When I asked Rep. Julie Bartling (D-21/Gregory) what disappointed her most about the 2015 Legislative Session, she cited the Republican leadership’s ongoing exclusion of the Democratic minority from meaningful dialogue:
Rep. Spence Hawley (D-7/Brookings) agrees that the GOP’s exclusive partisanship hurts all South Dakotans by allowing too many decisions to happen behind closed doors:
Of course, Republicans aren’t going to up and invite us Democrats into the process on their own just for niceys. Their corrupt, complacent, calcified cronyism (a description that could only come from the Constant Commoner) forbids such action. The only way to get the Republicans to open that door and involve Democrats and all citizens will be to kick some of those Republicans out and replace them with more Democrats. Fill every slot, and run to win!