Politics & Elections

Mayor Mike Huether to Announce Future Plans on Monday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is expected to announce Monday his future plans. Huether will hold a press conference at the City Hall Commission Room at 11 a.m. Monday to announce what's next for his career.…

Jackley's Gubernatorial Campaign Raises $1M In 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today his campaign has reached a record fundraising level in the governor's race. His campaign office says they raised over $1M in 2017, which breaks the single-year record for money…

Rep. Kristi Noem Continues Her "Tax Cuts And Jobs" Tour

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Many people have questions about the recently passed tax reform. Kristi Noem is making stops in a handful of cities across the state of South Dakota and holding lunch, and small group dialogue to answer any concerns.…

2 GOP Lawmakers Want Sessions To Quit, Say He's Lost Control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican House members are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, and they're criticizing his Justice Department for not cooperating with Congress and for leaks related to its Russia investigation. Mark Meadows of North Carolina…

Out-Of-State Money Ban For Initiatives To Appear On Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's chief elections official has cleared a measure that would ban out-of-state fundraising for citizens' initiatives to appear on the November ballot. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' office said Thursday the ballot question will be…

Governor Seeks Extension Of Special Session Lake Use Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakota legislators to extend a law set to expire this summer that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation. Lawmakers during a special legislative session last year…

Franken's Exit Will Set Stage For Smith To Join Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Sen. Al Franken's time in the U.S. Senate is coming to a close. The Democrat's resignation was expected to be made official Tuesday. It comes nearly a month after he announced his plans to leave…

Governor To Name Former Lawmaker To Fill Vacant House Seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard will name a former state lawmaker to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Craig Tieszen's death. Daugaard's office said Friday that he will appoint Michael Diedrich of…

Government Ethics Measure Approved To Appear On 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's chief elections official says supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment turned in enough valid signatures to put it before voters in 2018. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Friday the amendment is…

Senate Leaders Say No Special Session Fix For Lt. Gov. Drama

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There's little hope of avoiding a messy battle over who will become Minnesota's next lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace Sen. Al Franken when he officially resigns next week, automatically ushering the state…

Minnesota AG To Join 'Net Neutrality' Lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson plans to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the federal government's repeal of "net neutrality" rules. Swanson told supporters in an email that she and other attorneys general would sue over…

Trump Signs $1.5 Trillion Tax Overhaul Into Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul package. Trump touted the size of the tax cut, declaring to reporters in the Oval Office before he signed it Friday that "the numbers will…

Trump Claims GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is celebrating the GOP tax legislation, claiming it fulfills his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, he says: "Obamacare has been repealed in this bill." But the…

Lawmakers, Citizens Split In Ballot Measure Power Struggle

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Lawmakers in several states this year have brushed aside voter measures, with some working to hamper citizens' ability to pass future ballot questions. Legislators in at least 10 states have tried to clamp down on citizens'…

House Passes $1.5T Tax Bill In Major Win For GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades. The bill now goes to the Senate for an expected vote Tuesday evening. The House approved the bill by…

GOP Leader: Legislature To Hold Sexual Harassment Training

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's state Senate Republican leader says sexual harassment training will be conducted for legislators and staff. Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd tweeted Monday that the Legislature takes the issue of sexual harassment seriously, and "it…

Sign-ups Show Health Law's Staying Power In Trump Era

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deadline burst of sign-ups is punctuating a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama's health care law. The strong finish for HealthCare.gov reveals continued consumer demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But troubles aren't…

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