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South Dakota Gov. Noem sends bill banning biological males from female sports back to legislature for changes

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After saying she was “excited” to sign HB 1217 days ago, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has instead sent the bill back to the legislature with recommendations for changes in “style” and “form.”

The House Bill will ban biological males from playing in female sport teams. It also declares there are only two genders — and it lists “inherent” differences between the two.

“I believe that boys should play boys’ sports, and girls should play girls’ sports. I’m returning House Bill 1217 with the following recommendations as to STYLE and FORM,” Noem tweeted Saturday.

The bill was sent to her desk on March 10 and until yesterday, rumors spread the governor may veto the bill.

In a twitter thread, the governor lists many changes she wants made to the bill. Mainly adding specifics and more detailed rules in the bill.

“Unfortunately, as I have studied this legislation and conferred with legal experts over the past several days, I have become concerned that this bill’s vague and overly broad language could have significant unintended consequences,” Noem tweeted Saturday.

“I support this legislation and hope that House Bill 1217, with the changes I am proposing, becomes law,” she tweeted.

The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Noem was “wavering” in her support. The Twitter thread showed this in Noem’s requests for specifics surrounding performance-enhancing drugs and college athletics.

As recently as March 8 Noem had said she was “excited to sign this bill very soon.”

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Whether the legislature will make the changes and Noem will put her signature on paper has yet to be seen.

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Chris Christie’s Book is Total Flop, Both Politically and Economically

2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week.

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2,289; that’s how many copies of Chris Christie’s new book “Republican Rescue” were sold in its first week. As Eric Boehlert states:

How Christie was able to sell so few books after lining up so much national media attention during his marketing roll-out – “This Week” and “The View,” “Fox & Friends,” along with Fox News, Fox Business, the Daily Show, HBO twice, and CNBC – represents an extraordinary disconnect.

“So, this thing is a disaster,” writes The Triad’s Jonathan V. Last who details the economic failure of the book:

Just to walk through the economics of this for you: Christie’s book was published by Simon & Schuster. I haven’t seen any reporting on the advance they gave him, but for the sake of argument, let’s call it $50k.1Then there’s the PR costs—a minimum of $10k. Making the books—PP&B—runs about $3 a unit. And depending on how many copies the publisher printed, they’re then going to have to spend money converting the unsold hardcovers to paperbacks. And then they’ll eventually have to pay to pulp the unsold paperbacks.

So all told, Simon & Schuster spent at least $70k in order to sell $58k worth of books—of which they, the publisher, only take home about 50 percent. (The other half goes to Amazon.) And the likely true cost to Simon & Schuster is probably closer to 10x that number since we’re being so conservative with our guesses.

Last notes that in his book, Christie never “never pays for his mistakes. He never admits that he was wrong. It’s always someone else’s screwup. Someone else who gets stuck with the check.” Last adds Christie should not be welcomed into the pro-democracy fold for the following reasons:

•    There’s no repentance from Christie, no admission of the part he played in getting America to this place.
•    There’s no acknowledgment from Christie that the side he’s leaving is playing with authoritarianism unique in the American experience.
•    Instead, Christie frames his break with Trump as trying to put the Republican party in a better position to win future elections. His pivot is not from pro-Trump to anti-Trump, but to anti-anti-Trump.
•    There is no reason to believe that Christie is sincere in this halfway-break he’s making. Even his current “better position to win” schtick may well be expedient—just another gambit to put himself over.
•    It seems certain that if Trump called Christie tomorrow and offered him the 2024 VP slot, Christie would do it in a New Jersey minute.

So yes, the pro-democracy movement needs every ally it can get, no matter how unsavory. But I’m not convinced that Chris Christie is an ally.

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