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South Dakota Editorial Roundup

January 14, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Do more to track victims before granting clemency
Former Gov. Mike Rounds did not receive all the necessary information when he granted clemency for a convicted killer in late December.
So he has done what he can to try and remedy that. Acting upon a recommendation from state corrections officials, Rounds granted clemency to Joaquin Jack Ramos, who had been sentenced to life in prison after shooting his fiancee, Debbie Martines, during a drunken fit of rage.
Ramos had been a model prisoner, according to the recommendation, prompting Rounds to reduce his life sentence and make Ramos eligible for parole in 2013. Continue Reading

Opinion: South Dakota Editorial Roundup

September 3, 2010 in The Daily Republic

State Fair is becoming what S.D. residents want it to be
The 125th edition of the South Dakota State Fair recently opened, and we’re pleased to see it in better financial health.
For most of the last decade, the future of the State Fair has been vigorously debated in the state Legislature. Financial troubles, scheduling challenges and the changing demographics of South Dakota all played a role. Continue Reading