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  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Senate kills John Thune’s border-fence amendment — with help from Rubio and McCain

    06/19/2013 4:34:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 18, 2013 | Allahpundit
    You know the deal. Every amendment that adds significant border security to the Gang of Eight bill threatens to scare Democratic votes away, and Rubio, McCain, Graham, and Flake have decided that they’d rather have the bad bill they wrote pass than no bill at all. Four votes against the fence, just as Conn Carroll predicted this morning: Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built. The...
  • Flashback: Democrat Calls Border Fence "Dumb" While Claiming South Dakota is a Border State

    07/09/2014 12:57:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/13/13 | Katie Pavlich
    Thursday during debate on the Senate floor about an amendment offered by Republican Senator John Thune requiring 350 miles of double-layer fencing along the southern border, Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu called the fence "dumb" and claimed South Dakota is a border state. Thune's amendment backs up the 2006 Secure Fence Act (which Landrieu voted for) requiring 700 miles of double layer fence along the southwest border with Mexico, of which only 36 miles have been completed. I’m going to speak about this amendment for just a minute, but I’ld like to respond to Senator Thune, and I wish that we...
  • Former GOP senator Endorses Clinton After Orlando Shooting

    06/14/2016 6:53:09 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/13/2016 | Tim Devaney
    A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, citing her support for gun control. Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. "I can't believe I'm endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am," said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in a statement issued over the weekend.... He said he feels disenfranchised by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican...
  • The Secret History of Superdelegates

    06/13/2016 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Moyers & Company ^ | Branko Marcetic
    Just 712 Democratic officials will decide whether Clinton or Sanders wins the nomination. Documents show that's what the party planned all along. This post originally appeared at In These Times. Since its launch, a specter has haunted Bernie Sanders’ run for the Democratic nomination. It’s not his age, though at 74 he would be the oldest president in American history. And it’s not that he’s an avowed socialist, the label that a mere eight years ago was used to smear Barack Obama as a sinister, alien threat to the American way of life. Rather, it has been the so-called superdelegates...
  • Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting

    06/13/2016 3:32:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tim Devaney
    A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., citing her support for gun control. Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton in a statement issued over the weekend. “This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’” he...
  • HISTORY! Trump Shatters Republican Primary Vote Record by 1.4 Million Votes

    06/08/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 41 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | June 7, 2016 | Jim Holt
    On Tuesday Donald Trump closed the door on the Republican nomination for President by winning all five of the remaining primaries — New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and California. Trump won the last 16 Republican contests. Trump has 1,536 delegates and counting. Trump may also be the first candidate in the modern era to have funded his campaign by himself during the primary season. Although his results are much more impressive, he only spent a quarter the amount of money as Democrats Clinton and Sanders. He proved to be the real capitalist in the primary while Clinton and...
  • Trump Scores Historic 13 Million GOP Primary Vote Blowout with California Win

    06/09/2016 4:26:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Michelle Moons
    Trump closed out the primary election season with wins in South Dakota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, and California. While Sen. Bernie Sanders remains actively campaigning for the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Trump became the GOP’s presumptive nominee shortly after winning Indiana’s May 3 primary election. The American businessman surpassed 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s and 2008 nominee John McCain’s primary election vote totals by late in April according to Politico calculations. Previous record holder George W. Bush received just 10.8 million votes in 2000, a number far surpassed by Trump’s over 13 million votes with...
  • LIVE THREAD: June 7, 2016, Primary Elections -- Get out the vote!

    06/07/2016 1:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 248 replies
    US Presidential Election News-- 2016 ^ | US Presidential Election News
    Tuesday, June 7th primaries California – 546 delegates Montana – 27 delegates New Jersey – 142 delegates New Mexico – 43 delegates South Dakota – 25 delegates North Dakota – D Caucus – 25 D delegates
  • LIVE THREAD:Donald Trump Post-Election Press Conference 6/07/2016 @ 9pm EDT Westchester, NY

    06/06/2016 4:20:49 PM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,328 replies
    You are cordially invited to attend a post-election press conference with Donald J. Trump When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 9PM EDT Where: Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Westchester, NY Attire: PJs (Black Tie Optional) Dom Perignon and a selection of appetizers and French pastries with be served. R.S.V.P @ nikos1121
  • Clinton On Cusp of Winning Democratic Nomination As Puerto Rico Votes (must have 54/60)

