The South Dakota House GOP leadership kicked Rep. Stace Nelson (R-19/Fulton) and Rep. Lance Russell (R-30/Hot Springs) out of their caucus last session. Nelson incurred their wrath for making Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones look ignorant and for challenging ethical missteps by the leadership. Russell got booted purportedly for not attending meetings enough, but he also backed Nelson's ethics charge.

Apparently the GOP leadership wants to at least create the appearance of kissing and making up. House Majority Leader Rep. David Lust (R-34/Rapid City) has sent Nelson and Russell letters inviting them to attend the party caucus in Pierre Saturday.

All parties are keeping quiet... sort of... per Lust's request that the letter contents be kept confidential. But surely they'll have a few words about Rep. Russell's continuing charges that Lust and the leadership play all sorts of inappropriate and petty power games. And Rep. Nelson shows no signs of puckering up:

“There was no reconciliation,” Nelson said of the letter from Lust. “There was some things he put in the letter that were inappropriate, that did not do anything to further matters” [David Montgomery, "Old GOP Flare-Up in House Eases Up," that Sioux Falls paper, 2012.11.14].

Oh, to be at caucus tomorrow. Play nicely, kids!