Politics

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…

Trump announces new tariffs on Chinese technology

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is announcing that it will impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods containing “industrially significant technology.” The White House said Tuesday that the tariff will cover goods related to the “Made in China 2025” program. The full list of imports that will be covered will be announced by June 15….

Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China’s ZTE

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has told Congress it’s reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, said a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter. Under the agreement, ZTE will oust its management team, hire American compliance officers and pay a fine…

Dusty Johnson leads in Republican House primary fundraising

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota congressional candidate Dusty Johnson has outraised his two Republican primary opponents and has a big banked cash advantage as the June election nears. Federal campaign finance reports filed this week show Johnson, a former public utilities commissioner, raised about $70,000 from April 1 through May 16, and he ended the period with more…

Analysis says Trump budget won’t curb deficits as promised

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that President Donald Trump’s budget plan wouldn’t curb the spiraling deficit like it claims. Trump’s budget, released in February and mostly ignored since, promises spending cuts and economic growth that would cut the deficit to $363 billion in 10 years. CBO says it would instead hit almost $1.1 trillion if all…

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure loosening key restraints for banks that came in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Trump savored the legislative triumph Thursday. The Republican-led legislation cleared Congress on Tuesday with the help of some Democrats’ votes and allowed Trump to realize his campaign pledge of dismantling…

Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct drops out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A popular Democratic candidate in Iowa’s crowded race for governor is suspending his campaign, after a newspaper reported three women had accused him of sexual misconduct. Des Moines state Sen. Nate Boulton announced Thursday that he’s leaving the race. The allegations appeared in The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. The women have said Boulton touched…