Politics

Mayoral Candidates Share Goals If Elected

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two weeks from now, we should know who will be the next mayor of South Dakota’s biggest city. Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher say they’re low on sleep but high on enthusiasm as they campaign for your votes. Both candidates are sporting big endorsements. For example, a number of city councilors, both past and present, have…

US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for hundreds of American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Nearly 2,200 companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff, and more than 200 other companies are asking to be spared the 10…

Iowa Senate updates policies and rules on sexual misconduct

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have updated employee policies and ethics rules to better address allegations of sexual misconduct and other harassment within their half of the state Capitol. The Republican-controlled chamber held last-minute procedural votes Tuesday amid the expected final days of the legislative session. The changes are a culmination of growing public scrutiny…

Iowa Governor signs bill banning ‘lunch shaming’ in Iowa schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa children should no longer face so-called “lunch shaming” in school cafeterias under a new law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds announced Tuesday that she signed the bill, which lawmakers approved unanimously. Iowa is following the lead of several other states that have passed similar legislation banning staff from throwing away meals that were…

Effort to bring medical marijuana to public vote fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of allowing medical marijuana in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote. A petition to put medical marijuana legalization on the November general election ballot was rejected because it didn’t have enough valid signatures. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said a random sampling determined that the petition with about…

State Rep. Jamison Endorses TenHaken for Sioux Falls Mayor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Paul TenHaken’s Mayoral campaign announced on Monday that State Representative Greg Jamison is endorsing TenHaken. “Throughout my own campaign, I enjoyed discussing the issues with Paul,” said Jamison. “We agree on many important topics like tackling our growing crime problem, and increased transparency with both the city council and the public.” Jamison and TenHaken announced the…

Senators introducing new war powers resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are set to unveil a bipartisan resolution authorizing the use of military force overseas. The proposal would accelerate a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that’s taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria. The resolution from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee…

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt’s privacy booth

WASHINGTON (AP) – An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office. The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt’s spending. GAO determined that EPA’s purchase of the booth violated federal…

Trump administration spares China ‘currency manipulator’ tag

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is again declining to name China as a currency manipulator, but it did target that country and five others for special monitoring of practices that the administration says are making America’s trade deficit worse. In a report the administration must issue every six months, it said Friday that no country met the criteria to…

GOP Senator says Trump vows to protect marijuana industry

DENVER (AP) – A Republican senator says President Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner says Trump made the pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation. Gardner has been working on bipartisan legislation to prevent prosecution of people who obey marijuana laws in states like…

Dayton seeks nearly $1M to keep suicide hotline afloat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on lawmakers to set aside $969,000 to keep the state’s only suicide prevention hotline from closing. The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Lifeline recently announced it would be forced to shut down next month without new funding. The 24-hour phone line links callers with local mental health professionals as well as…

Plan would allow drug testing for some food stamp recipients

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives supporting ways to cut back on food stamps may find one in a plan that would allow states to require certain recipients to undergo drug testing. The Trump administration is weighing a proposal that would apply mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for some specialized jobs. An administration official briefed on the…

What Makes The Sioux Falls Runoff Election Unique

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race to be the next mayor of South Dakota’s biggest city isn’t over yet – in fact – some might say it’s just getting started. On Tuesday night, Loetscher and TenHaken celebrated their road to the runoff with parties. That’s pretty fitting, considering that Augustana Poltical Science professor Emily Wanless says that parties have everything to…

Runoff Election: What You Need To Know

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The runoff election for mayor and a city council spot in Sioux Falls is Tuesday, May 1. Paul Tenhaken’s name will appear first on the ballot in the mayor’s race, followed by Jolene Loetscher.  In the runoff for the Central District seat on City Council, Zach DeBoer will be first on the ballot, followed by Curt…

Runoff Candidates Gearing Up For Another Election

Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher face off in upcoming runoff election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Late Tuesday night, we learned the two candidates who are inching closer to becoming the next Mayor of Sioux Falls. This morning, we learned how they’re preparing for another election. A runoff election between Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher will take place on May 1st after the field of candidates was trimmed from 6 to 2….