Standing Firm on Principle and Upholding our Constitution in South Dakota

Monday, September 14, 2015

Largest Pro-Life Event in the nation coming to Sioux Falls

"Shut It Down: Rally for Life" is the name of a huge pro-life rally coming to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in order to take a stand against Planned Parenthood!!!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 4th, 2015.

Joy Howe, the former State Chairman of the Constitution Party of South Dakota is organizing this event for the good people of South Dakota.  We are proud to stand with her as she takes a powerful stand against abortion in our state and calls for us to stand up and shut down Planned Parenthood.

Join us as speakers come in  from all over the nation to call for an end to abortion in South Dakota!

O'Gorman High School football stadium in Sioux Falls has been reserved.

Official website built for the occasion:  www.shutitdownsd.com

Go to official facebook group page for all the latest exciting updates:  https://www.facebook.com/shutitdownsd?fref=ts

See you there!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CP Public Meeting in Keystone, SD Saturday, August 22nd 2015

We will be having a meeting at the Ruby House restaurant at 124 Winter Street in Keystone, South Dakota at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015. It will be held upstairs in meeting room.

Members of the Constitution Party of South Dakota and the general public are welcome to attend.

State Chairwoman, Lori Stacey will be discussing a number of topics:

  1. Current petition drive going on throughout the state.
  2. Exciting upcoming events.
  3. Presidential race - Declared candidates and hopeful future candidates.
  4. Fundraising 

See you there!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Petition Drive urgently in need of donations

We have continued to make steady progress in our petition drive to regain ballot access in South Dakota although we are still far from our goal.

We are in urgent need of donations to be able to continue our efforts without interruption.  There are some paid petitioners that have been working diligently through the summer heat and we need to continue to be able to keep up with their efforts.

Please make your most generous contribution today!

To give via debit/credit card, hit the "donate" button and scroll down to where it asks if you don't have paypal.  Follow that link to an easy donation page by bank card or you may make your check payable to: Constitution Party of South Dakota and mail to the address at bottom of this blog.

Let's keep the ball rolling....................

Monday, June 15, 2015

BREAKING NEWS!! The CP & LP of South Dakota join together in federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Your Constitution Party fighting back!

Here is a copy of the official press release from the ACLU:

ACLU Challenges Deadline for New Political Parties Seeking a Spot on the 2016 Ballot

June 15, 2015

CONTACT: Heather Smith, ACLU of South Dakota, 605-332-2508, heather.smith@aclu.org

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Dakota law that moved the deadline for new political parties striving for a place on the 2016 ballot.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of South Dakota's Libertarian Party and Constitution Party, challenges a section of the law that shifted the deadline for new parties to submit declarations to participate in primary elections backward by four weeks — from the last Tuesday in March prior to the date of the primary election to the first Tuesday in March. The plaintiffs are asking the deadline be set for no earlier than March 29 for a party that wants to participate in South Dakota’s primary election, and August 1 for a party that does not need to participate in a primary election.

"This new deadline is unreasonable and far too early. It forces new parties to decide whether to participate in the primary election before potential nominees of larger parties are known, and requires new parties to collect signatures during the coldest months of South Dakota's winter. Courts have invalidated deadlines that were much shorter than the 95 days required by the new law as unconstitutionally burdening candidates and voters and effectively blocking new parties from participating in elections, “said Laughlin McDonald, director emeritus of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.

The case, Libertarian Party of South Dakota v. Krebs, was filed in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. It charges the new deadline violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and seeks to stop state officials from enforcing that deadline.

"South Dakota’s new deadline is anti-democratic. The new law makes it nearly impossible for anyone except the major parties to place party candidates on the ballot. The major parties have bent over backwards to unfairly squelch potential opponents," said Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program.

He adds, "Given the historical pattern of third parties not emerging until after the selection of major party candidates, an early filing deadline that prevents new parties from advancing their candidates for the state's highest offices conflicts with an important political tradition that has proven its value over the course of American history."

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of South Dakota, and Brendan Johnson of Robins Kaplan LLP.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Constitution Party of South Dakota response to recent federal court ruling regarding the treatment of Native families


While I have been personally mortified upon hearing the details of the recent federal court ruling regarding thousands of boldly illegal acts perpetrated by our state and local government regarding the treatment of Native parents having their children unlawfully taken from them, I feel it is critically important to take an official public stand.

This landmark court decision should have been one of the top news stories across our nation and certainly should have been the top story for many days throughout South Dakota.  Instead, the near-silence by most media organizations within our state has sparked even more rightful outrage among thousands of people across South Dakota.

