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    Kristi Noem Gets Daughter Real Estate License

    https://apnews.com/article/business-...41a696ef9fc251

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman’s direct supervisor and the state labor secretary.

    Noem’s daughter attended too.

    Kassidy Peters, then 26, ultimately obtained the certification in November 2020, four months after the meeting at her mother’s office. A week after that, the labor secretary called the agency head, Sherry Bren, to demand her retirement, according to an age discrimination complaint Bren filed against the department. Bren, 70, ultimately left her job this past March after the state paid her $200,000 to withdraw the complaint.

    Exactly what transpired at the July 27, 2020, meeting in the governor’s office isn’t clear. Noem declined an interview request and her office declined to answer detailed questions about the meeting.

    “The Associated Press is disparaging the Governor’s daughter in order to attack the Governor politically – no wonder Americans’ trust in the media is at an all-time low,” spokesman Ian Fury said.

    Still, government ethics experts who reviewed the series of events at the AP’s request said Noem’s decision to include her daughter in the meeting created a conflict of interest regardless of what was discussed.

    While Peters was applying for the certification, Noem should have recused herself from discussions on the agency, especially any that would apply to her daughter’s application, said Richard Painter, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School who was the chief ethics lawyer for former President George W. Bush.

    “It’s clearly a conflict of interest and an abuse of power for the benefit of a family member,” he said.

    Peters began working as a state-registered appraiser – an entry-level job – in 2016. She worked under the supervision of a certified appraiser to get the experience necessary to apply for her own residential appraiser certification. It’s not an easy hurdle; applicants must show they can perform appraisals to national standards, putting to use 200 hours of classroom education and months of experience.

    While trainees make as little as $10 an hour, certified residential appraisers can launch their own businesses and can make more than $50,000 a year.

    In September 2019, Peters applied to become a Certified Residential appraiser. But in late July 2020, the Appraiser Certification Program moved to deny the license, according to a July 27 letter from Peters’ supervisor that was obtained by AP. The certification is denied when an applicant’s work samples don’t meet minimum compliance with national standards, according to the agency’s upgrade procedures.

    Bren, who had directed the Appraiser Certification Program for three decades, told the AP that she received a text on July 26 from her supervisor telling her to be at the governor’s office the next morning, ready to discuss “appraiser certification procedures.”

    Besides Noem and Peters, Bren said the meeting included Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman; Bren’s supervisor; the governor’s general counsel; and, participating by telephone, Noem’s chief of staff and a lawyer from the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation.

    Bren remembered it lasting close to an hour and including questions from Noem on how certification works.

    After consulting with her attorney, Bren declined to discuss with AP further meeting details, including whether Peters’ upgrade was discussed. The settlement of her age discrimination complaint includes a clause barring her from disparaging state officials.

    However, Bren did confirm that at the meeting she was presented with a letter from Peters’ supervisor, Kristine Juelfs, who wrote that she disagreed with the denial and charged that Peters had run up against an “inefficient process.”

    “In the past week I was notified that my trainee, State Registered Appraiser Kassidy Peters, was denied upgrade of her license to State Certified Residential Appraiser,” Juelfs wrote. “This came as quite a shock to myself as she has represented the knowledge and skills necessary.”

    Juelfs’ letter blasted the application evaluation for lacking “timeliness and professionalism” and said the examiner reviewing Peters’ work had “acted unprofessional when conversing with Kassidy.”

    Peters agreed with the criticism in a statement to AP.

    “My upgrade to become a Certified Residential Appraiser was very lengthy and I was expected to navigate through many obstacles from the very beginning,” she said. “I’m glad I have it now and that I have the privilege to serve my clients in South Dakota.”

    Bren declined to discuss the certification of any individual appraisers, including Peters. However, speaking broadly about the agency, she said she hoped to help applicants succeed while making sure they met federal requirements.

    “You also want to be fair and consistent and treat all your appraisers the same,” she said.

    Labor Secretary Hultman, in response to questions from the AP, declined to delve into details of Peters’ application or explain the discrepancy between Juelfs’ letter, which said the upgrade had been denied, and department records, which showed a denial was not ultimately issued.

