
See you there!

also, come:

Rally for Tim on Monday
Mon Nov 3, 12:15 pm, 5th and Main, Rapid City
(in front of the RCJ offices)
Come shout out the truth in support of Sen Tim Johnson!!
Bring a sign!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Lit drop for Get Out The Vote in motion!

There are additional drops at 2pm today, noon and 2pm Sunday, 12 and 2 on Monday.

Come out and join us, we are having a blast. It's a new day for Democratic Party in West River, in South Dakota, and in the enter Nation.

More encouragement and signup info here.


As we drive around, it's really fun to listen to right wing radio (like Roger Hedgecock) so desperate that they are just... making up stuff! Americans now know better and it's showing. South Dakotans know better and it's showing in our shifting from red to pink to purple.

Excitement like this is enough to encourage even shy people to get out and do what needs to be done.

Hope to see you at HQ and on the streets!

Friday, October 31, 2008

[PenDems (122)] Something's happening... be part of it!

 PenDemorandum 



This came from SD Dem Party Executive Director Rick Hauffe this morning:

Today, the Cook Political Report moved South Dakota from the "lean Republican" column to a "toss up" state. 
 
With the momentum of the last week building for Obama, South Dakota may end up a blue state on Tuesday night.

Only two other Democrats have the distinction of winning South Dakota's three electoral votes: FDR and LBJ. 
 
South Dakota Democrats are in line to make history ... except we can't do it by sitting and waiting for the result.  When you are asked to help as a volunteer, go for it.  If your local candidates haven't asked for your help, call them! 

Get out there and drop lit, call your friends, get out the vote and fight.

Our own excellent and tireless Coordinated Campaign staffer and dedicated blogger Tyler Smith shared this encouragement:

Be sure to get out and vote and get to work. This is one of those elections that all of us, Democrats or Republicans, who care about this country dream about. It is an election that has created many memories for all of us. Now that it is ending what will be your last memory? Make sure your last memory of this election is one where you are working hard for your candidate.

Tyler's report from today  (with pictures!)
http://www.badlandsblue.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1872

Yes, we can:

Lit drops/Visibility  (meet at West RIver HQ)
Nov 1,2,3:
 * Saturday 10pm / 2pm
 * Sunday 12pm / 2pm
 * Monday 10pm / 2pm


Sun Nov 2 at 4 pm: Rally with Sen Johnson
Rally at the Labor Temple,
922 St Patrick St, Rapid City
featuring:

  * Sen. Tim Johnson
  * PUC candidate Matt McLarty
  * Our quality local candidates!

  * DD And The Fayrohs
See you there!

ELECTION DAY:
Many ways to help all over town (and country!)

Call 716-3391  (you can sign up online too)
Visit: http://www.badlandsblue.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1867




 


Thursday, October 30, 2008

[PenDems (121)] The time is now!

SpookMaster Barack Obama Pumpkin Carving PatternPennington County Democratic Party

Fri Night is Hallowe'en
If you have signs in your yard, we recommend bringing
them inside Friday night and putting them out again

Saturday. And please remind your kids: as far as tricks go,
political signs of any persuasion are off limits.


Sat, Sun, Nov 1,2: Be part of this historic election

Come this Sat 10am/2pm, Sun 12p (or anytime)
Bring friends and family! We'll be sending teams to drop
campaign lit, also, if you want to stay inside (although the
weather will be GREAT) we'll be calling absentee voters
to make sure our voters get to the polls, and working
on GOTV materials. Your help is needed!
522 Kirkeby Lane, just east of Walgreens on West Main.
Come by, call 716-3391, or even sign up online:
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl
West River HQ could use food on Sat/ to fuel the troops too!

Sun Nov 2 at 4 pm: Rally with Sen Johnson
Rally at the Labor Temple, 922 St Patrick St
featuring:
  * Sen. Tim Johnson
  * PUC candidate Matt McLarty
  * Our quality local candidates!

  * DD And The Fayrohs
See you there!

