The Power of We.

Late in 2021, three people had coffee in Sioux Falls and talked about the insane political scene in Washington and South Dakota. Two weeks later, there were four. Then dozens as we continued to grow giving people an opportunity to voice their frustrations about the extremist agendas that seem to be advancing in politics.

By the summer of 2022, we decided to stop talking and take action. We named ourselves Change Agents of South Dakota because we believe the majority of our state wants serious changes to the tone and actions of our elected officials. Our goal is to keep the extremists out and help elect moderate, thoughtful, responsible candidates into office. We are not partisan.

We are Independents, Republicans, and Democrats.

While the situation in Washington seems impossible to fix, with your help, we can make positive changes in South Dakota. It takes electing reasonable people who want to serve us all and holding elected officials accountable for their extremist language and actions. We want to make that a reality to the benefit of ALL South Dakotans! I hope you will join us in making our goals a reality.

HERE ARE THE 2024 SD BALLOT ISSUES:

  1. Amendment E – would amend the SD state Constitution to remove use of generic male pronouns when referencing certain officeholders or individuals.
  2. Amendment F – would amend the SD state Constitution to allow the state to impose work requirements on certain individuals who are eligible for expanded Medicaid. (AKA Medicaid Work Requirement)
  3. Amendment G – would amend the SD state Constitution to establish a right to abortion in the state constitution. (AKA Freedom Amendment)
  4. Amendment H – would amend the SD state Constitution to establish top-two primary elections. (AKA Open Primaries)
  5. Initiated Measure 28 – would prohibit a state sales taxes on anything sold for human consumption, not including alcoholic beverages or prepared food. (AKA Grocery Tax Repeal)
  6. Initiated Measure 29 – would legalize the recreational use, possession and distribution of marijuana (AKA Marijuana Legalization Initiative)
  7. Referred Law 21 – regulation of CO2 pipelines. YES vote will allow legislation to become law; NO vote will reject the law. FOR MORE DETAIL ON EACH MEASURE, GO HERE

Scroll down for our latest report… July 17, 2024

Go HERE for Power of We Podcasts

Upcoming for Change Agents

  • July 24 – Former SD Senator & Commissioner Tom Dempster will discuss the Home Rule Charter.
  • July 31 – Dedicated meeting to ascertain measurable goals for Change Agents going forward.
  • August 14 – Eminent Domain & the carbon pipeline are the issue. Many think a recent bill passed (SB 201) is a giveaway for the pipeline company. One of those is Joy Hahn, who will present a PowerPoint aimed at voiding the bill.

**Want to attend? Email us at [email protected] or call 605-521-6076**

Participatory Democracy

Promote active participation and voter education in state and local elections.

Responsive Leadership

Advocate for constructive positions and seek broad consensus with state and local leaders on challenging topics.

Active Advocacy

Encourage and support engagement and leadership on important issues that promote our mission.

“We came together to voice concern about the future and stayed together to make positive changes in South Dakota politics.”

– Rick Knobe, Founding Member

HERE ARE MEMBERS’ CURRENT & PAST THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS

Most recent

July 18 – About Two Presidents

July 14 – Carbon Pipelines

Become Involved

We’re always seeking like-minded individuals to become involved and help push our campaign further than we could ever imagine. Does that sound like you? Sign up today and be a part of the change!

Support our Cause

Unfortunately, to make positive changes in politics takes more than just good ideas and dialogue- it takes money. In order to effectively make positive changes in SD politics and support moderate candidates, we need your monetary support. Please donate today!

Over the summer, Change Agents will be inviting candidates who will appear in the upcoming November elections.  Change Agents will also invite opposing representatives of the upcoming ballot initiatives.

Summary of meeting July 17, 2024

Dr. Amy Kelley has over 20 years experience as an OB/GYN specialist.  She spoke to Change Agents regarding the Freedom Amendment, the November ballot issue that seeks to re-establish some Roe vs. Wade rights to South Dakota women regarding their personal health decisions.  She says the current state ban on all abortions remains untested and thus unclear.  No one can answer vital questions as to whether a physician is even allowed to discuss abortion with a patient.  Interestingly, she is personally not in favor of elective abortion, yet she says the ballot issue (as imperfectly written as it is) is much better than the current reality.  Also interesting is the fact that neither Planned Parenthood nor the ACLU has or will endorse the South Dakota ballot issue because it is not ‘pure’ enough for them. Even Dr. Kelley’s own American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has not endorsed it. She says the kind of bill they would endorse would not pass in South Dakota. But there is a current shortage of doctors nationwide and states with abortion bans, like South Dakota, are having much difficulty in recruiting new ones.  When a doctor is uncertain whether the act of saving an endangered woman’s life could end up with them being charged with a felony, it’s a real problem. 