Let us be clear.  Thousands of families were denied even their most basic natural human right to due process of law which is specifically guaranteed to be protected under our US Constitution and Bill of Rights! Hearings that have now been proven to have often lasted only 60 seconds in which parents were not even allowed to know the allegations against them, could therefore never have defended themselves even if they had been given the opportunity.  Instead, they were not given the opportunity to even speak and lost the most precious gifts in their lives, their children.  These were such egregious offenses that all Americans should be absolutely outraged.

On top of the willful and boldly unlawful denial of their basic rights, after the children were stripped away from their parents, our state government and its agents then broke an additional federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act with their blatant refusals to allow willing and capable family members to take care of these children.  It was for this very reason that the ICWA was enacted over 40 years ago.

We must unite as South Dakotans in defense of our constitution and issue a cry for justice!  The worst thing that could now happen is for no justice to come to these families.  We issue a call for all officials involved in these unlawful acts and those whose responsibility it was to protect their rights to immediately resign from their positions.  An independent panel of citizens should be formed to further investigate all persons that should be held accountable.

We stand firmly with the great tribal nations and all other people that have had their children wrongfully taken from them due to unconscionable abuses of power by South Dakota's government.  Millions of dollars that were brought into this state as a result of these outrageous actions against our children is nothing short of evil.   For healing to begin, justice must now be served!

Lori Stacey
State Chairwoman
Constitution Party of South Dakota

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kicking off petition drive!

With the arrival of some beautiful weather and hopefully an end to our winter cold, it is the perfect time to get a jump on a new petition drive.  As most members know, although it did not seem right, the fact is that we were not allowed to have our gubernatorial candidate Curtis Strong on the General Election ballot in 2014.  Unfortunately, this means that we temporarily lost our official status as a state party in South Dakota.

While it was greatly preferred to have been able to take legal action, the reality is that even if we had adequate funds to proceed, we would have to resort to another petition drive if a court case was not successful.  Funds for legal action and then a statewide petition drive would have put an incredible burden on our party.

The fact is that our party is being held back in so many ways because of a lack of resources.  It is very important for members to begin contributing either on a monthly basis or a generous annual contribution.  It would be great to be able to do a lot of advertising throughout the state to help build our party.  A small office in a few of our largest cities has been needed for years and would greatly improve our presence within the state.  Sponsoring important events with like-minded South Dakotans would also help to build our party.

Even with many members volunteering some time to help with petitioning, we will likely need to still spend a significant amount of money to pay professional petitioners to reach our ultimate goal of 10,000 signatures.

Your commitment and generosity is needed urgently!  Please donate today so that we can accomplish the petitioning goal and be able to look forward to many party-building activities in the near future. A donation of $30.00 or more and you will receive a new Constitution Party of South Dakota t-shirt as a gift. Please specify M, L or XL by emailing info@constitutionpartysd.org after submitting your donation.

Let's get going and move our party forward!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Message from the State Chairman

As we forge our way into a new year, we carry with us all the old and unsolved problems. We can move forward and create a brighter future for our children and grandchildren if we come together and start making good changes for our people.

  1. We MUST expose the election fraud that occurred in the 2014 mid-term elections. Until We The People of South Dakota demand these problems are fixed, we will NEVER see the best people elected to statewide or even countywide offices.  For a full, detailed report of what happened in the 2014 General Election, please see my published article.
  2. Stop falling for the same old tricks and get out of the 2 major parties.
  3. Find a welcome home in the Constitution Party where opportunities for men and women of integrity, abound.
  4. Help to restore our state party in South Dakota:  We need to either raise money for a court battle against the egregious error that unlawfully kept our candidate for Governor off of the general election ballot or need help and funds to launch a statewide petition drive to regain our party's statewide status again.
  5. Work together to build a strong base of South Dakota Patriots committed to peacefully but passionately taking back control of our own government on all levels by supporting and electing good people that understand what the real problems are that we face.  We need people that have the courage to set themselves apart and inform our citizens of what needs to be done in order to move forward in a better direction.
Your help is needed today!  If you are able to make a contribution to moving forward, the time is now.  Please hit the donate button, no amount is too small.   If you are unable to donate financially but are interested in volunteering to help forge a new birth of freedom across South Dakota, please email and let us know of your desire to help.

Together, we can move mountains out of our way!

Lori Stacey
State Chairwoman
Constitution Party of South Dakota