STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Denise Ross brings abortion documentary to Mitchell tonight
The politically minded among you might be interested in attending this event tonight:
“Unplanned Democracy: America’s First Vote on Abortion,” by Denise Ross, first in McGovern Film... Posted on 10/22/09 at 8:36 AM
South Dakota political observers could be forgiven for licking our chops over the pending 2014 U.S. Senate race even while a 2012 U.S. House race gets under way in earnest after Tuesday’s primary election.
This will be my last column. I’ve decided to make a respectable living working for a telecommunications company in its Rapid City office.
It’s a shame to end this column at this time, as things will be quite interesting politically in South Dakota.
After South Dakota Sen. John Thune hosted a town hall meeting via live video over the Internet, I got to thinking about how politicians are among those pushing the use of technology as a communications tool. So I did what any modern era observer would, I Googled “politics and technology.”
The bright lights on Capitol Hill continue to focus on health care and financial reform. Meanwhile, South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House has continued her work on veterans’ issues, which have legislatively defined her this congressional cycle.
When Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., announced he would retire at the end of this year, a flood of stories poured out. Nearly all of those stories included a mention of Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., as Dodd’s near-certain successor chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
As political observers take stock of 2009 and what’s coming in 2010 for South Dakota’s congressional delegation, one news story stands out. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., should prepare for a lively and perhaps competitive challenge from Republican Secretary of State Chris Nelson.
It’s just like Sen. Tim Johnson to be all-business, and so he was when I interviewed him about his continued rehabilitation from a brain injury.
During the holidays of 2006, South Dakotans wondered whether the two-term Democrat would continue to serve as he lay unconscious for days in a Washington, D.C., hospital after suffering a brain bleed from a congenital defect known as arteriovenous malformation.
All eyes are now on health-care reform, but there’s another huge set of reforms waiting in the wings of Capitol Hill. As soon as health-care reform meets its ultimate fate — a quite uncertain fate at this point — we will all barely be able to take a collective breath before the banking and financial reform bill fills the void.
If you’re following the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill — and who can avoid it? — expect to hear more about Medicare Advantage soon. Like abortion and the “public option,” Medicare Advantage is one of the sideline battles within the broader reform debate.
When the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not meet the Dec. 1 deadline for a decision on whether to approve a higher blend of ethanol at the nation’s gas pumps, the move signaled more than a delay of an anticipated decision. It might very well be the first chime of the bells tolling for ethanol.
As a member of the U.S. Senate’s Republican minority, South Dakota Sen. John Thune shouldn’t expect to get far with his plan to end the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.
But the Republican has got one thing on his side that’s been gaining him some traction on this issue — public outrage.
While the nation has been focused on Sarah Palin and her prospects as a 2012 presidential candidate, insiders in Washington have begun putting out a story about another GOP rising star, South Dakota’s John Thune.
In recent days, the Rushmore State’s junior senator has been the subject of a New York Times column and a CNN profile making note of things familiar to Thune’s constituents.
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has long argued that independent farmers and ranchers are being financially bullied by big agri-business corporations that continue to merge and amass more marketplace power.
It must have made Johnson’s day when the U.S. attorney general and the agriculture secretary announced they will hold anti-trust hearings on this very matter starting early next year.
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