Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

A Report on South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Forum in Brookings

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest grand prize last week. This week's Prize stands at $50.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, Trump will sign the Legislation needed to keep the Government open even though Congress eliminated most of the money he wanted to build his concrete wall. It is reported that upon learning this Trump had a child-like fit and decided to stiff-arm Congress (and the American people), declare a National Emergency (of his own making) (which he just did a half hour ago) and build his wall anyway. He is quoted as saying, "It is my sandbox and I will do what I want. Besides, I have the Army Corp of Engineers. Maybe I will have them build a Hotel or two for me, too. Why not? It's a whole new world, Baby! Who needs Congress when you have the Army Engineers and Emergency Powers.".......... "Besides," he screamed, "I'm King of the World."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1067.htm

Back in South Dakota, I have been asked to be more positive in my description of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP). I will try.

Last Saturday, I attended a Candidate Forum for those running for State SDDP Chair hosted by the Brookings County Democratic Party at the Public Library in Brookings. A video of the Forum is available on the Brookings Democratic Party's facebook page.
All six announced candidates, Tom Cool, John Cunningham, John Kennedy Claussen, Paula Hawks, all from Minnehaha County, Allison Renville from Roberts County, and Ann Tornberg, from Union County and the current SDDP Chair, attended the Forum.

Tom Cool was a candidate for State Auditor in 2018 and is the long-time Chair of the Democratic Forum in Sioux Falls. John Cunningham has been instrumental in organizing and funding programs to involve young people in the Democratic Party and was a candidate for Minnehaha County Commissioner in 2018. John Kennedy Claussen is a former state legislative candidate and a former Chair and current Vice-chair of the Minnehaha County Democratic Party. Paula Hawks is a former legislator from Minnehaha County. She was also the Democratic candidate for Congress in 2016. (It should be noted that Paula challenged Ann for State Chair at a SDDP Central Committee meeting in Sioux Falls following Paula's Congressional race. Apparently Paula felt the SDDP hadn't supported her adequately. This is a common complaint from losing candidates.) Allison Renville is a proud Native-American and Democratic activist who ran in a three-way Democratic State Senate primary in Roberts County. Ann Tornberg has been the SDDP's Chair since 2014.

Spencer Hawley was the forum's moderator and did a fine job other than a few lapses down memory lane with fellow former legislator Paula Hawks who was given top billing in the center of the head table next to Spencer despite being the only candidate to arrive late to the meeting.

The discussion was interesting and centered on having the proper "message" to inspire Democrats and appeal to South Dakotans (all agreed). Most of the candidates also talked about the need for a plan to help raise money from Democrats supposedly sitting on the sidelines. Ann pointed out the a plan had been adopted by the SDDP's central committee at its last meeting. John Cunningham and Paula persisted without commenting on the current plan. Apparently Paula knows Democrats of means sitting at home pouting along with her.

All agreed that we all have to be "proud to be Democrats", even Paula despite having reportedly campaigned jointly with a Republican opponent to defeat her fellow Democratic candidate in her first legislative race in 2012. She has never denied or apologized for this betrayal. If true, I think it should disqualify her as a candidate for SDDP chair but others feel….. Well…… there is all of that money sitting on the sidelines.

For those wondering why four of the six SDDP candidates are from Minnehaha county, I point out that the election of State Democratic officers is the only time the SDDP is governed on a one-man-one-vote basis. At all other times, except at the Democratic State Convention held every two years, the SDDP is governed on a one-County-one-vote basis as modified slightly in recent years. This gives small counties an inordinate say in SDDP's affairs and an anti-urban bias that handicaps it in general elections. For those curious about this inequality, here is a link to some maps which show it graffically. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTGBHAXdh3oFpxggFMiMUtEs...

I believe this rural bias is the at the core of the SDDP's recent electoral failure. As I say, it is time to make the Democratic Party democratic. However, none of the six candidates addressed this issue so perhaps I am just whistling in the wind.

Being the incumbent, Ann had to defend her Administration's performance which she always does forcefully. However, she seemed defensive at times and at the end of the two hours she appeared a little defeated to me, stating that she would support and remain involved "no matter who wins."

I was most impressed by Allison Renfield. She was articulate and seemed to have the passion and talent to move the SDDP forward. Interestingly, despite her obvious talent and her experience organizing her community, she disclosed she had applied for and failed to get two staff jobs with the SDDP, this despite the emphasis the Party has placed on improving its performance among Native-Americans. I am reminded of the Central Committee meeting in Mitchell when Ann announced the SDDP's new outreach to Native-Americans and someone asked if any representatives from the predominantly Native-American counties were present. None were.

Democrats positively have to do better…... Is that positive enough? Let me know.

I need a Drink.

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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.

