2018 Resolutions

Kristi Noem- Convention

Whereas, Kristi Noem is a native of South Dakota, and

Whereas, Kristi, while of college age, assumed a major role in the operation of the family farm and ranch following the tragic death of her father, and    

Whereas, while managing the family farm and ranch, Kristi started, developed, and helped manage a variety of enterprises and businesses in the northeastern area of the state, and

Whereas, in 2006, Kristi ran for and was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives, and was then re-elected to that position in 2008, and

Whereas, in 2008 her Republican colleagues elected her the assistant majority leader of the South Dakota House of Representatives, and

Whereas, in 2010, Kristi decided to run for the United States House of Representatives, seeking to defeat a popular and well funded incumbent, and

Whereas, Kristi, by the vote of the people, accomplished that task in 2010 and was re-elected by large margins in 2012, 2014, and 2016, and

Whereas, in 2018 Republican voters selected Kristi Noem to be their candidate for governor of the great state of South Dakota, and

Whereas, Kristi’s husband, Bryon, and their three children, Kassidy, Kennedy and Booker, support her electoral efforts, and

Whereas, Kristi Noem will serve South Dakota well with her conservative values and strong leadership style, now 

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do call on all eligible voters in the state to enthusiastically support the efforts of Kristi Noem to be elected governor of the great state of South Dakota, and urge all eligible voters to cast their ballots for her in the 2018 general election.      

 

Dusty Johnson- Convention

Whereas, Dusty Johnson is a native of South Dakota, and

Whereas, Dusty has been an involved Republican since his teenage years, and

Whereas, Dusty has promoted and been involved with Teen Age Republicans (TARS) as the state adviser for many years, and

Whereas, Dusty served loyally and faithfully as a policy adviser to then Governor Mike Rounds, and

Whereas, in 2004, Dusty ran for, and was elected, to the PUC, unseating a long term and well funded incumbent, winning almost 55 % of the vote, and

Whereas, while on the PUC, Dusty helped facilitate the growth and development of better cell phone reception in our state, and

Whereas, Dusty served admirably as the chief of staff during the first term of Governor Dennis Daugaard, and

Whereas, since early 2015, Dusty has served as vice president of Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell, a company  seeking improved communication services in the state, and

Whereas, in 2018, Dusty was chosen by the Republican voters of the great state of South Dakota to be their candidate for the office of member of the United States House of Representatives, and

Whereas, Dusty’s wife Jacquelyn, and their three sons, Max, Ben and Owen, are supportive of his efforts to serve the public as a member of the United States congress, and

Whereas, Dusty Johnson will bring South Dakota Republican, conservative values to Washington, D.C., now

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do enthusiastically support the efforts of Dusty Johnson to be elected to the congress of the United States and urge all eligible voters to elect Dusty Johnson to congress in the 2018 general election.        

 

Dennis Daugaard – Convention


Whereas, Governor Dennis Daugaard is a native of South Dakota, the son of deaf parents, and

Whereas, Dennis  graduated from Dell Rapids High School and the University of South Dakota, working his way through college, and

Whereas, Dennis graduated from Northwestern University School of Law near Chicago, again working his way through school, and

Whereas, Dennis  returned to South Dakota in the 1980’s, married his wife Linda, and began to live and work in the Sioux Falls area, raising his family in the Dell Rapids area, and

Whereas, Dennis served for many years in a variety of capacities for the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s oldest human services, non-profit organization, and

Whereas, in 1996 Dennis was elected to the South Dakota State Senate, defeating an incumbent Democrat, and then being re- elected in 1998 and 2000, and

Whereas, Dennis was elected lieutenant governor in both 2002 and 2006, serving in that capacity with then Governor Mike Rounds, and

Whereas, in 2010 and in 2014 Dennis Daugaard was elected the governor of the great state of South Dakota winning both times by overwhelming margins, and

Whereas, Dennis Daugaard was assisted in an outstanding manner by lieutenant governor , Matt Michels, and

Whereas, recent polls and surveys indicate that Dennis Daugaard is among the most popular and well respected current state chief executives in the nation, and

Whereas, Governor Daugaard is leaving office with the state on course to have a structurally balanced budget, the top rated public pension system in the nation, and an AAA bond rating status, the financial envy of the nation, now

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do hereby thank 
Governor Dennis Daugaard, and his wife Linda, for their years of service to our state, first as a member of the  legislature, then as lieutenant governor, and finally as the chief executive of our state, and we especially thank him for his admirable record of fiscal responsibility and fiscal discipline during his terms as governor.                   


