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2019 Legislative Wins and Losses for South Dakota

GOP and Dem pundits weigh in on what lawmakers got done

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up early this past week, due in part, to a massive winter storm bearing down on the state. With the weather dominating the headlines since, we’ve heard little about the biggest and perhaps most interesting legislation to come out of this year’s assembly. Dave Roetman with the South Dakota Republican Party and Sam Parkinson with…

Inside South Dakota Politics: Week of February 5

There are a lot of bills in this year’s legislature that the Democratic Party and GOP have not been all that far apart on. There is a need, legislators know, to come together on issues like the nursing home crisis, transparency in government, the meth epidemic, and more. But there are a few bills coming up this week in Pierre…

Trump Campaign Takes Steps to Prevent a Challenge Within GOP

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump points to a supporter as he departs a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. President Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The initiative includes changing state party rules, crowding out…

Political Insiders Preview Week Four of South Dakota State Legislature

South Dakota state legislators are just starting to wade through dozens of new bills introduced earlier this week. Among the proposed legislation catching the collective eye of our pundits – drivers licensing in another language, early childhood education and a committee to look at the tax exemptions offered in South Dakota. While these new bills have yet to be taken…

Dems, GOP React to Noem’s Budget Address

Governor Kristi Noem is looking to the state legislature to approve a nearly $1.7 billion budget for the 2020 budget year, something she outlined in her address before lawmakers on Wednesday at the state capitol. The request includes $54 million in new ongoing spending, along with some other increases to fund priority issues she says the state is facing. Executive…

GOP Unveils Fundraising Tool to Match Democrats’ ActBlue

WASHINGTON – The Republican Party believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue. GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700 million to Democratic campaigns in 2018. After the Republican Party’s midterm…

State GOP Excited for Election Season

PIERRE, S.D. –  Last week, South Dakota’s Democrats selected the nominees voters will find on the ballot this fall. This week, people are gathering in Pierre for the State GOP Convention. There’s a lot of excitement from State Republicans for this year’s election. “Obviously every election is important but in this one we have to look at how we’re going…

GOP Lawmaker Starting Group On Immigration, Refugee Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Neal Tapio says he will form a legislative work group to examine state immigration and refugee resettlement programs in South Dakota. The Republican from Watertown said Monday the group would analyze the programs’ “financial and societal” effects on state and local governments. Tapio says the group will be made up of lawmakers, but won’t…

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 bill only repeals the individual mandate, which imposes a tax penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – a significant,…

GOP Plan Expands College Savings Plans To Cover K-12 Costs

A Republican proposal would allow parents to put money they save for their children’s college costs toward K-12 education in a measure hailed as a win by school choice supporters. The last-minute amendment to the Republicans’ tax plan allows parents to use up to $10,000 each year from 529 education savings accounts to pay for public, private and home school…

GOP, Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI’s database of prohibited gun buyers. Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The bill has the backing over several GOP and…

Trump Optimistic About Tax Cuts By End Of Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is calling the tax bill released Thursday by Congressional Republicans “a great bill,” expressing optimism that it will be passed into law by the end of the year. Trump says his administration is “working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas.” Calling tax cuts “a big, beautiful Christmas present.” Says…

GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two top Republicans are proposing a bill for restoring federal payments to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House and congressional conservatives. It has no chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to kill it. The plan would pay the subsidies for two years. It would also temporarily halt tax penalties…

GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to understand what they’re signing. Ballot measure supporters are out collecting thousands of signatures ahead of the Nov. 6 deadline for…