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SD to receive unspent earmarks

August 25, 2012 in The Daily Republic

$500,000 made available to state for transportation projects.

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OUR VIEW: Sen. Johnson erred pushing for money for wife’s program

February 21, 2012 in The Daily Republic

After 26 years in Congress, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson should have known he would take heat for pushing funds toward a program that benefitted his wife. Continue Reading

Report: Johnson directed money to program that employed his wife

February 9, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., helped direct money to a Pentagon program that employed his wife and paid her more than $400,000 over nearly six years, according to a Washington Post investigative report. Continue Reading

Sen. Johnson highlighted in report on Congress funding family projects

February 8, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Johnson funneled $4 million to Pentagon education program, Starbase, overseen by his wife. Continue Reading

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Forum editorial: A soaring speech by president is not enough

January 26, 2011 in INFORUM

One need not be a fan of President Barack Obama to recognize a good speech. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Earmarks can fulfill local, national interest

December 18, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

In their modern form, earmarks are not a bad way for Congress to “provide for … the general Welfare of the United States,” as the Constitution directs. They’re especially better than the alternatives, most of which are less transparent, less efficient or both. Continue Reading

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Failed bill in U.S. Senate contained flood-control funds for area

December 17, 2010 in INFORUM

WASHINGTON A catchall spending bill dropped Thursday in the U.S. Senate contained funding for several North Dakota projects, including almost $9.5 million for Fargo flood control. Continue Reading

Senators vote to ban earmarks … then grab them

December 16, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

S.D.’s Thune among those under fireMore than two dozen senators, most Republicans, who recently voted to ban homestate projects are claiming hundreds of earmarks in an almost $1.3 trillion bill to fund most federal programs and agencies into next fall. Continue Reading

Editorial: Congress must look at earmark spending

December 15, 2010 in West Central Tribune

It appears that Congress is stepping up to the earmark trough one more time before the new Congress arrives in January.
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Herseth Sandlin among top earmarkers in U.S. House

December 2, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin made her mark as an earmark star during the last two years. Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., was in the top five among House members for producing earmarked dollars for her state in both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, according to a study by Congressional Quarterly. In 2010, Herseth Sandlin ranked fifth in the House, earmarking $122.8 million for South Dakota. In 2009, she brought home $207.4 million, good enough for fourth place in the rankings. Continue Reading