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Scorecard Commentary in the S.D. Political Blogosphere

October 14, 2012

We would like to recognize the following bloggers for their coverage of the SDGOP Platform Accountability Scorecard:

Bob Ellis at the American Clarion

Cory Heidelberger at Madville Times

Obviously, most of you are aware that the authors of these two blogs represent two different political points of view. However, they both deserve credit for giving voters the chance to view the scorecard and decide whether the votes of their representatives in Pierre are consistent with their campaign rhetoric.

Whether you consider yourself a conservative, moderate, or liberal Republican (or Independent or Democrat for that matter), you deserve the opportunity to see the votes of your representatives side-by-side with other members of the legislature.

The bills represented on this scorecard comprise over 10% of the total number of bills submitted during the 2012 session. By any objective measure, that is a statistically significant number of bills.

We did our best to ensure that each bill on the scorecard had at least one or more tie-ins to the S.D. Republican Party Platform. Is it possible there be disagreements over the inclusion of some bills on the scorecard ? Obviously, that will be the case. If so, it is a relatively simple matter for an informed voter to omit any bill they disagree with and re-calculate their representative’s score.

However, we feel this scorecard will function as a good starting point for discussion about the SD GOP platform. When it comes right down to it, that platform is a statement of Republican principles as expressed by the grassroots of the Republican party in our state. To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no planks of the S.D. GOP Party Platform in conflict with the national GOP Platform.

We feel that an open discussion of Republican principles and how the votes of our representatives align with those principles is an important thing.  Perhaps Republican voters in some districts will be satisfied with a representative who votes 40% or 50% of the time with the Republican Platform. But it is equally possible that Republican voters in other districts will prefer a representative scoring 80% or higher .

Regardless of what they decide, certainly we can agree that they ought to be able to have access to a side-by-side comparison that helps them make an informed choice.  Ultimately, it will be up to the person viewing the scorecard to decide which votes on the scorecard are most important to them this November.

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