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Aylward, Karr Catch Coronavirus; Republican War on War on Pandemic Continues Unabated

Representatives Chris Karr (R-11/Sioux Falls) and Aaron Aylward (R-6/Harrisburg) have both tested positive for coronavirus. Both appear maskless at the Capitol in the recent photo below with their similarly mostly unmasked and carefree Republican colleagues in one-party rule:

Photo of Republican state officials and legislators, highlihgting maskless Reps. Aaron Aylward (left) and Chris Karr (right); posted by Briggs Warren, Twitter, 2021.02.08.
Photo of Republican state officials and legislators, highlihgting maskless Reps. Aaron Aylward (left) and Chris Karr (right); posted by Briggs Warren, Twitter, 2021.02.08.

To mark the occasion, the Senate gave final approval to extensive immunity from lawsuits related to coronavirus.

We don’t know if Aylward infected Karr, but he is helping infect our politics with more secessionist nullification measures. In addition to his cosponsorship of Senator Jessica Castleberry’s (R-34/Rapid City) Senate Bill 129, which would nullify federal gun laws on our Attorney General’s whim, Aylward tossed in the hopper House Bill 1194, under which South Dakota would ignore Presidential executive orders relating to a pandemic or other public health emergency or the regulation of natural resources, agriculture, land use, the financial sector, or guns.

Yup: among other things, the guy who just got coronavirus wants South Dakota to defy Presidential orders meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Welcome to the dumbest, most dangerous state in the Union.


  1. mike from iowa 2021-02-09 08:07

    Last updated: February 09, 2021, 13:59 GMT
    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    1547 bodies taken in Monday. Look for a substantial leap today through Saturday.

  2. Loren 2021-02-09 10:08

    Saw a former Republican spokesperson on the news last nite speaking of Republican values. (OK, I know that is an oxymoron, but…) Her take is that the GQP no longer stand FOR anything, but rather stands only in opposition to proposals by Democrats. Hard to argue the fact after watching the “Grim Reaper” (and his SD sidekick) kill or sit on legislation for years.

  3. Fast Eddy 2021-02-09 10:28

    “Welcome to the dumbest, most dangerous state in the Union.” Don’t forget meanest. Too much hate here, too much bias against anyone who isn’t a white male Republican with a lust for other people’s money and liberty. Too many fake patriots and too many fake Christians. I’m sure others could add to the list of adjectives. I love so many things about my state but most of the good things don’t include the foolish people who live here or those who have made the power grab for absolute control.

  4. Bob Newland 2021-02-09 10:42

    God is warning Aylward about placing his name next to Deutsch’s on bills.

  5. james 2021-02-09 10:47

    A lot of these people look like genuinely decent citizens. If Donald Trump and Kristi Noem asked them to mask up, they would mask up. I don’t blame them as much as their leadership. But they will pay the price.

  6. Mark Anderson 2021-02-09 19:29

    Just keep your mask on and stay away from these people who are trying to infect their elders. They want their inheritance early.

  7. Scott 2021-02-09 21:48

    Obviously session could have been held remotely and most members would not have needed to be in there in person. IMO the republicans did not want that for the simple reason it is so much easier to pressure party members when that member is there in person. Case in point last week when people were called to the governors’ office because of their support for revealing the cost of Noem’s security.

  8. mike from iowa 2021-02-10 08:38

    Last updated: February 10, 2021, 14:23 GMT
    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    3157 bodies registered on Tuesday.

  9. robin friday 2021-02-10 17:47

    mfi, if the new variants develop into “surges” as they well might, we’re nowhere near done with it, nor is it done with us, for those who are thinking it’s on the downswing. We’ll soon pass half a million dead, just in USA.

  10. grudznick 2021-02-10 18:06

    It sounds like the covid bugs are surging in the legislatures, and a handful of lobbists too.

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-02-10 19:59

    Good read, Scott. That’s why I have long support the concept of remote meetings for legislatures and maybe even for Congress. When legislators can stay at home and work from their communities, they are closer to the voters they represent and they are further away from the party bosses and lobbyists who distract them from serving the people who elected them.

  12. mike from iowa 2021-02-11 07:46

    Last updated: February 11, 2021, 13:27 GMT
    United States
    Coronavirus Cases:

    3255 moar bodies entered involuntary servitude to drumpf/noem propaganda.

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