Scott Heidepreim plays divide and conquer in today's Sioux Falls Argus Leader
It's pretty ironic, because to try to split the GOP, he's claiming that somehow, the "bad" House Republicans were working against a unified Senate where Republicans and Democrats skip and sing kumbaya as they hug each other and work together:
* Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Democrats were united in a sweeping and positive agenda for K-12 funding with an index factor, endorsed by the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. This index factor, for the first time, would link the idea that adequate education funding is a tool for economic development. The House Republicans killed the proposal. Our teachers are paid the least in the country.Read it at the Argus Leader, if you can hold your stomach.
* Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Democrats were united in support of early childhood development, a concept supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as carrying a return on investment of 16.7 percent, for every dollar invested in children, in an entirely voluntarily private-public partnership. The primary sponsor was Republican Sen. Tom Dempster. House Republicans killed it. Only eight states lack such a plan.
* Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Democrats were united in support of a bill I proposed to establish a written code of ethics for the Legislature. Every Republican on the House State Affairs Committee voted to table the proposal, including Rep. Rhoden.
* Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and House Democrats were united in support of a fundamental change in the way we govern vocational education. This progressive step was sponsored by GOP Senate Leader Dave Knudson of
. The bill was vetoed by the governor, and guess where his veto was sustained? Not in the Senate and not among House Democrats. House Republicans sustained the veto, killing the bill. Sioux Falls
The key challenge for the next legislative session is holding it together amongst ourselves, as Democrats do their best to divide the GOP. Especially in the legislature, we can win without them, but they can't win without us.
And when we let them win, no matter what the promises are, if they achieve more seats in the legislature, they aren't going to share governance.
If some Senate Republicans are aligning themselves with Senate Democrats - then those Senators need to take a good hard look in the mirror and decide what party and what values they represent.
Otherwise, their voters may do it for them.