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UPDATE: Senator Corey Brown wants to destroy the initiative process in SD

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Contact this guy and let him know where to stick his bill.

UPDATE:

SB 166 will go to Senate State Affairs (date not set yet)
The committee is listed here:
http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Committees/CommitteeMembers.aspx?Committee=269&Session=2015
Clicking on any name on that list will get you to contact info.
You can read the bill here:
http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?File=SB166P.htm&Session=2015&Bill=166
Sen Brown is contesting the argument refers to Section III, article 1 of the state constitution, first paragraph. It sets a maximum, but not a minimum, for the number of signatures that the state may require. SD’s practice has been to require 5% of the number of voters in the last election for governor, not 5% of all the registered voters whether they voted or not.

I have a feeling Corey was put up to this by the ALEC branch of the SD Republican party who is constantly losing at the ballot box when in comes to initiatives. They are PO’d about the minimum wage increase, and the potential of a PayDay lender interest cap.

Because initiatives and referenda tend to go badly for his party, Republican Senator Brown wants to repeal SDCL 2-1-5 and replace the signature count not on the number of people who actually voted in the last gubernatorial election but on the number who could have voted. Assuming he means registered voters on November 3, 2014, that’s 521,041. SB 166 would thus nearly double the number of signatures needed to get measures on the ballot, to 26,053.

And because he knows folks are already planning initiatives that he doesn’t like, Senator Brown includes an emergency clause in SB 166 to make sure no one could file an initiative before July 1 under the current, less onerous signature requirement.

South Dakotans, Senator Brown does not trust you. He wants to take away your constitutionally guaranteed power to make your own laws. Don’t let him do that. Write or call Senator Brown and ask him how Senate Bill 166 serves the public interest.

Why is the State GOP acting like a bunch of chickens over the EB-5 investigation?

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Larry Tidemann gets the South DaCola most chickenshit state senator of the week award after he finds no reason to subpoena Joop-Loops Bollen in the EB-5 investigation;

One of the main points of contention during Tuesday’s hearing came when the only Democrat who was present at the meeting, Representative Susan Wismer (D) Britton, made a motion to subpoena Benda’s former boss Joop Bollen.

The motion failed when Wismer failed to garner one lawmaker to second the move.

“We have deliberately avoided talking to the highest officials in the Rounds, Daugaard administration who oversaw this project. We’re like sheriffs who don’t want to bring in the witness,” Wismer told the committee when the motion failed.

Though the state has severed ties with Bollen, Wismer says the committee isn’t doing its job if it doesn’t call him to testify.

“I believe this committee still hasn’t visited with the one person who is still alive who dealt with this program,” Wismer said.

Larry Tidemann, the chairman of the Republican-dominated committee, says state agents have already interviewed Bollen during their criminal investigation.

“I think we have to look at what they have provided us and what would we garner if we were to bring him in?” Tidemann said after the meeting.

Yeah, gee, why would we want to actually interview the guy WHO IS STILL ALIVE! That’s because he just might indict a whole host of other people, like Daugaard, Rounds, Jackley and Pat Costello? Well we can’t have that? Can we? Shutup woman running for governor! Besides, Larry contests there isn’t anything that can be done now (snort);

“We can’t correct mistakes of the past but we can correct things for the future,” Tidemann said.

Ah, yes we can, by cuffing and stuffing the people that are still alive that were involved with this fiasco, but that would of course require our state legislators like Larry to not be BALD FACE COWARDS, so they can protect Rounds and Daugaards reputations. I think the entire GOP state legislature should be subpoenaed and questioned. First question; Why are you all a bunch of spineless chickenshits? If you are sure that Benda is the only one at fault here, let’s prove it.

 

Another SD Legislator makes us proud

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I think someone needs to ‘dump’ on Pastor DooHickey.

UPDATE: Butt Hurt

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Cory Madville explains EB-5

Does the Right Wing of the SD State Legislature REALLY care about children?

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I care about children, but only the unborn with genetic disorders that are either a male or female and come from the hand of God, not a monkey. After they are born, they are on their own.

Every year, Pierre changes it’s name to ‘Guns & Abortion, SD’ for about 40 days, and our legislature wastes time on guns and abortion legislation. Their reasons? They care about children. Really?

Well this year, as in the past, they had a chance to tell us just how much they do care about kids, you know, the ones that are born and living already. Some of them failed.

