“We don’t suffer from gridlock; we suffer from one-party domination,” says Rick Knobe in this documentary clip from Hedrick Smith on initiative, referendum, and the Koch-funded Republican effort to destroy direct democracy in South Dakota:
We also see Speaker G. Mark Mickelson, a key figure in the 85%-Republican-dominated Legislature, wheeze superciliously that Initiated Measure 22 was unacceptable because it was “13,000 words, 35 pages.” Such a complaint leaves me wondering how Mickelson ever got through his con-law textbook in law school.
Mickelson also claims (in a speech from the House floor) that several legislators told him that they would have resigned if IM 22 hadn’t been repealed.
If those legislators who slapped the voters in the face meant what they said, let’s drive them out of Pierre by voting YES on Amendment W, which puts many of IM 22’s reforms into the state constitution, where legislators won’t be able to touch them. That will be a big step toward ending the unhealthy one-party rule Knobe decries.
Smith’s video on South Dakota is one of six on “grassroots heroes in action.” Remember: the real grassroots heroes are all 545,000 of you South Dakota voters who can join me at the polls to assert your will over the partisan elites who are playing dictator over our state.