Even as the Minnehaha County Republican Party faces disputes between establishment and activist forces, something similar played out to the south in Lincoln County. There county party chairman Joel Arends — who was part of state Sen. Dan Lederman’s robocall lawsuit — lost a bid for another term to Betty Otten, the wife of state Sen.-elect Ernie Otten who has in the past supported conservative, activist Republicans such as Reps. Manny Steele and Stace Nelson. Jonathan Ellis has the story:


Joel Arends oversaw a pretty good election season as the Lincoln County GOP’s chairman. The county raised a lot of money and wrote healthy checks to its legislative candidates. It was organized and energized.

But that wasn’t good enough. Arends lost his position Saturday when party officers voted…