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Tornberg calls on Daugaard to veto youth minimum wage bill

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Contacts:   Ann Tornberg, ann@sddp.org605-271-5405

Tornberg calls on Daugaard to veto youth minimum wage bill

Sioux Falls (March 5, 2015) — South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg called on Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto the youth minimum wage bill that infringes upon the will of South Dakota voters.

“Respect the will of the voters, Governor Daugaard,” Tornberg said. “South Dakotans overwhelmingly supported the initiated measure to raise the minimum wage. Signing this bill tells South Dakotans that their vote just doesn’t matter. Please keep your promise to leave this issue alone.”

Governor Dennis Daugaard has previously promised not to touch the initiated measure to raise the minimum wage. In fact, Daugaard has said changing the law “would be a little bit of an affront to the voters who just adopted it.” Tornberg was heartened to hear that Daugaard has not already broken his promise to South Dakota voters.

“Allowing the state legislature to immediately thwart the will of the voters sets an awful precedence,” Tornberg said. “I know Governor Dennis Daugaard is better than that.”

Tornberg has asked South Dakotans to contact Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office at 605.773.3212 or http://sd.gov/governor/contact.aspx to ask him to respect the will of the voters.

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Petition to Stop Hate

South Dakota GOP legislators obviously didn’t get the message last year with SB 128 and are back to spreading hate across our state. Last year

Sen. Angie Buhl O'Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)

Sen. Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)

with your help, the South Dakota Democratic Party led the fight against discrimination in South Dakota. We need you to stand with us again by signing our petition.

HB 1220 is almost identical to an Arizona bill so radical even Gov. Jan Brewer had to veto it!  It would allow anyone to discriminate against another for any religious reason.  HB 1195 and HB 1161 are aimed at preventing the SD High School Activities Association from allowing transgender students to participate in activities because of the legislators own insecurities.
 
These bills all work differently, but have one common theme: they amount to bullying the LGBT community, and we need you to stand up again and say enough is enough!
 
 
The South Dakota GOP think they can get away with these bills because it’s politically expedient to attack the LGBT community who just want to live their lives. We need to let them know again they are wrong! 
 
With your help, we can stop these dangerous bills in their tracks.
 
In solidarity,
Sen. Angie Buhl O’Donnell (D-Sioux Falls)
 
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ALERT: 10am Friday hearing for GOP’s anti-democratic ballot measure bill

The Senate State Affairs is hearing the GOP’s bill to chip away at your right to propose and vote on laws on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 10am. (You can listen by clicking the podcast link here.) Yellow-Alert

We can stop this bill right now with your help. Will you email the GOP legislators on the Senate State Affairs committee and tell them to VOTE NO?

Sen.Brown@state.sd.us
Sen.Holien@state.sd.us
Sen.Lederman@state.sd.us
Sen.Otten@state.sd.us
Sen.Rave@state.sd.us
Sen.Soholt@state.sd.us
Sen.Solano@state.sd.us

Thank you for your help so far. Now let’s put this issue to bed!

Ann

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UPDATE! Fwd: Are you an emergency?

Over 400 people have signed our online petition to stop the GOP’s assault on your rights to propose and refer laws.

Will you add your name or share this link on Facebook and Twitter?

We need to get 1000 signatures before the Senate State Affairs committee hears this awful bill.

Thank you,

Zach NistlerSign the petition

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ann Tornberg
Date: Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM
Subject: Are you an emergency?

SDDP

Zachary,

Are you an emergency? GOP leaders in Pierre seem to think so.

Here’s what Argus Leader reporter Jonathan Ellis has to say about the GOP’s anti-democratic bill to limit your right to sponsor ballot measures:

“When you hear the word emergency – as in, Emergency! – what comes to mind?

“I think of Japanese planes bombing Pearl Harbor. Or the Titanic ramming an iceberg. Or a burning skyscraper filled with orphans. Those are emergencies.

“But some lawmakers in Pierre have a different sense of emergency. They think that you, the voter, are an emergency. And just like some of those brave sailors who manned anti-aircraft guns to fight back on that Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor, these lawmakers are out to put a stop to you.” – Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader; 2/2/2015

GOP leaders want to put a stop to South Dakota voters like you who passed an initiated measure to raise the minimum wage and referred measures to stop Governor Dennis Daugaard’s education reform bill and corporate welfare bill.

I have a better idea: Let’s put a stop to the GOP leaders. Let’s get at least 1000 signatures to deliver to the Senate State Affairs before they hear this awful bill.

Will you sign the petition right away?

Thank you,
Ann Tornberg, Chair

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Are you an emergency?

Are you an emergency? GOP leaders in Pierre seem to think so.
Here’s what Argus Leader reporter Jonathan Ellis has to say about the GOP’s anti-democratic bill to limit your right to sponsor ballot measures:

“When you hear the word emergency – as in, Emergency! – what comes to mind?

“I think of Japanese planes bombing Pearl Harbor. Or the Titanic ramming an iceberg. Or a burning skyscraper filled with orphans. Those are emergencies.

“But some lawmakers in Pierre have a different sense of emergency. They think that you, the voter, are an emergency. And just like some of those brave sailors who manned anti-aircraft guns to fight back on that Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor, these lawmakers are out to put a stop to you.” – Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader; 2/2/2015

GOP leaders want to put a stop to South Dakota voters like you who passed an initiated measure to raise the minimum wage and referred measures to stop Governor Dennis Daugaard’s education reform bill and corporate welfare bill.
Thank you,
Ann Tornberg, Chair

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