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Updated Scorecard

Several folks have been asking us for an updated version of the scorecard that contains Democrat votes on the same group of bills.

As a  response to that request, we have added the scores of several Democrat legislators to the scorecard as well, so that GOP voters can see not only how their local legislators compare to other GOP legislators, but how they voted compared to some of the Democrat legislators as well. We hope this updated scorecard for the S.D. House is useful for that purpose. A similar version for the S.D. Senate will be available shortly and we encourage you to check this site for that later today.

—> UPDATE:  updated scorecard for S.D. Senate now available

We would also like to point out that many of the planks in the GOP platform are consistent with principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

In view of that fact, we offer our thanks to legislators from BOTH PARTIES who cast votes in accordance with the principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. These rights include the right to life and liberty, the right to be secure in our persons and property, and the right to free expression and self defense.

Scorecard Commentary in the S.D. Political Blogosphere

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.

2012 Legislative Scorecard Available !

With election day less than 30 days away, we felt it was critically important for Republican voters to be able to evaluate their legislators based on how well they represent and uphold Republican values as expressed in the 2012 South Dakota GOP Platform.  We are pleased to announce that the 2012 South Dakota GOP Platform

Accountability Scorecard is now available for download beginning TODAY.

You can download the Senate Scorecard here:  Senate Scorecard

You can download the House Scorecard here: House Scorecard

The Bill summaries and descriptions are available here:  Bill Summaries

Vote in our inaugural web poll !

Hello to all of our new visitors !

This is the new world-wide web location for South Dakota GOP Platform Accountability (SDGPA).

We are currently in the process of  incorporating the feedback we received from Republicans across the state of South Dakota into the 2012 edition of our legislative report card.  We hope to have that scorecard available shortly.

Thanks for your assistance and interest in this project.

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