I wonder if the judge was thinking of Lutz's "who's on first" testimony in Florida. And, as that was a Sunlust case, I think Prenda managed to keep Lutz away from this one altogether. Too bad - I'm extremely curious as to what Lutz is doing these days and where.
I can't possibly be the only person that watches (and enjoys) YouTube content like How it Should Have Ended and Everything Wrong With.. even for movies and shows that I've never seen. I gave up being devastated by spoilers a long time ago, and somehow, still managed to be entertained, anyway.
If Thune isn't careful, he may end up getting the same reputation as Daschle, who wasn't able to shake the perception that he was toeing the party line as opposed to the interests of his constituents.
I've mentioned this before, but he'd also do well to remember that government regulation helped bring electricity and phone service to many rural areas in SD at a time when European countries like France and Germany were miles ahead of the US in that regard, and the industry wasn't competitive enough to make the investment worthwhile.
Thune used to lobby for and had received campaign funding from the railroad industry. This seems a bit at odds with his recent hard pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline, though, so the railroads may not be as much of an influence on him as they once were.
...government regulation helped bring electricity and the POTS to rural communities and farms in places like Jones County, SD, where Thune spent his formative years. Thune has made most of his political hay claiming to represent the rural citizens of SD; appearing at farm shows, pointing to his ranch-land upbringing, and so on. He ought to know better than to dismiss regulation out of hand.
Still, South Dakota has been very 'company friendly' more recently, for better or worse. Hopefully, though, he can be convinced that this is one of those 'for worse' cases.