SDP focuses on national politics with a special emphasis on South Dakota. It also includes posts on philosophy, science and culture. SDP was founded by Jason Van Beek, who stopped blogging after becoming a staffer for Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and is currently operated by Ken Blanchard.
The House has passed the bill demanding withdrawal from Iraq by October 1 of this year. The vote was 218-208, with two Republicans voting in favor and thirteen Democrats opposing it. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin voted for it.