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Johnson graduates from leadership program

January 4, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Dusty Johnson, Mitchell resident and chief of staff to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is one of 48 graduates of The Council of State Governments’ 2012 Toll Fellows Leadership Program. Continue Reading

Political vets: Current climate poisonous

November 13, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Former congressmen say bitter partisan battles harm democratic process.
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Governor’s chief of staff to visit GF&P panel

July 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE Top members of the Daugaard administration refused Thursday to provide detailed information about a vague item on the agenda for next week’s meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
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Dusty Johnson selected for Toll program

June 26, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE Dusty Johnson, Mitchell resident and chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.
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LAWRENCE: GOP heads to election in a house divided

April 25, 2012 in The Daily Republic

There’s the Main Street side of the party, pro-business, pro-growth and pro-government. Then there are the tea party Republicans, the folks who believe the other Republicans are in league with the devil and Democrats, and aren’t sure which is worse. Continue Reading

Dusty Johnson: SD could teach DC lessons in effective government

April 20, 2012 in The Daily Republic

South Dakota officials are cutting regulations and working to create jobs, he said, while Congress and President Obama are passing laws that are hundreds of pages thick and halting progress on hiring people in private-sector jobs, such as the Keystone XL pipeline. Continue Reading

TUPPER: Concern for openness finally reaches the top

January 27, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Somebody at the top finally gets it.

That somebody is Mitchell’s very own Dusty Johnson, the chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Speaking Thursday about a directive the Daugaard administration often gives to bureaucrats, he said this:

“It’s your job to provide the information, not to find ways to hide it.” Continue Reading

GOP official joins with Democrats to support open government

January 27, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE The Republican governor’s chief of staff and a Democratic leader in the Legislature agree that public bodies should be allowed to keep minutes during closed-door meetings, but some Republican legislative leaders oppose the idea.
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Governor’s budget tour hits Mitchell

January 24, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Gov. Dennis Daugaard does not support law changes to abolish structural deficits or place annual limits on state government spending, he said Monday.
Last week, during his budget address to the Legislature in Pierre, the new governor proposed $127 million in cuts to eliminate the state’s structural deficit. A “structural” deficit exists when a budget is balanced with money from sources such as reserves, while ongoing expenses remain greater than ongoing revenue. Continue Reading

Paustian, Seberts, Shafer Memorials given awards

January 14, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Chris Paustian almost didn’t go to the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell Area Development Corporation’s annual awards and recognition banquet Friday night.
But his wife, Sandi, talked him into it and, after receiving the Community Service Award, he was glad she did.
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