Washington Post: Bipartisan team aims to curb South Dakota’s payday lending industry

Steve Hildebrand is one of the Democratic Party’s best organizers. He’s worked in senior positions for former Vice President Al Gore, then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D) and President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Steve Hickey is one of the most conservative members of the South Dakota legislature. He’s a pastor from Sioux Falls who has earned news coverage for his deeply socially conservative views on same-sex marriage and religion’s place in daily life.

On the face of it, they don’t have much in common. But they both think payday lenders that charge high interest rates for short-term loans do more harm than good, and now they’re teaming up to try to bring down the industry.