Tripp County South Dakota Democrats

Democratic news and views from the Democratic Party organization in Tripp County, South Dakota. Posting by individuals here may or may not be positions of the local Democratic Party, The SD Democratic Party or the Democratic National Committee or any other Democratic organization or official. Comments welcome.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Chairman, Clay Hoffman, for Tripp County Democrats

At the last meeting of the Tripp County Democrats, Clay Hoffman was elected as a new chairman.  Officers serving as Treasurer and Secretary were not changed.  Clay has worked with Democrats in the state legislature and elsewhere.  If I can get things unscrewed here at this blogger site, Clay will soon be posting here.

Wayne Meyer had served as Chairman for several years and elections.  All of us wish to thank him for his years of service.

Stay tuned here for more information on other changes and connections hopefully coming soon.

---- Doug Wiken

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time slips away. A new campaign or two

Some time has elapsed since I last posted here.  South Dakota Democrats have several good candidates who are both good people and good campaigners ready to go to work for all the people of South Dakota..

Rick Weiland has been going everywhere in South Dakota talking to people all over.  He is getting ideas from lots of people and not just from special interests with deep pockets.  His primary GOP opponent is Marion Michael Rounds.  Rounds is an insurance agent whose campaign blows up the big print, but the fine print is that he is bought and paid for.  Rounds did not get $9 Million in "contributions" because he is either so brilliant or so nice.  His primary ads were sleazy deception from start of the campaign to the end.

Susan Wismer won the Democratic primary for SD Governor race.  Frankly, she needs to get out among real people and start saying something.  Her primary opponent seemed to have a lot more vigor and spark and did not beat around the bush on issues.  Republicans has Daugaard again.  Daugaard is all for the poor taking care of their own health costs.  He is refusing $45 million in federal money which would add thousands to the list of those insured and take them off the expenses of SD hospitals directly and of course save all of the rest of us money as well.  South Dakota Republicans are OK with federal money for every special interest already floating in money, but helping sick, unfortunate and often desperate neighbors with severe health problems is a sin in their self-righteous eyes.

I will round up the links for the Democratic candidate web sites, blogs, etc. and get them into another post here.

Thanks for taking a look at this and if you have the time, take a look at Dakota Today as well.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Matt Varilek, Julie Bartling, Billy Sutton August 24. 2012

Tripp County residents will have a chance to meet Matt Varilek perhaps for the first time, and perhaps get re-acquainted again with Julie Bartling and Billy Sutton.

Open House Meeting Today August 24, 2012 at Sargent's Cafe (Former VFW Club) just off Winner, SD Main Street.

Matt Varilek debated Krazy Kristi at Mitchell, SD a couple days ago. Perhaps more on that later after the open house today. ---- Doug Wiken

Friday, August 17, 2012

Regular Meeting-- August 16, 2012 ..Gary Coleman Candidate

We are approaching another election, and since some candidates are visiting the Tripp County Democrats, meetings are a bit larger and more interesting too.

This evening, District 21 House candidate Gary Coleman wisited. Coleman lives in Dante, SD. The reorganization in the last legislative session has changed district lines.

Coleman is a retired teacher. He taught elementary students for 20 years and is a very capable advocate for education at all levels. He realizes the critical importance of education to economic and social development.

Take a look at Gary Coleman's campaign blog here: Http://

Monday, January 02, 2006

Tragedy strikes

I just found word that Ann Bruns (Drey) was killed in a car accident and her husband is hospitalized. I have had the opportunity of getting to know her son Adam through Sporting events, and knowing how special he is, this event comes very close to my heart. My sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Ann.
Ann is the sister of Julie Bartling the South Dakota Minority whip in the South Dakota Senate.

Monday, November 28, 2005

It's that time again..Christmas Party.. I'll bring the eggnog

Got a call from the Tripp County Democratic Chairman a few days ago. He and his wife are hosting the first annual Tripp County Democratic Party Christmas Party for the third time...I think.

Oh yeah, the date and time. The totally crappy weather has not helped my concentration one bit for the last day or so--- Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the Roger Wonnenberg home. 7:30PM. I guess I am supposed to bring some eggnog. Sounds good to me. My cooking except for coffee today has been less than superb.

I will have to move some snow to get out of here however. 12 or 14 inches of the white stuff here in the Winner area with wind whipping it around at about 55mph has made some nasty piles of snow. I am not even guessing what the streets in Winner look like. School was cancelled today and maybe it will be cancelled tomorrow. At least the lights are still on here.

So, have Holly, Jolly Democratic Christmas. Take your mind off the political disaster that has befallen our dear old USA for a few hours.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Change in comment system

Blogs of all kinds are targets for spam and viral trash tucked away in comments.

Blogger has introduced a new comment verification system to help reduce the spam and trash clutter on blogs like Tripp County South Dakota Democrats.

From now on if you wish to make a comment here, before your comment is posted, you will have to view a string of letters in a photo. If the photo has "rcjq" in it, then you will have to manually type in "rcjq" before your comment will be saved.

I am still wishing the Bush "Junk bonds of all presidencies" administration would have decided to make war on online vandals to make e-mail and blogging easier and safer than dumping billions of dollars and now 2000 lives of young Americans into a futile vanity oil war in Iraq. As Richard Clark says, the Bush war in Iraq has given Iran what it wanted at our expense. Now the new leader of Iran is ranting that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth.