On the Issues: Lora Hubbel

Phil Jensen


Incumbent candidates have a voting record upon which we can rely to know whether they will support Republican values and principles if re-elected.  The best indicator of how a candidate will behave if they receive our support is how they have already voted on the issues. If a candidate has faithfully supported Republican principles in the past, there is every reason to believe they will continue to do so, if re-elected. If a candidate has done a poor job of representing Republican principles, or has even done more to help the other side than their own, then there is every reason to believe this behavior will continue if they are re-elected.

Lora Hubbel

Lora Hubbel

But fresh candidates with no voting record are an unknown.  Often times we only hear sweet-sounding mottos and phrases from them that don’t really tell us how they will vote on various issues or certain bills in particular.  Also, we sometimes hear that a candidate is in favor of this issue or that, but when the rubber meets the road and a bill is before them, the tune changes.

American Clarion recently submitted a list of questions to new candidates for the South Dakota Legislature in 2016.  These questions focused primarily on bills that were considered in the 2016 legislative session, to develop an idea of how the candidate might have voted on these issues, were they in office at the time the bills were considered.

Rick Kriebel 2016


The next installment in this series comes from Lora Hubbel, a Republican candidate for the South Dakota Senate in District 9.  You can learn more about her here.

The candidate’s responses are below, presented un-edited and in full.

How would you have voted on HB 1182, the education tax bill?

Woodrow Wilcox


I would have opposed 1182 and its counterpart SB 131. Nowhere in the first draft did the bill ever say teachers would get a raise…as an afterthought in SB 131 the legislators tucked in the verbiage, “It is our intent” that teachers get a raise….”intent” has no legal power of enforcement and we all know the path to hell is paved with good intentions. The only ones benefiting for sure is the newly appointed board that can renege on the promised “intent”. One can be sure the board will be paid handsomely.

 If you would have opposed HB 1182, what kind of legislation would you have sponsored or supported?

I think that is a local issue. Some schools have an average housing costs way lower that other districts and their pay should reflect the wages for the area. However, we are lowest in Teacher pay but around 24th in Administration pay. The state funding must have some strings attached so all the money doesn’t just keep going to the “Administration teachers”. The state gives the money to the school administration that feed themselves first and gives the dregs to the teachers. To prevent all the money from continually going to the administration, the state needs to have some say in how the schools would use the money. I liked Lance Russell’s bill where the teachers would get their increase from then lottery like was originally planned when we passed the lottery.

How would you have voted on HB 1008, the restroom privacy bill, and why?

This bill was absolutely needed since the SD High School Athletics Assn sold us down the river and TOLD us our children were going to be sharing showers if they went out for athletics. It was a fair bill that gave no undeserved special rights and took none away. It should never have been vetoed by the Governor after visiting with Bruce Jenner….he should have listened to us instead of a pitifully confused individual. And those legislators who yielded to the governor’s arm twisting should be ashamed of themselves.

Would you have voted to override Governor Daugaard’s veto of the privacy bill, and why?

Yes..see above

Would you have supported HB 1076, the drug testing for welfare recipient’s bill, or a variation thereof? Why or why not?

Yes, and for all state employees, legislators included. Anyone who gets hard-earned tax money from workers who must yield to a pee test in order to keep their job, should prove to the taxpayers the money is not being wasted.

How would you have voted on HB 1107 to protect religious freedom and the right of conscience for Christian organizations and businesses?

I would have voted for it. It is a pity that this bill is even needed in a free country, but we have neglected our charge from our founding fathers to stay vigilant. We get the government that we tolerate and the candidates we vote for.

How would you have voted on HB 1110 to provide taxpayer-funded health care to pregnant illegal aliens?

I would have voted against it. Those self-righteously claiming it was a pro-life bill are in error. One doesn’t need healthcare to have a baby…in fact some say the less medical intervention in this normal process, the better. It would have only served the “stakeholders” …and other word for those who benefit from government money.

Do you support or oppose legislation which would better enable South Dakota to deal with the illegal immigration problem in our state?

