Final Vote on House Bill 1305 with vote results

Here’s how it all went down today on Rep Dennert’s House Bill 1305 to allow non-Republican party members to vote in the GOP Primary that was blasted by the South Dakota Republican Party today. 29 yea, 37 nay, and 4 excused.

70 Replies to “Final Vote on House Bill 1305 with vote results”

    1. Anonymous

      an odd “coalition” also

      Johnson, Lust, Stevens, Rozum, schoenfish, Mikelson

      Disanto, Dennert, Frye-Mueller, Heinemann, May

    2. Kevin W Nelson

      I’m glad that Mickelson did not run for Governor. I’m saddened that Heineman voted for it. The process would be more diluted than what it already is.

    3. Anonymous

      I thought Mickelson was a Republican. Why did he sell out the party? Right there is your list of members to primary.

        1. Anonymous

          So you are saying an independent will only vote for someone in the general if they are allowed to vote for them in the primary? I think that is a facetious belief.

    1. Cinder

      Maybe those 121,000 Independents should decide what it is they stand for and join a current party or form their own party of like minded citizens. If they want a voice in the Republican party, become a Republican. If they don’t like what Republicans stand for, enough to join the Republican party, then why would they ever want a voice in picking a Republican candidate to run on a Republican ticket.

      1. Tara Volesky

        Republicans talk a big game, but they have really gone off the left side. Just look at their voting records. The party of tax and spend and big government.

      2. Anonymous

        As an independent I’m offended that Dennert thinks I want to vote in a primary. I’m an independent because I don’t want to belong to a party or vote in a primary. I just want to vote for the best candidate.

    2. Anne Beal

      Tara, you do not know the difference between the legislature and the SDGOP, either.
      the Legislature represents all South Dakotans, while the SDGOP represents Republicans.
      We will make our own bylaws without any coercion from the legislature.

      1. Tara Volesky

        Sounds pretty unwelcoming to me. Not really into cliques. Outsider Trump beat both parties. He never was welcome in the Republican party. Pence was the SD delegations boy.

        1. Anne Beal

          They welcome anybody into the party; all one has to do is register as a republican. They dont even require an IQ test.

          The democrats have allowed independents to vote in their primaries for years. It hasn’t done them any good at all, but they didnt need a legislative fiat to make them do it. The SDGOP can allow it too, any time they want to. They will make that decision for themselves.

          This was none of the legislature’s business.

          1. Tara Volesky

            Drew is representing his district on this bill, and I bet 70% of all Republicans would be for it.

            1. Anonymous

              well once again you would be wrong….the entire state voted 55-45 to defeat Amendment V and let their be an open primary but liberals just ignored that and are trying again

    3. Anonymous

      How many of those 121,000 would vote to put in a weak Republican candidate? The Democrats and unaffiliated liberals are a shifty bunch; they would take advantage of the situation to sabotage the Republican party. You don’t think that the likes of Weiland and Heidelburger would do anything they could to wreck the Republican party?

    4. enquirer

      the independents are as ideologically divided as the partisans. every independent wasn’t a gordon howie voter when rounds won his Senate race. some went for rounds, some for Weiland, some for howie i’m sure.

  1. Anne Beal

    if the Republicans want to allow non-republicans to vote in their primaries, (or serve on their central committee and participate as delegates to their conventions) they can change their own bylaws.
    this was never any of the legislature’s business.
    they all have some explaining to do

    1. Tara Volesky

      All Drew was asking was to let Independents vote in the primary without having the hassle to switch over. No big deal. Democrats turn Republican all the time to get elected. Platform means nothing anymore because very few people follow it.

  2. Anonymou$

    What’s wrong with District 3? Stace Nelson’s little minion, Dennert, needs to go! Find someone to run against him up in Aberdeen, I’ll be the first to write a check in their support!

    1. Anne Beal

      well as you may have noticed in previous sessions, when Stace was repeatedly bringing up planks from the SDGOP platform and introducing them as resolutions, there are some people in Pierre who don’t know the difference between the SDGOP and the legislature.

      Since they see many of the same people at the Central Committee meetings that they see in the Statehouse, somehow some of them think it’s the same organization.

      SMH

  3. Anonymous

    Maybe there is hope young Dennert will follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps and become a Democrat.

  4. Springer

    Both of the district ,8 representatives voted in favor; they both have some ‘splaining to do to the Republicans in our district.

