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Mayor Allender’s Home Rule Deception: Part 1

Mayor Allender’s Home Rule Deception: Part 1

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes...

Home Rule Coming In Silence

Home Rule Coming In Silence

Past the promised deadline of delivering the Home Rule Charter Committee recommendations and presentation, Mayor Allender has finally scheduled the much anticipated event for this coming Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 for a Special City Council meeting.Unlike when it was...

Sold as a Recommendation, Actually a Change of Government

Sold as a Recommendation, Actually a Change of Government

The March 1st meeting was nothing short of illuminating. But during the meeting, several Councilmembers were confused, in the words of Councilman John Roberts, about “what exactly did the Home Rule Task force do?” Specifically, many were under the impression that,...

EXPLOSIVE MEETING – City Opens Up Discussion

EXPLOSIVE MEETING – City Opens Up Discussion

The March 1, 2021 City Council meeting was absolutely explosive! For the first time since the Rapid City Home Rule committee convened, the Rapid City Common Council openly discussed the activities of the secretive, backroom Home Rule committee. People's Rule has been...

Home Rule is Bad for Business

Home Rule is Bad for Business

Whether we like it or not, our government affects our daily lives, but this is especially true when getting down to the bottom line in business. As an example, in 2018 Rapid City was reported to have lost over “$50,000,000 of new residential construction,” all due to...

TOP 5 REASONS TO OPPOSE HOME RULE

TOP 5 REASONS TO OPPOSE HOME RULE

No question about it, Home Rule is a major change, and one that can lead to some pretty serious consequences after it is adopted. We put together a list of the top five reasons you should oppose Home Rule. NEW TAXES AND FEES Home Rule proponents argue that this isn’t...

Over Budget, Over Time – No Results

Over Budget, Over Time – No Results

People’s Rule recently exposed that Mayor Allender hired his former campaign treasurer Helen Usera on a no-bid City contract as a “facilitator” for his Home Rule Charter Committee. After Mayor Allender publicly denied any conflict of interest in the hiring of Usera,...

The Fight for Transparency

The Fight for Transparency

Over the past month People’s Rule has filed over half-a-dozen different requests to gain more information on the Home Rule Charter Committee, and have been denied the majority of those requests, in spite of Mayor Allender’s promise that they “[wouldn’t] be making any...

The Story of the Other Home Rule Consultant

The Story of the Other Home Rule Consultant

Earlier this month, Mayor Allender publicly denied allegations that there was a conflict of interest in hiring his former campaign treasurer, Helen Usera, on an exclusive, no-bid contract for “task force facilitation and research” on the newly formed Home Rule Charter...

Allender Lies about Home Rule Committee Vetting

Allender Lies about Home Rule Committee Vetting

Home Rule has become a hot topic in Rapid City in the past few weeks, where Home Rule opponents People’s Rule has been investigating the charter committee and its members. Now, People’s Rule says they’ve caught the Mayor in another lie, after the recent denouncement...

EXPOSED: Mayor Allender’s ~$200,000 Backroom Deals

EXPOSED: Mayor Allender’s ~$200,000 Backroom Deals

Over the past few weeks, People’s Rule has been digging into the documents of how and why the Home Rule Charter Committee has come about. But recently, People’s Rule was told by a City Hall insider that there was still more to uncover with Helen Usera and the Mayor....

Home Rule Spends Thousands Before It Existed?

Home Rule Spends Thousands Before It Existed?

People’s Rule has recently uncovered documents that show the Home Rule Committee consultant, Helen Usera, was hired months before the City Council formally appointed and even formed the Home Rule Charter committee itself, raising questions about thousands of dollars...

City Spends $38,000 on Home Rule, No Results

City Spends $38,000 on Home Rule, No Results

Since the formation of the Rapid City Home Rule Charter Committee on May 4, 2020, a “volunteer committee” according to Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender, tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent on the effort with nothing to show for it to date. "The...

Mayor Allender Wants Less Oversight

Mayor Allender Wants Less Oversight

In an effort to change the Rapid City form of government, Mayor Steve Allender has turned to a City Manager and Home Rule structure, with hopes of removing state and citizen oversight of the Council's actions. In discussing the advantages of a Home Rule, Mayor...

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