District 3 legislators are having a hard time with transparency this Session. Not only are Senator Al Novstrup, Representative Drew Dennert, and rookie Representative Carl Perry all conducting public business on private e-mail servers, but they are AWOL from the press. Dakota Broadcasting has launched a series of extended interviews about and analysis of Legislative action, yet in two weeks, not one of our local legislators has found time to call in and inform constituents about what’s happening in Pierre.
Senator Susan Wismer found time to visit with Dakota Broadcasting’s Adam St. Paul about CBD. Lobbyist Jenae Hansen found time to call and discuss bills. And this week, Adam St. Paul squeezed me in for a lunch break interview:
Check out our conversation about Noem’s lazy budgeting and legislators’ early-Session dinking around, the need for a serious conversation about holistic civics education, and the fact carrying a pistol in your pants is not a Second Amendment right and won’t clear the snow off your sidewalk or take care of other daily practical problems.
And in a completely unsolicited quasi-endorsement, St. Paul reported that state Chamber of Commerce exec David Owen used Dakota Free Press information in his pre-Legislative public briefing last fall and said “There’s no one better than Cory Heidelberger” at writing about the Legislature… and then said I’m wrong about every issue.
Right or wrong, at least I’m writing and speaking about the Legislature, unlike the folks we elected. Our legislators will get a chance to break their silence this Saturday morning at our first District 1-2-3-23 crackerbarrel, 10 a.m., Northern State University Student Union.