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US Senate hopefuls disagree on Congress reforms

October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The four candidates for South Dakota’s opens U.S. Senate seat have strongly criticized the way that Congress operates.

But their views on how to change it vary widely.

Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and in…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Opponent sees Franken as yes-man

October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s Republican opponent says that in five years in the U.S. Senate Franken has become the poster child for a do-nothing, superpartisan Congress.

Franken disputes the portrait painted by first-time candidate Mike M…continue reading on dglobe.com

Republicans craft 2015 plan to force Obama’s hand on Keystone

October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U.S. Senate majority in November, finally forcing President Bar…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

NOEM: Terrorism threat highlights need for Keystone pipeline

September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

With conflicts arising in energy-rich areas of our world, the importance of North American energy independence to our wallets, economy and national security increases every day. Last week marked six years since permits were first filed to construct …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Thune seeks to hamstring EPA in 2 bills

September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., rarely has kind words for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and Wednesday he promoted two bills that would shackle the agency on two fronts.

One bill Thune is sponsoring would slow down the EPA’s plans to crac…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Thune seeks to hamstring EPA in 2 bills

September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., rarely has kind words for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and Wednesday he promoted two bills that would shackle the agency on two fronts.

One bill Thune is sponsoring would slow down the EPA’s plans to crac…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Sen. Johnson supports air strikes, opposes ‘putting US combat boots on the ground’

September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., issued the following statement Wednesday on President Obama’s ISIS speech.

“The president presented a forceful case that it is in America’s interest to degrade and destroy the brutal, growi…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

MERCER: SD senator led Congress to Labor Day

August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Remember James Kyle?

He was South Dakota’s most improbable U.S. senator. Officially an independent, he served his first term with the Democrats and his second with the Republicans.

During that first term, Kyle sponsored the federal la…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Column: Internal watchdogs keep government services accountable

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

QUESTION: What are Inspectors General?

ANSWER: Congressional oversight is a primary means for the legislative branch to strengthen our system of checks and balances. In addition to exercising power of the purse and conducting oversight hearings an…continue reading on dglobe.com

Reid expects Democrats will keep Senate majority, worries about losing SD seat

August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he expects Democrats to maintain control of Senate in the fall elections but acknowledged things could change between now and then. “If the election were held today we’d be in the …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com