Politics & Elections

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Iowa governor signs into law ban on 'sanctuary cities'

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an immigration enforcement bill that bans so-called sanctuary cities. The Republican governor signed the bill privately on Tuesday. The news was tucked into a press release about 16 other…

Runoff Candidates Gearing Up For Another 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…

Sioux Falls Mayoral Race Heading For Runoff Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -  It's Election Day in Sioux Falls residents were voting to decide new Mayor, three city councilors, and two school board members. We don't know all of the winners tonight, but we do know that we're heading…

City Prepares for Possible Runoff Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - After months of campaigning, forums, and going door-to-door, candidates are finally turning the power over to voters on Tuesday. Six candidates want to be the next mayor of South Dakota's biggest…

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