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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

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