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  • South Dakota Asks: Can Women Think on the Weekends?

    South Dakota already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, requiring women to visit a "crisis pregnancy center" and wait 72-hours after a doctor's consultation before exercising their constitutionally-protected rights. Now, Kate Sheppard has flagged down an exciting new abortion restriction from the people who believe in a government so small, it fits comfortably inside a woman's uterus:

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    Tags: Abortion, South Dakota, State Legislature, Women's Rights
  • 11 Reasons Why America Will Never Be #2

    A new study released by the National Intelligence Council claims that the United States–currently the world's #1 economic superpower–will fall to second place sometime before 2030, and that China will take the top spot.

    National Intelligence Council? More like National Dumb-igence Council. China may have a growing middle class, but the United States has plenty of reasons why it will always be #1, in everything.

    Here are 11 of them:

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    Tags: Alcohol, China, Christmas, Chuck Grassley, Food, Music, South Dakota, Television, War on Christmas
  • America's Five Most Democratic Counties

    According to the latest popular vote tallies, Barack Obama's gifts and the New Black Panther Party's GOTV efforts earned the president 65,331,508 votes compared to 60,698,920 votes for Mitt Romney. Those on the losing side of this result can find solace in the Five Best Counties for Conservative Republicans, where they may be cocooned miles away from the nearest NPR-listening, Prius-driving, Obama-voting liberal.

    For the winners, however, there's the realization that 60 million votes is still a ton of people. Are there any places in America where a Democrat can be away from the Romney-voting hordes and experience the same level of blissful epistemic closure as their conservative counterparts? Yes. Yes there are.

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    Tags: Democrats, Liberals, Maryland, Mississippi, New York City, South Dakota, Washington DC
  • Ad Watch: Is Learning Stuff Inherently Evil?

    Much like the people who put this ad together for Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), I find myself with an embarrassment of things that are just begging to be made fun of. But can I actually jam them all into one short post?

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    Tags: Advertising, House of Representatives, South Dakota
  • One of a Kind Candidate: Tara Volesky, Mayor, Mitchell, SD

    Corn Palace

    Mitchell, South Dakota – home of the world's only Corn Palace – needs a new mayor. Current mayor Lou Sebert is stepping down because he'll soon be eighty. "I know there is eighty and there is eighty," Sebert told Indecision in an exclusive interview. (Yep, once in a while we actually talk to people instead of just excerpting the first local news article we find that doesn't have racist reader comments.)

    With Sebert's tenure coming to a close, Tara Volesky has joined the field of candidates running to replace him. Ms. Volesky wants to bring back Mitchell's once-proud polka festival, and she has four children – Turner, Tyler, Tucker and Taylor. Sorry, I've just got to jump back to Lou Sebert for just a second.

    Mr. Sebert responded to my questions via email, and I won't share the entire exchange because it's a private special thing between him and me, but here is how he signs off:

    I pray I gave you what you are looking for, if not ask someone else or try again.
    Mayor of Mitchell – home of the World’s Only Corn Palace.
    Lou Sebert – The best Mayor this city has.

    There should be an award for this.

    Back to the mayoral race. Volesky is also contemplating plans for the Corn Palace, the world's only corn palace that's not drawing crowds like it used to. Basically, the plans involve spending millions to renovate the palace and make it more awesome, or to leave it as-is and let it remain awesome. Volesky has a straightforward plan for urban-betterment-something-or-other-who-cares IT IS A GODDAMN CORN PALACE.

    Stop what you're doing right now (reading this post). Open a new tab, go to Google Maps and navigate to Mitchell, SD. Enter Street View. Scope out the palace, covered in corn and glory. Read the inscription on the front door: "America's Destinations." Now come back to this post and think about what you just saw. The Corn Palace is not a destination, it's our destinations. All of them. How is that tiny apartment of yours?

    Let's make the dream happen. Let's quit this rat race, get our friends move to the same small town, and make it home. Mitchell calls us. The Corn Palace calls us. It is bigger than you, it is bigger than me, it is bigger than Tara Volesky–even though she may wind up being its mayor. And if you don't believe me you can ask someone else, or try again.

    Photo by Visions of America/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

    Previously: R.J. Morris, "Fee freer"

    Our friends at Dr Pepper are going to send Ms. Volesky a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, and you get to choose its slogan:

    Want a custom t-shirt of your own? Of course you do! Head to and get started.

    Tags: One of a Kind Candidates, South Dakota