Halliburton’s PAC wins for the smallest refund ever.
Was just reading the Wikipedia page for Biola University, the small California institution where Sen. John Thune did his undergraduate studies.
Joining Thune in the “notable alumni” section is 1950s pinup girl Bettie Page, who is blogging artist Scott Ehrisman’s favorite subject.
Also noticed Kermit Staggers, Ehrisman’s favorite politician, is cited as a Wikipedia source on the history of Biola.
So that’s weird.
Mayor Mike Huether has appointed Richard Birath and Nathan Christopherson to the Veterans’ Memorial Park Advisory Board.
Birath, according to comments (pdf) submitted to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 2008, worked at at Citibank and Premier Bankcard for three decades. Huether spent 15 years at Premier.
Christopherson, an Iraq war veteran, is the trauma program manager at Sanford and son of Reid Christopherson, wing executive support officer (and media wrangler) for the South Dakota Air Guard.
Sewage is discharged into the Big Sioux River at the lift station near the north side of the zoo Aug. 5, 2010, after a sewage line break. (Emily Spartz / Argus Leader)
Sioux Falls saw a 3 percent drop in code violations from 2011 to 2012, according to enforcement data presented Tuesday to the City Council.
Kevin Smith, assistant director of planning and building services for the city, said the code enforcement division opened 5,760 cases in 2012 and found 4,889 violations (the remainder were judged invalid).
Three-quarters of those violations were resolved before a citation was issued; all told, the city collected $173,719 in fines.
By comparison, in 2011 the city opened 7,893 code enforcement cases and found 5,042 violations. About 88 percent of those violations were resolved before a citation was issued, and the city collected $164,524.
Update: Smith sends over total violations for 2009 (3,927) and 2010 (4,805).
Great Moments in Campaign Finance Disclosure: Radio Controller Gator -
These expenses, from the first six months of 2011, by the National Association of Wheat Growers PAC, are the best. Don’t believe me? Try some of these descriptions out:
- Birthday Cake Feeding
- Short Gun
- 1/s Carat Diamond Necklace
- Couer d’Alene Resort pack-age for two
- In-kind - Duck…
Political Smokeout: The school sentinel vote -
The full House of Representatives voted 42-27 against House Bill 1087, the “school sentinels” bill. Most Republicans voted yes, and most Democrats voted no. But not all. Here’s the full results, broken down by vote and party:
Democratic no votes (17)
Mail from Mayor Mike
Some Sioux Falls residents are getting mail from the mayor. The mailings are a survey from the city, asking residents how they rate city facilities, employees, services as well as asking respondents questions about themselves.
This isn’t the first time the city has conducted one of these surveys, but to my recollection, it’s the first time the survey has gone out under the mayor’s envelopes and letterhead. The attached letter is signed by Mayor Huether and City Council Chair Michelle Erpenbach, but the council did not pick any of the questions. In at least one past survey, the council did help develop a couple questions.
One person who received the survey almost threw it away, thinking it was junk mail.
The survey is legit. But with a citywide election coming up in a little over a year, this piece of mail reminds me of the “franking” privileges that incumbents in Congress use to get their names out to voters at taxpayer expense.
Mitochondria moving inside a Eukaryotic cell.