Election Day

If you can help on election day, there are jobs for
many hands: phone calls, poll watching shifts,
driving voters,  feeding our tirelss volunteers...

If can't get off from work on election day, we still need you!
If you can, please come by at lunch (11am-1:30pm) or after work
during the mid-day and 4pm-6:30pm--peak times for
phone calling at your local precinct house, the Labor Temple,
or West River Democratic Headquarters.
If you have
cell minutes to spare, please bring your cell phone!

If you can't come by during the day, but can drop off
cookies or snacks to help fuel election day efforts,
PenDem HQ will be open at 7:30 am.
Call 716-3391, or sign up online:
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Tue November 4, 8 pm Election Party
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn

After the work is over come and join us at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
This is a new location for us for a victory party-- we will have a
big crowd so we needed a bigger venue! EVERYONE is invited;
we will have lots of food and special guests as we watch
the returns come in!

Come help us celebrate a historically successful campaign
for Democrats here in South Dakota and across the Nation.
We will also be powering up the future of Pennington County
and South Dakota Democratic power at this event--stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Help Elect Democrats this weekend!

VOLUNTEER FOR DEMOCRATS

WE NEED YOUR HELP-NOW!

BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC ELECTION!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3

HELP DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR
NATIONAL AND LOCAL CANDIDATES

DEPART FROM THE PEN DEM HEADQUARTERS WITH
MAPS AND LISTS IN HAND

DEPARTURE TIME 10:00 A.M.
AFTERNOON 2:00 P.M.

THE WEATHER WILL BE GREAT

COME JOIN US, BRING FRIENDS, FAMILY, KIDS
(dogs will be happiest at home!)

PenDem Headquarters,
552 Kirkeby Lane, West Main beside Walgreens.
716-3391
Call to confirm your participation

WE NEED EVERYONE!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

[PenDems (120)] Super Monday!

  Pendemorandum 

* For up-to-the-minute calendar updates,
  please visit http://pendem.org
* We work to keep the PenDemorandum brief.
  For more details on PenDemorandum items,
  please follow web links, or reply to this email!

Mon Oct 27 5:15 pm rally for Stephanie!
From the Herseth Sandlin campaign:
Rally to support Stephanie at KOTA before the debate. 
Starting at 5pm: visibility on corners downtown: bring your signs!
Meet at 5:15 in front of KOTA (518 St. Joe St). Join friends
and supporters for hot chocolate, sign waving, and
encouraging Stephanie as she heads into the last debate
of the season.  Then caravan over to the campaign
headquarters (552 Kirkeby Lane) to watch the debate.

Mon Oct 27 7-9 pm West Blvd District 32 Candidate Forum
USD School Of Nursing West River Campus
1011 11th St, Rapid City

Mon Oct 27 7-9 pm North Rapid Civic Assoc Forum
District 33-34-35 candidates
General Beadle Elementary School
10 Van Buren St, Rapid City
http://www.nrcainc.com/

Mon October 27, 6:30-8 pm, Elks Theatre
Democracy In Action (DIA) and Movies from the Heartland present:
"Unplanned Democracy" (Denise Ross) and
DIA's short movie "South Dakota Faces Abortion,"

Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, IM 11 Issue Forum
Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
Dakota Middle School
Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
Sponsored by South Dakota Democracy In Action

BE PART OF THE GOTV ACTION
Every day up and including election day...
No matter what your interests and abilities, we need
your help
now, with data entry, stuffing envelopes, you name it.
The coffee is on, the computers are up--we're need you and
we are ready for your help!
Please call 716-3391, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Friday, October 24, 2008

West River Candidates at RC Journal

Early in October, the Rapid City Journal published answers to a questionnaire they sent to candidates. It's a useful guide to see the differences between the candidates.


So, please check it out and see what your candidates said, and also please feel free to fact check, comment, and share the site with your friends... there are differences!!


