Last night’s South Dakota Focus led off with discussion of Referred Law 20, the youth minimum wage cut. SDPB hasn’t made the video embeddable, but here are images of the two speakers, prime sponsor Senator David Novstrup and the man who will replace him in Pierre, me:
SDPB shows clear bias here by shooting Novstrup on the shady side of the street while framing me on the sunny side of the street. Of course, it was also a 90-degree July day when we shot our segment, so you’d think I’d be wilting in the heat. But poor David looks like he’s being led to the gallows.
Of course, if I were trying to defend a bad bill by contending that we disrespect older workers by giving young workers equal minimum protection in the workplace, I’d look a little ill, too.
But at least David was willing to go on camera to defend his poor work. For the second segment of last night’s show, on Referred Law 19, the petition reform bill, SDPB’s Stephanie Rissler couldn’t get David or any other Republican who voted for it in 2015 to defend the measure. She’s stuck reading Rep. Brian Gosch’s (R-32/Rapid City) risibly short, crassly partisan, and flatly false proponent statement. Viewers thus are treated to seven minutes (starting around timestamp 09:40) of my explaining how Referred Law 19 leads to fewer candidates and fewer choices on our ballot.
I have heard from a couple of readers who are confused by this month’s SDPB programming guide, which apparently lists me as the “sponsor” of Referred Laws 19 and 20. Indeed, that is confusing, making it sound like I’m supporting those two measures. As last night’s South Dakota Focus makes clear, I oppose both measures… and so should you!