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Minnesota could become an island for abortion access in the Midwest if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
The state's biggest political leaders have touted inbound migration, so-called "blue state refugees" who flooded South Dakota. But the biggest driver of partisan races this coming summer and fall appears to be a redistricting process, log-jamming Republicans in primaries and opening up new turf for Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson speaks with Forum News Service about his bipartisan act to unfetter clogged ports that have led to supply chain dilemmas for South Dakotans, from a dairy near the Minnesota border to a children's bicycle manufacturer in Rapid City.
A House Select Committee's majority opinion -- backed by all six GOP members of the group -- pinpointed an errant bone fragment and Ravnsborg's own statements to express doubt on the South Dakota Highway Patrol's investigation that found that all four tires of the AG's car crossed a fog line before striking and killing pedestrian Joe Boever.

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House Speaker Spencer Gosch, who chaired the GOP-dominated committee, said Jason Ravnsborg in killing a pedestrian two autumns ago did "not committee impeachable offenses." A minority report claims otherwise.
Nine lawmakers have been meeting since November to interview witnesses and officials about Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's conduct and actions before, during and after he struck and killed a pedestrian Joe Boever on a rural South Dakota highway in 2020. An investigative report they'll deliver to the House of Representatives will be made public by Tuesday at the latest.
A pitched fight that lasted from the 2022 session's earliest days between Rep. Chris Karr, R-Sioux Falls, and Gov. Kristi Noem over federal COVID-19 relief funding expenditures came to an end on Veto Day, with the House unable to hit a two-thirds' majority to overturn Noem's veto of the Karr-backed plan.
On Friday, U.S. Dusty Johnson called hotel owner's comments "repugnant," while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith said the remarks were a reminder of the challenges faced by Native Americans in the state.
The bill that South Dakota's governor signed into law on Monday does limit seven so-called "divisive concepts" from being foisted upon students in orientations or trainings on the state's public universities or technical school campuses.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives surprised observers this session by passing a repeal of the sales tax on food items, long a Democratic priority. Former legislator Ray Ring says he was pleased, but saw "ulterior" motives in passage of what amounted to a poison pill.

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The South Dakota Republican has previously brought a bill to end the clock-switching. Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed a measure to make permanent daylight saving time.
Nearly a year after what federal authorities called the "largest recorded fire" at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the National Parks Service rejected the Republican governor's request to stage a pyrotechnic event at the iconic mountain sculpture over Independence Day.
The state's Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 to release the Canadian energy company from a road bond and a public liaison officer position after company attorneys lamented the cancellation of the pipeline that would've crossed western South Dakota. PUC Chair Chris Nelson said the meeting marked the "end of a very, very long saga" in South Dakota.

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