Hold off on that trip to Pierre! I hear from Rev. Steve Hickey that the payday lender lawsuit to yank Initiated Measure 21, the real 36% rate cap, from our ballot has been moved from this Thursday and Friday to August 10–11. That’s cutting things really close—the deadline for the Secretary of State to get final printed ballots to the county auditors is Tuesday, August 16, so whoever loses Sixth Circuit Judge Mark Barnett’s vote will have little if any chance to appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court. But as weak as the payday lenders’ case is, their legal minions must figure they need to use this month to keep fishing for evidence and less ridiculous arguments.
That fishing expedition resumed yesterday, with this dude showing up at Rev. Hickey’s former address. The driver appears to be Craig S. Olson, who joined Aaron Lorenzen in filing the January challenge against the IM 21 petition with the Secretary of State. According to Rev. Hickey, this man was trolling around Sioux Falls asking about the pastor’s daughter, who helped circulate the petition that her dad sponsored. If you see this guy or anyone else poking around your neighborhood asking questions about citizen participation in democracy, snap a photo, ask some questions (who are you, who’s paying you, have you ever worked for Dan Lederman, and why don’t you want people to vote on capping interest rates on payday loans?), and let me know!