A pro-Mike Huether mailer, listing 10 accomplishments Huether says warrant another term as mayor.
I want to see campaign mailers you’re receiving. Email them to me at dmontgomery@argusleader.com or mail them to the Argus Leader c/o David Montgomery.

A pro-Mike Huether mailer, listing 10 accomplishments Huether says warrant another term as mayor.

I want to see campaign mailers you’re receiving. Email them to me at dmontgomery@argusleader.com or mail them to the Argus Leader c/o David Montgomery.

'Building a Better Sioux Falls' mailers: When I returned home from the Legislature this weekend, among my stack of mail were these three mailers in favor of the new south-side Walmart, which is on the ballot in Sioux Falls on April 8. Most interesting is the top image (which I modified by rotating several of the sections that would ordinarily be upside down), which included a survey.

If you’re getting election postcards at home, I’d like to see them! You can email them to dmontgomery (at) argusleader (dot) com, or mail them to the Argus Leader c/o David Montgomery. I’ll black out all addresses before posting them, as I did for these.

Term limits group launches mailer campaign: The group U.S. Term Limits, which advocates for term limits on legislators, announced today that it’s sending postcards to constituents of Sen. Tim Rave and Sen. Dan Lederman, urging them to oppose the constitutional amendment that would extend South Dakota’s legislative term limits from eight years to 12.
You can view the Lederman postcard here (PDF). 
The postcard makes reference to a poll the group (apparently) conducted by the group in 2009 of South Dakota voters. You can read the poll questions here. The language of the questions is, by and large, phrased to push the reader towards term limit support. (The first question, for example, doesn’t ask what people feel about term limits, or making them longer. It asks “how angry” they are about that.)

Term limits group launches mailer campaign: The group U.S. Term Limits, which advocates for term limits on legislators, announced today that it’s sending postcards to constituents of Sen. Tim Rave and Sen. Dan Lederman, urging them to oppose the constitutional amendment that would extend South Dakota’s legislative term limits from eight years to 12.

You can view the Lederman postcard here (PDF). 

The postcard makes reference to a poll the group (apparently) conducted by the group in 2009 of South Dakota voters. You can read the poll questions here. The language of the questions is, by and large, phrased to push the reader towards term limit support. (The first question, for example, doesn’t ask what people feel about term limits, or making them longer. It asks “how angry” they are about that.)

Cleaning out the closet: The last postcards I had stacked up from the dozens you fantastic readers sent in to me. There’s an SDDP attack on Phyllis Heineman, a mailer from Rep. Bob Deelstra, and an SDDP attack on Hal Wick.

And now I’m done blitzing your RSS feed with all these postcards all at once.

Wrong place for a typo: If you’re going to make any sort of grammatical mistake on your campaign literature, the education section is the wrong place to make it.

Wrong place for a typo: If you’re going to make any sort of grammatical mistake on your campaign literature, the education section is the wrong place to make it.

A clever SDDP attack: An inventive, cartoony hit piece on Republican Dick Werner, reaching back to classic beginning reader books for inspiration. (I have no idea about the accuracy of the charges here.)

A clever SDDP attack: An inventive, cartoony hit piece on Republican Dick Werner, reaching back to classic beginning reader books for inspiration. (I have no idea about the accuracy of the charges here.)

Examples of GOP “slate cards”: Parties send these out all over the place to try to get the party faithful to vote a straight ticket. The law allows these without counting them as in-kind contributions to the candidates featured if there are a certain number of candidates featured on the card.

Logo parody: Here’s an example of clever graphic design by the Democrats. On the left is a Hal Wick postcard (decrying negative attacks against him), featuring the punny logo he’s used since, I am told, the 1970s: a burning candle.

On the right is a Democratic postcard attacking Wick. It features a burned-out “Wick” candle, wax dribbled down the side, melted and disheveled.

(The Democrats also did this with Manny Steele, who’s featured a construction-y border on his cards. Compare here and here.)

Proof the Dems have sent out positive cards: Ben Nesselhuf insisted the South Dakota Democratic Party has sent out about twice as many positive postcards as negative. It seems like all you hear about is the negative ones, which may be because that’s what they’re really sending or may be because everyone ignores the boring positive stuff. Anyway, here’s proof they actually have sent out some positive stuff, for Bernie Hunhoff, Jim Larson and Tom Jones.

District 25 Republican cards: A pair of positive cards from Jon Hansen and Tim Rave.

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