Tonight, the "41 TapHouse "

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. The "TapHouse" has plenty of parking, a relaxing atmosphere, and great food. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize increases to $30.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In politics: What can we say, we have a criminal President, his madness continues and the only question that remains is whether or not Republicans will show some spine and resist him? After waiting for two plus years, the odds are getting very long.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1066.htm

In South Dakota, as if to emphasize their irrelevance, Democrats look for photo ops while Republicans pass their right-wing agenda protecting their donors, bolstering misogyny and inequality, burdening us with user fees and taxes, making us less safe with open-carry legislation, and slowly alienating ordinary people from their government and their community. You would think people would recognize the source of their frustration, but it all happens in Pierre, that company town in the middle of no where, and, like lobsters in cold water on a hot stove, no one notices.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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.

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

As always we meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Grand Prize last week. This week's Prize increases to $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In politics: The US Government reopened this week but what once seemed crazy now feels normal as we wait for the next installment of the Donald Trump reality show. Will Trump shut down the US Government again? Will he declare a national emergency and spend unappropriated money on his "Wall"? Will he impose Tariffs on Canadian maple syrup to reduce our dependence on Russian wheat from North Dakota? Will he destroy NATO? Appoint Ivanka to the World Bank? Put Don Jr. on the Federal Reserve Board? Nominate Rudy Guiliani to the Supreme Court? Or, hope against hope, will Republicans finally show some spine and resist Trump's madness? Stay tuned.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1065.htm

In South Dakota, thanks to our Republican Governor and Right-wing Legislature anyone can now carry a gun (almost) anywhere without a permit. We are supposed to feel safer. I don't. Hell even the police feel less safe.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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's Discussion Subjects. Roger Stone and Paula Hawks.

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Mark won our $40.00 Grand Prize last week. Congratulation Mark. This week's Prize will reset to $10.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, there is big news this morning in Trump Land. Roger Stone, Donald Trump's longtime political consigliere and notorious Republican dirty trickster, was arrested this morning on a seven count Federal indictment, including obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering. Apparently, at the direction of unnamed "senior officials in the Trump campaign", Roger Stone communicated with Wikileaks about the release of the emails stolen by the Russians from the Democratic National Committee. The White House response so far has been "So what! The Donald didn't do it. He never, ever spoke to "senior officials in his campaign…. Ever….. Believe me! … Never,ever!"

And, the government shutdown continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1064.htm

Back in South Dakota, the Right-wing controlled State Legislature is in session and successfully besmearing our State's reputation with legislation regulating sexual consequences, gun toting, and gender identity. Since open gun toting is just a proxy for the right to wear "cod pieces" https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/bringing-back-the-codpiece/ , it is safe to say that the South Dakota legislature is mostly about sex. Perhaps we should start electing legislators less interested in interfering in a person's life and more interested in helping people live their lives.

And, remember Paula Hawks? You know the woman who ran for Congress in 2016, blamed the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) for her defeat and mounted a coup at a SDDP meeting to unseat its current chair Ann Tornberg? Sour Grapes, you say? Well,... maybe...Paula has announced she will run for Democratic State Party Chair again, joining Ann Tornberg, Tom Cool, John Cunningham, John Kennedy Claussen and perhaps others in their quest for the position. I would paint Paula as the favorite. As a Democrat she has come a long way since her first South Dakota house election in 2012 in which she abandoned her fellow Democratic House Candidate, Mark Anderson, State AFL-CIO head, and teamed up with one of their Republican opponents, Bob Deelstra, to run with Deelstra as a "Bipartisan Team". Six years later, she now considers herself true-blue-Democratic enough to lead the Democratic Party out of the political abyss it finds itself. An abyss, I might add she helped lead us into.

I find Paula's candidacy a little Trump-like. Blame someone else for a problem you helped create, then offer yourself as the person to solve the problem.

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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, the "41 TapHouse ". What's a little snow.

Some have declared today a snow day but we will meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St as always. We hope you will can make it there too. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Grand Prize last week. The Grand Prize stands at $40.00 today. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nothing new. Trump has been caught lying again and the government is shut down.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1063.htm

Back in South Dakota, some have suggested that by pointing out the decline in Democratic voter registration in South Dakota, the lack of success Democratic statewide candidates have enjoyed recently, and the steady decline in Democratic representation in the legislature, I am not promoting a positive agenda. To that I respond, "Don't shoot the messenger." But just in case there is some truth in their criticism, I promise to do my best to be positive in the future. Therefore, let me say this about Ann Tornberg's candidacy for a second term as Democratic Party State Chair, "I positively think that the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP)can do better."

I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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.

From 60 years ago on TV, "Trump you are under arrest."

