From this morning's Mitchell Daily Republic:
At almost the same time Daugaard issued his statement, state Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, asked Jackley, a fellow Republican elected in 2010, to investigate Daugaard for possible wrongdoing.
Nelson said Daugaard is angry over the defeat of Senate Bill 188 in 2011, which Nelson claims sought to end an education benefits program for National Guard members. He termed it a “disgraceful bill” that he was proud to oppose.
“If your office deems it appropriate to do the governor’s political bidding, to go after his political opponents who are complaining about his embarrassing bill, and those that voted for it, while those doing so are being substantially compliant with our state law, then I respectfully request the same standards be applied to the governor,” Nelson wrote to Jackley.
Nelson said the critics of the governor and other GOP politicians are acting within their legal and constitutional rights.
“Going after them for expressing their First Amendment Constitutional rights smacks of the Chicago politics and is something I would expect in a corrupt third world country, not South Dakota,” he wrote.
Nelson also asked Jackley to investigate Dakota War College, which he has written for in the past. The political blog “is rumored to be the property of a candidate/and or PAC/political party,” he said.
“It routinely disseminates/allows dissemination of information about elected officials and candidates without any of the required disclosures,” Nelson said.
And he also asked the AG to look into reports that state Rep. Brian Gosch, the House speaker pro-tem, has engaged in illegal conduct by killing a bill “for a pass and assistance” from the National Rifle Association.
There has been another ongoing fight between gun rights groups, with a group called South Dakota Gun Owners, based in Rapid City, claiming several Republican legislators who have NRA backing are actually “anti-gun.”