Last updated on 2013.01.23
Update 15:44 MST: Senator Russell Olson responds... even more arrogantly than I expected he would:
If you would like my comments and/or position on this bill, or any other bill, please submit them to my email account Sen.RussellOlson@state.sd.us
I use this page solely to keep my constituents, and any other followers, updated on my events at the Capitol. I would be happy to read your ideas, concerns or questions you have about the bills I support or sponsor.
I would not support a bill I did not fully believe would better the state of South Dakota. This page is not for public debate, it is to keep my followers updated. I encourage you to contact me in Pierre at any time. I look forward to hearing from each and every one you. Thank you.
[Senator Russell Olson (R-8/Wentworth), Facebook post, 2012.02.10]
Because this is important, because it shows that Senator Russell Olson misunderstands the Internet and democracy exactly the way I said he does in my original post, here's the screen shot of his totally public Facebook page:
Among the people hitting "Like" on this "Put a sock in it": fellow elected official and Madison Central School Board member Jennie Thompson.
[Original Post]: South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson is taking a lot of heat on his Facebook page for his support of Governor Daugaard's destructive education reforms. I present without commentary the comments submitted by constituents to the District 8 Republican. Senator Olson is also letting this commentary go without commentary: demonstrating his obsolete understanding of the Internet as a marketing device to push his message rather than a forum for genuine civic interaction, the Senator has not offered a single public response to any of his constituents.