From Mr. Barton:
At the request of the assistant state's attorney, Michele Bennett, I spent
six hours driving to and from Huron and meeting with her. It appeared to be
a waste of time, as she tried to again persuade me to plead guilty or "nolo
contendre" (no contest), with the "promise" of being allowed to make a
statement at my sentencing. I stated to her repeatedly that I did not
violate any law, and that I would not plead either guilty or no contest
(which is essentially no different from guilty, in my opinion).
My attorney has again filed a motion to dismiss, based on my rights of free
speech; it appears that Ms. Bennett and her superior(s) wish to claim that my
speaking out interfered with the rights of the people at the forum to hear
the two candidates that were present (of the three on the ballot). What an
odd twist of logic.
In another odd twist, Mr. Patrick Callahan, the moderator from Dakota News
Network, contacted me and interviewed me by phone for his radio network in
response to a press release issued by my campaign to all media outlets.
During the interview, as recorded (although I have not heard what actually
made it on the air), he did not mention our first "interview" at the State
Fair once; apparently, since he has followed up on a press release and asked
for (and gotten) a press release, we Libertarian candidates are now
"newsworthy." By the way, Mr. Callahan apparently has served in the past as
a police officer or reserve police officer.
On the campaign side, I did receive statewide news coverage from that press
release, which detailed my proposals for "recreating" state government, and I
was included in news stories about the candidates' forum broadcast on state
Public Radio and TV yesterday, which featured all four candidates for
governor. We four candidates actually met twice yesterday, once at
Vermillion on the University of South Dakota campus for the PBS forum, and
then in the evening for a second forum at North Sioux City. The first was
jointly sponsored by the two largest dailies of the state (Sioux Falls Argus
Leader and Rapid City Journal) as well as SD Public Broadcasting; the second
by the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce "49er's Club" and KMAG-TV, Sioux City.
Mike Rounds, the GOP candidate, both publicly and privately stated that he
believed ALL candidates should be included in ALL forums, because more gets
done that way.
If people would take a few minutes to encourage other South Dakota
Libertarian candidates, and urge them to keep fighting for freedom, I'd
appreciate it. They include:
(1) Terry Begay, US Representative, email@example.com
(2) Kurt Evans, US Senator, firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) Bob Newland, Attorney General, email@example.com
(4) Alex Martin, Sec of State, firstname.lastname@example.org
(5) Bill Stone, Commissioner of School and Public Lands, email@example.com
Please send just a quick "Attaboy" message to each of them, if you can, right
now, to tell them how much we appreciate their efforts for liberty. It can
really help, and doesn't cost more than a minute or two.
By the way, Ms. Bennett had a big stack of e-mails and copies of some on-line
publication called Samizdat or some "communist" name like that, which had the
gall to refer to one of the security guards as a "Jack-booted thug", and she
is very upset over that "award" and the e-mails sent to the man and his
department, as well as a resolution of support from the Yankton (SD) Area
Libertarians, which was even notarized. She showed them off to me and stated
that politics did not matter to her, because she was only interested in
enforcing the law. She tried to blame me for the correspondence, or at least
seemed to imply that I was responsible for it.
I appreciate everyone's encouragement and help!