Reps Facing Legislative Contests More Likely to Support Impeachment – Dakota Free Press

Having to face voters seems to have some correlation to how House members voted on impeachment yesterday.

The vote on House Resolution 7002, the two articles of impeachment against killer Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, was 36 Yeah31 Nope, 3 excused. It’s 51% for, 44% against, 4% absent.

2021i HR 7002 Ravnsborg impeachment vote, 2022.04.12; screenshot from LRC website.

16 of South Dakota’s 70 House members are not seeking re-election to the Legislative Assembly this year. Of these 16, the vote was 5 Yeah9 Nope2 excused:

  • Yeah: Anderson, Hoffman, Smith, Tideman, York.
  • Nope: Barthel, Dennert, Lana Greenfield, Haugaard, Chris Johnson, Marty, Milstead, Miskimins, Kent Peterson.
  • Excused: Howard, Wiese.

In this subset of representatives not seeking re-election to the Legislative Assembly, it’s 31% in favour, 56% against and 12% skipping.

Of the 54 House members who want voters to send them back to the Legislative Assembly, the vote was 31 Yeah22 Nope1 excused:

  • Yeah: Aylward, Bartels, Beal, Blare, Bordeaux, Chaffee, Chase, Cwach, Davis, Derby, Deutsch, Drury, Duba, Fitzgerald, Goodwin, Healy, Keintz, Koth, Ladner, Lesmeister, Mortenson, Olson, Pourier, Reed, Rehfeldt, Schneider, St. John, Thomason, Weisgram, Willadsen, Wink.
  • Nope: Finck, Gosch, Gross, Hansen, Jamison, Kevin Jensen, Phil Jensen, Karr, May, Mills, Mulally, Ernie Otten, Overweg, Perry, Sue Peterson, Pischke, Randolph, Reimer, Soye, Stevens, Vasgaard, Weis.
  • Excused: Odenbach.

Among representatives seeking another term in the House or Senate, it’s 57% for, 41% against and 2% not participating.

We can narrow down those returning candidates by removing those who don’t face challengers for their seats. With no independents or libertarians entering their races, Still Sydney Davis faces no opposition in her bid for the Senate, and Yes Aaron Aylward and Rocky Blare and Nope Ernie Otten, Marty Overweg and Rebecca Reimer return Home without having to fight. Reclassify those six, and we get the following percentages of impeachment among House members due to fight for votes in June and/or November and those who don’t:

  • 22 do not run or face opposing candidates: 8 Yeah12 No = 36% for, 55% against.
  • 48 running for Legislative Assembly and facing opponents: 27 Yeah19 Nope = 56% for, 40% against.

In both cases, Representatives who need to advocate on behalf of voters to hire them for another term in the Legislative Assembly were more likely to vote to impeach Jason Ravnsborg than Representatives who do not plan to return to Pierre or who do not don’t have to. ask voters to punch their ticket for another roundhouse dance.

There are eight senators, all Republicans, running for re-election to the Senate and facing no opposition. Seven other Republican senators face primary challengers but no Democratic opponents, and Pro-Tempore Senate Speaker Lee Schoenbeck, who is one of those senators facing a primary but no Democratic opposition, cannot schedule the trial. in the Senate until after the primary. So if the correlation between the House vote and the opposition on the ballot is any indication of how lawmakers might vote on impeachment, anyone who wants to increase the odds that the Senate convicts Ravnsborg should make sure that independents and/or libertarians are registered for the ballot in these fifteen senators. ‘ districts.

Stories related to the impeachment vote:

  • Jason Ravnsborg pays rep Trish Ladner and her husband Bobby to produce his botched website. Rep. Ladner voted to impeach Ravnsborg.
  • The two incumbents in the House race in Aberdeen’s new District 3, Kaleb Weis and Carl Perry, both voted against impeachment. Voters in District 3 have two well-connected Chamber of Commerce candidates challenging them in the Republican primary, Richard Rylance and Brandi Schaefbauer.
  • District 6 Republican delegation split, with Aylward voting Still and vote Otten Nope. Republican representatives from District 21 also split, with Blare voting Still and Overweg, obviously forgetting that Kristi Noem gave him his seat, voting Nope. As noted above, all four are seeking re-election and none are facing primary or general election candidates.
  • District 13 Republicans split: Thomason voted to impeach, while Sue Peterson voted to excuse lawbreaking, murder and lying. These two face a primary against Penny Baybridge and (sound the trumpets) Tony Venhuizen, who, as Kristi Noem’s chief of staff in September 2020, passed on the governor’s wish right after the fatal car crash. from Ravnsborg for Ravnsborg to take some time off. If Thomason and Venhuizen want to team up to campaign on accountability, they could clean Peterson’s excuse-making clock.
  • District 18 is split, with Democratic impeachment inquiry committee member Ryan Cwach and Republican member Mike Stevens voting based on their respective positions on the minority/majority ratio. District 19 voters inclined to weigh the wisdom of their representatives through their impeachment votes can choose two from incumbents Cwach and Stevens and challengers Jay Williams (Democrat) and Julie Auch (Republican).
  • District 27 also split along party lines: Democrat Peri Pourier voted to impeach, Republican Liz May voted to excuse. Those incumbents also face a four-way general election, with Democrat Norma Rendon and Republican Bud May vying.
  • No other district has representatives who voted opposite each other on impeachment and now face each other in a contested House race.
  • District 25 is unique in having three impeachments Nopesayers on his legislative ballot. Rep. Tom Pischke is running for the Senate against three challengers, including Lisa, the wife of former District 25 senator Tim Rave, and former District 8 Rep. Leslie Heinemann. Representatives Jon Hansen and Randy Gross (the latter newly redistricted from District 8) are running for re-election to the House against Democratic challengers David Kills a Hundred and former District 25 lawmaker Dan Ahlers.
  • Rep. Greg Jamison could face the toughest electoral test for any opponent of impeachment. Jamison’s seat neighbor in District 12, Arch Beal, voted for impeachment and is now running for the Senate. Jamison must defend his impeachment Nope against four main Republican challengers. If he manages to beat three, Jamison and his teammate will face two Democratic opponents in the fall, and District 12 is one of the districts made reasonably competitive for Democrats (Dave’s Redistricting indicates that the new District 12 created on the Sparrow’s card was last approved November beat 54% GOP and 45% Dem in the last two presidential election years, which in South Dakota is considered democratically competitive).

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