Politics

Ranchers: Government Shutdown Restricts Cattle Transactions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota ranchers say the partial government shutdown is stalling cattle sales because buyers can’t access their federal loans. The Rapid City Journal reports that ranchers who have a loan through the Farm Service Agency need an agent to co-sign the check before it can be cashed or deposited. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue…

North Dakota Leaders Unveil Oil Tax-Sharing Deal With Tribe

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Republican legislative leaders have introduced a bill that aims to end a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues on the oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian reservation. The bill unveiled Thursday reworks a tax-sharing agreement that favors the Three Affiliated Tribes on the reservation that accounts for about a fifth of the state’s oil production. The legislation…

Rural Bankers in 10 States Worry Over Farm Loan Defaults

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests banks are growing increasingly concerned about farm loan defaults in 2019. More than 4 of every 10 bankers questioned for the Rural Mainstreet survey for January said they expect farm loan defaults to be the year’s biggest challenge. Creighton University economist…

Hemp Sees High Interest From Minnesota Farmers, City Leaders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s hemp program is getting inundated with calls as farmers, municipal leaders and producers look into investing in the newly legal crop. Minnesota Public Radio reports that hundreds of Minnesota farmers are expressing interest in growing hemp just a month after Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the controlled substances list….

Lawmakers to Weigh Asking Voters to Extend Legislative Terms

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are set to debate asking voters to double their current two-year terms in office. Senators and representatives would be able to serve two consecutive four-year terms under the measure introduced Wednesday. The plan would go on the 2020 ballot; if approved, the changes would take effect in January 2023. Categories: News, Politics Tags: Lawmakers,…

‘I Never Said There Was No Collusion,’ Trump Lawyer Says

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he’s “never said there was no collusion” between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Giuliani’s comments Wednesday night on CNN directly contradict the position of his own client, who’s repeatedly insisted there was no collusion during his successful White House run. Giuliani himself has described the idea of…

Number of federal workers seeking US jobless aid doubles

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5. The Labor Department says that is double the number of federal workers who sought aid in the previous week. Typically fewer than a thousand former federal employees apply for jobless benefits…

SD State and Federal Lawmakers Discussing Concealed Carry Bills

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota lawmakers are discussing concealed carry.   In South Dakota, you have to apply for a concealed carry permit. Applying for a concealed carry permit in South Dakota is pretty straight forward. You go to your county sheriff’s office, apply, and usually hear back in a few days. If you’re granted a permit, it’s good for…

Legislative Debate: The Bills to Watch For in Pierre

Our Democratic and Republican insiders weigh in on the issues before state lawmakers

There are still a lot of bills this legislative session yet to drop – meaning, we don’t know all that is coming yet when it comes to the issues before state lawmakers this spring. But as our legislators get back to work in Pierre, here are a few of the things our political insiders say to watch for – both…

Emotions Run High in Minnesota Debate on Legalizing Marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Emotions ran high as the debate kicked off at the state Capitol on whether Minnesota should legalize recreational marijuana. A news conference called by opponents of legalization Wednesday was marked by heckling from marijuana supporters before ending in a shouting match. Judson “Kim” Bemis of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Minnesota said the current science does…

USDA Reopening Farm Service Agency for 3 Days

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is temporarily reopening an agency that provides resources to farmers and ranchers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday the department has called back 2,500 employees to reopen Farm Service Agency offices on Thursday, Friday and next Tuesday to process existing farm loans and provide tax documents. The office will not process any…

White House Denounces Rep. King’s White Supremacy Remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as “abhorrent.” Presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is praising the move by House Republicans to strip the nine-term Iowa lawmaker of his committee assignments. King was quoted last week by The New York Times as saying: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization…

A Closer Look at Senate Bill 49: Transgender Student Athletes

PIERRE, S.D. – Under the current South Dakota High School Activities Association policy, transgender student athletes are able to request to play on a sports team that matches their gender identity, which is not always the gender listed on their birth certificates. One state lawmaker wants to change that. “Because I think fair competition is extremely important,” said Republican State…

House Declines to Form Panel to Investigate Rep’s Residency

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have declined to form a special committee to look into allegations that a House Democrat from Pine Ridge didn’t meet state residency requirements to get elected. The House on Tuesday voted 62-5 against establishing the panel to investigate Rep. Peri Pourier. Republican Rep. Steve Livermont, who sought the committee, asked for support so…

South Dakota Lawmaker Seeks New Civics Literacy Program

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker is proposing a new state program to recognize students who graduate from high school with a strong understanding of civics. The bill introduced Tuesday would create the state seal of civics literacy program. Students at participating schools who meet the program’s requirements would have a reproduction of the state seal attached to…

Rep. Steve King Urged to Leave Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – The No. 3 House Republican is suggesting that Rep. Steve King leave Congress over his remarks about white supremacy. Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney on Tuesday said of King, “I think he should find another line of work.” Republican leaders have made serving in Congress uncomfortable for King over his remarks in the New York Times last week…