PIERRE — North Dakota's booming oil and gas fields seem to be helping reduce energy costs nationwide. But they also seem to be hurting highway projects in South Dakota. Our state's Transportation Commission members accepted bids in recent months that were much higher than expected for major reconstruction work in western South Dakota. Two of them -- Mount Rushmore Road through Rapid City and U.S.
The three candidates for governor split on teacher pay, Medicaid expansion and Republican control of state government for 40 years during a tight-paced one-hour forum Thursday night on South Dakota Public Television. Independent Mike Myers stood alone in calling for legalization of industrial and agricultural hemp as 17 other states including North Dakota have done. None of the trio suggested legalization of medical marijuana. Republican Gov.
PIERRE -- Former Gov. Mike Rounds was on the ropes. Then a bunch of national Democrats came pounding into South Dakota this past week. They promised to spend $2 million against him in these last four weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Mike, if you're reading this, remember your manners. Send a thank-you. They probably saved your candidacy — and they probably helped deliver the Republicans' dream of winning every statewide elected office in South Dakota. Rounds is the Republican Party's nominee for the U.S.
PIERRE -- Every time someone talks about expanding legal gambling in South Dakota, part of me asks, why not? Another part of me cringes and asks, why? The answers are the same to both questions. Their losses mean free money for the state treasury. Gov. Dennis Daugaard hardly seems like a gambler. Yet South Dakota has more gambling than before he was elected four years ago. One change is at tribal casinos. Daugaard is agreeing to more slot machines as various tribal governments' gambling compacts come up for negotiation. The latest is the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
PIERRE — There was a lot of leeway in a number cited by former-Gov. Mike Rounds during the U.S.
PIERRE— Republican Rich Sattgast raised and spent more than twice as much as his opponent, Democrat Denny Pierson, in their contest to be elected South Dakota's state treasurer, according to their campaign finance reports. Sattgast is seeking his fourth consecutive term as a state constitutional officer. He was state auditor from 2003 through 2010 and ran for treasurer because he was term-limited as auditor. He started as state treasurer in 2011. Constitutional officers are elected to four-year terms. Sattgast began 2014 with $1,002.27 in his campaign account.
PIERRE — Democratic candidate Susan Wismer and her running mate, Susy Blake, started couching their comments to supporters last weekend that the 2014 election for governor might not turn out in their favor. They had already made history. Wismer is the first woman to be the nominee of a major political party for governor in South Dakota. But unless they had a miracle waiting to spring, they would make history in another way. Republicans have been in control of the governor's office since winning the 1978 election. A second term for Gov.
PIERRE — Approximately 41 of South Dakota's next group of 105 legislators have already been elected. Some of them didn't have opponents this year.
PIERRE — No Republican lost public office over the EB-5 issue in South Dakota's general elections last week. The matter isn't going away, however. The Legislature's scrutiny will intensify, now that the 2014 political campaigns are done and the 2016 campaigns haven't openly begun. Reforms will be officially recommended. Those proposals will show us how the secret schemes worked.
PIERRE -- South Dakota's public schools would see a 1.5 percent increase for inflation in their per student allocation for general education purposes during the 2015-2016 school year, a member of the Legislative Research Council staff said Monday. LRC fiscal chief Annie Mehlhaff made her remarks in a presentation to the Legislature's Executive Board. State law calls for an increase of 3 percent or inflation -- whichever is less. Mehlhaff said the 1.5 percent is contained in budget information that LRC received from the governor's Bureau of Finance and Management. Gov.