John Thune

A Race We Can and Should Win By Sen. John Thune

By Sen. John Thune 

The United States has experienced numerous technological revolutions throughout its relatively short history that have been so monumental that life as Americans knew it would never be the same. Henry Ford made automobiles and the assembly line a reality. Scientists helped American astronauts take “one giant leap for mankind.” And U.S. innovators and academics played a pivotal role in making the internet as integral to our day-to-day lives as it is today.

It was Americans’ desire to ask “what’s next?” that led to each of these technological revolutions in the past, and it’s already leading to those of the future. An easy example of this is the evolution in how we’ve consumed media over the last century and the technology that has allowed us to do it. We had books and newspapers, then radio and television, then color television, then VHS and VCRs, then DVDs and Blu-ray, and now with a few quick clicks, you can watch a movie from a wireless tablet on a chair in your backyard or on an internet-connected airplane at 30,000 feet.

When it comes to mobile broadband technology, in particular, of which media consumption is only one small part, I believe American innovators and entrepreneurs are at the doorstep of another “what’s next?” moment. I’m hopeful that lawmakers in Washington can help these new American pioneers cross the finish line faster and more efficiently, because if we don’t win this race, another country will.

In early 2016, I introduced the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless (MOBILE NOW) Act, bipartisan legislation that would lay critical groundwork for the next generation in wireless broadband technology. At the time, I said the MOBILE NOW Act would be our passport to a 5G future of gigabit wireless connectivity, and I believe it now more than ever.

While the Senate Commerce Committee, which I chair, easily approved this common-sense legislation a few months later, it unfortunately didn’t make it to the Senate floor before the end of the year. We were close, though, which is why I reintroduced the bill on the very first day of the 115th Congress in 2017. Our hard work and persistence paid off. The committee passed it again, and, as part of a larger legislative package, so did the full House and Senate. Our multi-year effort culminated with the president recently signing it into law.

Now that it’s the law of the land, I hope we can move quickly to cut unnecessary and overly burdensome red tape so U.S. innovators can continue to move the ball down the field. By deploying newer, modernized infrastructure, like small cell technology, and making more of it available for broadband, including inefficiently used government spectrum, the airwaves over which mobile communications travel, we can achieve these goals.

My hope is that as this new technological revolution continues to take shape, states like South Dakota can play a leading role in making it a reality. Some might say, “why South Dakota?” And to them, I say, why not? It’s within reach.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 098 Porn and Pancakes Church Breakfast with Patrick Lalley

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This week Sioux Empire Podcast crew members Seth Glover and Robert Mehling welcome Radio’s Patrick Lalley (Host of Information 1000 KSOO’s The Patrick Lalley Show).  So grab your porn-themed church pancakes and alcohol infused cupcakes and pull up a chair.  We talk about a Sioux Falls church that’s outreach is getting a little personal. A baker who’s cupcakes can’t get you trashed but are getting trashed by the laws of South Dakota.  And we give you an update on the defeat of SB 145, the bill that let South Dakota sell your organs to zoos for meat.  (That’s not what SB 145 was about but admit it, the way this session is going you kind of believed it for just a second).  We also talk about South Dakota Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson’s campaign of punitive retribution against voters.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the new music podcast My Father’s Records.  In “My Father’s Records” comedian Dan Bublitz Jr digs into his father’s massive vinyl record collection. In each episode, Dan talks about an album or two from the collection. He talks about the experience of listening to the record to facts about them.  The Sioux Empire Podcast does not endorse or condone drinking every time “bikes” or “biking” are mentioned on The Patrick Lalley Show on Information 1000 KSOO every Monday thru Friday 3 pm to 5 pm.

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Insert church porn joke here.

Booze cupcakes

The Expendables (that’s you)

UPDATE This was killed in committee.

Damn Journalism!

South Dakota News Watch

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Restoring America’s Place in the World

Sen. John Thune, a member of the tax-writing Finance Committee, released a video entitled, “Restoring America’s Place in the World,” which highlights the Senate’s tax reform plan that passed on December 2. The video features portions of Thune’s speech, which he delivered just hours before the tax reform bill passed the Senate. It also includes clips of Thune visiting with South Dakotans throughout this past year.

