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Official: Noem's Daughter Received Special Treatment

She says Noem's daughter was given a third chance to obtain a real estate license

(Newser) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter received unusual treatment in an application for her real estate license, including an extra opportunity to obtain it after failing to meet federal requirements, the former director of a state appraiser agency told lawmakers Tuesday. Sherry Bren's testimony before a legislative panel...

GOP Governors on Mandates: We'll Fight 'to the Gates of Hell'

Republican National Committee also vows to sue over vaccine mandates

(Newser) - Republican leaders had a strong reaction to President Biden's announcement of coronavirus vaccine mandates to affect two-thirds of the US workforce: "See you in court," tweeted South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, one of several Republican governors threatening to fight back. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted "...

South Dakota Tries to Follow Texas' Lead on Abortion

Gov. Kristi Noem issues executive order with new restrictions

(Newser) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is tightening the state's abortion laws, starting with an executive order. An order issued by the Republican governor states that abortion-inducing medication can only be prescribed by a physician licensed in South Dakota after an in-person examination; further, the medication must be collected in...

Virus-Defying Bikers Roar Into Sturgis

Rally begins, possibly drawing more people taking fewer virus precautions than last year

(Newser) - The South Dakota city of Sturgis, host of the famed annual motorcycle rally, is offering coronavirus tests, masks, and hand sanitizer to the hundreds of thousands of bikers rolling into town. But none of that is a conversation starter. "People here don't want to talk about COVID,"...

South Dakota Is Sending Troops to Mexico Border
Donor Pays for State
to Send Troops to Border

Donor Pays for State to Send Troops to Border

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announces National Guard deployment

(Newser) - South Dakota National Guard troops are being sent to Texas to help "secure" the border with Mexico, says Gov. Kristi Noem, the latest GOP governor to announce a border deployment. Florida, Iowa, and Nebraska are sending law enforcement officers, but Noem, a potential 2024 White House contender, says the...

SD Governor to Sue Feds Over Rushmore Fireworks

National Parks Service rejected Rushmore request

(Newser) - Last year, then-President Trump was the guest of honor at the first Independence Day fireworks display at Mount Rushmore since 2009. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem wants the display to happen again this year—and she's planning to sue the Biden administration to get it. The Republican governor told...

Wildfires Force Closing of Mount Rushmore

High winds complicate crews' efforts in South Dakota

(Newser) - Three separate wildfires in the Black Hills of South Dakota have forced evacuations of more than 400 homes northwest of Rapid City and shut down Mount Rushmore, authorities said Monday. A fire that started near Schroeder Road in the Nemo area, about 15 miles northwest of Rapid City, had burned...

SD Governor Issues 'Temporary Fix' on Transgender Sports Issue

Kristi Noem signs 2 executive orders banning transgender girls playing at high school, college levels

(Newser) - South Dakota's governor rolled out a "temporary fix" to what she deems unfairness in sports Monday night, issuing two executive orders that ban transgender girls and women from playing in sports designated for girls. Per the Argus Leader , Kristi Noem had at first vetoed a measure that would'...

If Trump Runs in 2024, Expect One Big Change
Report Hints at Big Change
if Trump Runs in 2024
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Report Hints at Big Change if Trump Runs in 2024

Bloomberg reports former president is talking about ditching Mike Pence

(Newser) - Donald Trump is dropping hints about a possible run in 2024, but he's not saying for sure. Now Bloomberg reports that while the president is "strongly considering" the possibility, he's also talking privately about finding a replacement for Mike Pence. The story is based on anonymous insiders...

Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll
Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Former president gets 55% of the vote

(Newser) - Who does CPAC want to win the presidential election in 2024? The same person who won it in 2016. Former President Trump on Sunday won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, with 55% of respondents saying that if the election were held today, they'd vote for him. Coming...

Pedestrian's Glasses Found in State AG's Car After Fatal Crash

Jason Ravnsborg now facing possible impeachment in South Dakota

(Newser) - "His face was in your windshield, Jason." That was among the commentary that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had to contend with during two interviews with law enforcement days after the Sept. 12 crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian. Gov. Kristi Noem released videos...

Lawmaker Leaves His Vaccination Up to Constituents

Saying both sides have good points, Rep. Dusty Johnson posts a poll online

(Newser) - Mike Pence has already had his coronavirus vaccination. Gov. Kristi Noem won't get the shot until sometime next year. US Rep. Dusty Johnson, another South Dakota Republican, is undecided, the Argus Leader reports. So he's asking the people of his district—which is the entire state—to help...

He Says He Thought He Hit a Deer, but a Body Was Found

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's collision is under investigation

(Newser) - South Dakota's attorney general called 911 Saturday night to say that he'd struck a deer on a local highway, per his office. As it turns out, AG Jason Ravnsborg fatally struck a 55-year-old pedestrian whose body wasn't found until the following morning, reports the Rapid City Journal ...

WH Aide: How Do We Add Trump to Mt. Rushmore?

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem knew Trump wanted to be up there

(Newser) - Little question: How exactly does one get a face added to Mount Rushmore? That was a White House aide's query to the office of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year, a Republican official tells the New York Times . The question wasn't new—Trump had asked Noem about...

Governor: 'We Will Not Be Social Distancing' at Mt. Rushmore

Masks will be optional at July 3 event

(Newser) - Masks and other measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus will be completely optional at the July 3 Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore, and those who have concerns have the option of staying home, South Dakota's Republican governor says. "Those who want to come and join...

SD Governor Vows to Protect Mount Rushmore

It won't be blown up 'on my watch,' Noem says

(Newser) - South Dakota's Republican governor has, unsurprisingly, confirmed that she won't allow Mount Rushmore to be dynamited. "Not on my watch," Gov. Kristi Noem said when conservative commentator Ben Shapiro asked in a tweet : "So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on...

This Could Be First Live Sporting Event in a Month

Hundreds to gather in SD for weekend motor races

(Newser) - In what is perhaps the first live sporting event in a month in the US, hundreds of people are set to gather for motor races this weekend in South Dakota. That state lacks a stay-at-home order, and two Jefferson tracks will welcome race-lovers. The Park Jefferson Speedway, with a capacity...

Governor Opposed Stay-at-Home Order. Now, a Virus Hot Spot

644 COVID-19 cases tied to Smithfield Foods meat plant in Sioux Falls, SD

(Newser) - The shuttered Smithfield Foods pork plant in Sioux Falls, SD, is now the largest single source of coronavirus cases in the country. Eighty more employees were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the employee total to 518. State health officials say another 126 people who had contact with an...

Governors Dismiss 'Imaginary Clock'
Governors Dismiss
'Imaginary Clock'

Governors Dismiss 'Imaginary Clock'

Trump steps back slightly from Easter goal for ending coronavirus shutdown

(Newser) - Governors on Tuesday said they weren't buying into President Trump's desired timeline for getting Americans out of the house and working again. Trump had said earlier in the day he'd like the shutdown to end by Easter. He backed away slightly from that in a press briefing...

Freshmen Legislators to Keep an Eye On
10 Freshmen
to Keep an Eye On
112th congress

10 Freshmen to Keep an Eye On

Class of 2010 is full of characters

(Newser) - There will be plenty of fresh faces in Washington today. But which ones matter most? The Washington Post selects 10 freshman legislators to keep an eye on:
  • Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH: One of Sarah Palin's "mama grizzlies," Ayotte defeated a Tea Partier to become the only woman elected

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