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our $10.00 Grand Prize last week. Our progressive Grand Prize will stand at $30.00 today. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: It is the same 'ol same 'ol. Donald Trump is still President. He still does outlandish things daily, sometimes hourly. He still taunts and bullies his opponents, still coddles the Russians and insults America's friends, threatens our alliances, scuttles international treaties, lies about almost everything and, in general, talks and acts like the spoiled child of a Mafia boss. Most recently Trump has shut down ¼ of our Federal Government because he didn't get what he wanted for Christmas. This is incredible but even more incredible, an old TV show from 1958 laid out the absurdity of Trump's border wall in detail. As hard as it is to believe, written sixty years ago, the end of the show includes the line, "Trump you are under arrest." Here is a link to a clip of the show for your viewing pleasure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMHTZTtdRvE

We wait on Mueller's investigation and hope against hope that Republicans will stand with Democrats and allow the rule of law to apply. The US House is now in Democratic hands so there is hope. God Save America. Please!

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1062.htm

Back in South Dakota, we have our own cute 'lil Trump-like immitation, Kristi Noem. As Governor, Noem will most likely institute an agenda even more Right-Wing than that of her predecessors. As Republican firebrand and legislator, Stacy Nelson said in a poetically demonic turn of phrase "The Dark Wind of Death" is in our midst. I have no idea what six foot, eight inch, 350 pound Nelson was referring to legislatively, but it doesn't bode well for Democrats or the Democratic Agenda. Besides, down to 16 of 105 legislators this session, Democrats can't stop anything Republicans want to do anyway. They are all but irrelevant. Perhaps 2020 will be better. Until then, in South Dakota, we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I need a Drink.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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.

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'till 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our $10.00 Grand Prize last week. Our progressive Grand Prize will stand at $20.00 today. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice.

In Politics: Nationally, the Federal Government is partially shut down over Trump's insistence any spending bill passed by Congress to fund the government must contain $5.6 Billion for his border wall. Most sane people admit that a border wall is an insane waste of money (the Chinese have transformed their Great Wall into a major tourist attraction) but Trump insists all the same. "It is a symbol of "white privilege"", he tweeted. "God knows it won't do any good but I promised to maintain the "privilege" of my supporters and they insist on a concrete example of it. SO DUMB……. But my supporters wouldn't be able to compete on any level playing field (just look at the roster of any NBA team). Keeping their "privilege" is an existential question to them.... and to me. SO CLEAR. Make America Great Again."

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1061.htm

In South Dakota: Ann Tornberg, the current Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) continues to run for a second four year term as Chair despite the dismal performance of the SDDP under her tutelage. We pray someone will challenge her. Rumor has it that Tom Cool, long-time head of the Sioux Empire Democratic Forum, and John Claussen, current Vice-Chair of the Minnehaha County Democratic Party, have an interest. The election of the SDDP Chair and other party officers has been postponed until March 26th so there is plenty of time for other candidates to arise. One thing is certain, Democrats in South Dakota do not need four more years of the same party leadership. It is time to clean house and try another approach. It may not be better, but it couldn't be any worse.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

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.

As always, Tonight, the 41 TapHouse

As always, we meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: John C. won our $70.00 Grand Prize last week. Our Grand Prize drops back to $10.00 today. This may sound like a pittance but it would help pay for dinner and it could all be yours.

In Politics: Nationally, insanity still prevails but a touch of clear thinking is just over the horizon. The Democrats take over the US House in six days. Let's hope for the best. Our President may be criminally insane but, despite that, Democrats should be able to force Trump to open the Government over his childish but dangerous appeals to racism and xenophobia.

In South Dakota: No more word on the campaign for State Democratic Party Chair. Despite her dismal record, Ann Tornberg still wants a second four year term. I am hoping and praying (Yes, I am reduced to prayer) another candidate will arise. South Dakota needs a healthy opposition Party to counter Republican dominance and the Democratic Party needs new leadership to become relevant to our State's political calculus. Ann worked hard, but we don't need four more years of the same failed effort.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1060.htm

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, the "41 TapHouse "

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Two weeks ago Mary won our $90.00 Grand Prize answering all nine questions correctly including "Can the Great Wall of China be seen from space?" The answer is "yes" per our trivia card. Several contestants claimed the correct answer is "no" and appealed to Google as their authority. It turns out the answer is sometimes "yes" and sometimes "no" depending on snowfall, the time of day, etc. Just like the Supreme Court, the trivia cards rule, right or wrong, and Mary received her prize money, $40.00 of which she generously contributed back to our prize pool. Thank you, Mary. Last week, no one won so, with our weekly $10.00 contribution, our Grand Prize now stands at $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, it has become obvious to all but the most biased observers that the various myths of Donald Trump as a successful businessman are based on nothing more than money laundering and tax fraud. (Those surprised must have forgotten that Trump is a real estate developer.) On top of it all, he is a profound racist. That is the scariest part of his Administration and the part that keeps his presidency afloat. It is the reason his political base sticks with him and why Republican leaders, excusing his criminality, continue to defend him. Not all Republicans are racists but those who aren't have, to date, proven themselves to be political cowards, putting their greed above the health of our Democracy, the integrity of its institutions, the rule of law and our standing in the World.

