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Lederman Hates DC Interlopers—So About Novstrup’s ALEC Trip to D.C…..

Dan Lederman is determined to lead the South Dakota Republican Party in a full-scale assault on the legitimacy of popular democracy. He has called ballot measures a “mad scientist’s laboratory“; now he unleashes an e-mail blast calling every petition circulating, including both of Republican Speaker G. Mark Mickelson’s, “dangerous” measures “backed by millions of dollars put up by out-of-state liberal Democrats.” Lederman calls on South Dakotans to “hold the line on these Massachusetts and Washington DC interlopers.”

We understand that the only line Lederman wants to hold is the party line, the domination of state government by a few privileged elites who get to call the shots in their cozy club without any interference from meddlesome voters.

Senator Al Novstrup
They’re not interlopers if I lope over to their place to let them tell me what to do!—the kind of circumlocution Sen. Novstrup will need to get out from under Lederman’s “D.C. interloper” charge.

But D.C. interlopers… naturally, that leads me to ask whether Lederman and the voters on his e-mail list are just as appalled by eight of their own legislators (DiSanto, Gosch, Heinemann, Jensen, Langer, Latterell, Novstrup, and Stalzer) had us taxpayers cover their trip to Washington, D.C., for a big ALEC conference just a month before the 2017 Session to let wealthy Washington D.C. interlopers spend three days telling them what laws to pass in the South Dakota Legislature.

To take a line from your e-mail, Dan, shouldn’t the SDGOP be committed to fighting those D.C. interlopers who want to rewrite our laws and stop good South Dakotans like you and me from standing up against those who want to re-write our state constitution in favor of their DC/corporate interests?


  1. grudznick 2017-11-01

    grudznick has an idea again. If Mr. Novstrup, the elder, wrote an article to be a blogging would you let him post it here as a public service to us all? He could write about this Alec person/business and explain how the ideas he gets from there are beneficial to all of South Dakota, the great state of, in its entirety. It is only another idea, so it’s probably not worth much.

  2. mike from iowa 2017-11-01

    If yer moniker is neither Chuck or Dave koch bros, ALEC isn’t interested in doing anything for you.

  3. Donald Pay 2017-11-01

    You can tell the elites are scared. Generally they make noises that go like this, “We respect the people’s right to initiate and refer laws, even if we disagree with them.” That has always been their facade, but gradually through the 2000s, they have made the initiative and referendum process more difficult for the average citizen of South Dakota.

    In beating back many of these efforts In the 1990s, we told them that all their excess and needless bureaucracy that they proposed back then was going to have the affect of vastly increasing the costs and making it necessary to professionalize the process, as had happened in California. Back then, we had Secretary of State offices who back up our arguments. Something bad happened in the 2000s to the process where the elites started passing these awful bills that screwed up the initiative process and the result was exactly what we said would happen.

    The elites have gotten the system they said they wanted, where professionals were going to have to be employed. We warned that that would likely mean more out-of-state, non-citizen efforts, more money, more of that from out-of-state and fewer efforts by grassroots citizens. And that’s what they got. Surprise, surprise.

    Now they are screamin’ and hollerin’ about the results of their own bills from 2000s on!!!!! I mean these guys are so frickin’ dumb that anyone can see through L’ll Big Dan’s nonsense. They have no one to blame but themselves. This is what they wrought, thanks to listening to the elites and the corrupt swamp in DC.

    Here’s the solution, since these clowns don’t have a frickin’ clue. First, you can’t do it through Mickelson’s stupid unconstitutional initiative. It ain’t constitutional

    But you can do it easily. Change the initiative and referendum laws back to what they were in the 1990s. Some of the stuff may be OK, such as having LRC check the language, but the rest of the ridiculous bureaucratic nonsense should be s**tcanned. Make it easier for grassroots citizens to go through the process without the need for a bevy of attorneys, campaign professionals, etc., that cost money.

    The other part of this is that I’m expect L’ll Big Dan to turn back all money that comes into his party from out-of-state interests. There is no need for any of that money to be used in South Dakota. And, yeah, stop the travel to the “swamp” events put on by ALEC.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-11-01

    That is an interesting and alarming shift in language, Donald. The Lederman GOP is no longer comfortable winning each battle in the public arena at election time. They now feel the need to shut off the initiative process completely to protect and consolidate their power and box out any avenue of resistance to their ideological branding.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-11-01

    Grudz, yes, if Novstrup wants to write about why he traveled to DC on our dime right after his re-election last year to hear from coastal fatcats about what laws he should pass, I will give him a full guest column. Call him up, make the offer! (Grudz, he may be more willing to take the offer if you make it rather than I.)

  6. grudznick 2017-11-01

    I will try to discuss with Mr. Novstrup. He is a most reasonable fellow, in my experiences.

    Mr. Pay, are you deep into the wine this evening? You seem angry and lashing out, more than usual.

  7. jerry 2017-11-01

    Maybe some of the Lederman hate is actually Russian involvement in South Dakota politics. Lederman does seem to have deep connections into the underworld of anti Americanism. Senator Burr the Republican chair from North Carolina investigating the election theft of 2016, has reported alarming facts about Russian involvement in very unlikely places to foment division

  8. Donald Pay 2017-11-02

    Grudz, My usual one glass of wine with dinner is all I had. But you seem to be your usual self afflicted as you are with hallucinations and delusions.

  9. Bob Newland 2017-11-03

    I nominate Novstrup for the Ted Klaudt Hairstyle Award. Those bangs scream STUPID!

  10. grudznick 2017-11-03

    If you had a mop like Mr. Novstrup does, you’de sport spiffy bangs too.

  11. Roger Cornelius 2017-11-03

    Shouldn’t the headline on this thread be:
    Interloper Hates Interlopers!
    Given that Lederman was a registered Iowa voter for years and only recently changed that registered after he was found out he is by definition a Interloper.
    More amazing is that the SDGOP would elect an Interloper to lead their party.

  12. grudznick 2017-11-03

    Mr. C is right about the out of staters staying out. Even the tourists should be limited to 1 week per year.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2017-11-03

    Read my post again, it says nothing about out-of-staters staying out. I simply pointed out the irony of Lederman’s Iowa residency and his criticism of interlopers while also being an Iowan leading the SDGOP.
    This is America, grudz, citizens are free to travel anywhere they want, when they want, and for as long as they want. I believe in the freedom of mobility for all Americans, you should to.

  14. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-11-03

    Good point, Roger. Either Lederman is an Iowa interloper in South Dakota, or he’s a South Dakota interloper in Iowa. His Rushmore PAC prides itself in loping into races in other states.

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