Why passing the Advisory Vote was important


It’s nice knowing you have won when the game hasn’t even finished.

I get why the opponents voted against the advisory vote, or at least I understand ‘some’ of their arguments. Basically ‘if’ the bonds sell on October 3, the election would be moot.

But that is still an ‘IF’ and why they should have voted for it anyway. They made it sound like it was a ‘done deal’. It is not. Councilor Stehly said it best, ‘Defeatist Attitude’.

Here are some things to consider;

• This is election would cost the taxpayers nothing if it has to be repealed

• The mayor still has time to delay the bond sale

• A judge could issue a temporary restraining order on the bonds

The way the council spoke on Tuesday night, they acted like the bonds have already sold.

But the most damaging part to voting down this election is that there was NO solidarity shown amongst the 5 councilors that stuck together in the past. I believe and attorneys much smarter than I think that showing that solidarity on Tuesday night would have gone a long way in a courtroom on September 28.

But according to the other 3, we have already lost.

As I said Tuesday night during public input on this item, there are no winners are losers when it comes to this issue, this isn’t a ‘fight’ about the mayor vs. the council or the city clerk vs. Bruce Danielson. This is simply about allowing the citizens to vote on a project that will cost us well over $40 million at the end of the day.

As one of the commenters said last night “What are we scared of?”


#1 Voter on 09.15.16 at 6:06 am

This most certainly is about the power struggle between Mike Huether and the Council.

Its been going on since he was elected in 2010 and will continue until the day he leaves city hall in 2018.

Hopefully, people across the state of South Dakota are watching this.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 09.15.16 at 9:01 am

Stehly and Starr are our Councilors who realize city debt is insurmountable. It’s to early but I’m thinking ‘Starr for Mayor’. Stehly but I doubt she’d be interested. Starr must be recruited soon. It’ll take a longer and equally expensive campaign to overcome the billionaire putting his criminal in office.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 09.15.16 at 9:13 am

It should be said 6 Councilors should finish their embarrassing terms and realize they’re done politically. They’ll have to endure Boo’s on the street and get egged in parades. Justice happens in mysterious ways. Huether should run for Governor so we can enjoy picking him apart. I miss Janoct. He’d get more votes than Huether.