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The Leftist’s Guide to Election 2014
Oct 29, 2014
As of this writing, well over 30,000 South Dakotans have cast their ballots in the 2014 general election. So for 6 percent of our registered voters, this guide is moot. The rest of you may be so tired of campaign ads and speeches that you just want to vote and be done with it.
No problem: I'll keep my guide short and sweet. Here are the tightest, mostly leftist reasons I can offer for marking the correct answers on your general election ballot.
Initiated Measure 17, requiring health insurers to include any willing and qualified provider in their networks: Opponents have characterized IM 17 as “another mandate with more government control over health care.” However, IM 17 doesn't lay a mandate on anyone other than insurers, who have to accept any physician who meets their standards into their networks. You, Mr. and Ms. South Dakota, get more control over which doctor you see. IM 17 may save you money and a trip to Sioux Falls. Vote YES.
Initiated Measure 18, raising South Dakota's minimum wage: The labor and liberty of even the lowest-skilled worker is worth more than $7.25 an hour. Be moral, help workers pay their bills, and stimulate the economy. Vote YES.
Amendment Q, allowing roulette, keno, and craps in Deadwood: No part of a noble constitution should include the word crap. Schoolkids will giggle. Besides, I hear the high-rollers from Asia want to play baccarat. Send this amendment back to the drafters and demand an amendment giving this picayune authority to the Legislature. Vote NO.
Constitutional Offices: We Dems can only offer you candidates for three of the six. To check crony-corporatist excesses of one-party rule in Pierre, elect those three Democrats, Denny Pierson for Treasurer, David Allen for Public Utilities Commission, and Angelia Schultz for Secretary of State. Of the Libertarian alternatives for the other three offices, consider Kurt Evans for Auditor, in the hopes that he might show more interest in finding any missing EB-5 money or e-mails. John English quit the School and Public Lands race on Sept. 13, so you're stuck with Ryan Brunner. For Attorney General, incumbent Marty Jackley has major flaws, but he is the only person on the ballot qualified to do the job.
Governor: Rep. Susan Wismer says public education needs a champion in Pierre. This week Gov. Daugaard made clear he'd rather cheer for private schools, making a blatantly specious comparison between academic achievement at O'Gorman and Sioux Falls' public schools. Strong public education is crucial to democracy. Vote Wismer.
U.S. House: Corinna Robinson would raise the federal minimum wage, protect Head Start, and oppose the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Kristi Noem is essentially a GOP spokesmodel who advocates cuts to food stamps after her family enjoyed millions in farm subsidies. Such hypocrisy ought to have consequences. Vote Robinson.
U.S. Senate: The people running South Dakota's EB-5 program broke laws, dodged taxes, and enriched themselves at public expense. Mike Rounds didn't just fail to notice such corruption; he rewarded it as governor and defends it as a candidate today. The last person we need in Washington is another Senator prone to corruption. For a commitment to honest, smart government, vote Rick Weiland.
I could easily say another 600 words about each candidate and each issue. I'll bet you can, too: I invite your 600 words (or 60, or six) in the comment section. Fire away, and vote Tuesday!
Editor's Note: Cory Heidelberger is our political columnist from the left. For a conservative perspective on politics, please look for columns by Dr. Ken Blanchard on this site.
Cory Allen Heidelberger writes the Madville Times political blog. He grew up on the shores of Lake Herman. He studied math and history at SDSU and information systems at DSU, and has taught math, English, speech, and French at high schools East and West River.