Politics

States Ask US Court To Keep Up Health Subsidies Cut By Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The monthly payments would normally be scheduled to go out Friday. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra,…

Uncertainty Reigns Ahead Of New Health Care Sign-Up Period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions as they prepare to select their health insurance plans when the new sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins in two weeks. The uncertainty is especially pronounced in Iowa, which is seeking last-minute federal approval to revamp its insurance market. The confusion, of course, is…

Ethics Measure Backers To Submit Signatures For 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment say they’re set to turn in more than 50,000 signatures to put the measure on the 2018 ballot. Amendment backers plan to submit the signatures Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s office. Represent South Dakota says the proposal would protect the state’s initiative and referendum process, combat corruption…

Kristi Noem Rejects Marty Jackley’s Proposed Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is declining to sign Attorney General Marty Jackley’s proposed clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican gubernatorial primary. Noem said Tuesday that she’s not interested in “campaign PR stunts.” Noem says she’s pledging to residents to take on tough tasks in Pierre to improve South Dakota. Jackley had earlier challenged Noem to…

Marty Jackley Asks Kristi Noem To Sign Clean Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is challenging U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to sign a clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican primary for governor. Jackley said Tuesday that he thinks the campaign should be about the candidates’ experience and vision to move South Dakota forward instead of “mudslinging and name-calling.” The primary election is in June 2018….

Sutton, Jackley Support Opening Access To Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two major South Dakota governor candidates have committed to supporting legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including officials’ correspondence. Democratic candidate and state Sen. Billie Sutton recently proposed draft legislation that would remove exemptions restricting access to public employees’ correspondence, memoranda, calendars, working papers and telephone call records. Attorney General…

Minnesota To Sue Over Trump Health Care Move

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is joining a lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s decision to stop federal payments to insurers that had helped hold premiums down for people buying insurance under the Obama-era health care law. The White House announced late Thursday it would end the payments after months of speculation. States are preparing for premium spikes of 20…

Health Insurance Industry Warns Against Trump Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – The health insurance industry says the billions of dollars in “Obamacare” subsidies that President Donald Trump is halting are not a “bailout” that companies are using to line their coffers. America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a joint statement Friday that the money goes to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other…

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it…

Thune Supports Trump Administration’s Withdraw Of Clean Power Plan

Plan Curbs Carbon Emission Rates For Coal Plants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune showed support today for the administration’s withdraw of former President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. In a statement today, Thune called the policy change a “step in the right direction”. Thune said the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency would have raised energy costs for consumers. The rule mandated that existing coal…

EPA Chief Says Administration To Roll back Climate Plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming. Speaking in Kentucky on Monday, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration.” The clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions…

Newspapers Across The State Make Big Statement With Blank Front Pages

FREEMAN, S.D. – It’s a phrase we’ve all likely heard: “fake news.” It’s gained popularity since President Donald Trump took office. His administration suggests many national news outlets like The New York Times, CNN and NBC aren’t reporting the facts. But others see it as an insult that’s giving local media a bad rap. Some South Dakota newspapers came up…

Sutton Proposes Legislation To Open More Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Democratic candidate for governor has proposed legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including public officials’ correspondence. State Sen. Billie Sutton said Thursday that he’s putting forward the legislation to help ensure government has adequate oversight, transparency and accountability. One proposal would remove provisions from South Dakota public records law…

10-Year Anniversary of Billie Sutton’s Rodeo Accident

The State Senate Minority Leader is now paralyzed from the waist down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One decade ago, a 23-year-old man from Burke was one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, until a rodeo accident changed everything. Life looks a lot different these days for Billie Sutton. He’s now running for South Dakota governor. Straight out of the shoot, Billie Sutton was roped into the world of riding….

Twitter To Testify To Congress In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – The social media giant Twitter has agreed to appear for a public hearing before one of the Senate committees probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. A person familiar with the interactions between Twitter and the Senate Intelligence committee says the company will participate in a Nov. 1 public hearing. The person spoke on condition of anonymity…

GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to understand what they’re signing. Ballot measure supporters are out collecting thousands of signatures ahead of the Nov. 6 deadline for…