    06/05/2016 5:33:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 6:42 PM ET, Sun June 5, 2016 | Eric Bradner
    Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of clinching the Democratic presidential nomination, and could move closer as Puerto Rico's primary results are announced Sunday night. The former secretary of state is competing with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to win a majority of Puerto Rico's 60 delegates. Clinton began the day 60 delegates shy of the 2,383 she needs to win the Democratic nomination -- with 1,776 pledged delegates and another 547 superdelegates. Sanders, meanwhile, started Sunday with 1,547 delegates total: 1,501 pledged delegates and another 46 superdelegates. Clinton is closing in on a historic nomination as the first female presidential...
  • Montana AG Tim Fox weighs in on Keystone XL lawsuit

    05/14/2016 7:08:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 5/14/2016 | TOM LUTEY
    Montana and five other states say resident Barack Obama overstepped his power by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, whose developers are now suing four presidential cabinet members. The states along the pipeline’s route filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week arguing that Congress, not the executive, has the right to regulate interstate and international commerce. The pipeline, which would have crossed the Canadian border, was being developed by TransCanada, which is now suing the government. Because of the resident’s representations to the rest of the world that America would lead in reducing its carbon footprint, that that was the sole reason...
  • Energy industry sues over grouse plans ( Colorado )

    05/13/2016 7:12:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 12, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    Oil and gas industry groups on Thursday sued federal agencies over revisions to land management plans in Colorado and other western states to protect the greater sage-grouse. The Western Energy Alliance and the North Dakota Petroleum Council filed the suit in North Dakota, saying the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to follow proper procedures for public involvement in adopting the land use plan amendments. They also say the plans ignore sound science and will hurt western economies. Plan revisions being challenged include ones in northwest Colorado, where greater sage-grouse habitat substantially overlaps with oil and gas...
  • Trump angst pours in from overseas governments (lobbyists working for foreign govs)

    03/30/2016 12:19:14 PM PDT · by quesney · 96 replies
    Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump. Officials around the globe are closely following the U.S. presidential race, to the point where some have asked their American lobbyists to explain, in great detail, what a contested GOP convention would look like. The questions about Trump are “almost all-consuming,” said Richard Mintz, the managing director of Washington-based firm The Harbour Group, whose client list includes the governments of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates. After a recent trip to London, Abu Dhabi and Beijing, “it’s fair to...
  • Oh the Irony: GOP Leaders Ask Cruz to Apologize Before Receiving Their Support

    03/16/2016 7:30:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 147 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/16/16 | Ken Meyer
    It’s funny how the tables turn over time. Ted Cruz is the only one left who can pose any real challenge to Donald Trump‘s Republican nomination, and now, figures from the political establishment are asking him to make nice with them before they agree to coalesce around his campaign. While his uncompromising stances distinguished Cruz as the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, years of stunts like shutting down the government and calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar have caused many of his colleagues to dislike him. According to CNN, Sen. John Cornyn and others have called on Cruz, after...
  • South Dakota Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/11/2016 10:10:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    South Dakota just became the next state to protect unborn babies from painful, late-term abortions. On Thursday, Gov. Dennis Gaugaard signed into law a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and penalize doctors who do late-term abortions in non-emergency situations, the Argus Leader reports. Penalties for violations of the law include up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the report. The only exceptions would be in certain medical emergency cases, the report states. “It’s a great day for South Dakota,” said Debbie Pease, lobbyist for South Dakota Right to Life. “Our hope is that...
  • South Dakota House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/08/2016 3:00:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 7, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    State legislators are moving to make South Dakota the ninth state to protect unborn babies from abortions when they begin to feel pain. The South Dakota state House overwhelmingly approved a 20-week abortion ban on Monday in a 59-7 vote, according to the Associated Press. The bill would end abortions at the 20 week mark when unborn babies can feel pain, and it would penalize abortionists who violate the law with up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the report. The only exceptions would be in certain medical emergency cases, the report states. “These are...
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 7:41:31 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party's most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump's candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/04/2016 7:45:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 92 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/4/16 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt regarding the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    03/05/2016 5:22:56 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2016March 5, 2016 | MICHAEL BARBARO, ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    From Michigan to Louisiana to California on Friday, rank-and-file Republicans expressed mystification, dismissal and contempt over the instructions that their party’s most high-profile leaders were urgently handing down to them: Reject and defeat Donald J. Trump. Their angry reactions, in the 24 hours since Mitt Romney and John McCain urged millions of voters to cooperate in a grand strategy to undermine Mr. Trump’s candidacy, have captured the seemingly inexorable force of a movement that still puzzles the Republican elite and now threatens to unravel the party they hold dear. In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr....
  • Attempt to override governor's veto of transgender bill fails [South Dakota]

