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A guide to the EB-5 program investigation in SD

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Republican and Democratic lawmakers hope to delve deeper into the scandal involving an investment-for-green-card program at the Sept. 24 Government Operations and Audit Committee meeting in Pierre. Here’s a look at key elements of the investigations …continue reading on

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

U.S. Senate race one to watch as campaign season kicks into gear

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Former Gov. Mike Rounds leads the polls in South Dakota’s 2014 U.S. Senate race, but he is below 50 percent. That is giving his opponents a whole lot of hope.

“I am sensing support for Mike Rounds is incredibly soft,” said Gordon Howie, a steadfas…continue reading on

Rounds only candidate to support EB-5

July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS — Former Gov. Mike Rounds stands alone among the four candidates for U.S. Senate in South Dakota in his support of the state’s troubled EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.

Democratic candidate Rick Weiland, how…continue reading on

2 Senate candidates support minimum wage hike

June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two of the four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson support a minimum wage hike. The other two oppose a state ballot initiative looking to raise it from $7.25 per hour to $8.50.

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Weiland says no on Keystone; Rounds supports it

June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Democratic candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is a “big money con” that would bring great risk and little benefit to So…continue reading on

Rounds and Daugaard easily win in GOP primary

June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers and Regina Garcia Cano

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota’s current and past governor scored convincing Republican primary election wins Tuesday that could propel them to the lead in gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in November…continue reading on

Rounds raises about $724K in 1Q, has $1M on hand

April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Rounds raised about $724,000 during the first three months of 2014 for his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat.

Rounds’ Federal Election Commission report shows he spent $868,000 during the quarter ending March …continue reading on

State help for Northern Beef was about $4.3M

April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Dirk Lammers

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state…continue reading on

SD GOP Senate candidates meet in first debate

April 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Carson Walker

PIERRE (AP) — The five South Dakotans vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate found common ground on most policy issues — including their opposition to the president’s federal health care law — but also took a …continue reading on