Latest Annette Bosworth pre-trial plea is a bit bizarre. Dear Wedding List Legislator:

“Dear Wedding List, Legislator.

You’re Invited to the wedding. Or at least you would be invited to the wedding if Chad and I were planning our wedding today. That is why you’ re getting this letter, You are on my “wedding list” of people.

You are receiving this letter because you are a legislator and you will be in Pierre during the trial!

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“Many of God’s people have come forth to show their support. Specifically, one supporter wants to help by sponsoring the cost of bus-transportation to get to and from Pierre during the trial. Another supporter offered to help by sponsoring the cost of the hotel rooms in Pierre during the trial. Yet another sponsor has offered to cover the cost of a daily catered meal for the supporters willing to attend the trial. Pierre, South Dakota in February sounds like a delightful vacation. Right? We will make it a celebration of support of God’s people for those willing to attend. Continue Reading →

Press Release: Rounds Supports Working Families Flexibility Act

 Rounds Supports Working Families Flexibility Act WASHINGTON—Yesterday, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) cosponsored the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would allow employees to choose between traditional overtime pay or additional comp time when they work overtime hours. “This bill would benefit hard-working families across South Dakota and throughout the country,” said Rounds. “It would offer private sector employees a win-win option when they work overtime: they could select either monetary compensation or paid time off Continue Reading →

Press Release: South Dakota PUC elects new leaders

South Dakota PUC elects new leaders PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission this week elected Commissioner Chris Nelson as its new chairman and Commissioner Kristie Fiegen as vice chairman. The three-member panel, which also includes Commissioner Gary Hanson, conducted the votes at a meeting in Pierre on Jan. 20. In his nominating remarks, Hanson praised Nelson’s leadership role on a national level, particularly in the telecommunications arena. “Commissioner Nelson has ascended to Continue Reading →

Be careful who’s house you flood. They may end up being your US Senator.

From KELOland, this is both a little hilarious, and a sweet comeuppance: South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds’ new job comes with a new responsibility, overseeing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s an agency that flooded his property nearly four years ago. In the summer of 2011, the Corps of Engineers authorized record releases from dams along the Missouri River after a wet spring and a snowy winter in the Rocky Mountains. That water flooded Continue Reading →

Press Release: Rounds Meets with Nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter

Rounds Meets with Nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) met yesterday with Dr. Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. “I had a productive meeting with Dr. Carter yesterday,” said Rounds. “We talked about the strategic needs of our country, among other issues. As a former Deputy Secretary of Defense he is familiar with the confirmation procedures, and I look forward to Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune Announces Commerce Committee Hearing to Examine Freight Rail Transportation Challenges

Thune Announces Commerce Committee Hearing to Examine Freight Rail Transportation Challenges WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a hearing of the full committee entitled, “Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce” on Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT, 8:00 a.m. MT). The hearing will focus on challenges facing our nation’s freight rail network created by higher demand, pending Continue Reading →

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast appointed by Governor Daugaard to serve as Acting Public Utilities Commissioner for Dakota Access Pipeline Hearings.

It’s only been mentioned peripherally, but starting last week, South Dakota has a brand new Public Utilities Commissioner. But it’s not an unfamiliar name to many of the state’s residents, as they’ve been voting for him for many years. As a result of a conflict which caused Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen to have to take a step back from her duties, State Treasurer Rich Sattgast finds himself doing double duty this week as South Continue Reading →

Press Release: Thune Holds Inaugural Hearing as Chairman of Commerce Committee

Thune Holds Inaugural Hearing as Chairman of Commerce Committee “Regulating the Internet like a public utility monopoly will harm its entrepreneurial nature, chill investment, and lead to prolonged litigation. I believe the most enduring way to protect both the Internet and individual Internet users is through legislation that establishes clear rules of the digital road as well as clear limits on the FCC’s regulatory authority.” WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Continue Reading →

Senator Thune part of Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unnecessary EPA Regulation of Ammunition and Fishing Tackle

Thune, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Unnecessary EPA Regulation of Ammunition and Fishing Tackle -Bill excludes ammunition and fishing tackle from TOSCA, leaving regulation to the states-  WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today introduced legislation to prevent ammunition and fishing tackle from unnecessary Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation. The Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act excludes ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act, leaving regulation Continue Reading →