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  • No concealed weapon permit needed under SD legislation

    02/29/2012 8:13:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Bob Mercer
    PIERRE — State senators gave final legislative approval today to a major change in South Dakota’s concealed weapon laws: Adults wouldn’t need to apply for a permit anymore. The measure instead would require only that a person be at least age 18, have a South Dakota driver license and otherwise be eligible under existing state law. The Senate voted 22-11 to send the legislation to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision whether to sign it into law. Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, was prime sponsor of the measure, House Bill 1248. It initially won approval from the House of Representatives...
  • Bill eliminating permit to carry concealed weapons passes committee(SD)

    02/25/2012 6:37:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 February, 2012 | David Montgomery
    A measure to let South Dakotans carry concealed weapons without a permit passed out of committee Friday morning. House Bill 1248 would require only a valid South Dakota driver’s license for an adult to carry a concealed weapon, as long as they were able to pass the background check currently required to receive a concealed carry permit. They would not be required to actually undergo that background check, though. People could be only be charged with a crime after the fact, if it was later found that they could not pass the background check. Now, the full Senate will vote...
  • One-time homeless veteran fears impact of VA plans (Attempting to close SD VA Hospital & Dom)

    02/24/2012 9:31:48 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 6 replies
    Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Mary Goulet
    Once a homeless veteran living in Denver, Henry Amador, now of Hot Springs, is doing all he can to help keep open the facility that helped him find peace and sobriety - the Hot Springs VA.[snip] Veterans who apply for the homeless program at the Denver VA live in a homeless shelter in an unsavory part of town. Henry says that the VA paid the shelters $300 each night to house a veteran. Finally, as a last resort, they deported him to Hot Springs, SD. They told him they could no longer help him, but that he might have a...
  • Noted environmentalist ticketed for timber sale violation

    02/18/2012 5:56:16 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 18 feb 2012 | Kevin Woster
    A Black Hills environmentalist who for years has fought U.S. Forest Service timber-cutting projects is facing federal charges for changing marks on trees in a timber sale near his home so that more trees would be cut. Brian Brademeyer, who lives on a small private acreage inside the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve southeast of Hill City, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor citation served on Jan. 31. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on March 15 in Rapid City. Brademeyer admitted that he painted over marks on more...
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • THUNE: Big government threatens religious freedom, First Amendment rights

    02/12/2012 8:34:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Rapid City Journal (SD) ^ | February 11, 2012 | Sen. John Thune
    There is an old political axiom that is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, and more recently Gerald Ford, that says, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” Those words took on new meaning in January when we found out that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, was issuing new regulations with regard to President Obama’s signature health care law. For the first time in history, the federal government would force faith-based institutions to pay for coverage of products and services they find morally objectionable or against...
  • Homeowner shoots at home intruder (SD)

    02/04/2012 9:57:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Brendyn Medina
    Law enforcement responded to reports of "shots fired" at a residence just north of Box Elder shortly after 4:00 PM Wednesday afternoon. Box Elder Police officials say the incident was the result of an apparent home invasion. By about 4:30 PM they said the witness was still in the home being interviewed by the Meade County Sheriff's Office. Law enforcement officers were seen inspecting the backyard which was marked off by police tape and there was a hole in the glass of a back door. Chief Deputy Tom Wiltz told Black Hills FOX later Wednesday night that the woman in...
  • Concealed Weapons Bill Moves Forward(SD)

    02/03/2012 8:09:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Austin Hoffman
    PIERRE, SD - A bill recently passed in the South Dakota House of Representatives would give more rights to employees. But some say it takes too many away from the business. House Bill 1132 passed with a vote of 49 to15. The backbone of the bill would let employees keep guns and ammo in their locked cars on company property, but some say it goes too far. Nearly the same bill failed in Pierre last year. Representative Marc Feinstein says the main difference this time is a new group of sponsors and the backing of the National Rifle Association. He...
  • SD reps say they were threatened over gun bill

    01/21/2012 7:45:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 20 January, 2012 | VERONICA ZARAGOVIA
    PIERRE, S.D. — Two lawmakers who said they were threatened with smear campaigns if they didn't support a bill that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons without a special permit nonetheless helped kill it Friday.
  • Gingrich camp heads off ex-wife interview

    01/18/2012 9:15:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 203 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2012 | JoAnne Allen
    The Gingrich campaign launched a preemptive strike as news spread that ABC plans to broadcast a potentially damaging interview with Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife on Thursday – just two days before Saturday’s crucial South Carolina primary. Gingrich’s daughters (from his first marriage) Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman came to their father’s defense in a letter released by his presidential campaign. “The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved. Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events,” the daughters said in the...
  • Gingrich Responds to Romney Attack: ‘That’s Just Stupid’

