Politics & Elections

Charlottesville Protest Puts Focus On Confederate Monuments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. --- The reaction to the Charlottesville, Virginia protest continues to make waves. Following President Donald Trump’s press conference Tuesday, the response has centered all attention on Confederacy memorials and statues.…

2018 Farm Bill a Major Topic at Dakotafest

MITCHELL, S.D.- With just over a year until the federal farm bill expires, lawmakers in Washington are already looking at what to include in the next version of the bill. Earlier today-- Congresswoman Kristi Noem and senators John Thune and…

South Dakota Insurers Urge Trump To Make Health Law Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Health plan officials say South Dakota residents who buy individual coverage are facing potential premium hikes next year that could grow if President Donald Trump stops payments that reimburse insurers. Avera Health Plans has requested an…

White House: Gov't To Make Health Law Payments This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month's payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance…

Iowa State Rep. Todd Prichard Suspends Campaign For Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic Rep. Todd Prichard has suspended his campaign for Iowa governor. Prichard indicated in a press release Tuesday that money played a key role in his decision. He said responsibilities like his family and military…

Report: Higher Premiums If Trump Halts 'Obamacare' Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) - People buying individual health care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers. That's the conclusion…

Lag In Trump's Condemnation Frustrates Iowa GOP Sen. Ernst

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says "it's very frustrating" that it took President Donald Trump two days to specifically denounce white supremacy in the wake of a deadly clash in Virginia. The Republican freshman senator spoke…

Latest: Chopper Crash Linked To White Nationalist Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Officials say the deaths of two people in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, have been linked to a violent white nationalist rally earlier in the day. According to the Associated Press, it was not immediately clear…

Swing-District House GOP Feel The Heat On Health Care

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Republican congressman David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it. Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman's embrace of a partisan approach…

Trump Escalates Feud With Senate Leader Over Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is escalating a feud with his party's leader in the Senate. Trump is expressing disbelief that that Sen. Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. Trump tweeted Thursday:…

State Dept. Says Trump On 'Same Page' As US Officials

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says President Donald Trump is "on the same page" with the rest of U.S. government with his fiery threat to North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the White House, State Department and…

US Scientists Contradict Trump's Climate Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal scientists warn that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods - even as President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive…

Bipartisan Experts Urge Next Steps On Health Care Push

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of conservative and liberal health policy experts are pressing Congress and the Trump administration to quickly shore up coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. They say lawmakers should continue federal subsidies to insurers…

Data Firm: Flynn Advisory Role Never Materialized

WASHINGTON (AP) - A firm connected to a data mining and analysis company says former national security adviser Michael Flynn considered taking an advisory role shortly before Election Day. SCL Group tells The Associated Press that Flynn signed a "statement…

Court Complicates Trump's Threat To Cut 'Obamacare' Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's bold threat to push "Obamacare" into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling. The procedural decision late Tuesday by a federal appeals panel in Washington has implications for millions…

Trump Signs Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial sanctions against…

Attorney General Explains Technical Institute Initiatives

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released explanations for two proposed ballot measures that would raise tobacco taxes to make South Dakota's four technical institutes more affordable. Jackley's office said Tuesday that the explanations have…

15 States Appeal EPA Delay Of Stricter Air-Quality Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia are suing over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals of…

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