You would think after watching this year after year a group that large couldn’t be that ignorant. I must clarify, some Republicans get it, I am talking about the extreme right that think the earth is 6,000 years old and evolution isn’t based on science.

So let’s look at their failures;

• Supporting anti-science, secular education while censoring evolution science. The right wingers think they are doing the children of the state a favor by teaching them anti-science supported creationism, while instilling theological ideas into the public schools ignoring separation of church and state. This is a civics and science lesson gone awry. It goes against everything the 1st Amendment is about, and is more harmful to children then helpful.

• Legislating and teaching Hate. This one speaks for itself, making it legal to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation. This one thankfully failed, but that it even came up as legislation is pretty scary.

• Full Medicare expansion. This isn’t rocket science. Not only would it help a lot of children and keeping their working parents healthy it would put $200 million into the state economy. Of course some of legislators, like Isaac Latterell believe that the Federal Government is broke and a day of reckoning is coming where we won’t be getting money from the Feds anymore. Yup, Isaac, Ronald Reagan was using that talking point before you were born. As one of the legislators said in the last coffee, “If you have concerns as a constituent of how the Federal government is spending Federal funds, you need to bring it up with your Washington delegation, not state representatives.”

• Removing the sales tax on food. Democratic representative Marc Feinstein has been trying to remove the tax for years, unsuccessfully. For obvious reasons, removing this tax would help children. I have suggested instead of raising the taxes on other things – three adjustments could be made. 1) Remove the tax from raw, preparable and fresh foods only 2) Tax all products at the same rate-4% 3) Tax advertising.

• Denying counties a share of state sales tax revenue while voting against more lenient enforcement of non-violent offenders, like marijuana users. Why is the county getting further and further behind? Crime and the clogged court system. This also has to do with the safety of our children. When we simply just fine non-violent offenders instead of incarcerating them, we free up law enforcement and the courts to handle the more violent and serious crimes. This makes our community safer, and ultimately children safer.

So while the Right Wingers are busy talking about abortion and guns to keep our children safe and healthy, the work that actually that should be done is going straight over their heads . . . as usual. Some things never change in Guns & Abortion, SD.

One is back in, One is advertising fireplaces (but not a city council race)

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I guess there have been ‘fireplace commercials’ that feature Christine Erickson and her family in their new home, which means it might have been shot and produced after she announced her candidacy for city council. I wonder if this violates any FCC or election disclosure laws?  Even if it is “legally compliant” that doesn’t make it right to air it, especially less than 60 days out to the election (after April 10, fine).  She should know better, the business should know better, and the media looks complicit for airing it.  Why can’t people just do the right thing any more without forcing someone else to call them out? It’s like the Channel 16 and the mayor blatantly using it for campaign purposes.

I was also alerted that last night on Facebook that Angie Buhl IS running for re-election.  She even used the post yesterday to ask for campaign donations. I guess District 15 hasn’t had enough of Pro-choice, non-catholics :)

Kind of sounds like Pierre during the legislative session

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Why are SD Banks coming after the Credit Unions?

The credit union national organization is in a regulatory battle with the American Bankers Association with South Dakota the battlefield.

Credit unions make the bankers look bad and the ABA wants to crush them every way they can. There are many credit union misunderstandings. Credit unions are member owned cooperatives. By being member owned cooperatives they are designed to only have their members best interests as their primary mission. Lower loan rates, member community first. We used to have member owned credit union co-ops as part of many businesses and government departments. As time has gone on, the little credit unions have consolidated and became open ‘community’ credit unions, serving a larger cross section of the locality they are based. Remember the Bell Credit Union? How about the Morrell Credit Union? Air Guard, All American, and so many more. All of these have changed their missions or names as their associated companies or offices changed hands over the years.

Talk to a credit union member, you will see why they are for the most part a happier bunch. When you go into your credit union, you will often see the same faces you have seen for years. Stability in policy and function. Try to get this at your multi-national mega bank. So back to the battle, if you can’t beat the credit union on the PR front, kill the little buggers with state regulations and taxes.

In the South Dakota legislature this year is a movement to strip the non-profit / cooperative credit unions of their tax exempt status. The NCUA and ABA have been fighting for their versions of model legislation in the land of ALEC.

READ the plea letter here: Credit Union 2014

SF City Council candidate Steele doesn’t believe in evolution (H/T – Helga)

I didn’t come from some damn monkey, that’s just bananas;

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Read about all the wackiness.