    “Kassidy Peters went through the same process as other appraisers. There was no denial,” Hultman said in a statement. “Mrs. Peters completed the requirements to become licensed, and she was subsequently certified in November.”

    Bren’s troubles began to mount almost immediately after Peters’ Nov. 25 certification. One day earlier, Hultman had called Bren to discuss “concerns about the Appraiser Certification Program,” according to Bren’s age discrimination complaint. On Dec. 1, the complaint alleged, Hultman called Bren to demand her retirement, saying she had shown an “inability to change gears.”

    Hultman told Bren that the phone call was to be kept a secret from her direct supervisor to make it appear Bren’s retirement was her choice, the complaint alleged.

    Over the ensuing weeks, Hultman did not yield in demanding a retirement date, even after Bren asked if there was any way to keep her job, emails obtained by the AP show.

    Bren filed her age discrimination complaint at the end of December and, three months later, received the $200,000 settlement agreement to withdraw the complaint and leave her job. When asked about Bren, Hultman declined to discuss “the specifics of personnel decisions.”

    Mark Miller, the governor’s current general counsel, said in a statement, “Neither party admitted fault, and no agency affirmed her claim. This sideshow regarding Kassidy Peters speaks for itself.”

    Fury, the governor’s spokesman, cast the episode as an example of Noem clearing “bureaucratic red tape to get in the way of South Dakota’s sustained economic growth.”

    “Having more quality appraisers in the market will help keep our housing market moving and home prices down,” he said.

    A few days before signing the agreement, Bren sent an email to industry colleagues expressing worry about the future of the program.

    “I have been forced to retire by the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation at the behest of the Administration,” she wrote, then added, “I want each of you to know that I have sincerely done everything possible to avoid this unfortunate circumstance.”
    I guess it helps when mom can just strongarm agencies into giving you the license so you can get a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I guess it helps when mom can just strongarm agencies into giving you the license so you can get a job.
    How else are you supposed to pull yourselves up by your Mom's bootstraps?


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    We know she's guilty as shit, because thenstate paid the victim $200k to keep her quiet.
    Quote Originally Posted by Knadra View Post
    Multiculturalism hurts and kills. This happened before Trump and it would be happening without him. Racism arises from a multicultural society. If we were monocultural, people would not see issues through the lens of race.
    This is a poster saying that people are at fault for being the victims of terrorism, because they are not white.
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    I hate personal freedom because people abuse it like a shiny new toy.

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    I also like how she's claiming this is a double standard when she has personally called for an investigation into Hunter Biden.

    It is a double standard, she's just the one applying it.

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    You know, Republicans remind me of the cheating spouse that always accuses their partner of cheating on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    I guess it helps when mom can just strongarm agencies into giving you the license so you can get a job.
    I used to work at a government bureau where the entire IT department was canned literally overnight; they came in to work and found their cards do not work anymore. The new head of IT? The son of the woman heading the bureau overseeing ours. (And he was actually a decent guy. And he knew his stuff. But still.)

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    Normally I wouldnt wish a serial harasser and assaulter like Corey Lewandowski on any woman....

    Rumors are coming out that Kristi Noem is having an extramarital affair with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
    https://amgreatness.com/2021/09/28/k...e-nice-things/

    Noem, a married mother of three, has been eyed as a possible running mate for a Trump presidential bid in 2024. Bloomberg reported in March that Trump’s closest advisors are pushing either for a black or female vice presidential candidate. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Noem have both been named among the favorites by members of Trump’s inner circle.

    On March 5, Donald Trump, Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle hosted a fundraiser for Noem at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and home in Palm Beach. Noem was invited to a second fundraiser there in April. Lewandowski has played a key role in boosting Noem’s clout with Trump.

    In a brief interview with the New York Times, Lewandowski praised Noem as having “a huge future in Republican politics.” But these recent revelations, in combination with other challenges, threaten her chances of winning a ticket to the White House.

