You sure look uncomfortable on that fence Nick…
I haven’t seen political posturing in South Dakota like this since Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s failed 2010 reelection campaign.
Because of his vote on Governor Daugaard’s education proposal, Representative Nick Moser has decided, if Herseth Sandlin isn’t occupying the fence these days he would like to give it a test ride.
Rep. Nick Moser voted for HB 1234 but went to great lengths Saturday to describe his reservations about it.
?I did vote to send it across to the Senate,? he said. ?I was on the fence all the way through, and frankly, I still am on the fence.?
Moser did not set a shining example of legislative courage with his statement. I can’t stand the fence card. There are tough votes for everyone in Pierre, but once you vote – you own it. At the very least back it up. You don’t make anyone happy by waffling.
My advice to legislators is: do not cast votes you have serious reservations about. We can always come back to the drawing board and find ways to increase test scores that have a broad consensus.
Rep. Steve Hickey makes a great case on his blog for the State Senate to read.
Even so, if I had to vote today on the bill in it’s final form I’d vote no. Why? Because this conversation can’t happen in 33 days and the education community needs to be in the mix at the onset (in the same way the medicaid providers were in the middle of the Medicaid Task Force last year). The Governor is spot on when it comes to the priority of education reform and his plans are bold, innovative and very much pointed in the right direction.