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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Herseth Crowd Hopping

So, while trying to avoid being stepped on here at Stakeholder HQ, I was able to snap the following shot of the Diedrich HQ on the TV projection… At the same time our party looked like the above, Diedrich HQ looked like this. Please note the lack of people. With the lead holding at 52-48% the mood here is pretty jolly. That is right. I said “jolly”.

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Jun 02, 2004

SD: Online at the Herseth Reception

Please note the laptop underneath the real media platform. That is the official Stakeholder HQ for the evening… We will be uploading more pix as fast as we can…

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Jun 02, 2004

Early Returns: 53-47

AP: In very early returns, lawyer Stephanie Herseth, 33, had a lead over Republican Larry Diedrich, 46, a farmer who served in the Legislature and was head of the American Soybean Association. With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Herseth had 2,585 votes, or 53 percent, to Diedrich’s 2,130 votes, or 47 percent. Update: Keloland numbers- 13% reporting—55-45 for Herseth 20% reporting—53-47 for Herseth… 25% reporting—the same (Kerry leads Larouche by 79) 35% reporting—52-48 for Herseth 43% reporting—52-48 for Herseth …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: KELO Reports High Turnout

KELO TV is reporting high turnout (not to mention the absentee ballots…). I will have more info after the polls close. Update: The Black Hills Pioneer also sees high turnout in Lawrence County (at least some of the Wards)

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Jun 01, 2004

This is Really Bizarre

I had to check about three times to make sure this came from the .gov address, but sure enough Condoleeza Rice had this exchange with a reporter today at a press briefing: Q Dr. Rice, for many years, Mr. Chalabi was the savior of the White House and the Pentagon and the Washington circle. What is the present relationship between the White House and Mr. Chalabi? DR. RICE: Well, look, Ahmed Chalabi did, I think, a lot of good …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: No Voter Left Behind

No word on turnout yet, but you will be the first to know… well, after me. And HQ. And the Voter. And the poll worker…

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: Dirty Tricks! Dirty Tricks!

Apparently yesterday, while a group of volunteers in Western South Dakota was in our staging location for lunch, the GOP deflated the tires on 10 of our vehicles to keep them from going back out. I checked with one source on the incident: Stakeholder: “So, did that slow us down at all out there?” Highly-placed Super Secret Source: “Not really, there was a gas station right across the street, the dumb ********.” Sigh. No pictures, though… Polls are open …

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Jun 01, 2004

Respect for the Law

Deroy Murdock, NRO Contributing editor, already wrote the best Medigate op-ed ever, in which he said: As for the perpetrators of this colossal public fraud, the Justice Department should fit them for orange jumpsuits. Well today he lays out the case, going through the Congressional Research Service report, law by law, and concluding with this: The United States Department of Justice should conduct a criminal investigation to determine if members of the Bush administration violated any or all of …

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: E-Day Morning Report

The GOTV effort is in full swing now - we were fed at 6am and on the streets by 6.30 (polls are open from 7am-7pm Central Time). Here are Brianna and Danielle braving the wind with us. They are from Sioux Falls, so they took some time to go vote and are now back out on the streets (I feel guilty sitting here warming my hands on the laptop…) Seriously - the wind is crazy. All three of my …

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Jun 01, 2004

Scapegoating or Incompetent

Bad apples, far from the tree: Over the past year and a half, the Army has opened investigations into at least 91 cases of possible misconduct by U.S. soldiers against detainees and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, a total not previously reported and one that points to a broader range of wrongful behavior than defense officials have acknowledged. The figure, provided by a senior Army official, extends beyond the much-publicized abuse of detainees in military-run prisons to include the …

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Jun 01, 2004

Texas Tuesday

Keep your eyes on South Dakota today, but if you need a temporary warmer respite, Texas Tuesday is in full effect, featuring the resilient Chet Edwards.  From his campaign’s guest post:  Despite drawing a district designed to defeat Edwards, the Republicans are clearly worried they miscalculated…

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: GAME ON!

If you live in South Dakota and haven’t voted yet, please do so today. If someone you know lives in South Dakota please give them a call or drop them an email and remind them to vote for Stephanie Herseth. We will need every SINGLE vote today. EVERY. SINGLE. VOTE. Please help us. THANKS!!

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Jun 01, 2004

SD: Diedrich Concedes Defeat… Before Polls Even Open

State Sen. Larry Diedrich was interviewed by The Hill on Saturday… The title says it all. “Narrow loss will do, says Diedrich in S.D.”. But, here is the quote anyway: Republican congressional hopeful Larry Diedrich is effectively conceding defeat in today’s South Dakota special House election before the polling booths even open.  The former state senator dramatically ratcheted down expectations during an interview with The Hill at his campaign headquarters, saying he would be happy to lose to Democrat …

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May 31, 2004

Hard Sell Monday

Why should you support us?  Because we get candidates like Stephanie Herseth elected to Congress: During the last election we suggested that, while Herseth had a lot of potential, she just didn’t have the same chance of success that Bill Janklow, with all his contacts and experience, did. Since then Herseth has spent her time well. This time around she has wide-ranging knowledge about and well-thought-out solutions for the top issues of the day. For her those issues are: …

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May 31, 2004

Quote of the Day

Duncan Hunter, Republican Chair of the House Armed Services Committee: “Maybe we should cancel every piece of Congressional business for the entire year so that the issue at Abu Ghraib can be milked until the election.” Pardon us Duncan, but “Congressional business” being what it is, perhaps you could squeeze in one morning of serious hearings:  The week of April 26 was eventful and troubling for the nation, yet curiously brief and serene for the House of Representatives. Thirty-five …

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