RAPID CITY JOURNAL ELECTION '08


These questions are answered by all the candidates that submitted responses:

  1. What is the first piece of legislation you would like to sponsor?
  2. What is the number one issue facing voters in my District?
  3. How should the state respond to transportation department funding shortages caused by falling tax revenues?
  4. Do you support term limits on legislators?
  5. What are the problems [if any] with education funding?
    (Yes, the RCJ said "if any" on the candidate questionnaire, but they left that off the published version on the web for some reason)

Monday, October 20, 2008

[PenDems (119)] TODAY is the day!

  Pendemorandum 

* For up-to-the-minute calendar updates,
  please visit http://pendem.org
* We work to keep the PenDemorandum brief.
  For more details on PenDemorandum items,
  please follow web links, or reply to this email!

TODAY is the last day of voter registration,
down at your County Auditor's Office


Volunteer NOW for the weekend before Election Day and Election Day!
For more information contact:
** Suzan Nolan kensuz5@rap.midco.net (605) 348-7499
** Erin McCarrick erin@stephanieforsouthdakota.org (605) 370-2749
** Edie Renner edierenner@yahoo.com (605) 415-4949
OR
** tell your local candidates know you are ready and willing to help!

Mon Oct 20, 6-8 pm: District 33,34 Legislative Candidates Forum
Sponsored by the SW Middle School PTA

Tue Oct 21 6:30-9 pm: District 35 Candidate Forum

Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City
Sponsored by South Dakota Democracy In Action

Thu Oct 23 NO PENDEM MEETING

PenDems meeting is cancelled to allow all to attend:

Thu Oct 23 Rapid City Chamber Candidates Forum

Surbeck Center, South Dakota School of Mines
5:30-6:00 Meet and greet with candidates and voters
6:00-7:30pm forum (3 minutes per candidate)

Mon Oct 27 7-9 pm West Blvd District 32 Candidate Forum
USD School Of Nursing West River Campus
1011 11th St, Rapid City
This is the last candidate forum of the year we know
about, including some of the most important set
of contests in the whole state.

Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, IM 11 Issue Forum
Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
Dakota Middle School
Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
Sponsored by South Dakota Democracy In Action

BE PART OF THE GOTV ACTION
Every day up and including election day...
No matter what your interests and abilities, we need
your help
now, with data entry, stuffing envelopes, you name it.
The coffee is on, the computers are up--we're need you and
we are ready for your help!
Please call 721-3391, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Theresa Spry is on the way!

Vote for progress
Vote for vision
Vote for our future.

Vote for Theresa!


South Dakota Senate, District 35
www.spryforsenate.com



[PenDems (118)] SUNDAY: Katus hosts Delano Roosevelt

 PenDemorandum 

What Would FDR Do?
Sunday, October 19th 7:30 pm
Central High School Theater


Hear a special program brought to you by Pennington County Democrats and Senator Tom Katus

"Economic Recovery during the FDR Era"
An interview with H. Delano Roosevelt
grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Interviewed by Gemma Lockhart

Update: due to negotiations with the venue, it's now FREE ADMISSION!

See you there!!

ps Tom Katus is also having an afternoon event with Mr. Roosevelt:
http://tomkatus.blogspot.com/2008/10/roosevelt-to-be-featured-at-katus-event.html

Bonny!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

[PenDems (117)] West River Dems Office (with corrected phone numbers)

Thanks! Please do call and sign up for office hours.

We can use people's help with many tasks, from stuffing
envelopes, data entry to simply answering
the phone and door and selling Obama buttons!
There are many ways to help, just let us know.

See you down there tonight for the debate party, or sometime soon!!


Corrected Phone Numbers

It has been brought to our attention that there has been
an incorrect phone number published int he PenDemorandum.

West River Dem HQ phone numbers:

716-3391
721-1636

Please feel free to come on down!

552 Kirkeby Ln, Rapid City 57702
(Between Walgreen's and Fischer Furniture on West Main St.)
Location map



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Help With Montana!

You live near an important battleground state -- Montana -- where supporters like you are playing a huge role in helping put Barack over the top.

