Politics & Elections

States Ask US Court To Keep Up Health Subsidies Cut By Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week.…

Uncertainty Reigns Ahead Of New Health Care Sign-Up Period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions as they prepare to select their health insurance plans when the new sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins in two weeks. The uncertainty is…

Ethics Measure Backers To Submit Signatures For 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment say they're set to turn in more than 50,000 signatures to put the measure on the 2018 ballot. Amendment backers plan to submit the signatures Wednesday to the…

Kristi Noem Rejects Marty Jackley's Proposed Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is declining to sign Attorney General Marty Jackley's proposed clean campaign pledge in South Dakota's Republican gubernatorial primary. Noem said Tuesday that she's not interested in "campaign PR stunts." Noem says she's…

Marty Jackley Asks Kristi Noem To Sign Clean Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley is challenging U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to sign a clean campaign pledge in South Dakota's Republican primary for governor. Jackley said Tuesday that he thinks the campaign should be about the candidates'…

Sutton, Jackley Support Opening Access To Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two major South Dakota governor candidates have committed to supporting legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including officials' correspondence. Democratic candidate and state Sen. Billie Sutton recently proposed draft legislation…

Trump Says He Wants To Take Action On Welfare Fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is sending a signal that he will be looking to take action on welfare fraud. Trump, in a Monday meeting of his Cabinet at the White House, suggested that cutting down on fraud of…

Minnesota To Sue Over Trump Health Care Move

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is joining a lawsuit over President Donald Trump's decision to stop federal payments to insurers that had helped hold premiums down for people buying insurance under the Obama-era health care law. The White House…

Health Insurance Industry Warns Against Trump Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The health insurance industry says the billions of dollars in "Obamacare" subsidies that President Donald Trump is halting are not a "bailout" that companies are using to line their coffers. America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue…

Tillerson Says US Won't Walk Away From Iran Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump will not withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal or reimpose sanctions, but he will say the pact is not in U.S. national security interests. Trump is scheduled to…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's office said Tuesday that the complaint was…

EPA Chief Says Administration To Roll back Climate Plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming. Speaking in Kentucky on Monday, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday "to…

Sutton Proposes Legislation To Open More Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Democratic candidate for governor has proposed legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including public officials' correspondence. State Sen. Billie Sutton said Thursday that he's putting forward the legislation to…

Twitter To Testify To Congress In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - The social media giant Twitter has agreed to appear for a public hearing before one of the Senate committees probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election. A person familiar with the interactions between Twitter and the Senate…

GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to…

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