In SD, Nothing to Stop GOP Agenda…Except the GOP

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PierreCapIn the 2015 South Dakota Legislative session which begins tomorrow, 27 of the 35 senators are Republican. In other words, the Republican Party has a 77% supermajority in the South Dakota Senate.

In the South Dakota House, 58 of the 70 legislators are Republican. In other words, the Republican Party has a 83% supermajority in the South Dakota House.

Overall, 85 of 105 seats in the South Dakota Legislature are held by Republicans, providing an overall 81% supermajority for the Republican Party.

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In state government, the South Dakota governor is a Republican, the lieutenant governor is a Republican, the Attorney General is a Republican, the Secretary of State is a Republican, the State Auditor is a Republican, the State Treasurer is a Republican, the School and Public Lands Commissioner is a Republican, the Public Utilities Commission is held by Republicans, virtually every significant position in state government is held by a Republican, and the vast majority of the judges were appointed by Republican administrations.

With an incredible supermajority in South Dakota government like this, is there any reason whatsoever that the Republican Party should not be able to completely, fully and totally carry out the Republican agenda for South Dakota?

When the Republican Party has a supermajority of over 81% in the South Dakota Legislature, is there any reason whatsoever that Republican agenda items should not sail through committee and on to overwhelming passage by the House and Senate, where they will then be signed into law by our Republican governor, then enforced by our Republican officials, and adjudicated on by our Republican-appointed South Dakota judges?

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A 51% majority would give Republicans enough ground upon which to fight for the Republican values that are the same values which produced the greatest nation in history.  Most legislative bodies could only dream of an over 80% majority!

Is there any reason at all why pro-Second Amendment, pro-gun legislation should not make it through the South Dakota Legislature with ease and past the governor’s signature pen?

Is there any reason why legislation to deal with the problem of illegal immigration–the one our federal government is deliberately ignoring–should not pass with ease through this legislature–where everyone theoretically understands the harm of illegal immigration–and past the governor’s signature pen?

Is there any reason whatsoever why legislation to protect the people of South Dakota from the ravages of ObamaCare shouldn’t pass with ease through the South Dakota Legislature and into law?

Is there any reason at all why our Republican-supermajority legislature should not adopt legislation to protect the taxpayers from irresponsible waste, and to protect children from dangerous environments?

Is there any reason whatsoever why legislation to move our state away from inept, bureaucratic “educational” initiatives shouldn’t be accepted overwhelmingly in the South Dakota Legislature and signed into law by our Republican governor?

Is there any reason whatsoever that the Republican-supermajority legislature shouldn’t avoid unnecessary taxation, and that our governor shouldn’t veto any unnecessary tax bills which make it past the Republican-supermajority legislature?

Is there any reason at all why numerous bills which uphold the GOP’s documented values and principles of limited government, freedom, low taxes, and fiscal responsibility shouldn’t make it through the South Dakota Legislature and past the governor’s signature pen with ease in 2015?

I was there when the latest version of the South Dakota GOP values was hammered out, voted on and adopted as the South Dakota GOP Platform, and it’s a good one. The majority of South Dakota Republican delegates thought so too.  That’s why they adopted it.

Let’s see if the over 80% Republican supermajority legislature and governor will now carry it out.

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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