Who do you support for Public Utilities Commissioner in South Dakota in 2010?

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Anonymous

Papillion, NE

#1 Oct 13, 2010
Three words...Black Hills Power
Tired of spin

Onawa, IA

#2 Oct 15, 2010
Doyle has business and life experience to help guide his decision making, not the pressure to get elected for a lifetime career in politics.
Verm Republican

Yankton, SD

#3 Oct 15, 2010
Doyle has business and life experience to make informed decisions for the people of South Dakota. I am a registered republican, but party lines don't matter to me...I vote for the person who I know will do the best job for me as a South Dakotan!
Hein

Marion, IA

#4 Oct 15, 2010
Very smart man
Jerry - Small businessman

Lennox, SD

#6 Oct 15, 2010
I voted for Dusty 6 years ago, but after watching how he works realize that he is a typical politician. His promises are shallow and he spins facts.
His ads, at first blush are great, but say nothing. He epitomizes everything that has gone wrong with politics-- spin, money, life at the public trough. And the PAC money? Wow.
Karpen has been a low key public servant whose only goal has been to help others. I am convinced that he is not looking for a job at taxpayer expense. He is a common guy and has got my vote this time around.
Black Hills customer

Crooks, SD

#7 Oct 15, 2010
Dusyt and his other commissioners represent the Private Utiltities Commission.
Concerned citizen

Chamberlain, SD

#8 Oct 15, 2010
I have not known Doyle very long, but from
what I've heard about his business background
and experience, he is the man for the job.
We need to clean house in Pierre and get our
state back on the right path for our
citizens.
Shannon Sampson

United States

#9 Oct 15, 2010
I think Doyle will be honest,& do what is right for S.D. people!He is not just a fast talker with a FlimFlam style!
Rosie Shears

Chancellor, SD

#10 Oct 15, 2010
I know so litte about politics I have no way of makng an informed decision but as an honest person and family man Doyle would get my vote.
another private citzen

Sioux Falls, SD

#11 Oct 15, 2010
Thank you Dusty for increasing our electric cost here in Sioux Falls and still having outages all the time.
another repulican

United States

#12 Oct 15, 2010
Doyle is a real man, not some kid talking to himself in a empty elevator!!
Soo Falls

United States

#13 Oct 15, 2010
I can not believe that Dusty can say he build the wireless network nor he builds the wind farms things....I am voting for a honest man Doyle my good friend
Lonnie D. Burnham

Absarokee, MT

#14 Oct 16, 2010
I'm a Republican, who chooses the right man for the job. Dusty Johnson is the wrong man. We need Doyle Karpen to take the PUC commissioner's seat, and be responsible for the citizens of SD. Johnson gave the customers of BHP a 12% raise in electric rates, and would have allowed 25% had the public outcry not stopped him there. I'm tired of the elevator music, lets change the record, vote for Doyle!!
Mick

Mitchell, SD

#15 Oct 17, 2010
Wow. It seems as thought the posters here have succumbed to the bitterness of a hyper-partisan age.

Dusty is "just a fast talker with a FlimFlam style"? Shannon, please provide an example. Dusty is a sincere and authentic person. I would think you could build Doyle up without resorting to attacking Dusty.

Jerry, what percentage of Dusty's contributions have been from the "PAC Money" you speak of? I would bet a very, very small amount. Please provide information if I am wrong. Which of Dusty's promises are "shallow"?

Another Republican, Dusty may be younger than Doyle, but he is 34 years old, which is older than Daschle or Herseth or Pressler when they were elected to Congress (I think). I suspect you didn't refer to them as "some kid."

There are plenty of reasons to vote against Dusty, but he is a good friend of mine and I am disappointed that this forum, rather than being about policy and facts is just an opportunity for some of you to anonymously hurl insults at a very hard working, very honest man. I wish you knew how much he cares. Why does politics have to always be about tearing down those willing to serve?

How many insults have Dusty or his supporters directed toward Doyle?
Jerry - Small businessman

Lennox, SD

#16 Oct 17, 2010
Greetings Mick.

Please note that I do not attack candidates, but do take issue with their policies and public style.

Shallow promises--Dusty mentions that he has kept promises. He claims responsibility for the increase of cell phone towers, mentioning over two hundred I believe. Private companies had plans for most of those towers well before Dusty was elected. I will help to widely disseminate proof of that and his PAC contributions in the coming weeks (However small you think they may be.) Dusty also takes credit for wind towers. Again, private enterprise had plans for most of those before Dusty was at PUC. He either didn't know that, or he knew and past it off as his accomplishment anyway.

In my opinion, these are the equivalent of him having promised that the sun would rise in the east if he is elected and afterward claiming that he kept the promise. I realize that is common in today's politics, I just don't care for it. They are shallow promises, no specifics, no substance.

Dusty seems to be a very nice person, and I am sure he is a great friend. Probably hardworking, but for $90,000 a year plus benefits, I would hope that he is working hard for us! I simply prefer to vote for someone that does not live off of the taxpayer their entire life. I subscribe to the belief of our founders that public service is sacrifice without personal gain.

After giving consideration to both candidates, I will vote for Karpen this time. Next time, we will see.
Mick wrote:
Wow. It seems as thought the posters here have succumbed to the bitterness of a hyper-partisan age.
Dusty is "just a fast talker with a FlimFlam style"? Shannon, please provide an example. Dusty is a sincere and authentic person. I would think you could build Doyle up without resorting to attacking Dusty.
Jerry, what percentage of Dusty's contributions have been from the "PAC Money" you speak of? I would bet a very, very small amount. Please provide information if I am wrong. Which of Dusty's promises are "shallow"?
Another Republican, Dusty may be younger than Doyle, but he is 34 years old, which is older than Daschle or Herseth or Pressler when they were elected to Congress (I think). I suspect you didn't refer to them as "some kid."
There are plenty of reasons to vote against Dusty, but he is a good friend of mine and I am disappointed that this forum, rather than being about policy and facts is just an opportunity for some of you to anonymously hurl insults at a very hard working, very honest man. I wish you knew how much he cares. Why does politics have to always be about tearing down those willing to serve?
How many insults have Dusty or his supporters directed toward Doyle?
SD Thinks

Sioux Falls, SD

#17 Oct 18, 2010
All who have watched the debates can see that Dusty is a very intelligent, hardworking Commissioner. While Doyle seems to be a salt of the earth guy, he seems incapable of mastering the issues of the PUC.
Mark K

Sioux City, IA

#18 Oct 21, 2010
I Know Dusty, Hard worker and really is trying to do the best he can for South Dakota. Karpen, I am sure is a nice man and will be involved in the community in some other way.
CT

Caledonia, MI

#19 Oct 21, 2010
Honest, Hard Working, Trustworthy
Molly Beck

Hill City, SD

#20 Oct 26, 2010
He secured more than $30,000 in financial support from utilities and wind developers to make the project a reality.
another Johnson

United States

#21 Oct 28, 2010
I like the fact the Dusty thinks a huge increase for Black Hills Power and Light is okay! Another Republican for Doyle

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