Politics & Elections

Harry Reid Helps Former Senator, Pressler, Join Mormon Church

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has helped a former U.S. Senate colleague become a Mormon. Reid, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a blessing to Larry Pressler of South Dakota on Sunday morning to confirm him as a member of the faith.

DNC Chairwoman: SD Will Be Competitive For Democrats In 2016

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee says South Dakota's history of electing Democrats to Congress and the state's "independent streak" will ensure competitive races in the 2016 elections.    Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke Saturday in Sioux Falls at McGovern Day 2015, a large gathering for South Dakota Democrats.    Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, says Democrats will be competitive across the country.    South Dakota is considered a Republican-leaning state.    The GOP holds all statewide offices and supermajorities in both state legislative chambers. South Dakota's U.S. House seat and one of its U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs in 2016.    South Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Ann Tornberg says the party hopes to run candidates for both those seats. Wasserman Schultz says South Dakota has "a long history" of electing Democrats.

US Rep. Kristi Noem Off To A Strong 2016 Fundraising Start

Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's $1 million campaign bank account puts her in a strong position for her fourth congressional bid with more than a year-and-a-half before Election Day, but observers say she'll be an easier target for South Dakota's struggling Democratic Party than U.S. Sen. John Thune.

Sen. Franken Says He Strongly Supports “Fight for $15” Campaign

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he strongly supported the tens of thousands of workers in Minnesota and across the country holding rallies as part of campaign “Fight for $15,” the goal of which is for companies to increase wages and provide workers with a stronger voice in the workplace.

Paul Says He's Running For President

Sen. Rand Paul is entering the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination -- saying he wants to "return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."

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