Marty Jackley – Convention

Whereas, Attorney General Marty Jackley is a native of South Dakota, and

Whereas, Marty graduated from Sturgis High School and earned his degree in electrical engineering from the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, and

Whereas, Marty then went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Dakota, and

Whereas, after law school, Marty became a partner in a law firm in Rapid City, met his wife, Angela, and had two children, Michael and Isabella, and

Whereas, in 2005, Marty was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as United States Attorney for the district of South Dakota, and approved by the U.S. Senate, and

Whereas, Marty served as United States Attorney until 2009, when he was appointed to replace Larry Long as Attorney General by Governor Mike Rounds, and

Whereas, Marty was elected as South Dakota’s Attorney General in 2010, and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2014, and

Whereas, Marty was the only Attorney General in South Dakota history to be elected by his peers as Chairman of the National Attorneys General Association, and

Whereas, Marty received the “Outstanding Attorney General of the Year” Award in 2016, which is awarded to the nation’s top prosecutor, as selected by his peers, and

Whereas, Marty was successful in arguing the South Dakota v. Wayfair case in front of the United States Supreme Court, which levels the playing field for main street businesses in South Dakota and across the nation, now

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican party that we do hereby thank Attorney General Marty Jackley and his wife Angela for their years of service to our state, first as United States Attorney for the district of South Dakota, then as Attorney General.


AMENDMENT W - Convention

Whereas, the founders of the great state of South Dakota established a three branch form of government patterned after our national government, and

Whereas, the proposed Amendment W would radically change the form of the government of the great state of South Dakota, by establishing an organization operating outside our long established three branch government system, and

Whereas, Article XI, section 9 of the South Dakota Constitution clearly states that only the elected legislature has the authority to appropriate monies from the state treasury, and

Whereas, the proposed Amendment W would clearly alter that process by directly appropriating money, a dangerous and ill-conceived notion, often used in high tax states such as California, and

Whereas, various other portions of Amendment W would greatly inhibit the ability of the public to establish reasonable contact with their elected legislators , and

Whereas, the issues contained in Amendment W have already been addressed in legislation passed in bipartisan fashion in 2017, and

Whereas, proposed Amendment W declares itself in Section 17 to be superior to any other section of the South Dakota Constitution, thus displaying the hubris and arrogance of the authors in contrast to the humility and meekness of our founders, now

Therefore, let it be resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do strongly urge all eligible voters to vote “NO” on the unneeded and unnecessary Amendment W in the 2018 general election, a measure that would radically and negatively impact state government in South Dakota.


AMENDMENT X - Convention

Whereas, the South Dakota Constitution is the fundamental and supreme law of the state, and

Whereas, the United States Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of each house of congress and then a three quarter’s vote of the states in order to ratify amendments to the United States Constitution, and

Whereas, numerous groups from outside the state of South Dakota, often with little appreciation for our state, its culture and its history have tried in approximately the last twenty years to change our constitution by placing on the ballot measures with little or no local support, and

Whereas, efforts to change the state Constitution, largely funded and sponsored by out of state groups, who use paid signature collectors, appears to be increasing, and

Whereas, the current standard to change the state Constitution appears to be quite low when compared to the requirements in other states, such as Florida, Colorado and New Hampshire, and

Whereas, interestingly the requirement to pass a school bond in South Dakota requires a favorable vote of 60% of those voting, and

Whereas, in 2016, the voters in Colorado passed a measure requiring a 55% majority vote to change their state constitution, and

Whereas, in 2017,  a task force made up of legislators, county officials, members of the state board of elections, representatives of municipalities and others strongly recommended an adjustment to 55% in the level of support needed to pass a constitutional amendment, and

Whereas, that recommendation of said diverse task force was passed by the South Dakota legislature in 2018 and is now on the ballot for the general election of 2018 as Amendment X, now

Therefore, the South Dakota Republican Party strongly endorse Amendment X and urges all eligible voters in the state to vote yes on Amendment X in the 2018 general election, so that a certain amount of protection can be afforded to our state constitution.     