Like shutting down Lutheran Social Services that brings these non-vetted people in and then abandons them after a few months? There is nothing about illegal immigration that is positive. We may need to make legal immigration easier, but illegal immigration hurts all involved in the process. It even hurts the illegal immigrants as they are fed a lie about how easy it is to live in American and then give their children over to coyotes who may mistreat them.

What is your opinion of Governor Daugaard’s refusal to stand against the resettlement of improperly vetted Syrian refugees in South Dakota?

I heard Marty Jackley say at a Conservative luncheon that neither he nor Daugaard knows anything about any Syrian refugees. So we get a denial from the Governor to do anything about possible terrorists among us and a shoulder shrug from our AG. I say follow the money. See if the political upper echelon is making any money off this. Welcome to good old boy SD.

Do you support or oppose Common Core and other nationalized education standards? Why?

Why do you even ask that…are you just tempting me to cuss? No, I do not like Common Core and think people should be in jail for promoting it. I funded a Common Core conference inviting dignitaries like Sandra Stotsky Jennifer White and Chuck Laudner to educate Sioux Falls on the perils of Common Core. Did you know that SD is now a GOVERNING state for Common Core and not just a participating state? Again follow the carrots. This is being pushed by our Governor for a few extra bucks. So not worth it when you see how it utterly destroys children.

Do you support or oppose expanding Medicaid in South Dakota? Why?

…I just cussed again. No No and No. We cannot afford it. Indian Health will not pay for it. And even if we could have it paid for, it is a failed, miserable system that I would not wish on my dog. Why are we trying to get people on this? Doctors are being temporarily reimbursed well under it….but Obamacare admits it’s only temporary. Besides, it is the part of ObamaCare that Justice Roberts let the states decide to implement if they wanted full-fledged ObamaCare. Daugaard’s administration has written, “even though PPACA (Obamacare) is unpopular in SD, we believe it is prudent to proceed with its implementation.” There ya go. All the misery of unimaginably high health care costs in SD are laid directly at the Governor’s feet. Daugaard is pro-Obamacare and has been pushing it in SD through unconstitutional Department bills. Some of the bills don’t sound like Obamacare unless you understand it. Any data collection bill, genetic bill, or Dept of Health bill is piecing together ObamaCare in our state. Only the “stakeholders”, or those benefiting from the Federal carrots, are pushing Medicaid Expansion.

Do you support or oppose legislation that would reduce the number of abortions that occur in South Dakota?

Always. I had a little hard time with the 20 week pain capable bill. I graduated in Biology and during my undergrad, I saw a film of an 8 week old fetus being experimented on. It looked like boys poking a frog to death. I could hardly watch it. I remember when they poked the little one in the eyes and nose while the narrator said, “see you can tell the extreme reaction to stimuli when the facial area is prodded.” I wanted to scream, “stop it..stop hurting that 8 week baby.” I still want to scream that…for every abortion. Not just those over 20 weeks. I’m not pro-death for those under 20 weeks. I don’t believe we can ward off God’s judgement if we continue to be lukewarm about abortion.

Do you support or oppose legislation allowing law-abiding South Dakotans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit?


Based on the bills that have passed the South Dakota Legislature in the past two years, and the bills that have been killed in the South Dakota Legislature over the past two years, do you believe the majority of South Dakota Republican legislators are doing a good job of upholding the values and principles of the Republican Party? Why or why not?

NOT! And I may be one of only a few that tried to DO something about it rather than just talk about it. I ran against a Pro-ObamaCare, Pro-Common Core, Pro-Tax and spend progressive Governor and tried to warn SD citizens of what they were worshiping as their leader. The hammer came down pretty hard with all kinds of lies being told about me that even conservatives loved to repeat and embellish. Maybe now that the masks are coming off, people are seeing what I saw in our leadership years ago. The legislators cannot do much since we have no balance of power in SD. It is all held in the Governor’s office. One Senator said the Governor tried to strong- arm him into voting a certain way. When the Senator pushed back, the Governor allegedly replied that he could buy the senate he wanted…evidently he wasn’t kidding. We need to restore SD to our constitutional balance of power so our citizens have a voice again.

If elected to the South Dakota Legislature, what is your number one legislative priority, and why?

Root out ObamaCare and Common Core. And get a divorce from the Hospital monopoly which acts as sour fourth branch of Government in SD.



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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