PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release January 26, 2018 FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact: Dan Lederman 712-251-1992 South Dakota College Republicans Endorse Campus Free Speech Act South Dakota College Republican Chairwoman, Emily Novotny, announced today that she has endorsed House Bill 1073, otherwise known as the Campus Free Speech Act. This bill is scheduled to have its first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee in the coming week. “Our Universities should be institutions of free thought where debate should be open and free, not ‘safe spaces’ where people pass rules to avoid being challenged. If we can’t openly have conversations, explore different ideas, and debate at our Universities, where on earth can we have these conversations?” The measure, which was introduced by Republican State Representative Michael Clark, was introduced because of incidents across the country where various speakers have be shut down on campuses for differing opinions. Representative Clark along with many others in the State Legislature want to ensure that South Dakota does not become a place where free speech is suffocated. Novotny said, “South Dakota needs to be a state that promotes free speech everywhere, whether we agree with that speech or not. My hope is that this bill will pass through the State Legislature as a sign of support and insurance of the enduring right to free speech throughout the great state of South Dakota.” ###read moreOn Saturday morning, many will gather in Sioux Falls for what is billed as a “Women’s March.” But don’t be fooled! This march doesn't represent diversity of opinions of all women. Instead, it is a rally for far-left organizations like pro-abortion groups such as NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the South Dakota Democratic Party. The event will also feature a keynote speech by liberal democrat mayoral candidate Jolene Loetscher These are the same organizations who fought against recent tax breaks for working class families and stabilizing the Affordable Care Act. “The Minnehaha County Republican Party supports and respects the rights of women,” said Karon Gubbrud, “The idea that this event represents the beliefs of all women is laughable.” In 2017, conservative groups such as the Alpha Center wanted to participate in the event, but were denied access by the organizing committee. “It is apparent that the organizers and Jolene aren’t willing to welcome a diversity of opinions,” said Dave Roetman, Minnehaha County GOP chair. “The rights of women shouldn’t be the partisan issue Democrats have made it become. It’s really disappointing.” On Saturday as liberals rally to attack elected officials and advance their pro-abortion agenda, the Minnehaha Republican Party encourages all to pray for unity as well as our elected officials, those serving in the military, first responders, and the less fortunate.read more
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