The newly elected leadership of the Minnehaha County Republican Party has cancelled the alternative legislative forums the group had announced earlier this month.
Under previous chair Lora Hubbel, the party’s central committee voted unanimously to hold its own forums at the same time as the traditional legislative coffees sponsored by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Supporters of the decision said the Chamber-sponsored forums saw audiences and moderation biased against conservatives.
Now those alternative forums, the first of which was scheduled for Saturday, won’t happen.
“The legislative cracker barrels provide a forum for elected officials to update the public regarding legislative progress and receive constituent feedback,” the county party wrote in a news release sent out early Wednesday morning. “The cracker barrels also provide an important opportunity for legislators to outline pro-growth solutions for creating jobs, keeping taxes low, and creating a brighter future for the next generation.”
The release was unsigned. The new chair of the Minnehaha County Republican Party is Dave Roetman.
In addition to not holding its alternative events, the Minnehaha County Republican Party will sponsor the Chamber’s forums, as it has traditionally.