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With Two Big Policy Fights on Veto Day, Noem Spends Weekend in Texas, on Twitter

So it’s Veto Day, and Governor Kristi Noem is trying to shoehorn two new bills into the last day of Legislative action. Her new transgender-bullying bill results from her illegal fake “style-and-form” veto of House Bill 1217, a confusing and politically costly flip-flop issued less than two weeks after she said she was “excited” to sign the ban on transgender girls in high school and college sports. Speaker Spencer Gosch (R-23/Glenham) is recommending members vote against that unconstitutional rewrite. Simply overriding the Governor’s veto and salvaging the original, more extensive HB 1217 will require a two-thirds vote, and the bill fell four votes short of that threshold on its original pass through the Senate. The Governor thus has a lot of work to do to get herself out of her transgender mess.

The Governor is also proposing an entirely new bill on medical marijuana. Her original ploy to sabotage Initiated Measure 26, the legalization of medical marijuana that voters approved last November, by delaying its implementation for a year didn’t come out in actual text until a House State Affairs hearing on February 10, a week after the normal deadline for submitting new bills. That hoghouse bill, House Bill 1100, passed seven votes short of veto-proofage in the House, then underwent a stunning amendment to full pot legalization in the Senate, then failed spectacularly at the conference committee stage. Noem tried to rush the Legislature into tinkering with the voters’ will, and the Legislature refused; now she’s trying to rush them again with an even more tardy bill that will require a two-thirds vote to suspend the rules on Veto Day, if not a Special Session, just to be considered. The Governor thus has a lot of work to do to get herself out of marijuana mess.

Governor Noem created a lot of work for herself on two issues that, frankly, don’t constitute as much of a threat to the health of the Republic as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, laggardly K-12 education funding, low and unequal wages, the GOP’s resurrection of Jim Crow, or environmental hazards from industrial agriculture. But if she thinks these issues merit such intense attention, she must have spent her weekend focusing on those issues, calling or visiting legislators, explaining the need for action, and wheeling and dealing for votes.

But no—Campaign Kristi spent her weekend in Texas, raising money for herself and cutting cake for herself and carpetbagging Allen West:

Shelley Luther, tweet from Frisco, Texas, showing Gov. Kristi Noem and Texas GOP chief Allen West at GOP fundraiser, 2021.03.27.
Shelley Luther, tweet from Frisco, Texas, showing Gov. Kristi Noem and Texas GOP chief Allen West at GOP fundraiser, 2021.03.27. [Click to view video on Twitter.]
…and then waging holy war on Twitter over a rapper’s sneakers:

Gov. Kristi Noem, Twitter-spat with LilNasX, 2021.03.28.
Gov. Kristi Noem, Twitter-spat with LilNasX, 2021.03.28.

I don’t recall Dennis Daugaard governing like this. I never voted for him, but at least Dennis Daugaard governed. Daugaard did the work and mostly let the culture war fight itself. Kristi Noem just spends her time entangling herself with other crass attention-seekers and ignoring the real policy needs of South Dakota.


  1. Chuck-Z 2021-03-29 07:17

    What this “lil nas” character doesn’t know is our Snowed Queenie doesn’t understand her job, and seems to have no desire to hang out in South Dakota.

    Once upon a time, Texas folk would call this empty vessel “all hat and no cattle”.

  2. Mark Anderson 2021-03-29 07:21

    Lil Nas X has her down. He’s just making money on shoes using Satan, she’s raising money for her Presidential run using religion. Two peas in a pod.

  3. Loren 2021-03-29 08:46

    Hangin’ with the likes of Lewandowski and West tells you everything you need to know about Kristi. Anyone care to recall the reputations of either or both? Beware, SD, beware… but she does have an “R” by her name, so I guess she is safe. @#$%^&*!

  4. grudznick 2021-03-29 10:00

    grudznick has heard no records by this Mr. Little Nas X, but I bet you he has more interesting songs than the rapper Chuck-Z.

  5. Fast Eddy 2021-03-29 11:12

    Kristi just may have found a job that suits her skills, but that piece of cake was really too big for one person.

  6. Loren 2021-03-29 11:58

    Does she do weddings and bar mitzvahs? I mean, even Donnie does weddings! :-)

  7. leslie 2021-03-29 16:26

    SDPB zoom coverage today of Schoenbeck’s (R) that “he couldn’t get drunk enough” and Gosh’s “it is what it is” (R., in his car) babble and unopposed debate of initiative suppression and trans suppression is ridiculous, unintelligible and follows Haagaurd’s comment that SD is becoming more of a democracy than a republic!-and that that’s bad, and the late 1880s law or constitution permitting initiatives was bad too.

  8. Mark Anderson 2021-03-29 16:52

    Grudz, please allow me to introduce Lil Nas X, he’s a man of wealth and taste, he’s been around for a couple of years stole a million boys soul and faith.

  9. grudznick 2021-03-29 18:24

    What does that mean, Mr. Anderson? He stole a million boys souls and faith? Does that mean he is against overgodders and is turning people towards evil? I hate overgodders, but evil isn’t good either. But if he’s just a fellow pretending there are devils to sell shoes then that is probably OK.

  10. leslie 2021-03-29 19:04

    Phil Jensen (R) Rapid City was captured on KOTA video today on the phone on the floor. His phone sports the same symbol the “flex-cuff guy” with his mama, wore on his tactical ball cap disguise, cruising above the senate gallery walking on chair arms, scouting for Pence on 1.06.21–the symbol on his phone? An M-4 military version of the Infamous mass shooter gun of choice, the AR-15 assault rifle!

    This guy, Phil Jensen, is an out-of-stater who is a culture war idiot.

  11. leslie 2021-03-29 19:22

    And Thune, of immigrants, asylum applicants, and children that Trump “warned” Biden of but ignored”, today: “them”, “those people”, over and over for ten minutes. SDPB In the Moment. And the US “doesn’t have the capacity to accept pre-hearing…but, paraphrasing, “they” must not leave Mexico (which has capacity?) like the previous policy (which worked?).

    Thune blames anyone else so he doesn’t have to stand up to his constituents on an immigration vote.

  12. Nix 2021-03-30 07:34

    Well Mr. Anderson, I’m not sure if anyone
    else caught it, but The Sympathy for the
    Devil reference came in loud and clear for me …

  13. Mark Anderson 2021-03-30 21:24

    Oh grudz thought you might recognize an old Rolling Stones song about the devil. Its an easy way to sell records. Didn’t know you were a Beatles boy, although John did say they were more popular than Jesus. Its an old stick grudz.

  14. grudznick 2021-04-02 14:39

    Mr. Anderson, I’m sorry but I don’t listen to all that rap and yuppie hipster music. That’s for the baggy-pants crowd.

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