It figures that I’d be on my way to Sioux Falls for the ACLU Cheers for Liberty event (today, 5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 201 E 8th St.) when Rick Weiland comes to Aberdeen to speak to the Brown County Democratic Party! Weiland will be here tonight at 7 p.m. to speak on the “Trifecta of Reform” we have on our ballot this year:
- Amendment T, which would end gerrymandering by establishing an independent commission to draw Legislative district boundaries;
- Amendment V, which would make county, Legislative, gubernatorial, and Congressional elections nonpartisan; and
- Initiated Measure 22, which would reëstablish the statewide ethics commission after a 38-year absence, put new reporting requirements and limits on lobbying and campaign fundraising, and create an optional small-donor public campaign finance system.
Passing any one of those three reforms will give more South Dakotans the chance to participate in fairer elections. Passing all three may approach revolutionary.
Democrats and Democrat-curious neighbors, come hear Weiland explain these ballot measures and join the Brown County Democrats for Gypsy Day Parade prep and other work we’ll do to win on ballot measures and candidate races in November!
p.s.: Neither Weiland nor the Brown County Democrats will bring black-shirted thug-wannabes to throw out interested attendees who disagree with them. But they will appreciate polite questions and participation.