Politics

Marty Jackley Shares His Plan To Address the Drug Epidemic

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Tuesday evening, Jackley told a room of concerned faces that about one third of the state’s drug arrests take place in Sioux Falls. However, Jackley says that’s consistent with the population, since Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state. Jackley has three key components to his proposed plan to tackle the drug epidemic: prevention,…

Elections office separates Krebs from US House race info

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’ office has instituted a “legal firewall” separating Krebs from information about the South Dakota U.S. House election in which she’s running. The office says Krebs instituted the policy to protect the “integrity of her office and the election process.” All office employees have signed it. The policy is written generally for…

Dayton, lawmakers propose overhaul of senior care oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers are proposing major changes to the state’s oversight of Minnesota’s senior care facilities. Widespread abuse and neglect of seniors and the state’s lax oversight have made it a top priority for lawmakers this year. An audit released last week found “deep and pervasive failures” in the state agency that handles…

President Trump Fires Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo’s deputy at CIA. She would be the first woman in that role. Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa…

Independent redistricting initiative falls short of ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s chief elections official says the campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment that would have taken control of redistricting from state legislators and given it to a new commission didn’t submit enough valid signatures to put the measure before voters in November. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’ office said Monday the rejection could be challenged…

Sioux Falls Voter Registration Due March 26

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls residents have until March 26th to register for April’s city and school district elections. Residents can register at a variety of places including the city finance or clerks office, driver’s license station, the county auditor’s office or the department of human services. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th. Those registered can vote…

Iowa Senate leader resigns after video purportedly shows him kissing lobbyist

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The top leader in the Iowa Senate says he’s resigning after a video posted on a liberal news website purportedly showed him kissing a statehouse lobbyist. Senate Republicans released a statement Monday announcing that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix was resigning effectively at 2 p.m. from his leadership post and as a state senator. Republicans in…

North Dakota lawmakers sign off on medical marijuana rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Legislature’s Administrative Rules Committee has signed off on proposed rules for the state’s developing medical marijuana program. The rules approved by the State Health Council in January cover such things as testing, security and transportation requirements. The Health Department can now move forward with application periods for medical marijuana manufacturers, dispensaries, patients and…

Trump says Commerce Secretary will talk tariffs with EU

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says his commerce secretary will be talking to the European Union about tariffs Trump argues have been unfair to the United States. Trump wrote on Twitter Monday: “Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will be speaking with representatives of the European Union about eliminating the large Tariffs and Barriers they use against the U.S.A. Not…

US officials: NKorea will face no more conditions for talks

Trump administration officials say there will be no additional conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders. That’s beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.-South Korean military exercises during that time. The officials’ comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has…

South Dakota lawmakers to debate state budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers plan to debate the state budget before ending the main part of the 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers are set to approve the state spending plan Friday before leaving Pierre. Officials in February projected they will have more money available than Gov. Dennis Daugaard anticipated when he proposed his budget plan late last year….

Lawmakers back conduct code change to include social media

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed updating the Legislature’s anti-harassment rules to include social media. The Joint Legislative Procedure Committee voted Thursday for the change, which would specify that harassing or offensive behavior could include electronic communications. Both chambers of the Legislature would have to adopt the update for it to take effect. House Speaker…

Trump to meet with aluminum, steel executives

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll hold an afternoon meeting on the steel and aluminum industries. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and…