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Referendum Petitions in Brookings Tuesday; Legislature, Not Circulators, Stopping Voters

Brookings friends! Are you looking for a chance to sign the petitions to refer SB 69 and SB 177 to a public vote? Tuesday—tomorrow!—is your day! Circulators will have petitions near the three polling places for tomorrow’s Brookings city election.

Now notice: those circulators won’t be too near the polling places. As we all know, SDCL 12-18-3 says any petitioners or other politically communicative individuals need to stand at least 100 feet from the door to any polling place. Our Brookings circulators are keenly aware and respectful of state law and the sanctity of the vote… which is why they are circulating and you are signing these petitions in the first place.

So make it a democracy twofer: go vote in the Brookings city election (Patty Bacon and Scott Meyer sound like good choices to me!), then walk down the sidewalk (and it will be a beautiful day to walk!) and sign a couple petitions to give yourself a chance to vote on more issues in November 2016!

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In other referendum news, KELO’s Ben Dunsmoor finally gets his head around one of the two referendum drives, the effort to put SB 177, the youth minimum wage, to a public vote. He gets SB 177 prime sponsor Senator David Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) to repeat the absurdity that, in South Dakota, giving kids more opportunity means giving them less money for their work. He gets SD Dems interim exec Zach Nistler to remind us that voters knew what they were doing when they voted last November to set the minimum wage at $8.50 an hour for every worker, young people included, and that Senator Novstrup’s legislation is really “a slap in the face to South Dakotans.”

But Dunsmoor commits one language error:

And that’s why circulators will be stopping voters once again for the next two months [Ben Dunsmoor, “A Petition Effort for Equal Pay,”, 2015.04.12].

Ben, Ben, Ben—”stopping” voters? Your limited literalism misses the bigger point. On both SB 177 and SB 69 (and hey, we’re still waiting for your detailed report on that second petition drive, Ben!), legislators are trying to stop voters from exercising their will. With SB 177, legislators like Senator Novstrup are trying to discourage voters from conducting ballot initiatives. With SB 69, legislators are raising barriers to running for office and thus trying to prevent voters from having more choices of candidates on their ballots. We petitioners in Brookings, Sioux Falls, and across the state aren’t stopping voters; we’re helping them go to the polls and enjoy more choice and more voice.


  1. Shirley Harrington-Moore 2015-04-13 16:16

    we were at Benson’s Flea Market this past weekend with petitions. Even though the weather was nice, we filled a dozen and more petitions. People are eager to sign them! It’s past time the legislature acceded to the will of the people.

  2. mike from iowa 2015-04-13 17:17

    Good on you,Ms Shirley.Hope you get more help than you can possibly use. Since I can’t vote for or with you,I have to help cheerlead.

  3. grudznick 2015-04-13 17:32

    People just don’t understand that the legislatures were elected to decide things for them, dagnabit.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-04-13 18:28

    Filled more than a dozen?! Wow! Good work, Shirley! Keep those signatures coming. It’s good to hear that the people are eager to exercise their constitutional right to override the Legislature’s bad decisions.

  5. grudgenutz 2015-04-13 18:39

    grudz, you are so not funny. I know the Tourette’s is your excuse, but you have your pills. And the poop is dribbling out around your cuffs. Gross.

  6. grudznick 2015-04-13 19:28

    Thank you, Mr. nutz. Your bloggings entertain me so you may continue.

  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-04-13 20:58

    O.K., I’m annoyed. Fake name vs. fake name, and off topic? Boring. Take it elsewhere.

  8. grudgenutz 2015-04-13 21:05

    Of course it’s boring. Question is, which fake name goes? Seniority of fake names? Elsewhere? You seem to be the only game in town.

  9. jake kammerer 2015-04-13 21:18

    Grudz whatevers– most of us are here interested in learning something. We really don’t need or want your garbage.

  10. leslie 2015-04-14 14:44

    isn’t ben meaning stopping registered voters to sign the petitions?

    I love you grudnutz.

    btw, the new law we initiated said “IN NO CASE MAY THE MINIMUM WAGE BE DECREASED.” it went on to say “increases would apply to all employers, in SD with limited exceptions.”

    those limited exceptions are very narrowly, precisely stated in SDCL 60-11-3, 3.1 and ch. 60-11 as proposed, and do not include jackley’s strained “misinterpretation” of his boss’ benefiting some constituent employees is a farce.

  11. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-04-14 15:41

    Leslie, Ben is far too literal. He misses a chance to make a larger point about who’s really stopping voters’ rights and instead ends with a phrase that makes what we do sound faintly negative.

  12. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-04-14 20:49

    Good point Cory. “Stopping voters” was not a good choice.

  13. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-04-14 21:02

    Perhaps I’m just sensitive to the imagery and language our journalists choose to drape on our referendum pushes. This movement matters, and I don’t need it getting dragged down by incautious word choices by the media.

  14. grudznick 2015-04-14 21:46

    Mr. H, I am glad to hear you are sensitive to the language that journalists use to describe certain things. I think that’s why you choose certain language your own self to describe certain things. To drape them in the light of your choosing. I’m just sayin…

    As to your petitions, go get them, sir. Go get the signers and such so we may have elections.

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