In South Dakota local control means Republican control.
Acknowledging that the law could trigger a lawsuit, legislators included a contingency plan which calls on the state to assume all financial responsibility for any fallout from the "In God We Trust" message. And if any suits are filed against a school district, employee, school board, or member of the school board, the law states, South Dakota's attorney general will represent them at no cost. The ACLU of South Dakota told NPR that its officials were unavailable to provide comment before this story published. [NPR]Of course ACLU South Dakota will sue but that’s the point: the state has unlimited resources but grassroots social justice and civil rights organizations have to find the money to litigate.
What’s not to like about six (seven? eight?) month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights, an extremist legislature, living in a chemical toilet, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area?
After a former Republican South Dakota governor signed a bill into law that discriminates against some couples seeking to adopt the evidence is clear that a California-led boycott is having effects. South Dakota is struggling to keep white workers, infrastructure is crumbling, industrial agriculture is failing, South Dakota churches are girding for gun violence, meth is replacing alcohol as the state's drug of choice, Pierre's culture of corruption and rape violence threaten open government, socialism is quietly replacing free enterprise, pheasant numbers are dwindling, environmental degradation is increasing, wildlife are being exterminated to make way for disease-ridden domestic livestock and exotic fowl, jails far outnumber colleges, ag bankers continue to enslave landowners and the state's medical industry triopoly operates without scrutiny.
Little wonder young people are fleeing South Dakota in droves. Unless your Social Security pays your property taxes you’re just another greasy, grimy grudznick groveling in the gore and grinding out every greenback you can grab.
But, applaud the nutball Republican efforts diverting attention from the party’s culture of corruption where murders and their covers up are commonplace by clogging the legislative session with christianic religionist argle-bargle.
This newly created position will play a vital role in developing our First Amendment work around the KXL pipeline, Standing Rock, Missing, Murdered and Indigenous Women, voting rights and more. https://t.co/rC0nRhdAvl— ACLU of South Dakota (@ACLUSouthDakota) July 23, 2019