- Anna Peters, “Judge Rules South Dakota Petition Gathering Law Unconstitutional,” KELO-TV, 2020.01.09
- Maria Dinzeo, “Federal Judge Blocks South Dakota Petition Law,” Courthouse News Service, 2020.01.09
- “Judge: Ballot Petition Circulators Law Is Unconstitutional,” AP, 2020.01.01
- Amanda Robert, “Judge Blocks ‘Extensive and Burdensome’ State Law on Ballot Measures,” ABA Journal, 2020.01.10.
- Lee Strubinger, “Federal Judge Strikes Petition Circulator Registry Bill,” SDPB, 2020.01.10
- Tom Lawrence, “…Blogger/Activist Cory Heidelberger and Rocker Patti Smith Are Right: People Have the Power,” South Dakota Standard, 2020.01.10.
- Perry Groten, “HB 1094 Sponsor on Court Decision: ‘It’s a Bad Day for the Rule of Law in S.D.’,” KELO-TV, 2020.01.10.
- Roz Brown, “South Dakota Petition Law Ruled Unconstitutional: Will Lawmakers Try Again?” Pierre Capital Journal, 2020.01.13.
- Josh Altic, “Judge Strikes Down South Dakota Initiative Petition Circulator Disclosure Requirement,” Ballotpedia News, 2020.01.15.
- editorial, “Approving Unconstitutional Measures Comes with a Cost,” Aberdeen American News, 2020.01.18.
As of 08:25 CST Sunday, South Dakota’s self-professed “#1 political web site” has failed to provide any coverage or analysis of this significant political story. This silence differs from the SDGOP spin blog’s usual avid attention to matters affecting the ballot measure petition process. Dakota War College found HB 1094 important enough to agitate against my petition drive against HB 1094 and swiftly report my failure to collect enough signatures to put HB 1094 to a public vote. DWC also pushed back swiftly and vigorously against a Sioux Falls paper editorial criticizing his party’s desired petition circulator registry and disclosure requirements. DWC has been reading the papers: in the 62 hours since Judge Kornmann’s decision hit the airwaves, has had time to boost the Attorney General’s Legislative package, razz that Sioux Falls paper for advocating more equitable taxes, and talk about a riverboat captain’s contentious bid for Pierre mayor. Yet so far, the SDGOP spin blog has seen no reason to discuss this judicial overturning of a law that it found vital to the health of our Republic.
I’ll update this reading list with other articles as they pop up.