Politics

Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Pesticide Seen as Threat to Bees

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is allowing a once-prohibited farm pesticide back on the market over objections from beekeepers. The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it would again allow wide use of sulfoxaflor. The pesticide is made by Corteva Agriscience, a spinoff created last month in the DowDuPont merger. Beekeepers say the pesticide is a threat and successfully sued…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production. The EPA refuses to restore 2.6 billion gallons (9.84 billion liters) of ethanol removed from production through refinery waivers. It’s…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Hearing Could Be Delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats are considering a delay of special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-profile hearing next week, a development that comes amid concerns over the short length of the scheduled hearings before two committees. The House Judiciary and intelligence committees are considering delaying the July 17 hearing as they negotiate with Mueller’s representatives and the Justice Department over the…

Klobuchar’s Plan Would Help Alzheimer’s Patients, Caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. It’s an issue that’s personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care facility. The plan includes new funding for Alzheimer’s research and aims to develop a cure and…

Trump Accuses China of Foot-Dragging on Farm Purchases

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is accusing China of “letting us down” by not promptly buying more U.S. farm products. “They have not been buying the agricultural products from our great Farmers that they said they would,” the president said on Twitter. “Hopefully, they will start soon.” After meeting with President Xi Jinping late last month, Trump…

White House Yanks Drug ‘Rebate’ Plan to Lower Costs for Some

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump is withdrawing a plan that would have eased the financial bite of drug costs for people on Medicare by allowing them to receive rebates that drugmakers now pay insurers and middlemen. The plan from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was once highly promoted, but ran into opposition within…

Trump’s July Fourth Event Drains DC Security Against Terrorism Fund

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s July Fourth event has drained a special fund used to provide security and protect the nation’s capital from terrorist threats. The Washington Post reports the celebration cost the District of Columbia about $1.7 million, not including police expenses for related demonstrations. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser wrote Trump on Tuesday warning that the fund will…

Senator Rounds Backs U.S. Cabinetry Market Amid Trade War

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – We’ve talked a lot about how the trade war with China is impacting ag producers but there’s another industry at risk from what some are calling “unfair trade practices” by China. Leaders of the American Kitchen Cabinet Industry say China has infiltrated the U.S. market. They say many manufacturers in China receive subsidized material and then…

US Lawmakers on Northern Border Want Grain Rules Addressed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Republican senators along the northern U.S. border are asking officials to address grain in the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that U.S. lawmakers from Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota sent a letter to the chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. trade representative, calling for an agreement that creates a more…

Political Pundits Discuss Epstein Arrest, Borglum Announcement

Thoughts from the SD GOP and Dems on recent events this July 9

Dave Roetman, the State Finance Director for the South Dakota GOP and Aaron Matson, the Communications Director for the state Democratic Party,  discuss some of the bigger political issues before voters both on the state and national level. This week, they look at the national Fourth of July celebration and the fallout, the arrest of Jeff Epstein and political implications,…

Supporters of Iowa Medical Cannabis Change Seek Study Committee

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers disappointed with the governor’s veto of a medical cannabis bill are calling for legislative leaders to convene an interim committee to study options for revising the state’s program. Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. John Forbes, both Democrats, on Tuesday released a letter asking Republican leaders who control committee assignments to appoint a study committee…

Tom Steyer Launches 2020 Campaign After Saying He Wouldn’t

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer arrives to speak during a news conference on Jan. 8, 2018, in Washington.Carolyn Kaster / AP WASHINGTON – Billionaire activist Tom Steyer is joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he’d forgo a run. Steyer made the announcement Tuesday, casting himself as an outsider who will…

Noem Appoints Steckel Interim Human Resources Commissioner

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Thomas Steckel interim commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources. Noem announced Steckel’s appointment Monday. It follows the appointment of current Bureau of Human Resources Commissioner Laurie Gill as secretary of social services, and takes effect Tuesday. Noem calls Steckel “a critical part of the leadership team at the…