Politics

South Dakota Governor Requests Federal Disaster Help

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is asking for a presidential disaster declaration because of property damage caused by a snowstorm and flooding this spring. Noem requested the federal aid in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The governor asked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with repairs for damage to both public…

Iowa Governor Blocks Bill Aimed at Stopping Anti-Trump Suits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has vetoed a measure that Republican lawmakers pushed through in the final days of the legislative session to stop the state’s Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s policies. The measure Reynolds vetoed Wednesday was targeted at stopping Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining multistate…

Search Warrants Tied to Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Released

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)WASHINGTON (AP) – Five search warrants have been made public in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer. The warrants are in response to requests from news organizations. The documents reveal the wide-ranging scope of Mueller’s investigation and early concerns about possible financial connections to Russia. The documents show how investigators…

Alabama House Approves ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation to put doctors in prison if they don’t try to save babies “born alive” after an attempted abortion. Representatives voted 66-18 for the bill Tuesday. The bill now moves to the Senate The bill by Republican Rep. Ginny Shaver says doctors would face 20-year prison sentences for failing…

Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced an interim sectary of Social Services. Noem said Tuesday that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as interim secretary. That follows the resignation of Secretary Greg DeSautel, which takes effect Wednesday. In a statement, Noem says she is confident Iversen-Pollreisz will “continue moving the department in the right direction during this…

States Sue Over Rule Allowing Clinicians to Refuse Abortions

NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and…

McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-show at House Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, says Democrats are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.” Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and…

Trump Tells Former White House Counsel McGahn to Defy Congress’ Subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena. The White House on Monday cited a legal opinion from the Justice Department, which argues that McGahn would have immunity from testifying before Congress about his work as a close Trump adviser. Democrats have been eager to hear from McGahn –…

US to Lift Steel Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States has reached a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, while those nations would scrap retaliatory tariffs they imposed on U.S. products. That’s according to sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement. The deal removes a major hurdle to the passage…

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Law Ending Rights for Some Unions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a 2017 law that removed bargaining rights for many state employees. In cases filed by the Iowa State Education Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the court ruled 4-3 on Friday that the law withstands constitutional challenges. Both decisions were written by Justice Thomas…

South Dakota Delegation Urges USDA for Ag Relief During Trade Talks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota’s congressional delegation is calling on USDA Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide short-term economic relief to US agriculture producers, as trade talks continue. Senators Thune, Rounds and Representative Johnson penned a joint letter to Secretary Perdue on Thursday. In the letter, they ask for protection and aid for producers during what they call a…

Trump Vows to Pass Merit-Based Immigration Plan

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says that if Democrats won’t adopt his merit-based immigration plan, he’ll get it passed after the election. Trump on Thursday unveiled his proposal in a Rose Garden news conference with little hard-line rhetoric. He says he wants to recruit the “most brilliant” people to live in the U.S. through a system that…

Planned Parenthood Sues Iowa Over Sex Education Fund Denial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law that prohibits federal funding to be used by Planned Parenthood to teach sex education has been filed against Gov. Kim Reynolds and the state. On the last day of the legislative session, Republican legislators pushed through language in a budget bill that banned Planned Parenthood of the Heartland…