Dr. Kelley noted that medical science has advanced to the point that a fetus can now become a living human as early as 23 weeks, an improvement from the previous mark of 28 to 30 weeks.  The November ballot issue provides women an unfettered choice during the first trimester of pregnancy and, across the nation, 90% of abortions take place during the first trimester.

(For reports of previous meetings go HERE)

4 responses to “Changing South Dakota Politics for the Better.”

  1. Hope Springs Avatar
    Hope Springs

    My dream for my country is to very soon be alive to hear a sound sweeping our nation. That sound will be similar to popping a cork off a champagne bottle. It will be the sound of people pulling their heads out of their behinds. (The first – and loudest – pops will be from the DC area.) What will precipitate this national pop remains unclear. Felony convictions didn’t prompt it nor did stumbling, incoherent speeches. Something will finally wake us up. Something so mundane and seemingly unimportant that no one can even claim climate change as the impetus. Once heads are correctly placed, it will be like waking from a bad dream. What?!? We are preferring a dictator who is a felon? We actually give money to an old guy who doesn’t know his own name? If either of these men actually loved the country we love, this would not be an issue because they would have already gracefully bowed out. But it is our issue. And our time is running out for common sense to prevail. But it’s not too late. If you are still mumbling into your colon, come out and breathe some fresh air. Let’s work together to find someone who will inspire us, who will give us hope, and who will actually lead us into a bright future instead of one of fear and angst. Unfortunately, that person is still unknown. But, hopefully, we will know them when we meet them. And, hopefully, that will be very soon.

    1. Walt Shields Avatar
      Walt Shields

      That bright future is certainly in question right now. Yes, very soon is our hope.

    2. Pearl Caldwell Avatar
      Pearl Caldwell

      I really like your ‘popping a cork’ simile, but I’m afraid I don’t see it happening on either side. Do you really think the American people will allow a Nazi wannabe to gain the Presidency again? I don’t think so, but times are fraught.

  2. Jason Carter Avatar
    Jason Carter

    The overarching stupidity of “the American people” has always been an historical constant, but I truly believe the calamity of this election can be weathered by the skin of our teeth. The plurality of Americans nationwide – if not in South Dakota – reject the policies of MAGA and Project 2025. The only way Republicans have been able to achieve national success over the last 24 years is by cheating. So there is hope. Slim, but still there.

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4 thoughts on “Changing South Dakota Politics for the Better.

  1. Hope Springs

    My dream for my country is to very soon be alive to hear a sound sweeping our nation. That sound will be similar to popping a cork off a champagne bottle. It will be the sound of people pulling their heads out of their behinds. (The first – and loudest – pops will be from the DC area.) What will precipitate this national pop remains unclear. Felony convictions didn’t prompt it nor did stumbling, incoherent speeches. Something will finally wake us up. Something so mundane and seemingly unimportant that no one can even claim climate change as the impetus. Once heads are correctly placed, it will be like waking from a bad dream. What?!? We are preferring a dictator who is a felon? We actually give money to an old guy who doesn’t know his own name? If either of these men actually loved the country we love, this would not be an issue because they would have already gracefully bowed out. But it is our issue. And our time is running out for common sense to prevail. But it’s not too late. If you are still mumbling into your colon, come out and breathe some fresh air. Let’s work together to find someone who will inspire us, who will give us hope, and who will actually lead us into a bright future instead of one of fear and angst. Unfortunately, that person is still unknown. But, hopefully, we will know them when we meet them. And, hopefully, that will be very soon.

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    1. Pearl Caldwell

      I really like your ‘popping a cork’ simile, but I’m afraid I don’t see it happening on either side. Do you really think the American people will allow a Nazi wannabe to gain the Presidency again? I don’t think so, but times are fraught.

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  2. Jason Carter

    The overarching stupidity of “the American people” has always been an historical constant, but I truly believe the calamity of this election can be weathered by the skin of our teeth. The plurality of Americans nationwide – if not in South Dakota – reject the policies of MAGA and Project 2025. The only way Republicans have been able to achieve national success over the last 24 years is by cheating. So there is hope. Slim, but still there.

    Reply

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