Tag Archives: Larry Pressler

Argus Leader: Two New Pressler Ads

(The following was originally published in the Argus Leader.)

After making headlines for his so-far-unsuccessful efforts to get into South Dakota State University’s Hobo Day parade, independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler highlighted two new 30-second TV ads today. One is largely a rehash of a prior ad (and actually came out over a week ago), while the other is new. Both are cheaply made — stock photos and Pressler talking to the camera. Pressler’s been advertising steadily, if fairly cheaply, and judging by polling it seems to be having an effect.

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KSFY News to Host 1st Televised Debate for Senate Candidates

(The following was originally published in KSFY.)

KSFY News will hold the first televised debate between South Dakota’s candidates for U.S Senate.

Democrat Rick Weiland and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie have accepted an invitation to discuss the issues important to voters in a live debate.

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Plainsmn: Pressler to Speak Saturday

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(The following was originally published in Plainsman.)

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler will share his vision and views with voters in Tulare and Huron on Saturday.

Pressler has been invited to the events by the South Dakota Voice of Independ-ents, a group of voters not affiliated with a political party.

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KELO: Pressler: Raise the Federal Gas Tax

Larry Pressler

(The following was originally published in KELO.)


ioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) – Former Senator Larry Pressler said today that he would co-sponsor and vote for an immediate 12 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax to help pay for highway and road and bridge-related construction projects (the federal 18.4 cent per gallon gas tax and the 24.4 cent per gallon diesel tax has not been increased in 20 years). “I am sharply critical of Congress’ apparent decision to delay the vote until May of 2015 because lawmakers are reluctant to raise taxes in an election year,” said Pressler.

“As a fiscal conservative and a member of the Fix the Debt group, I have been a strong proponent of cutting certain expenditures such as foreign military expenditures and maintaining so many military bases overseas. But we also have to enhance revenues in some programs to have a balanced budget. We are now adding on to the national debt our highway improvement programs until next May.”

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KELO: Pressler Calls for Campaign Finance Reform

Larry Pressler

(The following was originally published in KELO.)

Sioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) – Senator Larry Pressler today said he would vote for SJ Res. 19, a motion by Senator Udall of New Mexico to reverse the Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited campaign contributions. Pressler also said he would vote on all tabling motions and cloture motions in such a manner as to help the bill pass. Senators sometimes vote for tabling motions and cloture motions that would essentially kill a bill, and then vote for final passage when it does not count and their vote is not needed.

Pressler said, “I still have fears that this vote on campaign finance reform may never occur. The phenomena of the US Senate is that many important things are never actually directly voted upon – they are debated and then they somehow just disappear from a final up-or-down vote. I hope this does not occur. Part of my reason for running for the Senate as an Independent is that I would be free of the ‘cloture vote tyranny’ used by both the Republican and Democratic caucuses.”

Pressler has frequently cited the fact that the special interests that control the Congress frequently will not allow an up-or-down vote on the most important ideas in our society by using the cloture and tabling method to eliminate a final up-or-down vote. “For example, many of the most important ideas surrounding the Affordable Care Act or the Dodd-Frank legislation have never come up for a final yes-or-no vote. I hope this is not the case with SJ Res. 19, the constitutional amendment to reverse the court’s campaign finance decision,” said Pressler.

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KEOLAND: S.D U.S. Senate Candidates Agree to Four Debates

(The following was originally published in Keoland.)


The four candidates running for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat will appear together at four debates this fall.

Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and Independent candidates Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie have all accepted an invitation from KELOLAND TV to discuss the issues facing the state and the country during a live primetime forum onOctober 29 at 7 p.m. CDT. The joint appearance will be broadcast statewide less than a week before voters head to the polls.

The debate schedule kicks off next month when all four candidates are scheduled to appear atDakotafest in Mitchell on Wednesday August 20 at 2:00 p.m. CDT in the afternoon. That debate is sponsored by South Dakota State University.

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