    03/03/2016 12:09:09 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 21 replies
    KSFY.com ^ | 03/03/2016 | KSFY Staff
    An attempt to override Gov. Daugaard's veto of the transgender bill in South Dakota has failed, the Associated Press reports. The final vote to override the veto was 36 in favor to 29 opposed, short of the required two-thirds majority needed. Original story: The South Dakota House will attempt to override Governor Dennis Daugaard's veto of HB 1008 Thursday, according to the state's ACLU chapter. HB 1008 has been one of the most discussed bills of the 2015 South Dakota Legislative session. The bill would have required transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex...
  • Gov. Daugaard vetoes South Dakota transgender bathroom bill

    03/03/2016 8:27:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/03/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I’ve become jaded enough by this point in my life that political stories rarely shock me, but I must confess that this one caught me off guard. The South Dakota legislature recently passed a common sense bill which would ensure that students attending public schools could retain their privacy in gender separated bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. It was obviously designed to stop the expansion of the SJW movement to force the concept of “transgender students” on everyone else, allowing boys to use the girls’ facilities. But on Tuesday, Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed the bill. (Time) South Dakota’s...
  • Republican governor shocks conservatives, vetoes transgender bathroom bill (SD)

    03/01/2016 3:51:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 132 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard shocked conservatives Tuesday when he vetoed legislation that would have prohibited students in South Dakota public schools from using opposite-sex restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities. The decision is a boon for transgender advocates who lobbied the governor to reject the bill, arguing it was discriminatory and would have harmed the emotional well-being of transgender students. Proponents of the legislation contended it’s inappropriate to have adolescent boys and girls showering and changing in the same room. “Do you feel it appropriate for a 13-year-old girl to be exposed to the anatomy of a boy? Or for...
  • South Dakota passes nation’s first bill restricting bathrooms to biological sex

    02/18/2016 1:00:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/18/16 | Dustin Siggins
    PIERRE, South Dakota, February 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a first for the U.S., a state legislature has passed a bill that bans transgender students from using a bathroom of the opposite sex and requires schools to have "reasonable accommodation" for transgender students through single-person bathrooms and locker rooms, among other methods. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Dennis Daugaard, who the Argus Leader reports has indicated support for the bill even as he has declined to take a formal position. Daugaard expressed theoretical support in January but has more recently said he needs to better understand...
  • Transgender bathroom bill sent to South Dakota governor

    02/16/2016 4:10:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2016 6:59 PM EST | James Nord and Kevin Burbach
    South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The Senate voted 20-15 to send the bill to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who initially responded positively to the measure but said last week he'd need to study it more before making a decision. Advocates say the bill is meant to protect the privacy of students, but opponents say it discriminates against vulnerable adolescents. [...] The American Civil...
  • Daugaard: Drug Testing for Welfare 'Somewhat Insulting'

    01/25/2016 12:02:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KSFY ^ | Jan 22, 2016
    Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and "somewhat insulting." Daugaard said Friday that he hasn't previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure's main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.
  • GOP Sen. Thune: 'I’m Personally Very Offended About Being Called The Establishment'

    01/14/2016 5:00:24 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 84 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/14/16 | Kerry Picket
    BALTIMORE - South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune told reporters Thursday that he is “personally very offended about being called the establishment” by some GOP presidential candidates. "I think in a presidential campaign the rhetoric is kind of hot. I think it's just inevitable. We can't control what candidates are going to say or are going to do," said Thune, who is the Senate Conference Chairman, during the GOP retreat. "We can only control what we are going to do here and as individual members of Congress."
  • Winter storm Bella dumps 16 inches of snow - heaviest recorded November snowstorm in 100 years