    01/18/2012 10:11:47 AM PST · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    wsj ^ | January 18, 2012, 12:18 PM
    Newt Gingrich appeared incredulous after being told of the latest attacks by GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney. ”Wait, wait, wait.  Hold on. They’re saying I helped re-elect a Democrat?” Mr. Gingrich told reporters in Winnsboro, S.C., adding, “That’s just stupid.” Earlier Wednesday, the Romney campaign set up a conference call with two former lawmakers who lashed out at his leadership as House speaker, saying it helped to re-elect President Bill Clinton. The campaign also released a new Web ad,  calling him “unreliable.”Mr. Gingrich said he helped create the GOP’s first House majority since 1928. “So what did Mitt Romney do?  Who...
  • Watch the South Carolina Republican Debate Online [VIDEO]

    01/17/2012 1:43:10 AM PST · by Rick_Michael · 48 replies
    Bostoninno via fox ^ | 1/16/2012 | n/a
    The GOP Debate on FOX News will pit favorite Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich against each other for the first time since New Hampshire. As you know Jon Huntsman bowed out of the race earlier today. Bret Baier will moderate the debate.
  • South Dakota considers open carry shift

    01/16/2012 7:32:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 15 January, 2012 | DAVID MONTGOMERY
    Thousands of Pennington County residents have permits to carry concealed handguns. If Rep. Don Kopp gets his way, they won’t need a permit. Kopp’s HB1015 would let any South Dakotan who can legally carry a gun conceal their handgun without having to get a state-issued permit. “This just doesn’t penalize the citizens, to make him buy a permit to defend himself — which I believe is unconstitutional,” said Kopp, R-Rapid City. Under the current system, people who want to carry a concealed weapon have to pay $10 and undergo a background check in order to get their permit. Applications can...
  • Earthquake - 3.0 M - SOUTH DAKOTA

    01/16/2012 6:57:51 AM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 42 replies
    USGS ^ | 1/16/12 | USGS
    3.0 M - SOUTH DAKOTA Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 3.0 M Date-Time 16 Jan 2012 13:41:10 UTC16 Jan 2012 06:41:10 near epicenter16 Jan 2012 07:41:10 standard time in your timezone Location 43.446N 103.051W Depth 5 km Distances 22 km (14 miles) ESE (104 degrees) of Buffalo Gap, SD 30 km (18 miles) SSE (154 degrees) of Fairburn, SD 33 km (20 miles) NNE (27 degrees) of Oelrichs, SD 362 km (225 miles) NNE (27 degrees) of Fort Collins, CO 443 km (275 miles) NNE (20 degrees) of Denver, CO Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.5 km; Vertical Parameters Nph = 9; Dmin...
  • Former Gov. Janklow has died (SD)

    01/12/2012 8:17:13 PM PST · by null and void · 3 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:45 am | Elisha Page
    PIERRE -- Bill Janklow, a flamboyant politician who left a lasting mark on South Dakota politics by serving four terms as governor died Thursday. He was 72. Janklow's son Russ Janklow confirmed that his father died around 11 a.m. CST Thursday of brain cancer. Bill Janklow had announced in November that he had inoperable cancer, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard this week said Janklow had been moved to hospice care. Janklow, a Republican, dominated South Dakota government for more than a quarter century, inspiring both fierce support and criticism. Even his political opponents admitted he got things done, though they decried...
  • Former SD Gov., US Rep. Bill Janklow dead at 72

    01/12/2012 10:43:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/12/12 | Chet Brokaw - AP
    PIERRE, S.D.—As governor of South Dakota for 16 years, Bill Janklow was always in a hurry—pushing lawmakers to approve his proposals and racing to disaster sites to take charge. His need for speed also likely played a role in his one regret: the 2003 fatal traffic accident that landed him in jail and ended his political career. As South Dakota's attorney general, governor and congressman, the colorful politician dominated the state's political landscape for more than a quarter century, changing the face of the state's economy, education system and tax structure. Even his enemies—and there were many—admitted the Republican had...
  • Thune: What Corzine Won't Tell Us, the FBI, CFTC Will Tell Us

    12/27/2011 3:04:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12-27-11 | Neil W. McCabe
    In an exclusive Human Events interview, the senior Republican on the Senate’s Agriculture Committee's Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation subcommittee discusses his take on the MF Global bankruptcy scandal. “I have heard from several South Dakotans who were affected by the apparent fraud that occurred in the final days of MF Global before its collapse,” said Sen. John R. Thune (R-S.D.), who worked in the Small Business Administration​ under President Ronald W. Reagan. [Video of Thune's December 13 questioning Corzine is at the bottom of the article.] The firm’s Halloween bankruptcy was followed by the November 4 resignation...
  • Mitt Romney wins Sen. Thune endorsement

    11/23/2011 12:07:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-11-23 | Philip Rucker
    DES MOINES -- Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a conservative member of the Republican Senate leadership, will endorse presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop here on Wednesday.
  • How a pipeline was defeated: actors, activists and one key conversation

    11/14/2011 9:58:33 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 13, 2011 | nathan vanderklippe
    In the end, it came down to a conversation between two of the most powerful people in the world. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with President Barack Obama about a pipeline set to run from Alberta’s oil sands down through the U.S. Midwest to reach refineries on the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... “It’s blatant politics,” said David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, in an interview Friday. Mr. Wilkins lobbied for Keystone on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “It’s politics at its worst. It was a move by...