South Dakota's current GOP governor will appoint Scott Fiegen of Dell Rapids to the vacant seat representing District 25 succeeding Sen. Tim Rave who resigned earlier this year.
But this process has a rather Reichstag feel to it. A governor, the head of the executive branch of government, gets to appoint whom he or she wants to the legislative branch. Get enough appointments and you’ve basically captured another branch of government that’s supposed to be a check and balance on you. But the people—not the Governor—would choose their legislator. Like they are supposed to in a democracy, not a Reichstag.Read the rest of Todd Epp's piece here.