This weekend, the Montana Campaign for Change is organizing teams of Obama supporters from neighboring states to come to Montana for a Drive for Change weekend canvass.

Sign up to come to Montana and help Barack and Democrats up and down the ticket by talking to undecided voters.

Right now, the race in Montana is extremely close. The final outcome could come down to as little as a few thousand votes. That's why the Montana Campaign for Change is depending on you to help make a big difference in the race.

Undecided voters in Montana need to hear Barack's message about fixing the economy, and the campaign is counting on you to tell them why the Obama-Biden ticket is the right choice in this election.

Please Drive for Change this weekend and help make a big difference in Montana:

http://my.barackobama.com/cometoMT

No prior experience is required to get involved. Staff will provide you with everything you need.

Carrie Glenn
Field Director
Montana Campaign for Change

P.S. -- Want to help make change in Montana, but can't take a trip right now? Reach out to Montana voters over the phone using our Neighbor to Neighbor tool and talk to undecided voters right from your home:

http://my.barackobama.com/n2n

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Obama Rally Saturday in Spearfish!

Please download, print, and post the flyer!

[PenDems (116)] Come to the last debate party!

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Wed, Oct 15, 6:30 pm Obama Montana Meeting
A group is heading to Montana to support Obama
this coming weekend.  Come get information on
this trip at the West River Dem HQ.
Contact Kristin at kaschen@hotmail.com

Wed, Oct 15, 7-9 pm LAST DEBATE PARTY!
Come on out for the final presidential debate party!
West RIver Dem HQ, 552 Kirkeby Ln--off W Main next to Walgreens
You are invited to bring a dish to share. We will also be
doing a fundraiser- buy a pumpkin to "Carve for Change!"
Contact Kristin at kaschen@hotmail.com

Sat, Oct 18, 1-3 pm:
Obama Walk in Spearfish

240 East Kansas St, Spearfish, SD
Show your support for Obama for President in the most
important election in your lifetime.
Make a sign-- there will be prize for the best one!

Sun, Oct 19, 7:30-9 pm: Del Roosevelt speaks!
Central HS Theater, $8.00
A special program brought to you by:
Pennington County Democrats and Senator Tom Katus
Economic Recovery during the FDR Era
An interview with H. Delano Roosevelt, grandson
of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Interviewed by Gemma Lockhart
The admission fee will support GOTV:
Eight (Dollars) For 2008!

BE PART OF THE ACTION
The Pennington County Democratic Party is recruiting
election day volunteers now. We need help in a variety
of areas from precinct to county to West River and
statewide activities. Sign up now to be in the thick
of the action on this historic election day.

No matter what your interests and abilities, we need
your help
now, with data entry, stuffing envelopes, you name it.
The coffee is on, the computers are up--we're ready for you!
Please call 716-3391, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Oct 14,21: Democracy In Action Candidate Forums continue

Forums are held from 6:30 to 9 pm  
Tue Oct 14: District 33 - Douglas Middle School, Box Elder
Tue Oct 21: District 35 - Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp


Oct 16, 30: Democracy In Action Issue Forums
Free admission.  The events feature an open Q&A session.
Thu Oct 16 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Sacred Choices and Abortion: 10 New Things to Think About
  Panel: Pastors for Moral Choices
Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
  Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Thursday, October 09, 2008

[PenDems (115)] The Hills Are Alive ... with the sound of busy Democrats!

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Fri Oct 10: District 30 candidates on the road!
8:30 - 11 am:
Wall Drug
Join PUC Candidate Matt McLarty and Dist. 30 candidates
David Melmer, Jacqui Gerenz and Kathleen Ann for
coffee and donuts.
3 - 5 pm: Hill City Senior Citizens Center
Meet the District 30 candidates in Hill City
Refreshments provided.

Sat Oct 11, 10 am - 12 pm Candidate Forum (32,33,34)
Canyon Lake Senior Center, 2900 Canyon Lake Dr
This is an open forum including District 32, 33 and 34 candidates. 
Come on out and support our Democratic candidates!
But neat stuff from the obama store!