    “There are members of Congress close to Mar-a-Lago who have called the affair ‘an open secret’ and worried that about Noem’s viability as a national candidate and within the movement,” a source familiar with the matter told American Greatness.



    A match made in white evangelical heaven, where cruelty is the point.

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    I mean...how on brand is it for Trump, a known adulterer, to run with a running mate who is also an adulterer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuerbisgeschmackShake View Post
    Rumors are coming out that Kristi Noem is having an extramarital affair with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
    Honestly, @Edge- is right. This could be 100% true and the Party of Trump has already chosen not to care. And yes, looking at you Newt Gingrich who attacked Biden for having an extramarital affair while his on was ongoing, Republicans don't have a high horse to ride on this one.

    "Potential running mate" for Trump is the real story. In 2016 Trump didn't pick Pence, Pence was chosen for him. Pence was a GOP manacle before they gave him the nomination. In 2024, apparently, they no longer have that option -- or more precisely, the Party of Trump is in charge not the GOP. Pence won't be picked. Kasish won't be picked. If he runs, Trump will pick a hot woman, he'll tell America her hotness is a campaign issue, and his followers will agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egomaniac View Post
    You know, Republicans remind me of the cheating spouse that always accuses their partner of cheating on them.
    Usually in news it seems to go together with abortions for mistresses, from the pro-life ones, of course.
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    Take that haters.
    IF IM STUPID, so is Donald Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Honestly, @Edge- is right. This could be 100% true and the Party of Trump has already chosen not to care. And yes, looking at you Newt Gingrich who attacked Biden for having an extramarital affair while his on was ongoing, Republicans don't have a high horse to ride on this one.

    "Potential running mate" for Trump is the real story. In 2016 Trump didn't pick Pence, Pence was chosen for him. Pence was a GOP manacle before they gave him the nomination. In 2024, apparently, they no longer have that option -- or more precisely, the Party of Trump is in charge not the GOP. Pence won't be picked. Kasish won't be picked. If he runs, Trump will pick a hot woman, he'll tell America her hotness is a campaign issue, and his followers will agree.
    Noem could gift her youngest daughter as sexual sacrifice to Trump, and people would still support it.

    I stopped expecting morals and principles from the GOP a long time ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by Knadra View Post
    Multiculturalism hurts and kills. This happened before Trump and it would be happening without him. Racism arises from a multicultural society. If we were monocultural, people would not see issues through the lens of race.
    This is a poster saying that people are at fault for being the victims of terrorism, because they are not white.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfire View Post
    I hate personal freedom because people abuse it like a shiny new toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    Trump will pick a hot woman, he'll tell America her hotness is a campaign issue, and his followers will agree.
    So Ivanka then? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egomaniac View Post
    So Ivanka then? :P
    You say that like it's a joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    You say that like it's a joke.
    Well, that's the thing. I'm being totally serious...and it's still a joke :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machismo View Post
    Noem could gift her youngest daughter as sexual sacrifice to Trump, and people would still support it.
    That's not true. They'd probably be pissed because the daughter is just too old...

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    Very reassuring that the governor who bullied state employees into granting her daughter a real estate certification; is being investigated by the AG who killed a man and got away with it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Egomaniac View Post
    Well, that's the thing. I'm being totally serious...and it's still a joke :P

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    That's not true. They'd probably be pissed because the daughter is just too old...
    You make a good point. She's not a 15-year-old pageant contestant.
    Quote Originally Posted by Knadra View Post
    Multiculturalism hurts and kills. This happened before Trump and it would be happening without him. Racism arises from a multicultural society. If we were monocultural, people would not see issues through the lens of race.
    This is a poster saying that people are at fault for being the victims of terrorism, because they are not white.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilfire View Post
    I hate personal freedom because people abuse it like a shiny new toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuerbisgeschmackShake View Post
    Very reassuring that the governor who bullied state employees into granting her daughter a real estate certification; is being investigated by the AG who killed a man and got away with it.



    Me; Siri, Who's the worst person in South Dakota?
    Siri; Depends, is it during Sturgis?
    SD politics are wild.

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