‘Fred Deutsch’s losing battle’?

Here are excerpts from an interview by Stu Whitney of Argus Leader, who asked about my life, faith and policies When we were finished, I sat with Deutsch in a more informal setting and tried to listen and learn. The former Watertown school board member grew up in the Detroit area, as did I, so we discussed the possibility of the Tigers making a baseball playoff run this season. I learned that Deutsch was raised in a Jewish household and that his father, Michael, who … Continue reading

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    Change of Plans: Withdrawing from the 2016 Race

    I am withdrawing my name from the November ballot for re-election to the South Dakota legislature. My wife Kathleen has asked me to take a break to spend more time with my family and business. It has been my greatest honor to serve you in the state House, and I am deeply humbled and grateful. I hope you will consider allowing me to serve you again in a future election. Be Sociable, Share!

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      The Bittersweet 2016 Session End and My Campaign Plans

      The main run of the 2016 legislature session has come to an end. I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity you’ve given me to represent you in Pierre. As I reflect back over the full 2016 session, I have mixed emotions. I worked hard to pass a common-sense bill that would protect the bodily privacy of our school-age children when they need to undress and change clothes in locker rooms, and when they are naked taking showers. The bill passed every legislative hurdle except … Continue reading

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        Governor Daugaard’s ‘Privacy’ Veto and Other Intense Matters

        Last week was one for the books. Education Funding In a historic vote that will affect generations, the legislature passed the ½ cent sales tax increase for teacher pay. First the House passed the measure by a single vote, and then last week the Senate passed it by two votes. This issue dominated the legislature and resulted in some of the most heated debates ever seen in Pierre. There are two additional bills in Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Education Reform Package that have not yet received … Continue reading

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          Big Week for Children in the South Dakota Legislature

          Last week, I joined the majority of House lawmakers to approve Governor Dennis Daugaard’s plan to raise the state sales tax from 4 percent to 4.5 percent. The measure boosts South Dakota’s lowest-in-the-nation teacher pay. Personally, it’s difficult for me to support a tax increase, but, in my estimation, the need is overwhelming and the alternative non-tax solutions were neither viable nor realistic to provide sustainable funding. In my assessment, if we don’t provide competitive, marketplace wages to our teachers, our children and whole state … Continue reading

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            The Student Privacy Act Passed and Teachers’ Pay Is Up for a Second Vote

            By the time you read this, you will know the outcome of the education funding debate. As I write this, I am cautiously optimistic that we have enough votes to turn around the vote from last week. If you haven’t been following the sales-tax debate to increase teacher pay, there was high drama on the House floor last week. After more than two hours of debate before an overflowing gallery, by a single vote, the South Dakota House of Representatives rejected a sales-tax increase to … Continue reading

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