Politics

Mitchell Residents to Vote for Next Mayor Tomorrow

MITCHELL, S.D. – Mitchell residents are deciding on their city’s next Mayor tomorrow. Four candidates are running to replace Jerry Toomey, who is retiring after serving as mayor for six years. The candidates are Bob Everson, Steven Larson, Mel Olson and Tara Volesky. The candidate who wins the election sill serve a three-year term.

Iowa To Require Voter ID At the Polls

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s upcoming primary will mark the first statewide test of a new law that requires voters to show identification at the polls. State officials and voting advocacy groups say they’re keeping a close watch on its rollout Tuesday. The law, which was passed last year and is being phased in, requires voters in 2018 to be…

Trump says US farmers will be treated fairly in trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is defending his tough trade negotiations with China, Canada and Mexico, saying that U.S. farmers have been treated “unfairly.” The president says on Twitter that by the time he finishes his trade negotiations, “that will change” and big trade barriers “will finally be broken.” Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from…

Trump asserts ‘absolute right to PARDON’ himself

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he has “absolute right to PARDON myself” but says has “done nothing wrong” in the Russia probe. In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy…

US Congressional Candidate Neal Tapio Calls for End of Indian Reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A US congressional candidate in South Dakota is defending his proposal to eliminate Native American reservations. Neal Tapio says if elected changes would begin by declaring a state of emergency on tribal reservations. Treaties with Native American tribes would need to be renegotiated. Tapio describes the reservations system as “broken,” with crimes against children, drug use…

Reynolds approves $7.4B state budget, issues several vetoes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has given final approval to a roughly $7.4 billion state budget and issued a handful of vetoes to conclude this year’s legislative action. The Republican governor announced Friday afternoon she signed the bills making up the state budget, which goes into effect on July 1. The GOP-controlled Legislature was forced to…

Trump says June 12 summit with Kim back on

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) is back on for June 12. Trump says after an Oval Office meeting Friday with North Korea’s Kim Yong Chol that he’d be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore. Trump says his…

Iowa judge will block fetal heartbeat abortion law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge will temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups. Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds agreed Friday to prevent the law from taking effect on July 1 after discussions…

Trump says Canada mistreats US farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Canada has mistreated U.S. farmers on trade and officials there “must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!” His tweet came Friday, the same day steel and aluminum tariffs were scheduled to take effect against Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The U.S. allies pledged retaliatory countermeasures and warned of a…

Negative Campaign Ads: Do They Work?

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota primary election is Tuesday and the homestretch is becoming ruthless. With just a few days to win over voters, republican candidates are spending big bucks on nontraditional campaign ads.  Instead of promoting themselves, you may have seen something different.  Some candidates are opting for ads that pick apart their opponent. However, do these cut-throat…

Marsy’s Law running ads, grassroots campaign before primary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The campaign for a constitutional fix to the “Marsy’s Law” victims’ bill of rights in South Dakota is running radio and television ads featuring public officials urging voters to support the changes at the ballot. Marsy’s Law for South Dakota spokeswoman Sarah Shriver says spots from the “significant” TV ad buy started airing last week…

House candidate calls for ending tribal reservation system

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Republican congressional candidate Neal Tapio is calling for an end to the Native American reservation system. The first-term state senator from Watertown is proposing a breakup of the reservation system and instead creating block grants of federal benefits for tribal members. He says the current system has “destroyed the futures of four generations…

US going ahead with steel, aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The move is sure to raise worries of a trade war with American allies. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there will be a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. President Donald…

Johnson rejects attack ads; Krebs criticizes state plane use

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former Public Utilities commissioner Dusty Johnson says he won’t run negative ads in the Republican congressional primary after Secretary of State Shantel Krebs started airing spots criticizing his use of a state airplane. Johnson, Krebs and Sen. Neal Tapio are vying for their party’s nomination on June 5. Krebs’ ad alleges Johnson used his former…

South Dakota agriculture secretary to leave post in July

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s agriculture secretary is leaving his position to join an electric cooperative in the state. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers said Wednesday he’s stepping down from his post July 1. Jaspers is set to become business development director for East River Electric Power Cooperative, based in Madison, South Dakota. He took over as agriculture secretary…