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Senator Pressler by Larry Pressler

By Joseph Reitz August 20, 2016

If it’s true that timing is everything, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy, by former South Dakota U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler (Fortis, 166 pp., $8.95, paper) is an example of perfect timing. This refreshing book has hit the market during a presidential election campaign in which the American public rates both major candidates low in trustworthiness.

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Larry Pressler’s Independent Streak.

By Warren Rojas Jun 22, 2016 5:00 AM

Onetime Republican lawmaker Larry Pressler attempted to shake up the establishment in 2014, plotting a return to Capitol Hill nearly 20 years after leaving office.

Only this time, he decided to try his luck as an independent candidate.

Pressler's comeback bid didn't take. (Republican Mike Rounds claimed the seat vacated by retiring South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson.)

The experimental run, though humbling, also provided Pressler with a glimpse into the future.

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Review: Pressler Recounts 2014 Campaign; Now Where's His 17%?

By Caheidelberger 2016-06-27 23:05

Last month we went on a family vacation, a weeklong loop around Wyoming. While enjoying the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, I got a voice mail from former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler.

Readers attentive to symbolism may jump to snark, but consider: a 74-year-old politician reached me over 600 miles from home, on a day when no one in South Dakota would have been able to tell him where to find me, by tapping my phone number onto a mobile device made possible in part, he would say, by a bill he passed twenty years ago, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the magnum opus of his time in the Senate [p. 63].

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That time a former GOP Senator endorsed Hillary

By Larry Pressler June 15, 2016, 01:00 pm

I spent twenty-two years as a Republican member of the U.S. Congress from the state of South Dakota — four in the U.S. House and eighteen in the United States Senate. The Orlando shooting convinced me that many Republicans/Independents/citizens have a responsibility to speak out now to get some background check legislation passed. Secretary Hillary Clinton has been very courageous on this subject—she has stood up to the NRA.

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Some Republicans are bucking Trump, but almost none back Clinton

By David Weigel June 16, 2016

On Tuesday, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) appeared to join the #NeverTrump bandwagon, telling a radio host in his district that he wouldn't "endorse anyone in this race, probably the rest of the year."

On Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) told the Washington Post that he did "not plan to" back Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

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Citing Orlando Massacre, Pressler Announces Support For Clinton

In the wake of last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando, a former Republican senator from South Dakota has announced he is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

In an email interview with the Press and Dakotan Wednesday, former Sen. Larry Pressler said the Orlando massacre, in which 49 people were killed and 53 wounded, emphasizes the need to bolster background checks and address the access to assault-style weapons.

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Hillary Clinton’s Orlando Shooting Response Had Unexpected Praise From This Former Republican Senator

Update: In a press conference Monday morning, Orlando police confirmed that 49 people had been killed and 53 injured early Sunday morning at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. After opening fire on the crowd, an individual named Omar Mateen had taken hostages and was ultimately killed in a stand-off with police; Mateen had called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State shortly before the massacre. Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer declared a state of emergency, and the massacre is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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Orlando shooting sparks gun control, language debates

Washington (CNN)Within hours, the Orlando mass shooting at a gay nightclub set off renewed political debates -- with Democrats calling for gun control and Republicans blasting "radical Islamic terrorism."

At least 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

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Former GOP senator endorses Hillary Clinton following Orlando terror attack, cites her anti-NRA record

At least one Republican is so disgusted by Donald Trump’s response to the deadliest mass shooting attack in recent U.S. history that he’s endorsed Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, specifically slamming Trump’s allegiance to the National Rifle Association.

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Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting

A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, citing her support for gun control.

Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

“I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a statement issued over the weekend.

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Win or lose, Pressler made a difference

Posted: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

By: Kevin Woster

A year ago or so, Larry Pressler and I were talking about his coming campaign for the U.S. Senate, and the concerns among those who cared most about him - including some former staffers - that the 22-year congressional veteran would be humiliated if he ran for one last term.

It wasn't just that they feared he would lose. They feared he would take a shellacking, become a campaign joke, that the 2014 run would be an asterisk of historic derision on an otherwise admirable political career.

Boy, were they wrong. And I'll bet gladly so, now.

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OUR VIEW: Pressler best candidate in Senate race

Some people have wondered why we've waited this long for our endorsement for the U.S. Senate race.

Partially, it's because we wanted to wait and make our decision on Election Day. It's a tight race in our eyes, even if the polls don't show it.

It's a tight race because we agree with each candidate on different issues.

We've made our decision on the eve of Election Day to endorse Larry Pressler, independent candidate running against a Republican in Mike Rounds, a Democrat in Rick Weiland and another independent in Gordon Howie.

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Independents' Day? Pressler candidacy echoes changes in SD electorate

By Lance Nixon -

When the Argus Leader and the Rapid City Journal, South Dakota’s largest daily newspapers, endorsed independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler in recent days, it wasn’t merely a vote of confidence in the former Republican senator going into Tuesday’s general election.

It was also an indication that only two flavors, Republican and Democrat, just aren’t enough to satisfy some choosy customers out shopping for their next U.S. senator-just as Pressler finds it difficult to put an “R” behind his name any longer.

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