John Fiksdal hates Amendment C, the latest Republican effort to put minority rule into South Dakota’s Constitution and make it harder for South Dakotans to enact popular initiatives. Fiksdal has produced another video to turn out every voter to vote NO against this nasty power grab:
Also urging South Dakotans to Vote NO on C is former Brookings mayor Gail Robertson, who says she got a call from Grover Norquist telling her to do the opposite:
As a result of a message left on our phone yesterday, I feel I must speak out regarding Amendment C.
Never mind the nefarious means employed to put it into the primary election, ensuring that about 51% of 20% will decide the future of the state.
The phone message was to implore me to join in on a conference call that features Grover Norquist. Yes, that Grover Norquist. The same from the Reagan Iran-Contra machinations. The same from shadowy connections to the felon Jack Abramoff. The same that demanded complete fealty from Congressional members when they signed his no-tax screed.
We now know that the sole purpose of the South Dakota senator who engineered this little stunt is to attempt to derail the possible general election passage of the initiative forcing the state to adopt the Medicaid funding. The same funding that would give medical assistance to the poorest of our citizens.
If anyone thinks that Norquist is doing this as a completely selfless endeavor, you have not researched his very dubious past.
Ask why Norquist would be so interested in South Dakota measures. Ask why the South Dakota Sen. Lee Schoenbeck is so adamantly opposed to a measure funded by a huge majority of federal money.
I strongly implore you to reject Amendment C! [Gail Robertson, letter to the editor, Brookings Register, 2022.05.28; forwarded to DFP]
Minority rule is not cool. Neither is Grover Norquist. Vote NO on C!