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Calling $13 million in executive bonuses budgeted at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "an outrage," Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced a bill Wednesday to keep those funds in the treasury. "It's hard to believe those agency executives felt they deserved those bonuses," Thune said, citing $150 billion in taxpayer assistance shoveled to the mortgage agencies since 2008.
Calling President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech "excellent," Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said it is up to Congress to work with the White House. "The president has done a good job working with Congress. It's just a matter of staking out common ground. It's difficult to do that," Johnson told reporters Wednesday. "That's not the president's fault, it's Congress' fault." Johnson said Obama avoided issues that would divide along party lines. "The president chose to talk about issues we could all agree on and avoided partisan discussions," he said.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., took aim at President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday afternoon, hours before the speech was delivered. In a conference call with reporters, Noem said Obama's remarks would be "suited for the campaign trail rather than the halls of Congress." "That's unfortunate. People elected us to find solutions, not just to campaign," she said. Her call drew a quick rebuke from Sen.
Calling her 2010 defeat by Republican Kristi Noem "very disappointing and painful," Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said she seriously considered a run to reclaim South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat in 2012. "I really struggled with the decision," Herseth Sandlin said hours after announcing online Saturday that she would stay on the sidelines this year. "In the immediate weeks and months following the election, I didn't think I would seek public office again quite so soon.
Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., announced Saturday morning via email, Facebook and Twitter that she has decided to stay out of the 2012 election. "This is a difficult decision," she wrote. Herseth Sandlin cited her young son, 3-year-old Zachary, as one reason she has decided to stay off the campaign trail after her defeat by Republican Kristi Noem in 2010. "Over the course of the past year, I have enjoyed being a mom first and foremost.
Direct subsidy payments to America's farmers are on the chopping block as the new farm bill gets written this year, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., told a round-table group Monday in Rapid City. Johnson repeated what Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told a similar group in Rapid City in August. "Direct payments are going away," Johnson said.
It took place in the middle of a cold snap, familiar to South Dakotans, and much like the day he died. This day, the day Bill Janklow was found guilty, would forever alter his life. It was Dec. 8, 2003. A jury in his hometown of Flandreau convicted the town's most famous son of felony manslaughter. Janklow, I suspect, was brought low in much the same way he was by his brain cancer diagnosis. He knew things would never be the same.
South Dakota's two U.S. senators took their respective sides on the partisan issue of how to extend a payroll tax cut for the middle class. Sen.
The infamous meltdown of the MF Global financial firm has rippled across the South Dakota prairie, hitting farmers, grain elevators and others who had hoped to hedge their business risk in the futures markets, Sen.
How much the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could have done to head off the record flooding along the Missouri River this year remains a topic of debate after a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing Wednesday. But Brigadier Gen.