User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


53° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Minnehaha GOP Boycotts Legislative Coffee

January 3, 2013, 4:55 PM by Hailey Higgins

Minnehaha GOP Boycotts Legislative Coffee
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The Minnehaha County GOP is pulling out of longtime public forum saying it's too liberal.

Every year, the League of Women Voters legislative coffee gives people a chance to ask lawmakers questions and find out what's happening in Pierre. 

Some Republicans want more of a say on what questions are asked and who is asking them. But not everyone in the party agrees.

For the last several years, Republican Representative Manny Steele says he's noticed the League of Women Voters legislative coffee is too liberal.  He says it's biased against the GOP.

"They're the ones, I feel, who have caused this problem and continued to cause it to grow into a problem," Steele said.

Steele says the party would rather have a member of the Siouxland Republican Women oversee the selection of questions. 

League of Women Voters Sioux Falls President Anne Thompson turned down the request, saying the league tends to make conservative decisions and the liberal slant is unsubstantiated.

"It very easy to toss around these kinds of terms, but the truth is, it depends on your definition of liberal and conservative," Thompson said.

In response, Steele says the GOP will hold its own forum at the same time as the League's chamber-sponsored event.

"It's really disappointing. It's unfair. We're not trying to be liberal or conservative. We are trying to inform the public," Bob O'Connell with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce said.

But not every Republican agrees with the party's move. District 12 Senator Mark Johnston says he hasn't noticed liberal moderators or biased questions at the event.

"To say, no we're going to go do our own thing, that's just insane to me. I'm disappointed. I'm shocked. I'm sad. We're better than that," Johnston said.

Steele adds the party is only pulling out of one of the four Chamber sponsored coffees. Thompson says the League of Women Voters will continue to plan the event.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Governor's Chief Of Staff Is Leaving Office

10/15/2014 10:32 AM

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that his chief of staff Dusty Johnson will leave state government next month.

Full Story
Thune Calls For West Africa Travel Ban Over Ebola

10/15/2014 3:59 PM

South Dakota Sen. John Thune says the U.S. should ban travelers from three West African countries where an Ebola epidemic is spreading.

Full Story
Pressler Endorsed By 1970s Abscam Sting FBI Agent

10/15/2014 2:05 PM

U.S. Senate hopeful Larry Pressler has been endorsed by the lead supervisor of the 1970s Abscam investigation that led to the convictions of some memb...

Full Story
A Look Back at 2006 Gay Marriage Ban

10/16/2014 10:00 PM

Arguments begin in a hearing for the State's request to drop a lawsuit from six couples, challenging the amendment that bans gay marriage.

Full Story | Watch
SD Lawmakers Oppose Listing Bats As Endangered

10/15/2014 6:23 AM

Two top South Dakota lawmakers are calling on federal authorities to withdraw a proposed listing of northern long-eared bats as endangered.

Full Story


Events