Sat Oct 11, 1-4 pm: West River Dems Office Open House
The Pennington County Democratic Party, along with the
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for South Dakota and the Coordinated
Campaign are having an open house to celebrate our opening
for full hours until the election. Come on down and celebrate!
552 Kirkeby Ln (next door to Walgreens in west Rapid City)
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsg

Oct 10-12:  PenDems at the Black Hills Pow Wow

Pennington County Democrats (candidates and volunteers)
will have a presence at this year's Pow Wow. On Sat Oct 11 we will
be serving a meal in the evening 4:30 and candidates will join
in the Grand Entry. We need volunteers to help serve dinner!
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzst

Sun Oct 12, 4pm McClarty at District 29 Chili feed
Meet Matt McClarty, PUC candidate, with our great
District 29 candidates at the Union Center Community
Center, and have some great chili! District 29.
Please get the word out about this one!

Sun Oct 12, 4pm Sen Johnson fundraiser in Rapid City
You are invited to join Senator Tim Johnson and our co-hosts at
a fundraising reception to benefit Tim's re-election campaign. 
The event at the Great Wall Chinese restaurant, 315 N St, Rapid City.
To RSVP: Connor Cobean at 605-413-4854. 

Sun Oct 12, 7 pm: District 30 fundraiser party at Steak N Ribs in Custer
District 30 Candidates will be honored at the historic Steak N Ribs Place,
548 Mount Rushmore Rd, in Custer.
There will be a dessert, silent auction, and door prizes for $15.
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzl9
If you cannot attend, you are invited to send contributions to:
Custer County Democrats c/o
Lynn Moran, 428 Mt. Rushmore Rd. Custer, SD  57730


Mon Oct 13, 5:30 pm: Tim campaigns in Rapid City!
Sen. Johnson will be in Rapid City this coming Monday night,
at the Labor Temple, 922 Saint Patrick St, at 5:30 pm

Come join us for a FREE event with food, entertainment and an
opportunity to see Tim! RSVP/more information: call 415-4949.

Mon Oct 13, 5:30-7pm Stephanie for Chili Supper
Rapid City Elks Club, 3333 E 39th St, Rapid City 57703
$50 family donation recommended; any donation welcome

BE PART OF THE ACTION
The Pennington County Democratic Party is recruiting
election day volunteers now. We need help in a variety
of areas from precinct to county to West River and
statewide activities. Sign up now to be in the thick
of the action on this historic election day.

No matter what your interests and abilities, we need
your help
now, with data entry, stuffing envelopes, you name it.
The coffee is on, the computers are up--we're ready for you!
Please call 716-3391, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Oct 7,11,14,21: Democracy In Action Candidate Forums continue

All Forums are held from 6:30 to 9 pm (except for Sat, Oct 11) and include
legislative candidates in the specified District from all parties.
Sat Oct. 11, 10-12 am: District 31 - Matthews Opera House, Spearfish
Tue Oct 14: District 33 - Douglas Middle School, Box Elder
Tue Oct 21: District 35 - Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Oct 16, 30: Democracy In Action Issue Forums
Free admission.  The events feature an open Q&A session.
Thu Oct 16 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Sacred Choices and Abortion: 10 New Things to Think About
  Panel: Pastors for Moral Choices
Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
  Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Monday, October 06, 2008

[PenDems (114)] Debate night - Tuesday

Local Democrats will gather again for the Obama / McCain debate tomorrow...
6:30-9 pm, West River Dem HQ
552 Kirkeby Ln Suite 2
(Next to Walgreens/West Side)
Munchies welcome

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Friday, October 03, 2008

[PenDems (113)] Be Part Of The Action

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Pennington County Democratic Party


* For up-to-the-minute calendar updates,
  visit http://pendem.org
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Sat Oct 4:  M-Day Parade
PenDems will participate in the M-Day Parade downtown.
Come help or cheer us on-- step-off at 11 am!
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzs4

Sun October 5: Dems Grand Opening, Spearfish
You are invited to the Lawrence County Headquarters Grand Opening!
Sunday October 5 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.
240 East Kansas Street (Dick Ruddell's house)
The County Party will supply the burgers, hot dogs, buns and
condiments. Please bring a salad, side or dessert to share


Tue Oct 7: Voter registration drive on Pine Ridge
The Obama Campaign with help from the Coordinated Campaign
and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for South Dakota are gathering
a carpool of volunteers to go out on Tribal primary election day
to register voters on Pine Ridge. This is an all day
road trip and work day.
For more information, call Erin at 716-3391.
 
Sat Oct 11, 10 am - 12 pm Candidate Forum (32,33,34)
Canyon Lake Senior Center, 2900 Canyon Lake Dr
This is an open forum including District 32, 33 and 34 candidates. 
Come on out and support our Democratic candidates!

Sat Oct 11, 1-4 pm: West River Dems Office Open House
The Pennington County Democratic Party, along with the
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for South Dakota and the Coordinated
Campaign are having an open house to celebrate our opening
for full hours until the election. Come on down and celebrate!
552 Kirkeby Ln (next door to Walgreens in west Rapid City)
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsg
Office Wish List:
We have great need of several items to support our Dem candidates:
* Traveling food for volunteers (granola bars etc)
* Printer, paper
* Computers/equipment (pls email
democrats@pendem.org for details)
* Call 721-1636 to offer donations


Oct 10-12:  PenDems at the Black Hills Pow Wow

Pennington County Democrats (candidates and volunteers)
will have a presence at this year's Pow Wow. On Oct 11 we will
be serving a meal in the evening and candidates will join
in the Grand Entry. Also, special Democratic guests are
likely to appear for the Grand Entry on Sun Oct 12.
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzst

OCT 12, 7 pm: District 30 fundraiser party at Steak N Ribs in Custer

District 30 Candidates will be honored at the historic Steak N Ribs Place,
548 Mount Rushmore Rd, in Custer.
There will be a dessert, silent auction, and door prizes for $15.
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzl9
If you cannot attend, you are invited to send contributions to:
Custer County Democrats c/o
Lynn Moran, 428 Mt. Rushmore Rd. Custer, SD  57730


BE PART OF THE ACTION

The Pennington County Democratic Party is recruiting
election day volunteers now. We need help in a variety
of areas from precinct to county to West River and
statewide activities. Sign up now to be in the thick
of the action on this historic election day.

No matter what your interests and abilities, there is
an election-day activity where you can make a difference.
Please call 721-1636, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl

Oct 7,11,14,21: Democracy In Action Candidate Forums continue

All Forums are held from 6:30 to 9 pm (except for Sat, Oct 11) and include

legislative candidates in the specified District from all parties.
Tue Oct. 7: District 33 - Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Dept, 7980 Clarkson Rd
Sat Oct. 11, 10-12 am: District 31 - Matthews Opera House, Spearfish

Tue Oct 14: District 33 - Douglas Middle School, Box Elder
Tue Oct 21: District 35 - Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Democracy In Action Issue Forums
Free admission.  The events feature an open Q&A session.
Thu Oct 16 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Sacred Choices and Abortion: 10 New Things to Think About
  Panel: Pastors for Moral Choices
Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
  Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Sunday, September 28, 2008

[PenDems (112)] On The Road To Change

  PenDemorandum 

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Sept 30, Oct 7,11,14,21: Democracy In Action Candidate Forums
All Forums are held from 6:30 to 9 pm and include
legislative candidates in the specified District from all parties.
Tue Sept. 30: District 29 - Ramada Inn, I-90 Stagebarn exit
Tue Oct. 7: District 33 - Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Dept, 7980 Clarkson Rd
Sat Oct. 11: District 31 - Matthews Opera House, Spearfish
Tue Oct 14: District 33 - Douglas Middle School, Box Elder
Tue Oct 21: District 35 - Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Democracy In Action Issue Forums
These forums are free admission, and include the
opportunity for open questions from the audience

Thu Oct 16 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School

  Sacred Choices and Abortion: 10 New Things to Think About
  Panel: Pastors for Moral Choices
Thu Oct 30, 7-9 pm, Dakota Middle School
  Medical and Legal Ramifications of Initiated Measure 11
  Panel: Local doctors and lawyers
See the DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Thu Oct 2, 4 pm: Zonta Expo, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Pendems will have a booth, so come on by!
If you are able to help, please call the PenDem office
at 721-1636

Thu Oct 2, 6:30 pm: Watch the VP debate!
Sen. Biden and Gov. Palin will face each other this Thursday night,
and you are invited to join us to see it from the West River Dems HQ!
552 Kirkeby Ln (next door to Walgreens in west Rapid City)
You will also have the opportunity to find out how you can volunteer
to help the Obama campaign here in South Dakota. Yes, we can!
http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/debatewatchparty/gshfg9

Fri Oct 3, 12 noon: First Friday Forum features candidates
PenDems meet for lunch at the Radisson Hotel.
Featured speakers are legislative candidates from
Districts 30, 34, and 35. Lunch is $12 at the door.
For more information, contact Nadine Thomas, 391-2762
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsw

Sat Oct 4:  M-Day Parade
PenDems will participate in the M-Day Parade.
Keep the morning open and watch for details!
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzs4

Sat Oct 11, 1-4 pm: West River Dems Office Open House

The Pennington County Democratic Party, along with the
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for South Dakota and the Coordinated
Campaign are having an open house to celebrate our opening
for full hours until the election. Come on down and celebrate!
552 Kirkeby Ln (next door to Walgreens in west Rapid City)
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsg
Office Wish List:
We have great need of several items to support our Dem candidates:
* Traveling food for volunteers (granola bars etc)
* Printer, paper
* Computers/equipment (pls email democrats@pendem.org for details)
* Call 721-1636 to offer donations


Oct 10-12:  PenDems at the Black Hills Pow Wow

Pennington County Democrats (candidates and volunteers)
will have a presence at this year's Pow Wow. On Oct 11 we will
be serving a meal in the evening. Also, special Democratic guests are expected
for the Grand Entry on Sun Oct 12.
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzst

BE PART OF THE ACTION
The Pennington County Democratic Party is recruiting
election day volunteers now. We need help in a variety
of areas from precinct to county to West River and
statewide activities. Sign up now to be in the thick
of the action on this historic election day.

No matter what your interests and abilities, there is
an election-day activity where you can make a difference.
Please call 721-1636, or come down to the West River HQ.
More details here (you can even sign up online):
http://www.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vzsl
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

[PenDems (111)] TONIGHT District 34 Forum, PenDems meet Thursday

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Tue Sep 23 (TONIGHT, 6:30/7pm):
District 34 DIA Candidate Forum
Canyon Lake Senior Center

2900 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City
Please come out and support our District 34
Democratic candidates (These include:
Lisa Cook,
Bonny Petersen,
House; Gary Hargens, Senate).
6:30p: Coffee, cookies with the candidates
7pm-9pm: Forum, featuring all District 34 Legislative candidates

This is the second candidate forum sponsored by
Democracy in Action (http://sddia.org)
The DIA candidate forums this year feature our
excellent field of Democratic candidates, so they
are not to be missed. Try to keep your Tuesday evenings
clear!  The event is free and open to the public.
Next Tuesday: District 29 Forum, same time, I-90 Stagebarn exit
DIA calendar: http://sddia.org/showEventCalendar.asp

Stuff it! (please!)
Stuffing envelopes and other important activity is
in full gear down at the West River HQ. 
If you can lend in
the afternoons, please democrats@pendem.org or call 716-3391.
The place is looking great! http://qurl.com/bd5nm

Fall 2008 Election Begins Now
The Nov 4 election is underway with
with early voting at the County Courthouse.

Please vote now and encourage your friends!
All voters can verify registration and get sample ballots 
(online now!)
at the Secretary of State's Voter Information
Portal: http://apps.sd.gov/applications/st25cers/
Voter registration is open until October 20.
You can download voter registration forms here:
http://votepennco.com/docs/voterregform.pdf

Thu Sept 25, 6pm: Pennington Democrats Meet

West River Democratic Campaign HQ, 552 Kirkeby Lane, Rapid City
(between Fischer Furniture and Walgreen's on the West Side)
Agenda: Get Out the Vote Preview and Planning
Come share the excitement of this 2008 election!
See you there.

Fri Sep 26, 6pm: Presidential Debate, West River Dem HQ
Come support Obama and the Democratic Party!
http://qurl.com/dsgjh
As part of the recent office remodeling, we have a sound
system hooked up to the TV so everyone will be able
to hear every word!
South Dakota for Obama has a growing staff and is
gearing up, so please come hear about that too!
West River Dem HQ, 552 Kirkeby Ln (West Side Walgreens)
Yes we can!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Headquarters is Ready to Go!



Yesterday, a lot of effort was put into the West River Democratic Party Headquarters. I was planning on going out canvassing for Obama with Eric Abrahamson, Kristin Aschenbrenner, Bethany Wojahn, Tom Katus, and many others, but it was not to be. (By the way, KEVN deserves a lot of credit for their first-class effort at local news, including this story about yesterday's Obama canvassing!) Please thank them!

Lois Facer was a huge help to us in laying out the office-- we were on awe of her eye for how things will "work" in the room--and with Jane Murphy and Erin McCarrick did most of the dragging stuff around.

Email democrats@pendem.org if you can help and we'll get you on deck. Or feel free to come by, say hi, pick up some campaign signs, or sign up to help.

Our office is at 552 Kirkeby Lane on the West Side of Rapid City, right behind the west-side Walgreens. Hope to see you there soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

[PenDems (109)] Election Update: Ballots are online!

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For continuous updates on the calendar, visit http://pendem.org


Right Now: Stuff it! (and more!)

Beginning this week, we need your help at headquarters with mailing
and phoning. As PUC Candidate Matt McLarty so persuasively put it
at Oktoberfest, this is the time. If you can lend a hand any afternoon
down at our PenDem HQ, please call: 721-1636 or email
democrats@pendem.org.

Sat Sept 20: Hit the Streets for Obama
11am Saturday, at the West River Dem Office
(West Main next to Walgreen's)
It's time to energize the community and raise awareness
about early voting!!!! Join us for some canvassing and help
hand out fliers in downtown Rapid City.
Whether it is for an hour or the afternoon,
come show your support for Obama/Biden!

Tue Sept 23: The Fall 2008 Election Begins Now
The Nov 4 election will officially begin a week from Tuesday
with early voting at the County Courthouse.
All voters can and should verify registration and get sample ballots 
(online now!)
at the Secretary of State's Voter Information
Portal: http://apps.sd.gov/applications/st25cers/
Voter registration is available until October 20.
You can download voter registration forms here:
http://votepennco.com/docs/voterregform.pdf

Thu Sept 25, 6p Pennington Democrats Meet
PenDem HQ, 552 Kirkeby Lane
(between Fischer Furniture and Walgreen's on the West Side)
Come share the excitement of this 2008 election!
See you there.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hit the Streets for Obama - in Rapid City on Saturday



This Saturday, Dems are gathering to canvass door to door and let people know that early voting begins on Tuesday.

Pennington County West River Headquarters
552 Kirkeby Lane, Rapid City
(between Fischer Furniture and Walgreen's on the West Side)
Saturday Sept 20, 11:00 am


Come Hit the Streets for Obama this Saturday. Its time to energize the community and raise awareness about early voting!!!! Join us for some canvassing and help hand out fliers in downtown Rapid City. This will help us kick off the campaign season. Whether it is for an hour or the afternoon, come show your support for Obama!

Please forward to anyone you think might be interested.