If we applied Al Novstrup’s “relationship” politics to our ballot in November, we’d vote for the amendments and initiatives based not on the merits of each policy but on which ballot question sponsors or opponents are our cronies.
If that were the case, I could vote either way on Initiated Measure 25, since the sponsors and the opponents are all blecchy Republican gas bags.
I have been grappling against the selfish urge to vote against IM 25, the tobacco tax hike for vo-tech funding, just because it is sponsored by crony fake Republican Speaker G. Mark Mickelson. But now any tempting but ill-advised impulse to vote on personality is negated by the news that insider Republican operative Jason Glodt is running the campaign against IM 25:
Foes recently launched a “significant” television advertising campaign and volunteers are speaking to organizations to sign up new opposition coalition members, said Jason Glodt, grassroots director for South Dakotans Against Higher Taxes. Voters in the Nov. 6 general election will decide Initiated Measure 25, which would increase taxes on different tobacco products including a $1 hike per 20-cigarette pack.
“It hurts small businesses,” Glodt said. “It’s a $35 million tax increase on small businesses in our state” [“Foes of South Dakota Tobacco Tax Hike Initiative Mobilize,” AP via KDLT, 2018.09.03].
This concern about fiscal responsibility comes from the man who led the extravagantly funded campaign for Marsy’s Law in 2015–2016, promising it wouldn’t cost taxpayers extra money. Ha!
We know “grassroots” belongs in mock quotes before Glodt’s insider establishment name. So does his claim of “$35 million.” As AP notes, the fiscal note released August 16 puts actual new revenue at $24.9 million.
Such are the actual policy details we’ll have to deal with now that the Republican sleazeballery on the anti-IM 25 cancels out the Republican sleazeballery on the pro side.