    11/22/2015 3:14:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/22/15
    Winter storm Bella dumps 16 inches of snow on the Midwest in the heaviest recorded November snowstorm for a hundred years People fired up snowblowers and dug out their shovels Saturday after the first significant snowstorm of the season dumped up to 20 inches of snow across the Upper Midwest - blanketing a swath from South Dakota to Michigan. The storm created hazardous travel conditions and caused more than 500 flight cancellations. A blast of much colder air was following the storm. The National Weather Service said the snow, which first fell in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa on Friday,...
  • One person shot at Clayton State University apartment building

    11/09/2015 9:12:17 PM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    AJC ^ | 11/09/15 | Tyler Estep and David Markiewicz
    One person was seriously injured in a shooting Monday night at a Clayton State University student apartment building. The shooting at the Clayton Station Apartments happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 3000 building of the Clayton Station Apartments, university spokeswoman Maritza E. Ferreira said in a statement. The victim is not a student, but is believed to be the relative of a student, Ferreira said. Police were still searching for the suspect Monday nigth, she added.
  • S. Dakota high school principal shot, wounded; students safe

    09/30/2015 3:40:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Juno ^ | September 30, 2015 | Dirk Lammers, The Associated Press
    HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — A shooting at a South Dakota high school that left the principal with a minor injury may have turned out far worse if not for staff members who tackled the student suspected of firing at the administrator, authorities said Wednesday. Just moments afterward, Harrisburg High School Principal Kevin Lein took to the intercom to announce a lockdown and tell students he had been hit, "but was fine," senior Aanna Okerlund said. Other than Lein, who was struck in the arm, no one was reported hurt....
  • South Dakota proposes plan to expand Medicaid

    09/29/2015 1:23:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | James Nord
    South Dakota may join 30 other states in expanding its Medicaid program if federal officials approve a plan Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to outline to the nation’s top health and human services administrator in Washington on Tuesday. The Republican governor is meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to explain the plan, and the federal government has so far been more open to discussions than in the past, said Tony Venhuizen, chief of staff to Daugaard. The proposal, which is in its early stages, would make about 48,500 South Dakota residents newly eligible for the program. It’s...
  • Seven years later, Keystone XL decision is due

    09/22/2015 6:29:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2015 | Luke Hilgemann
    How’s this for American exceptionalism: It has now officially taken longer for the federal government to review the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit application than it did to build the entire transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. Yes, you read that right. Today marks the seven-year anniversary of what has become one of the most embarrassing examples of bureaucratic You’ve no doubt heard of the Keystone XL pipeline by now. On September 19, 2008, the company planning to build it filed a routine permit application with the State Department. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada and...
  • F-18 Crashes West of Lemoore

    09/21/2015 6:21:40 PM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 17 replies
    Hanford Sentinal ^ | 09/21/15 | Staff reports
    An F/A-18 fighter jet aircraft has crashed west of Naval Air Station Lemoore. The crash, which happened Monday, was north of Highway 198 in a dirt field just east of the Kings/Fresno county line, about two miles west of NASL, according to Adam Barresi, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The pilot reportedly ejected from the aircraft in mid-air, parachuted to the ground, landed and walked over to emergency responders on scene, according to Kings County Fire Chief Bill Lynch. Lynch said the crash happened around 4 p.m. The pilot's name wasn't immediately available. The parachute was reported as...
  • Hillary Clinton Promises Views on Keystone Pipeline ‘Soon’

    09/18/2015 5:24:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2015 | LAURA MECKLER
    Mrs. Clinton has refused to say whether she supports building the pipeline, saying it would be wrong to weigh in because she was involved in the deliberations when she was in the administration. The White House has yet to announce a decision even though the issue has been pending for years. Asked again about the matter at a town hall Thursday, she said she has deferred because she thought it was “right thing to do.” But she said she thought it would have been decided by now and would give her view soon even if the issue remains unsettled. “I...
  • Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans

    09/10/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by VinL · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/15 | Burgess Everitt
    Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the “right thing” and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters. But many of his Republican colleagues say it’s really all about Cruz. Even some of his closest allies from past battles— fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — aren’t exactly jumping to join Cruz’s latest crusade. Same goes for Cruz’s onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month...
  • 500 gallons of alcohol may have helped fuel fire at ‘world’s largest biker bar’

