Politics & Elections

House Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures.…

Defense Bill Authorizes Billions More Than Trump Had Sought

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That's far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps. The legislation has passed by…

GOP, Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI's database of prohibited gun buyers. Congress has taken no steps on guns…

Daugaard Administration Anticipates 'Lean' State Budget Year

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration says lower-than-expected tax collections will require a lean state spending plan for South Dakota's upcoming budget year. Daugaard spokeswoman Kelsey Pritchard said Wednesday that the administration wouldn't have specific details to offer…

GOP Tax Bill Would Have Impact On Pro, College Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP tax reform bill released last week would eliminate federal subsidies for new stadiums. It's one of several aspects of the bill that would touch the world of sports. The bill would end the tax exemption…

Medical Marijuana Backers Turn In 15K Signatures

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A ballot measure that would allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana has attracted roughly 15,000 signatures. The names submitted Monday narrowly exceed the nearly 14,000 valid signatures required to advance to the 2018…

20K Signatures Submitted For Vote-By-Mail Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot have turned in nearly 20,000 signatures to put it before voters in 2018. Ballot question campaigns…

Redistricting Measure Backers Submit 34K Names

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Signatures have been submitted to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would take control of redistricting from South Dakota legislators and give it to an independent commission. Supporters handed over more than 34,000…

Campaign Money, Tech School Petitions Submitted For 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's House speaker has submitted thousands of signatures to qualify voter initiatives on campaign finance and state technical institutes for the 2018 ballot. Republican Rep. Mark Mickelson said Monday that he turned in more than…

South Dakota Ballot Measure Campaigns Reaching Key Deadline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota ballot question groups hoping to put a slew of initiatives before voters next year are hitting a crucial campaign deadline. Campaigns must turn in thousands of signatures by 5 p.m. Monday to the secretary…

House Speaker Ryan Says Congress Must Combat Sexual Harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is encouraging members of Congress to complete sexual harassment training and require such training for their staffs. Ryan calls reports of sexual harassment by public figures "deeply disturbing" and said Congress "can and…

Trump Optimistic About Tax Cuts By End Of Year

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is calling the tax bill released Thursday by Congressional Republicans "a great bill," expressing optimism that it will be passed into law by the end of the year. Trump says his administration is "working…

Ballot Question Campaigns Seek Signatures As Deadline Looms

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota ballot question campaigns shopping causes before voters are rushing to collect enough signatures to get on the 2018 ballot as petitioning nears an end. Initiative groups face a Monday deadline to turn in…

Manafort, Gates Plead Not Guilty In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from…

White House Suggests $45B In Opioid Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is suggesting that $45 billion might be a good number for Congress to add to the fight against opioid addiction. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked Friday how much money the president would…

State Department Releases List Of Off-Limits Russian Entities

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has put several large and significant Russian companies on a list of businesses and individuals linked to Russia's defense and intelligence agencies. Anyone who does business with them could then be hit with new…

GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two top Republicans are proposing a bill for restoring federal payments to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House and congressional conservatives. It has no chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats have enough…

Iowa Withdraws Proposal To Opt Out Of Affordable Care Act

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has withdrawn its request with the Trump administration to opt out of the Affordable Care Act and redirect federal money toward lowering premiums for younger participants in a single state-run program. The idea was…

Trump Promises 401Ks Won't Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump says there will be "NO change" to tax incentives for 401(k) contributions. Trump says on Twitter Monday: "There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular…

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