    1. Anon

      true and i believe they are both party committee members. maybe their county parties need to remove them from those positions

      1. Tara Volesky

        Dennert is representing district 3, and that’s what they want. The Republican Brass isn’t going to control his Republican and Independent and some Democratic constituents. Hang is there buddy.

        1. Anonymous

          How do you know what district 3 wants? I’m not sure they want a 12 year old dictating legislative issues to them.

    1. enquirer

      there aren’t three parties, the SD democrats are such a total train wreck that republicans have grown a faction that carries their water. sometimes it’s mickelson’s faction, sometimes it’s stace nelson’s faction.

  5. JLB

    Rep. Dennert may have been wrong on this, but he is a good legislator and a good conservative. Many people voted for this as a way to prevent a jungle primary, which does not make them a liberal. Disagreement on tactics does not make someone an enemy. I hope everyone remembers that.

    1. Anonymous

      Drew voted for tyranny and in favor of a repressive government dictating how an organization needs to act. He can turn in his conservative credentials. He has no credibility.

      1. Anonymous

        Drew is not a conservative anymore. Maybe he never was. Tyrannical governments have no place in our society.

  6. Troy Jones

    Back when I smoked, I was sitting in a public park 20-30 yards from anyone thinking and smoking. A lady saw me and asked me to not smoke. I looked at her, said nothing, and when I was done with that cigarette, I put it in my pop can that was my ash tray. A while later I decided to have another smoke as I was really reflecting, not even thinking of the lady. Well, sure enough, she comes storming over and says, “Did I not ask you not to smoke?” I looked at her and ignored her as I looked away. It’s a public space and because of the wind she still couldn’t smell my smoke. She lost it. But I said nothing. I was already having a hard day and I wasn’t going to let her make it worse. When she reached for my pop can/ash tray, I slapped her hand and said “Lady, I don’t answer to you and I am going to smoke if I want to. You need to mind your own business.” And giving her a look of total disgust, I turned away from her. She really started to go off and said she was going to call the police but I said nothing and lit up another until she finally walked away.

    Why do I tell that story? The Legislature has no business telling any party who gets to pick its nominees. And when they try, they look like the crazy lady who can’t stand being ignored. What though makes them really irrelevant is reaching for the pop can and voting as they did.

    1. anon

      it was kind of like if they thought the legislature had decided they would tell the Church who may or may not receive the Eucharist.

      its bad enough it ever got out of committee. It is apalling that any Republicans voted for it.

  7. Q

    Cory Heidelberger-with-fries is gushing today over Drew, his new favorite legislator –

    “That line makes me wonder if Drew’s Democratic grandfather Paul is finally getting through to him? That brief, unsubtle critique of the Republican-controlled Legislature sounded like it should have come from four rows to Dennert’s left.”

    http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/02/12/dennert-loses-quasi-open-primary-bill-but-stands-against-ledermans-rebuke/

    Dennert must be hanging around Stace Nelson too much if the weirdo liberal likes what he has to say.

    1. Anonymous

      Why was Dennert pandering to CH?

      He’s spanked by his own county GOP chair and praised by CH. He and Cory are BFF’s now. Sad.

      Dennert needs to get his self righteous priorities straight. He also needs to grow up.

      1. Anonymous

        CH is like the devil. It feels good when he’s praising you but he will turn on you in an instant when he gets a chance.

        He’s not your friend drew. Liberal democrats are not your friend unless you fully embrace them and become one. Don’t play with them. Dont be naive.

        1. Anonymous

          “CH is like the devil. It feels good when he’s praising you but he will turn on you in an instant when he gets a chance. ” That describes him perfectly! He and his close allies in the SD Dem Party act the same way. CAH sees Drew as another Stace or convert him to a Dem somehow.. Weird dynamics going on there but typical CAH.

          1. Anonymous

            CH knows the only thing better than democrats attacking the GOP from the outside are republicans like Dennert eroding away at the party from within.

            He will use Dennert. Dennert appears to like being used by democrats at this point.

            1. Tara Volesky

              Johnson, Lust, Stevens, Rozum, schoenfish, Mikelson

              Disanto, Dennert, Frye-Mueller, Heinemann, May

    2. Anonymous

      Good grief, if you have Hamburglar praising you then you seriously need to re-think your convictions. I don’t even think that’s debatable.

      1. Anonymous

        Cory’s whispers are tickling his ears
        Dennert likes the praise from Cory. He is easily mislead.

        The GOP does not need Cory or Dennert to dictate what they need to do.