    09/08/2015 2:58:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2015
    STURGIS, S.D. — A South Dakota saloon that billed itself as the “world’s largest biker bar” and was the subject of a reality TV show was destroyed early Tuesday by a fire that may have gained momentum when it hit an adjoining distillery containing 500 gallons of grain alcohol. Volunteer firefighters found heavy smoke when they responded to the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis around 12:30 a.m., and the main building was gutted less than three hours later. No injuries were reported. The bar, which featured such amenities as zip lines, musical stages and rental cabins, had been the subject...
  • Sen. Mike Rounds endorses Huckabee for president

    09/02/2015 1:04:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    cnn.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee snagged the endorsement of Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, Huckabee's campaign announced Tuesday.
  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    08/31/2015 5:42:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    govtslaves ^ | August 31 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state. After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they reach higher education, according to a letter sent to the state...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Confederate Flag-Vest-Wearing Ohio Police Chief Won’t Apologize

    08/28/2015 4:20:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 28 2015 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Port Clinton, Ohio, Police Chief Robert Hickman was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while on vacation in South Dakota.An Ohio police chief isn’t really addressing the controversy that has unfolded since he was seen in photos wearing a Confederate flag vest while vacationing in South Dakota, WKYC reports. Port Clinton Police Chief Robert Hickman said that he doesn’t “look at the Confederate flag as a racist symbol,” with some residents defending him, saying he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body. “I think he was just wearing a shirt,” Port Clinton resident Bryan Meek told the...
  • Exclusive: GOP Leadership Ignores Immigration Entirely in Town Hall Talking Points

    08/27/2015 7:14:02 PM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) 52% , who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Convicted arsonist waits for new sentence ( Montana )

    08/20/2015 8:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | August 19, 2015 | PERRY BACKUS
    A Florence man charged with setting a series of fires nine years ago in Ravalli and Missoula counties that cost millions of dollars to fight was back in a Ravalli County court Wednesday. Jonah Mica Warr, 28, was recently released on probation after serving seven years of a 10-year federal prison sentence for setting the fires in 2006. Warr’s court troubles in Ravalli County date back to 2004 when he pleaded guilty before District Judge Jeffery Langton to a number of felony charges for possession of explosives and criminal mischief for blowing up mailboxes in the Florence and Stevensville areas....
  • York County pastors call on Christians to love Muslims, ‘fear not’:Taqiyya

    07/25/2015 6:42:53 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies
    Rock Hill Herald ^ | May 23, 2015 | BY ANNA DOUGLAS
    Two dozen Christian pastors in York County have joined together to publicly call on members of their faith to embrace Muslims as their brothers and sisters. The Rev. Sam McGregor, pastor at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church near Lake Wylie, said he has jump-started the local effort because of recent threats against Muslims in the United States that came to light during the trial of Robert Doggart. Doggart, a failed congressional candidate from Tennessee, pleaded guilty this month to plotting to kill Muslims who live in a religious community in New York. The FBI uncovered and stopped Doggart’s plan. A similar...
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • Jeb Bush draws 240 in first Sioux City campaign stop

    07/13/2015 4:21:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 143 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 7/13/15 | BRET HAYWORTH
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush drew 240 people in his first Sioux City campaign stop, where he vowed to deliver "competency and conservative principles" to lead the U.S. to a new era of growth. "I want to win... I will run with heart, I will run with conviction," Bush said.
  • Allahu Akbar: What the lowering of the Confederate flag is REALLY about

    07/10/2015 6:06:57 PM PDT · by Lexinom · 30 replies
    http://allenbwest.com ^ | 10 July 2015 | Michelle Jesse
    Today, many are cheering the end of an era in the South. As The New York Times reports, many see the lowering of the Confederate flag from outside South Carolina’s State House as “closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus.” [snip] Mohammed Elibiary: "Today is a new day in the South. Gone will be the Confederacy as we create the New South. Federalism & individual rights, no states' rights." [snip] Mohammed Elibiary: "States' rights was defeated with the Confederacy in the Civil War. USA has federalism and individual rights,...
  • ( 13 ) States file lawsuit against EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' rule

    07/06/2015 2:09:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | June 29, 2015 | Daniel Enoch
    Attorneys general from thirteen states filed a lawsuit Monday challenging EPA's new rule defining the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), asserting that the rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands that are dry much of the year and increases the federal government's authority over land use. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who joined in the lawsuit, noted that 35 states have filed comments in opposition to the rule and several other attorneys general are considering filing challenges. The EPA is overstepping...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...