Kristi Noem’s capitulation to the NCAA shocked conservatives everywhere after she become a shining star on the right for taking the boldest stand against lockdowns. However, the star has lost its shine after she vetoed a bill that that would have prevented men from competing in women’s sports because they identify as women. She did so because of a paper thin argument over legality and because she did not want to confront the NCAA.
This all took place after she touted her support of the bill on International Women’s Day. Kristi Noem has triple down on her cynical political play to protect South Dakota from being canceled by the NCAA and other corporations. She started a petition which would only undermine state efforts to pass similar legislation, and then has denied that she actually vetoed the bill.
The South Dakota House Speaker replied to the veto saying that it was unconstitutional for the governor to send legislation back to the legislature for substantive edits (not typos). And the South Dakota legislature treated it like a veto. In a 45-24 vote, the override attempt fell short, killing the bill.
— Jon “It’s Not A Veto” Schweppe (@JonSchweppe) March 29, 2021
In maintaining a cynical play, Kristi Noem has blamed the legislature and promises executive action, acting like the hero in this story. But there is one last card to play before waiting until next session: ballot initiative.
South Dakota has unique referendum laws that not only allow voters to approve constitutional amendments or veto passed legislation, voters in South Dakota can also pass legislation via referendum. But the kicker is that in South Dakota, the signatures of only 5% of the electorate in the gubernatorial election are needed to advance the referendum to the ballot. This amounts to just under 17,000 signatures of South Dakota residents.
This is the fewest signatures required to advance a petition to the ballot of any state in the United States, according to Balletopedia. States with sparser populations like Wyoming and Alaska need approximately 41,000 and 36,000 signatures respectively.
The threshold of overriding Kristi Noem’s veto via the ballot is very achievable. Furthermore, in her own reelect, she would be most unwise to campaign against the said referendum. Instead this effort would whip Republicans into shape and embarrass them for betraying their base to corporate interests.
If you live in South Dakota and want to help launch a ballot initiative to enact HB1217, submit this contact form so we can organize together and get the ball rolling.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report has appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. One of our YouTube accounts was banned and another has been suspended. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancelation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects. These questions are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting cancelled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $5300 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
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