And, just when we all thought things couldn't get any worse, yesterday happened. After a private talk with the President of Turkey, Trump overruled his military advisors, announced he will pull US troops out of Syria, abandon our allies, the Kurds, and leave them open to an imminent invasion by Turkey. (Putin said Trump was doing the right thing.) Shortly thereafter, General Mattis, the Secretary of Defense resigned saying that "My views on treating allies with respect … are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues."

Then, as if that wasn't enough, Trump, after signaling otherwise, bowed to his racist right-wing supporters and withdrew his support for a Republican Senate and House Resolution which would have funded the Federal Government into February and avoided a Government shutdown. Trump now plans to shut down the Government tonight, just four days before Christmas. Good bye, next month's social security checks, goodbye next week's paychecks to government workers, coming reimbursements for medicare and medicaid and payments to vendors for government contract work, etc.

Why the temper tantrum? Over funding for that symbol of American racism, the border wall. A wall that Trump originally said Mexico would pay for and that critics say will not work (Just ask China. You may or may not be able to see their wall from space but either way it failed to stop Genghis Khan or the Manchus and it only serves as a tourist attraction today). China's wall was a colossal waste of money way back when, as our wall would be if our's was built today. But, as a symbol of racism and insularity, to Trump and his supporters, it appears to be priceless.

In South Dakota: To repeat myself, I reprint my thoughts from several weeks ago:
Ann Tornberg, the current Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) has announced she will seek another 4 year term as State Party Chair despite the continuing decline in Democratic voter registration (down over 13% under her leadership and now resting at 29% of all registered voters, the lowest it has been in living memory) and the lack of success the Democratic Party has enjoyed statewide in recent years (no Democrat has won statewide office since 2008 while Democratic representation in the state legislature has declined from 20 seats in 2014 to 16 seats today) . I guess Ann thinks when you are losing, more of the same is a good thing. Needless to say, I oppose her election to another 4 year term. There must be someone out there who can pick up the remnants of the Democratic Party and make it relevant again. Dig deep, Democrats! You need something, but the one thing you don't need is four more years of the same failed effort.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.
Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:

http://www.directzine4dems.com/1059.htm

And, 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.

What! Tornberg for SDDP Chair Again! Not the Day to give up Drink.

We meet at the "41 TapHouse" located west of Scheels on 41st St. There is plenty of parking, the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is great. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: On November 9th Elwyn won our $100 Grand Prize, contributing $50.00 back to our prize pool. Thank you, Elwyn. Then last week, Vic won our $60.00 Grand Prize and, not to be out done by Elwyn, contributed the $60.00 back to our prize pool. Thank you, Vic. With their generosity and our weekly $10.00 contribution, our Grand Prize now stands at $70.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause of your choice (including your own).

In Politics: Nationally, the Republican Party, despite the Democratic Party's takeover of the US House of Representatives, continues to give Donald Trump Carte Blanche to act out his lawless, self-serving, and corrupt agenda on the American public and the World. Unabated and unchecked, salted with a display of arrogance unseen in our politics since the Klu Klux Klan ran roughshod over the rights of the recently freed slaves following the Civil War, Trump lashes out at everyone like an unleashed, mad dog. It bears repeating that it is no coincidence that Trump's political strength and that of the Republican Party lie in the states of the old confederacy. That our own Senators and lone Representative and the Republican Party in South Dakota continue to support this Administration and Trump's attack on long established social norms, the rule of law and common decency is shameful. In the long run, I hope only they, and not all of us together, pay the price for their opportunism and their cynical political calculations. Time will tell.

In South Dakota: Ann Tornberg, the current Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) has announced she will seek another 4 year term as State Party Chair despite the continuing decline in Democratic voter registration (down over 13% under her leadership and now resting at 29% of all registered voters, the lowest it has been in living memory) and the lack of success the Democratic Party has enjoyed statewide in recent years (no Democrat has won statewide since 2008 while Democratic representation in the state legislature has declined from 20 seats in 2014 to 16 seats today) . I guess Ann thinks when you are losing, more of the same is a good thing. Needless to say, I oppose her election to another 4 year term. There must be someone out there who can pick up the remnants of the Democratic Party and make it relevant again. Dig deep, Democrats! You need something, but the one thing you don't need is four more years of the same failed effort.

Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight. Let's talk about it.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1055.htm

And, 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.