Politics & Elections

Trump Administration Cuts Funding For Health Care Sign-Ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is announcing sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year. In a call with reporters, Health and Human Services officials say advertising will be cut to…

Iowa Governor Disagrees With Ban On Transgender Troops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she disagrees with President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals joining the military. The Republican governor told reporters Monday that anyone who signs up for military service deserves appreciation and…

ACLU Sues Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

BALTIMORE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals joining the military. The federal lawsuit was filed in Maryland on Monday by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of…

Attorney General Explains Prescription Drug Price Initiative

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a proposed ballot measure that would cap the prices state agencies could pay for prescription drugs. Jackley's office said Wednesday that the explanation has been…

South Dakota Ballot Measure Would Let People Vote At Home

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot aim to put the initiative before voters next year. Sponsor Drey Samuelson said Friday that…

Strategist Steve Bannon Leaves Trump's Turbulent White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president's…

State House Speaker To Drop Donor Disclosure Ballot Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's House speaker says he doesn't plan to pursue an initiative that would have forced nonprofit advocacy groups to reveal top donors if they make big contributions to ballot question campaigns. Republican Mark Mickelson said…

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…

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