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Noem Extends State of Emergency to December But Still Doubts Need for Legislative Input

Governor Kristi Noem reaffirmed yesterday that she probably won’t call the Legislature into a special session to adjust the budget for coronavirus and recession. At the same time, she signed an executive order extending our state of emergency and her concomitant emergency powers through December 30:

The second EO extends the existing COVID-19 State of Emergency for the State of South Dakota to December 30.

She said the second EO is necessary because federal law requires the state to have in place in order to be able to access federal funds [Reilly Mahon, “Gov. Noem Signs Two Executive Orders About Extending State of Emergency, State Licensing Boards,” KCAU-TV, 2020.05.26].

Watch closely: the Governor declares in writing that coronavirus “continues to pose a danger to the public health and safety in all of South Dakota” and that “the impending threat of COVID-19 is a public health emergency requiring the state to deploy substantial resources” and “to involve every state agency to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our state,” but she is strongly disinclined to involve the Legislature in helping guide the deployment of those resources. Legislators, are you content to let the Governor handle this emergency all by herself without your input? Are you willing to let the Governor rewrite your budget by Executive fiat and spend $1.25 billion in federal aid without any Legislative check?

13 Comments

  1. Donald Pay 2020-05-27 09:38

    It is interesting how complex and convoluted Republican governing philosophy has become. They can hold completely opposite views in two different states and call it conservatism.

    In Wisconsin, supposedly pro-life Republican legislators sued to prevent Governor Evers from saving lives through executive action. They won, the Republicans had no plan, and now COVID cases are rising. In South Dakota, it appears, supposedly pro-life officials can kill people as fast as possible through executive inaction over COVID, but the executive can spend money however she wants because her executive inaction has extended the emergency. Dialectical Republicanism is Marxist in its complexity.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-05-27 18:13

    Donald, the complexities are dizzying… until we reduce them to their core:

    Republicans will use government to do whatever the heck they want.

    Complexity arises only when they try to cloak their selfish impulses in philosophical claims.

  3. Debbo 2020-05-27 18:43

    I don’t know if there’s hope for the GOP returning to viable status in a democratically governed nation. The destruction began with the Newt in the 1990s and Vicious Vacuous is overseeing the culmination in the 2020s. I hope it’s all over but the shouting.

  4. jerry 2020-05-27 18:49

    Wyoming has cancelled rodeo’s! The biggest mother of them all Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne along with the “storied WYO Rodeo in Sheridan.

    “Despite one of the lowest number of coronavirus cases in the country, Wyoming will not hold its six biggest rodeos this summer, including the storied Sheridan WYO Rodeo.

    “Every possible option was considered,” Sheridan officials announced Wednesday. “We came to the conclusion that it would be far too risky for our friends and neighbors to move forward this summer. This decision was not easily made.” Washington Post 5.27.20

    It’s clear that Wyoming gets that we have passed the 100,000 Killed in Action number some weeks ago and they don’t want to add to the trump disaster.

    Meanwhile, in South Dakota, Queen NOem polishes up her hopes for another gala event on Fox to hope to catch the eye of Jared Kushner. Bat those eyeballs girlfriend, put on some more blush. But not one lick of governing to protect the citizens of this state. We cannot even report on the worker’s death at Jack’s Links in Alpena, because, well you know, we’re a failed state.

  5. grudznick 2020-05-28 18:05

    On a side note, golly those nice fellows in the Libbie bastion of Minneapolis sure are having a time.

  6. grudznick 2020-05-28 19:33

    So you’re saying they have out-of-state name-callers there in Minnesota who are just meddling in things that are none of their business, then? Far right boogaloos in Minnesota? That seems unlikely. But, I suppose it confirms the known fact of the boggaloos who come from Minnesota to ear n $250 for every riot action they take that gets them thrown in the hooscow, with all the Iowa goats I’ve got.

  7. Debbo 2020-05-28 20:19

    Well, white scumacysts can’t resist being scummy. Scummy is as scummy does. Minneapolis has a good mayor, police chief and governor. They’re aware of the white scumacysts.

  8. grudznick 2020-05-28 20:21

    Did you see all those faces of every color not wearing masks in the riots? Golly, Minneapolis is already a giant hot-spot for the covid bugs, but now you watch the libbies really pass the bugs around more now by not wearing masks and social distancing in the riots.

  9. jerry 2020-05-28 21:39

    Here is what matters most to republicans, death. Yup, take 103,000 Killed in Action victims of the trump republican failed leadership and multiply it times $700.00…
    103,000 times $700 and that equals $72,100,000.00 that would be Social Security payments on a monthly basis to each of these poor unnecessarily dead folks. Seventy two million dollars to not have to pay out MONTHLY. Now take that times 12 and you get $865,000,000.00. Holy moly, almost a BILLION DOLLARS that won’t be paid out for Social Security payments. Now you know why they want to kill old folks, it’s all for profit.

  10. mike from iowa 2020-05-29 07:16

    But, I suppose it confirms the known fact of the boggaloos who come from Minnesota to ear n $250 for every riot action they take that gets them thrown in the hooscow,

    You do have proof, don’t you? Or are you another drumpfian bomb thrower with nothing to back you up? And of courser, you know drumpf is the worst name caller ever. Tell me you knew that, snowflake.

  11. Debbo 2020-05-29 14:41

    Mike, looks like one of the rioters who was videotaped smashing windows was an off duty St. Paul cop. I think it’s true that white scumacysts have infiltrated police departments.

    Cops in other parts of the country are condemning the murderer and his accomplices. They’re saying that silence often indicates acquiescence and so they feel they must speak.

    I think it was in Michigan that a cop was just fired because they learned he was a KKK member.

    In Minneapolis the union president is a white scumacyst. There’s no concrete evidence, just everything he says and does. He needs to be voted out and run out of town. That’s where cleaning up the MPD needs to start.

    The feeling in Minneapolis seems to be sadness, grief and anger that justice for Mr. Floyd must be done.

  12. Debbo 2020-05-29 14:46

    They arrested the murderer. He’s charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter. County attorney Mike Freeman said more charges may be added.

    Freeman kept referring to a previous cop case he successfully prosecuted. The cop was convicted and is in prison. It was a black cop killing a white woman. Doesn’t give him a whole lot of cred with POC.

    Last night I watched Unicorn Riot live interviewing people at the protests. All colors were there and the rage boiling out of them was enormous. I don’t blame them. I am surprised POC managed to endure for so long before exploding.

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