Politics & Elections

State House Republicans Nominate New Speaker Pro Tempore

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota House Republicans have nominated a Sioux Falls state representative to serve as speaker pro tempore. The Legislative Research Council said this week that GOP lawmakers met in caucus to nominate Rep. Steven Haugaard for…

Governor Seeking Nominations For Vacant State House Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking people to suggest candidates to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Craig Tieszen's death. Daugaard's office said Wednesday that the governor's appointee will serve for…

Franken To Make Announcement Thursday Amid Calls To Resign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing growing demands for him to resign, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken will make an announcement on Thursday. That's the word from the Democrat's office on Wednesday. Franken's support among his fellow Democrats is collapsing as a host…

Trump: Government Shutdown Could Happen Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says a government shutdown "could happen" Saturday, and he is blaming it on Democrats' stance on immigration. Speaking Wednesday before a Cabinet meeting, Trump blamed Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration…

ATF Anticipates Control Over Bump Stock Devices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says his agency anticipates being able to exercise regulatory control over devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster. Thomas Brandon told the Senate Judiciary…

Governor Daugaard Offers Budget Plan To Fill Shortfall

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has outlined state spending priorities that are limited for a second year by disappointing tax collections, proposing a plan that would fill a shortfall this budget year. The Republican governor gave…

Doug Barthel Sworn In To South Dakota State House

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers have gathered for the swearing in of Doug Barthel to the state House of Representatives. The former Sioux Falls police chief was sworn in Tuesday ahead of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's budget address to…

GOP Plan Expands College Savings Plans To Cover K-12 Costs

A Republican proposal would allow parents to put money they save for their children's college costs toward K-12 education in a measure hailed as a win by school choice supporters. The last-minute amendment to the Republicans' tax plan allows parents…

Prosecutors: Manafort Wrote Op-Ed With Colleague In Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service. Court papers…

Governor: Money's Tight For South Dakota State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says money will be tight for South Dakota's upcoming budget year. The Republican executive on Tuesday will give his yearly budget address to the Legislature. Lawmakers will revise this year's budget and shape…

Iowa Senator Says Estate Tax Change Helps Wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Republican senator is defending GOP efforts to reduce the hit to the wealthy from the federal estate tax because it helps those who invest rather than people who spend their money on "booze or women…

Sens. Thune, Rounds Issue Statement on Senate Tax Bill

WASHINGTON—  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “For too long, Americans have struggled to make ends meet…

Trump To Deliver State Of The Union On January 30

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Jan. 30. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday formally invited Trump to address a joint session of Congress at the…

White House Considers Replacing Secretary Of State Tillerson

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is discussing a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo. That's according to two administration officials. They were not authorized to publicly discuss internal thinking and spoke on…

Sen. McCain Says He'll Support GOP Tax Overhaul Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain says he's decided to support the Senate tax bill. The Arizona Republican's announcement gives a boost to GOP leaders hoping to push the measure through the chamber this week. McCain says the tax legislation…

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