Politics & Elections

Gov. Reynolds Says Feds, Not State Should Discuss Gun Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - When asked whether she supports further restrictions to Iowa's gun laws, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the federal government needs to take responsibility in discussing gun legislation. Reynolds told reporters Monday "the federal government has to…

Lawmakers To Weigh Education, Refugee Resettlement Proposals

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on refugee resettlement, early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton. Legislators come back to the Capitol on Tuesday. The deadline to pass…

Teens Press For Gun Control Outside White House

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of teenage students are lying down on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida.…

Rounds Surrenders Illegal Campaign Contributions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds was among federal candidates surrendering campaign donations after learning the money was illegally contributed, The Republican senator returned $18,500 in contributions received between 2009 and 2014 from executives at the…

Jackley Tours Businesses Ahead Of Economic Forum

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General and candidate for Governor, Marty Jackley, toured several Sioux Empire businesses today ahead of his economic forum. He met with Lloyd Companies, as well as, SAB Biotherapeutics. He also toured recent Eco…

Minnesota Legislature Considering 5 Bills Related To Guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The deadly school shooting in Florida has revived discussion over gun control and highlighted Minnesota's pending bills on the issue. The Pioneer Press reports that there are at least five bills currently on file this…

Senate Rejects Trump Immigration Measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected President Donald Trump's immigration bill. That means the chamber has now rejected four separate immigration proposals, suggesting that its long-awaited debate on the issue could well end in gridlock. The vote on Trump's…

Lawmakers Encourage Sentinel Programs After Florida Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislative leaders are encouraging school districts to allow approved employees to carry guns after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd said Thursday…

Trump Pushes Senate On 'Merit-Based Immigration'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says Congress should be - in his words - "strongly considering a system of Merit Based Immigration" as the Senate works on an immigration plan to protect young "Dreamers." The president says on Twitter…

South Dakota Bid To Ban Gender Identity Teaching Shelved

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota lawmaker is dropping a plan that would have made the state the first to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen rewrote his…

House Passes Out-Of-State Money Cap For Ballot Questions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A bill to restrict the flow of money from outside South Dakota into the state's ballot question campaigns is moving forward after faltering in the state House. The bill passed out of the chamber Wednesday with…

South Dakota Senate Panel Rejects Bathroom Sign Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Senate lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have mandated public restroom doors be posted notifying bathroom users that a person of the opposite sex may be inside. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted…

South Dakota, Marsy's Law Campaign Reach Amendment Deal

PIERRE,S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers have advanced changes to a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims under an agreement with the group that campaigned to pass the measure. South Dakota would be the first state to change "Marsy's…

Iowa Governor Releases Plan To Cut $1.7B In State Taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has released a tax plan that her staff says would reduce individual income taxes in the state by $1.7 billion by 2023. The Republican governor released a 107-page bill Tuesday. It's…

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