Pat Powers is having fun manufacturing outrage over Scott Heidepriem's vote against SJR 3, which purports to protect the right to a secret ballot. (SJR 3 is really just more pro-corporate union-busting hogwash, but hey, that's the South Dakota Republican Party for you.)
Meanwhile, some of PP's favorite Republicans, including our own Senator Russell Olson (R-8/Madison), are voting against giving shareholders a vote of any sort, secret or otherwise, in how the companies they invest in spend their money. Heidepriem sponsored SB 165, a measure that would have required corporations to obtain a majority vote from their stockholders to authorize any contribution to a political cause or candidate.
Perfectly reasonable. Perfectly democratic.
Five Republicans killed it in committee Wednesday. Senator Gene Abdallah bucked his anti-democratic colleagues and voted with Heidepriem and Gary Hanson to keep the bill alive, but it wasn't enough.
Once again, our Senator Olson shows that corporations aren't just people, they're more important people than the common folks who elect him..
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