Politics

South Dakota Open Primaries Push Raises Over $205K In 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The campaign for a constitutional amendment that would move South Dakota to an open primary system for many political races raised more than $205,000 in 2017. Open Primaries South Dakota reported in January that it ended the year with roughly $1,000 on hand. Nearly all the campaign’s spending went to “Marketing.” The campaign’s largest donor was…

Gov. Daugaard Seeking Medicaid Work Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota is asking the Trump administration to allow the state to require some Medicaid health coverage recipients to work to obtain the benefits. Daugaard announced the proposal Tuesday during his State of the State address. He says the change would apply to about 4,500 low-income, able-bodied parents who aren’t caring for…

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 named Initiated Measure 24. The measure’s approval could be challenged. The initiative would prohibit contributions to ballot question committees from…

Senate GOP In Final Scramble To Erase Obama Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans are planning a final, uphill push to erase President Barack Obama’s health care law. But Democrats and their allies are going all-out to stop the drive. The initial Republican effort crashed in July in the GOP-run Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after that defeat that he’d not revisit the issue without the votes to…

George Hendrickson Enters U.S. House Race

"I'm the only one who is not a politician"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man, who doesn’t consider himself a politician, is the newest candidate to announce his bid for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. George Hendrickson is the only candidate running as an independent, so far. He knows it won’t be easy, but says he and his family are already overcoming great odds. “If he…

State Panel Advances Bill Adding Requirement For Food Stamps

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A House panel has approved a bill that would impose a new requirement for some single parents who are seeking food stamps. The Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve the bill. It would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants to cooperate with child support enforcement to get or enforce a child support…

DeVos Seeks To Mend Fences After Bruising Confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is trying to mend fences with educators, parents and activists across the country following a bruising confirmation battle. Addressing Education Department staff members on Wednesday, DeVos vowed to work with everyone, including her opponents, in ensuring the best education for American children. DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor and school choice champion. She…

Gov. Daugaard Signs First Bill Of The Session

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard this afternoon signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. The piece of legislation, House Bill 1006, clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings. In 2016, the Legislature passed a bill requiring notices to be posted two intervening days prior to a meeting. HB 1006 clarifies the language by…

Full Senate To Take Up Voter-Approved Ethics Overhaul Repeal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– The South Dakota Senate plans to take up a Republican-backed bill that would sweep away a government ethics overhaul approved by voters in November. The chamber on Thursday is scheduled to consider the bill, which would repeal the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. The Senate…

Senate Panel To Debate Repeal Of Government Ethics Overhaul

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– A Senate panel is set to consider a Republican-backed bill that would repeal a sweeping government ethics overhaul approved by South Dakota voters in November. The Senate State Affairs Committee will hear the bill Wednesday. It would dismantle the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. The…

Dear Mr. President…

With the New President Sworn In, What Would You Say To Him?

If Donald Trump was standing in front of you and you could say anything, what would you say? Would you give him advice for the next four years or would you give him a piece of your mind? For some the answer may come easy… for others, not so much. KDLT News asked people in downtown Sioux Falls what they’d…

Senate Panel Sets Aside Rules Restricting Public Lobbyists

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Senate panel has set aside a rule that would have barred public employee lobbyists from the chamber or space reserved for legislators during business hours. The Senate Legislative Procedure Committee decided Tuesday to table the proposal. It would have applied to lobbyists such as those for the executive branch, constitutional offices and the judicial system…

Lackluster Finances, Ethics Initiative Await State Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A lackluster fiscal outlook will make for subdued state spending during the 2017 legislative session, but Republican plans to repeal an anti-corruption initiative just approved by voters are likely to prompt a racket at the statehouse. Legislators return to Pierre Tuesday for the opening of session and Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State address. Daugaard…

Trump Targets Toyota Over Mexico Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump has trained his sights on Toyota in his latest effort to badger a company into building its products in the U.S. rather than Mexico. Trump tweeted Thursday that the Japanese automaker plans to build a factory in Baja, Mexico, to build the compact Corolla. He warns the company to build in the U.S. or…

US Slaps Sanctions On Russia, Expels 35 Diplomats Over Election Hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours…