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Mickelson vs. Heidelberger in Marsy’s Fix Ballot Question Pamphlet!

Remember how three weeks ago I asked for your opinion on my rough draft of an opponent statement to Amendment Y, Marsy’s Fix?

Well, guess whose opponent statement is in the Secretary of State’s official June 5, 2018, Primary Ballot Question Informational Pamphlet?

PRO Amendment Y—2018 Primary Ballot Question Pamphlet, April 2018.
PRO Amendment Y—2018 Primary Ballot Question Pamphlet, April 2018.
CON Amendment Y—2018 Primary Ballot Question Pamphlet, April 2018.
CON Amendment Y—2018 Primary Ballot Question Pamphlet, April 2018.
CAH 293 words, Mick & Co. 179.
CAH 293 words, Mick & co. 179. Hey, SOS Krebs gave us each 300.

Amendment Y sponsor Speaker G. Mark Mickelson co-signs the proponent statement. Hmm… in 2016, I wrote a Con statement against House Majority Leader Brian Gosch’s Pro on Referred Law 19. I won that contest at the polls 71% to 29%. Of course, Rep. Gosch didn’t try very hard. Mickelson and his cowriters at least give us more than one paragraph.

Early voting on Marsy’s Fix and primary races started Friday—read up and vote!


  1. grudgenutz 2018-04-21 20:49

    Excellent, Cory!

    Now, let’s hope folks read these statements before voting.

  2. grudznick 2018-04-22 07:16

    Excellent, Mr. H.

    People need to stop being so stupid when they vote on things like Marsy’s law and the heinous IM #22 which was hoodwinked onto the ignorants.

    It is wise of you to write that for free publicity as you run for the legislatures.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-22 08:11

    Grudz, I’m actually a little surprised the SOS allows statements about a candidacy. But I submitted the same byline as last time, and there it is.

    Of course, I disagree with your repeated insistence that IM 22 involved hoodwinkery and heinousness. Marsy’s Law was far more heinous and hoodwinkful, and the Legislature chose to amend it instead of repeal it. They could have taken the same approach with IM 22, putting to a vote a measure to tweak it to perfection, but because it affected their personal gravy, they chose to kill it. The heinous hoodwinkers are G. Mark Mickelson and his fellow Republican legislators.

  4. mike from iowa 2018-04-22 08:35

    So the guy with the knife and the hockey mask could very well be agent provocateur for Mickelson and is trying to get Master to flub a line so it can be used against him in any debates. That explains many things that have happened here the past few days.

  5. Jason 2018-04-22 20:28

    Let’s get rid of it and start from scratch.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-22 21:26

    Help me win the District 3 Senate seat, and I will include a Marsy’s Law repeal in the resolutions I file.

  7. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-22 21:29

    There’s no need to start from scratch. South Dakota has had a crime victims bill of rights in statute since 1991. The status quo ante was all we needed.

    See? I’m a statutory conservative. Don’t write any more laws than necessary to take care of business. Repeal all the useless crap, like Marsy’s Law.

  8. Jason 2018-04-22 21:31


    Don’t you find it appalling that if was an out of State person that hoodwinked SD voters?

    Do you want me to get into the voters that voted for it?

    I have never looked into it but it would be interesting.

  9. Jason 2018-04-22 21:34

    I agree Cory,

    Did Democrats help that ballot issue?

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-22 21:47

    No one helped on that ballot issue but Jason Glodt (now Jackley’s campaign manager) and Henry T. Nicholas’s endless money.

    The point is this, Jason: Marsy’s Law is bad policy pushed by one rich man for selfish reasons, with no regard for practical policy impacts. The best course of action is to repeal it. An inferior course of action is to amend it and leave it cluttering up our constitution.

  11. Jason 2018-04-22 21:56


    Did the Democrat party in SD put out info saying to not pass it?

  12. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 22:05

    A citizen of South Dakota would know that Democrats opposed Marsy’s Law.

  13. Jason 2018-04-22 22:29

    You didn’t answer my question Cory,

    Did the SD Democratic party say don’t pass it?

  14. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 22:49

    The South Dakota Democratic Party would gladly answer any questions about Marsy’s Law, a simple telephone call would get the answers anyone is looking for.

  15. Jason 2018-04-22 22:52


    That didn’t answer my question. Quite being dumb.

  16. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 22:54

    I have no intention of answering your obnoxious questions, Jason, I made a statement and a comment.

  17. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 22:57

    Most intelligent people know the difference between “quite” and “quit”.

  18. Jason 2018-04-22 22:59

    I’m so glad you caught the typo.

    That still doesn’t negate how I would destroy you in an intellectual debate

  19. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 23:01

    You lack intelligence and wouldn’t survive a debate with a 4th grader.

  20. Jason 2018-04-22 23:04


    You have haven’t proved any of my facts wrong.

  21. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-22 23:07

    You haven’t presented any facts, why hasn’t that fact occurred to you?

  22. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-23 07:02

    Jason, I’m not trying to dodge your question. I’m saying I don’t recall either the Democrats or the Republicans issuing a clear policy statement on Amendment S. If they did, they didn’t do so loudly.

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