Politics

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues North Dakota over voting rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe on Tuesday sued the state of North Dakota over its voting identification requirements, part of a larger effort to ensure American Indians can vote in next week's election in the wake…

AG Ravnsborg pleads with SD House of Representatives not to impeach

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg faces the S.D. House of Representatives and possible impeachment. Ahead of Tuesday's proceedings, the state's top law enforcement official chose to break his months-long silence, asking lawmakers to vote against impeachment. In a…

Local towns holding municipal elections April 12

BLACK HILLS, S.D. — Spearfish, Sturgis and Wall will be holding municipal elections Tuesday, April 12. For Spearfish, candidates include: John Senden and James Vande Hey for Mayor Larry Klarenbeek and Gabe Bell for Ward 2 Ana Rath Culver, Brandon…

Sen. Rounds issues statement on SCOTUS nomination vote

Sen. Mike Rounds is one of the U.S. Senate members who will be voting against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Rounds issued a statement Monday evening, which reads in part: "While I acknowledge and appreciate the historic nature of this nomination,…

June municipal election ballot order selected

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Finance Office conducted a ballot order drawing Thursday morning for the June 7 municipal election. The order of the two wards are: Ward 2 - Lindsey M. Seachris and Bill Evans Ward 5…

Candidates file for Rapid City Council

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- On Tuesday, candidates emerged in each of Rapid City's five city council wards prior to the 5 p.m. deadline, with the municipal election being scheduled for June 7. The City of Rapid City says three current…

Steve Duffy announces candidacy for District 32

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Steve Duffy has announced his bid to run for District 32 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The long-time businessman made the announcement March 14 after several current and former Republican leaders from around the…

SD Legislators look to cap off session with "Veto Day"

RAPID CITY, S.D. —With only Veto Day left on its calendar, the South Dakota Legislature has all but concluded its 2022 session. Legislators sorted through more than 550 bills, including approving the constitutionally-mandated balanced…

WATCH LIVE: Biden on Russian Oil Imports

Watch live coverage as President Biden is expected to announce a ban on the import of Russian oil as part of further actions to hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine. President Joe Biden speaks…

SD lawmaker criticized for using derogatory term for woman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker who is running for governor is facing backlash after he used a derogatory term for a woman during a speech on the House floor. Republican Rep. Steve Haugaard described a woman whom…

South Dakota House candidate under scrutiny for tweets

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for South Dakota's congressional seat is coming under scrutiny for tweets he made from his personal account before he considered running for public office. Ryan Ryder is an Air Force veteran and lawyer…

Powell expects a quarter-point Fed rate hike this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell said he supports a traditional quarter-point increase in the Federal Reserve’s benchmark short-term interest rate when the Fed meets later this month, rather than a larger increase that some of its policymakers have proposed.…

Biden extends FEMA coronavirus aid for states through July 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is extending the federal government’s 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through July 1. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients informed governors Tuesday that Biden is approving the…

Noem's abortion pill limit headed to South Dakota Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican senators advanced a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem that aims to make the state one of the hardest places to get abortion pills. A vote on the Senate floor has not been scheduled.…

City of Spearfish preparing for local election

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Make sure you know your polling place Spearfish residents, the 2022 municipal election is almost here. Voting takes place on Tuesday, April 12, with polls open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Spearfish Senior Center…

South Dakota House committee rejects recreational pot bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota House Republicans have dismissed a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana for adults, in a major blow to a bill that aimed to honor the will of the voters. The bill that was tossed Monday…

Supreme Court to review Native American child adoption law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to review a case involving a federal law that gives Native Americans preference in adoptions of Native children. The high court said Monday it would take the case involving the 1978 Indian…

Judge halts Gov. Noem's abortion pill rule

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted a South Dakota rule from taking effect that would have made the state one of the hardest places in the U.S. to get abortion pills. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier…

Russia evacuates embassy in Ukraine as crisis escalates

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began evacuating its embassy in Kyiv, and Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Russia. Those moves come as the region braced for further confrontation after President Vladimir Putin received…

"Not My First Rodeo": Governor Noem pens book

PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem is set to release a book based on "the story of her life lived so far." "Not My First Rodeo: Lessons from the Heartland" is set to be released June 28, 2022 on Amazon. …

WATCH LIVE: Biden remarks on Russia and Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Watch live coverage as President Biden gives an update on the situation in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from…

War fears grow as Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — A long-feared Russian invasion of Ukraine appears to be imminent, if not already underway, with Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering forces into separatist regions of eastern Ukraine. A vaguely worded decree…

Single license plate proposal rejected by Senate committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota won’t be switching to single license plates any time soon. The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday rejected a proposal for a rear-only plate for passengers cars, vans and pickup trucks. Republican Sen. Jim Bolin,…

Biden orders release of Trump White House logs to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is ordering the release of Trump White House visitor logs to the House committee investigating the riot of Jan. 6, 2021, once more rejecting former President Donald Trump’s claims of executive privilege. The committee…