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Mike Rounds has been steadfast in his defense of the EB-5 economic development/immigration program he championed during his two terms as governor. If his U.S.
In the middle of the first political debate of South Dakota's 2014 gubernatorial campaign, independent candidate Mike Myers said he doubts a suicide ruling in the publicly debated death of Richard Benda, the state's former economic development director. "I've got an FBI report that concluded the muzzle of that shotgun was more than 18 inches from (Benda's body) when it fired," Myers told a Dakotafest crowd Wednesday in Mitchell. Benda's death Oct. 20, 2013, touched off a still-unfolding political scandal involving an economic development program promoted by Benda and his boss, former Gov.
When it comes to wooing voters in a political campaign, how a candidate dresses and what vehicle they arrive in can sway voters. During his insurgent presidential bid in the 2012 campaign cycle, former Pennsylvania Sen.
Saying she spends much of her time in Congress "fighting a president and a bureaucracy that don't understand life here in rural America," Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., spent her first debate of 2014 reminding voters of fights she's won and fights she's waging. Noem's foes range from USDA in implementing a new farm bill to the EPA pushing new regulations for wetlands and dust to the VA working to shut down its facility in Hot Springs. "I didn't dream of being a congresswoman when I grew up. I wanted to be a farmer," Noem told a crowd at the annual Dakotafest agriculture expo south of Mitchell.
An adviser to Democrat Rick Weiland's U.S. Senate campaign said he almost does not believe that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicts a Weiland loss in November. "We are going to lose in South Dakota, more than likely," Reid told The Associated Press Monday from his offices in Nevada. Longtime political operative and Mitchell native Steve Jarding said a poll taken within the past week shows Weiland within 8 points of frontrunner and former Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican. "I look at that and say, 'That's not really Harry Reid.' A leader wouldn't talk like that," Jarding said.
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 steadfast conservative Republican during his time in the state Legislature, now running as an independent against Rounds. "The ground is shifting. You can just feel it." The candidates, running to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., will meet in a debate at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.
HOT SPRINGS -- A near-capacity crowd in the Hot Springs Mueller Center Auditorium stood and cheered during a congressional field hearing Thursday when a witness called for the resignation of the director of the Black Hills VA Healthcare System. In a press conference shortly after the three-hour hearing ended, Rep.
Wessington Springs residents affected by the June 18 tornado have until Sept. 13 to submit applications for financial assistance from the Wessington Springs Relief Fund set up after the disaster. To date, $170,000 has been collected in the fund at American Bank & Trust, said Wessington Springs city finance officer Linda Willman.
Mark Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., down as against impeaching President Barack Obama. After taking decidedly vague public positions on the South Dakota Republican Party's vote at its June convention to call for President Obama's impeachment, Noem told reporters Wednesday that she is against the idea. "I've never thought that was the solution we should be pursuing," Noem said during a regular conference call with the press.
When Mike Rounds was a scrappy Cinderella candidate for South Dakota governor in 2002, he had a limited budget, but he had big ideas. When it came to advertising, Rounds departed from the traditional campaign strategy of heavy television advertising and worked with the Pierre Capital Journal staff to send print ads out to newspapers across South Dakota. "I couldn't afford do a lot of advertising. I was making my own ads for newspaper and TV. I thought I was getting a better return with my money going to newspapers," Rounds said. "They helped increase my name ID.