“America has always been about opportunity,” Thune said. “A place where you can start from nothing and become anything. This bill is about helping Americans for the long term. It’s about restoring the American Dream. It’s about giving Americans access to the kinds of wages, jobs, and opportunities that will set them up for a secure and a more prosperous future. And it’s about sending a message to the world that America is finally serious about competing for 21st century jobs and innovation … I’m reminded of Ronald Reagan’s presidential ad quoting that it was morning in America again. It may not be morning yet, but the dawn is peaking over the horizon.”

To learn more about Thune’s work on tax reform, please visit the tax reform page on

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South Dakota Voices for Peace Thanks Senators Rounds’ and Thune’s Sioux Falls Offices for Meeting with South Dakota DREAMers

December 6, 2017 On November 29, 2017, South Dakota Voices for Peace convened a meeting with Senator Rounds at his Sioux Falls office. Senator Rounds appeared via video conference and spent over twenty minutes hearing directly from four South Dakota DREAMers, and a longtime community advocate and immigration legal services provider, Sister Janet Hortsman, a Presentation Sister with Caminando Juntos’ Hispanic Ministry. The DREAMers included nurses, a student majoring in computer science working full time to pay for schooling, and an aspiring small business owner currently in high school.

Similarly, on December 6, 2017, SDVFP convened a meeting with three South Dakota DREAMers including one permanent resident who is friends with several DREAMers, and Mariade Cabello Acosta, Pastor of Pueblo de Dios, a Lutheran outreach ministry in Sioux Falls.  DREAMers shared their stories with Ben Ready, Senator Thune’s District Director.  These DREAMers included two personal bankers and a newly admitted student to USD working full time to pay for school.  Mr. Ready spent over 20 minutes with them discussing Congress’ next steps.

If DACA ends, SD would lose more than $12.2 million in annual GDP, and the national economy would lose over $460.3 billion from our national GDP. But for each one of our DREAMers and their families, their ability to live out of the shadows and build a successful and promising life is more than a number.

 See: sheets/DACA_Fact_Sheets/South_Dakota_DACA.pdf

“Humanizing the issue is so important for our members of Congress at this critical time in the session, which is due to break soon for the holidays,” said Pamela Naessig, Board Member of SD Voices for Peace. “Permanent legislation to protect DREAMers is imminent as President Trump’s announcement of DACA ending is scheduled for March 5, 2018.  We greatly appreciate Senator Rounds’ ad Thune’s attention to the matter.”

SDVFP has made similar efforts with Rep. Noem’s office since September and a meeting time has yet to be scheduled.

South Dakota Voices for Peace’s mission is to empower South Dakotans with accurate information about Islam, Muslims, immigrants, and refugees to fight Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry in order to nurture informed, inclusive, and civically engaged communities.

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Thune: Relief for American Families is on the Way

