PIERRE — Expanding substance-abuse service to any South Dakotans eligible for Medicaid won narrow approval Monday by the Legislature's Rules Review Committee. The vote of three to two divided on whether broader treatment service was Medicaid expansion. Treatment service has been limited to pregnant women and adolescents. The change takes effect later this month. Many lawmakers have opposed changing eligibility rules because they don't want more people to qualify for government-subsidized health care in South Dakota.
PIERRE — The two candidates battling over the Republican governor nomination will go to opposite corners Tuesday night to wait to see who wins. U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wants supporters to join her at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls starting at 8:30 p.m. CT. State Attorney General Marty Jackley plans to spend election night in Rapid City and then a bar in his hometown. "He will be at Hotel Alex Johnson when the results start to come in, then finish his night in Sturgis at the Loud American," Jackley spokesman Joe Schartz said.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of three candidate profiles for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by Kristi Noem. The three Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary are Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio. Neal Tapio is a Republican state senator from Watertown serving his first two-year term in the South Dakota Legislature. Campaign slogan: "America first. South Dakota strong."
PIERRE — South Dakota Democrats lost their best statewide candidate in 2010, when Stephanie Herseth Sandlin fell to Republican challenger Kristi Noem for the U.S. House. For more than 14 years, they were the first South Dakota women to hold the seat. Now Rep. Noem is battling state Attorney General Marty Jackley for the Republican nomination for governor. South Dakota has never elected a woman as governor. We'll know in a few days whether Jackley or Noem will face state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton on Nov. 6.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three candidate profiles for the open U.S. House seat being vacated by Kristi Noem. The three Republican candidates running in Tuesday's primary are Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs and Neal Tapio. Shantel Krebs is South Dakota secretary of state. She won election in 2014. She previously was a state legislator 10 years, serving in the House from 2005 through 2010 and in the Senate from 2011 through 2014. She previously was a businesswoman in Sioux Falls.
PIERRE — A likeness of the only House speaker whose middle name was Speaker is coming soon to the state Capitol. The bust of former Gov. George S. Mickelson will be, naturally, in the House lobby. Its placement along a wall, next to a photo collection of past House speakers, won approval Thursday from a panel that oversees state buildings and grounds in Pierre. The Legislature decided earlier this year the late governor, who died with seven other leaders and pilots in the 1993 crash of the state airplane, should be honored.
PIERRE — Locations for the latest trio of statues on the Trail of Governors won approval Thursday from the state Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission. Ralph E. Herseth, a Democrat (1959-61), goes at the south end of South Dakota Boulevard and East Broadway Avenue across from the Capitol. Two Republicans meanwhile will be in Pierre's downtown. M.Q. Sharpe (1943-1947) will be at the southeast corner of Pierre Street and Missouri Avenue, looking toward the Lake Sharpe reservoir on the Missouri River.
PIERRE — The state Value Added Finance Authority approved a $250,000 loan Thursday to a Lemmon man who plans to open a custom meat-processing plant. Authority members voted unanimously to lend the money at 3 percent interest to LemmonMade Inc. Owner Howard "Carl" Kimmerle (pronounced kim-mer-lee) said he and his wife, Kylee, moved from Utah recently. She is from the Lemmon area. The loan will finance land and the building. A bank loan will be used for equipment.
PIERRE — When the televised debate Tuesday night was done between state Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, it seemed one cautiously took a little more ground while the other didn't want to admit how close the enemy now was. The two candidates meet Tuesday, June 5, in the primary election that decides the Republican nomination for governor. The victor faces state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton in the general election Nov. 6.
PIERRE — Attorney general is the only statewide seat up for election in South Dakota this year that has significant races in both major political parties. Delegates, rather than voters, select the nominees. Those choices come at the Democratic and Republican conventions next month, on successive weekends. The conventions are after the June 5 primary elections for the statewide offices of governor and U.S. House of Representatives. This year's AG contests are especially volatile. The known Democratic contenders are: