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Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $10.00 Grand Prize last week. With our weekly contribution, this week's prize stands at $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: It is amazing what Republicans will put up with to get tax cuts for their donor class and diluted environmental and safety rules for their corporate masters. I am beginning to think Republicans would roll back child labor laws if it meant a dollar in their pocket.

A couple of examples:

The Republican Party again seeks to eliminate health care for tens of millions of Americans without a public debate. They all but admit this isn't good public policy but they want to eliminate the taxes on their donor class that help support the current healthcare system. Greed is their sole motivation.

And, this same Republican Party stands silent as Trump assaults the international order and the institutions underpinning it which were created with American leadership after World War II and which have kept conflicts between great powers from escalating into a major (read nuclear) war ever since. To be sure there are flaws in these institutions but they have performed their basic role and, through the international alliances and relationships they enable, they have enhanced our prosperity and amplified American influence and leadership in the world. Despite the feel-good bombast, Trump's attack on these institutions diminishes us and makes us less safe. You would think you would hear more from Republicans than silence, at least a whimper or two, but again greed seems to dominate their calculations. They don't want to undercut Trump and cause him to do anything to endanger their tax cuts for the wealthy. They are betting the beast will not get them in the end.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/996.htm

In South Dakota: On Thursday, Mayor Huether was ordered by the South Dakota Supreme Court to release the details of the secret $1 million settlement between the City and the Events Center contractor regarding the flaws in the building's siding.
As of this writing, despite the court order, the City and Mayor Huether have yet to release the documents.

Personally, I called the Mayor's office and asked for copies of the (now public) documents. I was referred to a Julie. I have yet to hear back from her.

(And, since it is still timely, I repeat this part of last week's invitation.) The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City this weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide. You hear a lot of talk about Republicans and their gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves a disservice by focusing on it.

In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told by political gurus that a 1500 voter advantage in a South Dakota legislative district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democrat voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering Democratic voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes.

Speaking of grapes, I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $10.00 Grand Prize last week. With our weekly contribution, this week's prize stands at $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: It is amazing what Republicans will put up with to get tax cuts for their donor class and diluted environmental and safety rules for their corporate masters. I am beginning to think Republicans would roll back child labor laws if it meant a dollar in their pocket.

A couple of examples:

The Republican Party again seeks to eliminate health care for tens of millions of Americans without a public debate. They all but admit this isn't good public policy but they want to eliminate the taxes on their donor class that help support the current healthcare system. Greed is their sole motivation.

And, this same Republican Party stands silent as Trump assaults the international order and the institutions underpinning it which were created with American leadership after World War II and which have kept conflicts between great powers from escalating into a major (read nuclear) war ever since. To be sure there are flaws in these institutions but they have performed their basic role and, through the international alliances and relationships they enable, they have enhanced our prosperity and amplified American influence and leadership in the world. Despite the feel-good bombast, Trump's attack on these institutions diminishes us and makes us less safe. You would think you would hear more from Republicans than silence, at least a whimper or two, but again greed seems to dominate their calculations. They don't want to undercut Trump and cause him to do anything to endanger their tax cuts for the wealthy. They are betting the beast will not get them in the end.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/996.htm

In South Dakota: On Thursday, Mayor Huether was ordered by the South Dakota Supreme Court to release the details of the secret $1 million settlement between the City and the Events Center contractor regarding the flaws in the building's siding.
As of this writing, despite the court order, the City and Mayor Huether have yet to release the documents.

Personally, I called the Mayor's office and asked for copies of the (now public) documents. I was referred to a Julie. I have yet to hear back from her.

(And, since it is still timely, I repeat this part of last week's invitation.) The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City this weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide. You hear a lot of talk about Republicans and their gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves a disservice by focusing on it.

In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told by political gurus that a 1500 voter advantage in a South Dakota legislative district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democrat voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering Democratic voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes.

Speaking of grapes, I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41", as always.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Elwynn won our Trivia Contest's $15.00 Grand Prize last week. As Kay and Virginia did the week before, he asked that his winnings be contributed to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. Elwynn also added $20.00 of his own funds to bring his contribution to $35.00. This week's prize restarts at $10.00. Like the Powerball Lottery, it grows weekly. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics, Internationally: Trump is still President and North Korea weekly pokes a stick in his eye.

Nationally: Trump is still President. He is angry at Republicans for not showing him enough love, so Democrats, apparently willing to play the part of East Indian snake charmers, have been playing sweet music for him. They seem satisfied with themselves and Republicans are acting upset. But, as in any love triangle, Democrats should proceed with caution. Trump is the political equivalent of a King Cobra, unpredictable and extremely venomous.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/995.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City next weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide.
You hear a lot of talk about the evil Republicans and their devious, gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative victories and legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves an extreme disservice by focusing on it.
In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told political gurus believe that a 1500 voter advantage in a district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democratic voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes, something to be saved for another time when and if Democrats get within spitting distance of Republicans in South Dakota and they need to add a kick to their stew.

I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet at the "41 TapHouse", as always.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Virginia and Kay won our Trivia Contest's $80.00 Grand Prize last week. They asked that their winnings be contributed to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. Having heard Billie give a strong speech at the Central Labor Council's Labor Day Picnic, I agree with their choice. Billie will represent the Democratic Party well and he will make a fine Governor. With Virginia and Kay's victory, our Prize Pool drops to $15.00 today. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings, as Virginia and Kay did, to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics, Internationally: Uhg. Trump is still President. He has allowed Putin, the man who invaded former Soviet Georgia and the Ukraine, attacked our allies in Syria, threatens our NATO allies in Eastern Europe and meddled in our 2016 elections, to pose as a peacemaker in Korea and to strategize with our allies in East Asia. I don't know why Republicans continue to support Trump.

Nationally: Hurricane Irma is about to punish the entire state of Florida for electing George W. Bush President in 2000 and voting for Trump in 2016. God told me so. He is apparently into collective and random punishment and still angry about the whole Adam and Eve thing.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/994.htm

In South Dakota: As a public service, I restate our critique of the South Dakota Democratic Party's (SDDP's) summer voter registration drive:

"The results of the Great South Dakota Democratic Party's (SDDP's) 2017 Voter Registration Drive are in and over the summer Democratic voter registration declined by 5390. To clarify, the goal of the registration drive was to increase Democratic voter registration.

In fairness to the SDDP, counties throughout South Dakota updated their voter registration lists and expunged registrants who had not voted recently. Every political party experienced registration declines this summer, registration drive or not. Republican registration fell by 5081, Independents by 1811, and Libertarians by 25. Still, Democratic registration fell the most. As unlikely as it is, the SDDP's leadership and staff might want to reevaluate their approach to voter registration…… just saying."

I need a drink. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

A Special Message from a Fan

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Friday September 1, 2017
is Sheldon's 70th Birthday
Plan on attending the party at Taphouse 41
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