Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kristin Conzet rubs it in with the voters of District 32

We in Robbinsdale received a friendly Independence Day postcard with pictures of watermelons, flags, and balloons -- paid for by "Kristin Conzet for House."

There are also pictures our good-looking, well-connected Pierre-political-class legislators, both appointed by Gov. Marion Rounds, with the statement:

On this Independence Day, let us never forget the sacrifices and principles of our founding fathers
[sic - they forgot the caps].

Like, fr-instance, their refusal to accept taxation without representation?

I think the voters of District 32 should ask some questions and consider why they shouldn't be looking at their options (namely, the independent candidates running for the seats). We aren't all Republicans, and we have needs from the Legislature outside of the political gamesmanship.

To Reps. Conzet and Gosch: instead of complaining about being "attacked" by bloggers, I ask you please to use this election season to inform us what you've done for District 32. We're all ears.

- What do you think about RCRH's responding to a 50 million dollar surplus (earned by stiffing their care-giving staff BTW) with a 5% rate increase on their services? Since we taxpayers are the #1 payer of health care in this State, what do you think the Legislature should do about it?
- Do you support talk in Rapid City of Home Rule? Why or why not?
- How should the Legislature close their widening budget deficits?
- Why did the Republican legislature stiff the Sanford lab last year -- when the educational investment there would benefit the state's students and keep them here?
- Why is it in District 32's interest that the Legislature hasn't seen fit to support the Regents in developing a Physics PhD program in our state -- which would bring important new blood to SDSMT and the rest of our University science programs?
- Why, in the name of all that is holy, did you both vote for promoting the giving astrology equal time in our high schools? Could we send a louder message to scientists across the country warning them not to bring their families while they work at DUSEL?

I mean, check out Kristin Conzet's Facebook page:

Nothing there about the interests of District 32 - all the wall posts are about electing Republicans and Republican political events. (OK, time for a pot-shot, based on my experience: For someone who has no time for meeting with constituents during the session because of her family commitments, she sure seems to get out a lot.)

I think this screen shot says it all:

So let's have some discussions! That's what the political process should be about, not who's in and out in the Republican Party.


  1. CP-

    What's Home Rule?

    Thad Wasson

  2. Thad Wasson posted a comment (lost in the ether somehow) asking about Home Rule for Rapid City.

    Ron Sasso ran (unsuccessfully) for City Council including Home Rule in his platform of things he was interested in. He helpfully provided this link to the SD Muni League site that explains it.

    I think it's interesting because it gives cities more freedom to do what they think is right without having to hew so closely to rules (and omissions) in our State's laws in decisions about local communities. It has its downsides too, but definitely worth thinking about for Rapid City, in my humble opinion.

  3. Thanks CP,

    The city government seems to operate fairly independent already. Just this past year the city has annexed more land, created a new tax district and birthed a new ordinance with the county, which is the septic system shakedown. (Not the official name)

    Thad Wasson

  4. I'm glad someone took notice of the idea of home rule! Home rule has most of its strengths in Rapid City's Historic Distric. Currently any property that is designated as historic must follow state guidelines---so what is historic in Rapid City must be treated the same as something that is historic in a small town in eastern South Dakota. City's like Hannibal, Missouri have home rule which allows them more flexibility to address specific problems or implement minor changes without requiring a change at the state level. The downside would be if there is extensive corruption in city government. It basically moves the power from the state to the city. The city has flexibility but cannot violate the state's constitution.