Thank You mr. president mr. president
relief for American families is on the
way last week the Senate passed our
version of the tax cuts and Jobs Act the
tax reform bill that will provide
immediate direct relief to hardworking
Americans our legislation doubles the
standard deduction it doubles the child
tax credit and it lowers rates under our
bill a family of four making seventy
three thousand dollars a year will see a
tax cut or a reduction in taxes of about
sixty percent over what they are paying
under current law a single parent with
one child making forty-one thousand
dollars will see his or her taxes drop
from around eighteen hundred and sixty
five dollars today to just four hundred
and eighty eight dollars under our bill
a reduction of nearly 75% over what
they’re paying today but mr. president
that’s just the beginning the tax bill
before us today is going to provide
immediate relief to hardworking families
it’s going to immediately lower their
tax bills it’s going to immediately mean
more money in their pockets but this
bill is about much more than that
this bill isn’t just about helping
Americans today although it is most
certainly going to do that the bill is
about helping Americans for the long
term it’s about giving Americans access
to the kinds of wages jobs and
opportunities that will set them up for
a secure and prosperous future and the
way that we do that is by improving the
playing field for American businesses in
order for individual Americans to thrive
economically we need American businesses
to thrive thriving businesses create
jobs they provide opportunities and they
increase wages and invest in their
workers but our current tax code hasn’t
been helping businesses thrive for years
now our tax laws have left businesses of
all sizes struggling under the burden of
high tax rates and an outdated tax
system that has left American businesses
at a disadvantage in the global economy
small businesses employ nearly half of
American workers and create a majority
of the new jobs in this country but
right now small businesses face high tax
rates that can make it difficult for
these businesses to even survive much
less thrive and expand their operations
our bill will fix this to start with our
bill implements a new deduction for
pass-through businesses like
partnerships LLC’s and S corporations
this deduction will allow them to keep
more of their money which will allow
them to reinvest in their operations
increase wages and hire new workers our
bill also reforms current provisions in
the tax code that frequently leave small
businesses with very little cash on hand
under our legislation small businesses
will be able to recover the capital
they’ve invested in things like
inventory and machinery much more
quickly and in certain cases immediately
this in turn will free up capital that
small businesses can use to expand and
to create jobs our legislation also
includes provisions that I helped
develop that will simplify accounting
rules for small businesses which will
also help reduce their tax burden
leaving more of their earnings to
reinvest in their businesses and their
workers mr. president in addition to
providing relief to small businesses
another thing our bill will do is to
boost Americans wages and I should say
is to do is boost American wages is to
lower our massive corporate tax rate our
nation’s corporate tax rate today is
currently the highest in the
industrialized world which puts the
United States at a major disadvantage
next to our international competitors
reducing the corporate tax rate will
enable American businesses to compete on
a more level playing field which will in
turn free up money that US businesses
can use to create jobs and increase
wages the White House Council of
Economic Advisers estimates that
reducing the corporate tax rate to 20%
as our bill does will increase wages for
US households by four thousand dollars
annually that’s money that families can
use to save for retirement
he’ll pay for a child’s education
replace an aging vehicle or invest in a
new home our bill will also boost wages
and increase opportunities for Americans
by ending the outdated tax framework
that is driving American companies to
keep jobs and profits overseas our
nation currently operates under a so
called worldwide tax system that means
that American companies pay US taxes and
the profit that they make here at home
as well as on part of the profit they
make abroad once they bring that money
back to the United States the problem
with this is that American companies are
already paying taxes to foreign
governments on the money that they make
abroad then when they bring that money
home they can end up having to pay taxes
again on part of those profits and at
the highest tax rate in the
industrialized world there’s no surprise
if this discourages businesses from
bringing their profits back to the
United States to invest in their
domestic operations and new jobs and in
increased wages our bill mr. president
replaces our outdated worldwide tax
system with a territorial tax system
under our legislation American companies
will no longer face the double taxation
that has encouraged them to send their
investments and their operations
overseas instead US companies will have
a strong incentive to invest their
profits at home and American jobs and in
American workers all in all the Tax
Foundation estimates that in addition to
increasing wages our bill will create
nearly 1 million new jobs for American
workers and boost the size of the
economy by 3.7 percent mr. Presiden I
don’t need to tell anybody that American
families have had a tough time in recent
years or that our economy as a whole has
stagnated with weak economic growth
almost non-existent wage growth in a
lack of opportunity that has become the
norm for way too many families but this
tax bill marks the beginning of the end
of the Obama era economy the tax bill
that we just passed will usher in a new
dynamism in this country it will let
Americans keep more of their earnings
right now and it will improve Americans
economic situation for the long-term and
it will send a message mr. president to
the world that America is serious about
competing and succeeding and winning in
the 21st century economy under this bill
American companies will compete and win
globally and American businesses large
and small on the American people will
thrive as a result mr. president I look
forward to going to conference with the
House of Representatives and getting a
final comprehensive tax reform bill to
the president we have a
once-in-a-generation opportunity
literally a once-in-a-lifetime chance
mr. president to make a real difference
in the lives of literally millions of
Americans it’s time to get this bill
across the finish line
it can’t happen soon enough for the
American people mr. president I yield
the floor

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South Dakota Voices for Peace Condemns Trump’s Reckless Use of Twitter to Spread Dehumanizing Propaganda

November 29, 2017, Early this morning, President Trump retweeted a series of unverified dehumanizing videos targeting the Muslim community, without any added context. This marks another blow in a pattern of utilizing the platform of the leader of the free world to incite violence and further growing tensions in a divided nation. The FBI has reported that hate crimes are up by 4.6% in 2016, where 21.1% were religiously motivated and a quarter of those were perpetrated against those who identified as Muslim.

“Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to ‘ban all Muslims from entering the United States,’ by laying the groundwork with dangerous anti-Muslim propaganda,” said Communications and Policy Director Samantha Spawn. “By retweeting videos originating from the cult-right in the UK, Trump is working hard to import to America the same hatred that has been condemned across Europe. We’re seeing some preliminary repercussions of that here in South Dakota, and it’s our fear that the continued use of this rhetoric will escalate an already tenuous situation into a deadly one. How many more hate crimes do Muslims, immigrants, and refugees have to endure before Trump is able to accept responsibility for his reckless and racist agenda?”

Southern Poverty Law Center identifies five hate groups in South Dakota and one national organization with an active chapter in Rapid City, SD, ACT! for America.  Four of these five hate groups are anti-immigrant and Islamophobic groups, and ACT! is classified as the largest of such groups. Since January 2017, South Dakota Voices for Peace has tracked 24 Islamophobic events taking place in South Dakota, and built a coalition to fight two Islamophobic resolutions in Pierre during the 2017 legislative session.


“This is a real threat for me, my family and over 7 million Muslims in the United States, including the millions of others who are not Muslims but are attacked because they don’t ‘look American’,” said Executive Director Taneeza Islam, a practicing Muslim who has received threats for the work she does providing accurate information about Islam, Muslims, immigrants and refugees in SD. “There has never been a genocide in human history that didn’t start with dehumanizing the targeted population. That is exactly what these videos depict.  If you believe these videos, and there are millions of people who do, and many people in SD who do, you will surely believe that brown skinned people, with beards wearing long shirts, otherwise stereotypically categorized as Muslims, are inhuman.”

South Dakota Voices for Peace calls on our members of Congress, Senators Thune and Rounds, and Representative Noem to condemn President Trump’s reckless use of Twitter, spreading dehumanizing propaganda of unverified videos and assure Muslims in South Dakota they do not stand by the President on this tweet.

South Dakota Voices for Peace’s mission is to empower South Dakotans with accurate information about Islam, Muslims, immigrants, and refugees to fight Islamophobia and anti-immigrant bigotry in order to nurture informed, inclusive, and civically engaged communities.


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Sioux Empire Podcast 087 – All About Dan Bublitz Jr.

This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.
This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover) talks with Sioux Falls Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr. about his career and the comedy scene in Sioux Falls.  We hear about growing up in Huron South Dakota, deciding to start comedy, Poetry, and much more.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast studio is apparently haunted by Beatniks… BEATNIKS!

Dan Bublitz Jr.

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Sioux Empire Podcast 086- The Art of Dan Bublitz Jr.

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This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover) gets down and dirty with Sioux Falls Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr.  We cover how an unfortunate Homecoming tradition in Sturgis turned into a national embarrassment and a teachable moment.  Plus some bonus discussion of Homecoming traditions in small towns.  We also (master) debate if the infamous “Don’t Jerk and Drive” campaign created the current wave of public self-love terrorizing Sioux Falls parking lots. This week also marks the launch of a new bi-weekly segment on the podcast.  In Sioux Empire Book Club, Seth Glover will explore a new book every two weeks.  This week he’s telling us all about “Kama Sutra” by Anne Hooper.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is now convinced that that was definitely a swastika on that car.


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Sports and Racism in South Dakota

Wacking epidemic


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Thune: Tax Reform is Necessary for Economic Growth

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, outlines his priorities for tax reform.

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Thune: The U.S. Must Prevent a Nuclear-Capable North Korea

Thune: The U.S. Must Prevent a Nuclear-Capable North Korea

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