Who needs Saturday Night Live? The floor debate leading up to the Senate’s 27–8 vote to repeal Initiated Measure 22 with the doubly unconstitutional (multi-subject, bogus emergency clause) House Bill 1069 was filled with laugh lines.
After disposing of amendments, Senator R. Blake Curd opened debate (SDPB video 1:51:00) on the main bill praising the vigorous, dare-he-say unparalleled public participation that he witnessed on HB 1069. He then yielded the floor to a bunch of colleagues who would join him in rejecting the legitimacy of public participation as expressed in a fair, democratic, statewide vote of 349,800 South Dakotans.
Senator Brock Greenfield (2:11:10) expressed shock and appallment (appallation? appallance?) that supporters of IM 22 are raising money for more advertisement and litigation. What?! Political activists raising money to support political activism? Perish the thought!
Senator Justin Cronin (2:38:58) said he’s “torn” about respecting the will of the voters. “Torn.” Just chew on that for a moment.
Senator Cronin actually justified his comment by pointing that his District, 23, rejected IM 22 by 68% majority. That’s actually an interesting point. If only Senator Cronin had told his fellow legislators to apply the same principle of fealty to their districts’ voters on IM22, we would have seen a very different outcome.
Senator Jeff Monroe said (2:53:48), “I darn near starve to death every year we do this.”
On tonight’s Legislative Social Calendar: American Legion Legislative Reception, Realtors’ Legislative Appreciation Chili/Oyster Stew Feed, and School Superintendents Buffet.
Senate President Matt Michels thanked Senator Monroe for his “very eloquent” commentary.
Senator Al Novstrup said (2:42:30), “Every election I’m called corrupt.” Expect that single sentence to appear on every campaign postcard from Novstrup’s opponents in 2018… along with pictures of gold watches and bags of cash. Several Republicans spoke seethingly of the gold watches and bags of cash that appeared in the pro-IM22 ads last fall. Whew—criticism and metaphors drive Republicans like Al bonkers!
Senator Novstrup went beyond the “sure, there’s a problem, but we gotta protect the constitution” line his GOP colleagues were adopting and claimed there is no problem. He bragged about how there’s only been one conviction for public corruption in fifteen years on the same day that Joop Bollen pled guilty in Novstrup’s hometown to misusing money he held for the state.
Novstrup added that most of the couple hundred lobbyists in the Capitol are “my friends and neighbors.” Heck no, Novstrup’s never seen corruption in the Legislature… not even the corruption of a fellow House member spending the last two years boinking interns without anyone in the Republican leadership taking action.
Senator R. Blake Curd (2:57:07) closed debate by going to great arithmetic and telepathic (reading the minds of folks who did not mark a ballot) pains to explain that only a minority of South Dakota voters—47.66%—in November actually supported Initiated Measure 22, so repealing IM 22 is really an expression of the majority’s will.
Donald Trump received only 45.94% of the vote in November. Hmm… what conclusions shall I draw from the Curd Principle about the President’s legitimacy?
I’d better stop. My Republican friends have me laughing so much it hurts.