Rookie Rep. Lana Greenfield (R-2/Doland) told Ken Santema two weeks ago that she sees an imbalance of power in Pierre that favors the executive branch:
Going into her freshman year, Rep Greenfield said the experience was quite enlightening. She felt at times that the whole process was setup in a way to push what the Governors office wanted. I’ve heard this from quite a few legislators actually, and it is an issue I wish would come to the forefront. At times it seems there is no true balance of power between the legislative and executive branches in Pierre [Ken Santema, “Rep. Lana Greenfield at the Brown County Fair,” SoDakLiberty, 2015.08.27].
Rep. Greenfield joins her son Senator Brock Greenfield (R-2/Clark) and Senator Phil Jensen (R-33/Rapid City) in chafing under the Governor’s dominance over the Legislature. But what are they prepared to do to reclaim the Legislature’s prerogative? Will Rep. Greenfield ally with Democrats to elect a Democratic Speaker of the House who might more forcefully challenge the Governor’s usurpations? Will she drop her poo-pooing of the teacher shortage as an unsolvable national problem used to propel an “over-sized out of proportion political agenda on the part of a few” (that’s what she told Ken at the fair) and help those “few” fight for real state support of K-12 education? Will she jawbone her colleagues and forge more “No” votes against the items she perceives as the Governor’s agenda?
Everybody complains about imperial governorships, but no one ever does anything about them… or do they, Rep. Greenfield?