Cory Heidelberger of Dakota Free Press fame and infamy and dozens of workers have successfully filed petitions to repeal two repugnant retrograde GOP bits of legislation. Cory has demonstrated a lot of diligence and perseverance on these important issues. Legislation reducing the minimum wage for teenagers was both an insult to teenagers, but also to all voters who supported the initiative to raise the minimum wage in the previous election. Another bit of GOP legislation was an incumbent protection plan that made it nearly impossible for independents to run for the legislature. Check up on Referred law 19 and Referred law 20 at Dakota Free Press. Link is below.
I heard Cory at noon today (Wed, July 1, 2015) at SDPB-Radio Midday.
I heard most of his comments and thought they were good. I also noted the interviewer said he was going to get opposition statements. What moderator apparently is unaware of or unwilling to admit is that there is no real rational opposition to these petitions. This is more of the “A foolish balance between mythology and reality is the dangerous hobgoblin of small journalistic minds.”
Not allowing comments at Midday has greatly diminished the value of the program. The moderators never think of all the rational questions and too often let unsubstantiated mythology pass as rational discussion. That was not the case with Cory, but it is a nearly safe bet that when they dredge up the opponents to his work, it will be a pack of baseless assertions and anti-democratic nonsense and will be mostly unchallenged in any meaningful way.
You can read Cory's latest summary of the bills at Dakota Free Press.
Cory has a few dozen more posts prior to this on the hard work needed to get rationality into SD Law and remove ideological mythology from the law.
*** Stay tuned for more initiative and referendum revolution in SD --- Doug Wiken