 

IM  -  25 RESOLUTION

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party supports workforce development, training and the education of ALL South Dakotans, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party supports affordable technical education and higher education for ALL South Dakotans, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party acknowledges the negative health effects of smoking and does not promote the use of tobacco products, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party is committed to lower taxes, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party believes in prioritized, responsible government spending, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Republican Party is committed to preserving jobs and protecting small businesses, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 is a $35 million new tax on hard-working South Dakotans, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 does not contain protections against wasteful spending or the diversion of the tax revenues it raises to other programs or the state’s general fund, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 will hurt South Dakota retailers, potentially causing many to close and potentially leading to the loss of hundreds of jobs, and

Whereas, Initiated Measure 25 could lead to more cross-border smuggling of tobacco and an increase in contraband and smuggling-related crimes, now

Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party urges a NO vote by all eligible voters on Initiated Measure 25 in the 2018 general election.

              

IM 26 --     DECEPTIVE DRUG BILL

Whereas, IM – 26 is a measure promoted by two well known liberal Democrats, and

Whereas, these individuals have deep and extensive ties to liberal groups, and to the apparatus of the current national and state Democratic Party, and

Whereas, substantial out of state money was used to hire paid signature collectors who gathered the required signatures and deceptively promoted this measure to the public, and

Whereas, similar measures to IM -26 were placed on the ballot in California and Ohio in recent elections and were defeated, in Ohio by an overwhelming margin, and

Whereas, veterans groups in both the aforementioned states aggressively and overwhelmingly opposed similar measures as they could potentially threaten veterans health care, and

Whereas, IM – 26 threatens to increase prescription drug costs for a majority of the people of South Dakota, and

Whereas, IM – 26 threatens retail pharmacy operations and businesses in South Dakota, largely in our small and medium size communities, now

Therefore, be it resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we support veterans and small businesses throughout South Dakota, and urge a “NO “vote on IM – 26 by all eligible voters in the 2018 general election.                

 

RESOLUTION FOR SUPPORT OF USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN-790)

Whereas, The state of South Dakota has a long and storied tradition of U.S. Navy service, and

Whereas, There have been two previous naval vessels named for South Dakota. The WWI Armored Cruiser (ACR-9) SOUTH DAKOTA which was eventually named USS HURON; and the historic WWII battleship (BB-57) SOUTH DAKOTA, and

Whereas, The newest USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN-790) is a nuclear powered fast attack Virginia class submarine, which will be commissioned within the next eight months, and

Whereas, the Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA used its 16-inch guns to dominate the seas, the new SOUTH DAKOTA will employ Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes to dominate the coastal and deep waters, and

Whereas, The new USS SOUTH DAKOTA will be a silent protector standing ever ready to defend the safety and security of the United States, and

Whereas, The USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN-790) will proudly represent the state of South Dakota and our long record of military service while plying the seven seas for at least the next 30 years, now

Therefore, be it resolved by the South Dakota Republican Party that we do support the USS South Dakota (SSN-790) and her crewmembers and wishes them God-Speed as they defend our shores and represent us around the globe.


RESOLUTION FOR SUPPORT OF VETERAN'S CEMETERY

Whereas, we owe our freedom to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for us, and

Whereas, South Dakota is one of only five states without a state veterans cemetery, and

Whereas, the veterans of South Dakota have asked for a state veteran’s cemetery in southeast South Dakota for over 20 years, and

Whereas, a task force was created in 2016 to investigate the possibility of applying for a federal grant to build a veteran’s cemetery in southeastern South Dakota, and

Whereas, the city of Sioux Falls has committed to donate suitable land for a veteran’s cemetery in Minnehaha county, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Veterans Council has united behind this project, and created a trust fund to assist with offsetting any operating expenses not covered by burial fees, and

Whereas, the cemetery will serve veterans, their spouse, and minor children, and

Whereas, the legislature unanimously approved SB 91 which authorizes the South Dakota Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs to apply for a construction grant, and

Whereas, the South Dakota Department of Military and Veterans affairs has filed the preliminary grant application, now

Therefore, be it resolved, that the South Dakota Republican Party strongly supports the construction of a South Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Minnehaha county, and

Be it further resolved, that the South Dakota Republican Party commends the efforts of everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition.