That Sioux Falls paper almost agrees with me, but they agree completely with one of my frequent Black Hills commenters: Vote NO on everything, says the Sioux Falls editorial board of our five ballot measures. In brief from our Sioux Falls media leaders:
- NO on Amendment W (IM 22 2.0): “sprawling,” not “thoughtfully crafted” (though I’m trying to recall what position that Sioux Falls paper took on the more sprawling and similarly crafted IM 22 in 2016), and “best addressed by a legislature” (though, I would contend, not by this Legislature, whose Republican members repealed IM 22 and piled multiple laws onto the books and three measures onto the 2018 ballot to prevent anything IM 22 from ever making the ballot or passing again).
- NO on Amendment X (55% vote to amend state constitution): “Paired with the proposed Amendment Z and IM 24, this amendment would erode the potential of direct democracy in the state.” Those are the three I was talking about. Nice to see that Sioux Falls paper acknowledge the Republican war on democracy in South Dakota.
- NO on Amendment Z (single-subject rule for amendments): “unnecessarily hamstrings voters’ ability to effect change.”
- NO on Initiated Measure 24 (ban out-of-state money from ballot question campaigns): “a limit on free speech expression and as a move by lawmakers to limit inconvenient voter-initiated measures.”
- NO on Initiated Measure 25 (tobacco tax for vo-techs): “arbitrarily gifts” dwindling tobacco revenues to vo-techs instead of “broader educational needs” or “tobacco-use cessation and prevention efforts.”
That Sioux Falls paper’s own polling shows their recommendations have some work to do. While they ignored X and Z in their polling (funny: they poll the three most complicated measures and cut the two shortest and simplest), Mason-Dixon found W and 24 passing:
- Am. W: 43% YES, 32% no, 25% undecided.
- IM 24: 39% YES, 33% no, 28% undecided.
- IM 25: 43% yes, 49% NO, 8% undecided.