I can’t report this without giving my political detractors an opening to distract from the main issue by dinging me as a sore loser. But I also can’t not observe what a lazy legislator Al Novstrup is. After sixteen years in the Legislature, after being invited by his policy-obsessed opponent to discuss one new policy proposal every day from October 1 through election eve, and fresh off an election victory that should surely inspire a legislator to look forward to working on specific solutions to specific problems, Al Novstrup says he hasn’t thought of any specific legislation to work on:
Novstrup said he hasn’t thought about any specific legislation for next year, but expects education and nursing home funding to be prime issues.
Drew Dennert and Perry both said the use of E-30 fuel in state vehicles will be a topic of discussion. That’s fuel with a 30 percent blend of ethanol.
Perry favors E-30 because, he said, it doesn’t hurt vehicles nor affect gas mileage much. Plus it benefits farmers, he said.
Dennert said he’s working on a couple bills for the upcoming session, one of which would require pre-primary reporting of campaign finances for candidates [Elisa Sand, “GOP Flexes Muscle in Local Legislative Races, Including District 1 Win,” Aberdeen American News, 2018.11.08].
Now I know I’ve only held my current job for nigh on four months, so I’ve just got pudding for brains, but I feel like if I walk into my office after lunch here and my boss asks, “Hey, Cory, what are you going to work on this afternoon?” and I reply, “Gee, I dunno,” she’s going to give me hard skunk eye… and I will deserve it! The proper answer to the question, “I’m helping in Class X, I’m scripting a presentation on Y, and I’m going to put up a blog post on Z” (yeah, I get to blog a little at work—my job rocks!).
The voters, in the person of the press, just asked Senator Novstrup what he’s going to work on next. His lazy shrug shows Al Novstrup isn’t going to Pierre to represent the voters; he’s going to Pierre to let Governor-Elect Noem and the GOP elites tell him what to do, keep his seat warm, and keep his belly full.
Never mind losing; if you’re represented by a lazy legislator like that, you should be sore, too.