Thumbs Up For Democracy
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I call these bills "obnoxious" because they're an affront to the democratic process. Senate Bill 69 stinks because it limits independent candidates circulating their petitions to signatures gathered only from voters who are registered as Independents. This is pure, unadulterated baloney, because it denies me, a Republican, the opportunity to put an independent candidate on a ballot even though I just might be likely to vote for that candidate. That I'm a Republican by registration does not in any way mean that I vote exclusively for Pubs, e.g., I voted for Larry Pressler the independent in last November's election, and believe me, if I saw an attractive independent candidate coming down the pike before the next election, I'd want to make every effort at getting that person on the ballot, including signing a petition. Denying me the chance to do so is denying my ability to support a candidate just because I'm a Republican. I think that's a denial of my rights and I think it stinks.
In the stinkeroo sweepstakes, the youth minimum wage reduction bill is running neck and neck with SB 69's contraction of ballot accessibility. This one, Senate Bill 177, is both an assault
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Funny, I Don't See The Dept. Of Mind-Reading In There
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I'll be downloading the petitions as provided by Heidelberger at the site I linked in the first graf. My thanks to Cory for making the process so easy and (Are you paying attention to the following word, elected officials?) accessible. The third link is to Cory's instructions on how to print and distribute the petitions, with a reminder that they CANNOT be circulated before tomorrow, March 31. Here's the SB 69 petition (ballot access). Here's the SB 177 petition (youth minimum wage). Here's Cory's list of instructions (circulation guide--which must be rigorously followed).
Best of luck on these twin re-affirmations of the democratic process in South Dakota.