Dennis Daugaard won a crushing victory in November. By a historic margin. As he starts his second term in office, that drawer is full of political capital.
In other words, Daugaard has the capital to set an agenda and get stuff done in the next couple of years. But unlike the gold coins, political capital is perishable. Even if you don't use it, you'll eventually lose it. The day will come when Daugaard, even if he is still governor, won't have the leverage he currently enjoys. At some point, the focus will shift to Daugaard's replacement [Jonathan Ellis, "Will Daugaard Spend Political Capital?" that Sioux Falls paper, 2015.02.07].
South Dakota, you used to elect interesting people, like Peter Norbeck, Bill Janklow, and George Mickelson. When did you become allergic to bold leaders with vision?