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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

Column: The CIA’s lack of transparency

August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.
The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft a…continue reading on dglobe.com

Column: Nixon’s ghost, 40 years on

August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON — Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.
Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon’s willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and parano…continue reading on dglobe.com

Check your cellphone bill; Senate finds millions of bogus charges

July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON — U.S. mobile phone users have likely paid hundreds of millions of dollars in unauthorized charges “crammed” onto their bills, according to a report released by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday ahead …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Check your cellphone bill; Senate finds millions of bogus charges

July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON — U.S. mobile phone users have likely paid hundreds of millions of dollars in unauthorized charges “crammed” onto their bills, according to a report released by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday ahead …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Native Americans gather to discuss water rights

July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAPID CITY (AP) — More than 100 years ago, a treaty established that all water on Native American land or that naturally flowed to Native American land was to be held by the sovereign tribes.

But tribal governments say they are still fighting …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Rosebud, other tribes seek Congressional hearing on water rights

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAPID CITY (AP) — Native American leaders in the Dakotas are working to preserve water rights they say are guaranteed by a century-old treaty.

Representatives of the Standing Rock, Oglala and Rosebud tribes are part of the Great Plains Water A…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Some in Congress push to roll back futures regulations

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

WASHINGTON (AP) — David Fiebiger watched the collapse of trading company MF Global and understood the need to increase regulations in commodities markets. He just didn’t think the misdeeds of a big firm would have much effect on him or his Finley, …continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com