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Senator Stace Nelson Retires on Facebook

South Dakota state Senator Stace Nelson has announced his retirement from politics via Facebook. Sunday evening Senator Nelson posted this update to Facebook saying “It is with a heavy heart I compose this article. Circumstances dictate that I retire from politics.” He attributes part of that to military service-connected injuries slowing him down over the years. He also says part…

Trump Campaign Raises $3M Amid Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $3 million on the day of the first public House impeachment hearing. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the haul on Twitter Thursday. He says the campaign raised $3,144,257 Wednesday and now hopes…

Charges Against GOP Operative Roger Stone Now Before Jury

Roger Stone, with his wife, Nydia Stone, right, arrive at the federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, goes on trial over charges related to his alleged efforts to exploit the Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) – Jurors have begun…

Poll: Americans Struggle to Identify True Political Facts

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of political belief, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they often come across one-sided information, and about 6 in 10 say they regularly see conflicting reports…

Next Up in Impeachment Hearings: A Parade of Key Witnesses

Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019 in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Several more witnesses set to testify in the House impeachment hearings are expected to say they…

Impeachment Testimony Wraps Up After 5 Hours

Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019 in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Testimony in the House’s first public impeachment hearing has ended, with more hearings to come. State…

Rep. Johnson Returns From Israel, Says Peace in the Middle East is Attainable

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson is back home after his visit to Israel. Rep. Johnson met with military and government leaders during the trip. He says one of the biggest takeaways is that the majority of Israel wants peace. He says there are simple solutions to the “Israel-Palestinian” conflict but that eliminating Palestinian terrorist factions would…

Clara Hart to Announce Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race for Mike Rounds’ Senate seat is heating up as another challenger has come forward. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination. Hart has spent more than 31 years participating in community service in South Dakota. Hart ran for State Senate in 2008, Sioux Falls City Council in…

Top Democrat Assails Trump’s $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A top Democrat says President Donald Trump’s $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan, is the top Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says Trump’s trade agenda has irreparably…

South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Body to Meet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s State-Tribal Relations body is meeting in Pierre to discuss ways the state can work with Native American groups. Tuesday’s meeting is the first since tension between Gov. Kristi Noem and some tribes over laws passed aimed at potential protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem pushed for the laws, and the Oglala Sioux…

Clara Hart to Announce U.S. Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The race for Mike Rounds’ Senate seat appears to be picking up another challenger. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination on Thursday. Dan Ahlers of Dell Rapids is currently the only Democratic candidate. Senator Rounds has not announced his plans for re-election. Hart ran for State Senate in…

Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NY Over Tax Returns

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump against New York officials aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns. The judge ruled that the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., does not have jurisdiction to hear the case. Trump sued New York’s attorney general, tax commissioner and…

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Animal Cruelty Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act on…

Gov. Noem Responds to New USDA Industrial Hemp Guidelines

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The USDA has released new regulatory guidelines for industrial hemp, however, Governor Kristi Noem is committed to keeping hemp out of the state. South Dakota is one of three states along with Washington D.C. where the manufacturing and processing of hemp is illegal. Governor Noem issued a statement on Tuesday saying her position of legalizing industrial…

Rep. Johnson Co-Sponsoring Bill Labeling Plant-Based Meat as “Imitation”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Representative Dusty Johnson is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at labeling plant-based beef as “imitation” meat. The Real Meat Act proposed that beef not made from cows, be labeled “imitation” before or after the name of on the front package. In a statement, Rep. Johnson says, “a plant-based creation isn’t the same as South Dakota beef. It’s…

White House Downplays Shutdown Chances

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is signaling it’s not interested in a government shutdown when a temporary government-wide spending bill expires Nov. 21. White House congressional liaison Eric Ueland told reporters that President Donald Trump would sign another short-term stopgap spending bill to prevent a shutdown, so long as Democrats don’t try to tie Trump’s hands on funding for…

Former South Dakota Lawmaker Gene Abdallah Passes Away at 83

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – Former state lawmaker Gene Abdallah died Saturday morning. Abdallah’s son, Scott Abdallah, shared the information with KSFY Saturday morning. Abdallah was 83 years old. Abdallah leaves behind a long list of accomplishments. He served the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff in the 1960s. He also served as head of the South Dakota Highway…

State Sen. Solano Resigns; Noem Seeks Input on Replacement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota state Sen. Alan Solano of Rapid City has announced his resignation. Solano said Monday he will resign his Senate seat effective Nov. 30. The Republican has represented District 32 since 2014. Solano said he’s recognized the difficulties of balancing his legislative responsibilities with his new professional responsibilities. Solano was named CEO of the John…