Petition to change the school starting date almost there

As reported by the Rapid City Journal this evening, the petitioners for the measure to change the school starting date are almost in possession of enough signatures to file their measure:
According to VIA president John Brockelsby of Reptile Gardens, the group expected to collect about 2,000 new signatures during the stock show. "This is the best venue we've had so far," he said.

The signature drive has been going on at both sides of the state, from the Brown County Fair in Aberdeen to this week's stock show in Rapid City.

To get the measure on the November ballot, they must collect 16,800 signatures by the first week in May. Brockelsby said the VIA's goal is to collect 20,000 signatures by the end of April.

Brockelsby estimated that organizers of the petition drive will have about 14,000 signatures by today. "We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us," he said.
These guys had rented a booth at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in order to assist with their collection of signatures. Unlike others, they didn't get kicked out of a public building because they were paying rent for a space.

As you might have caught the other day, Bob Newland with the measure to legalize medical marijuana went inside the building to collect signatures, and when confronted, he told them to haul him off if they wanted him to stop.

There's good coverage of it all here at Mt. Blogmore. It makes for interesting reading, because it does challenge your views on whether or not the entrys and hallways of buildings are for rent, as opposed to renting rooms themselves. (When looking at spaces for auctions, I always recall we'd be quoted a price on rooms)


Anonymous said…
Bob's Arrest is a violation of the First Amendment.

Clear as day. This is absurd.

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