Category Archives: Politics

Wondering what sequestration might look like? Look at SD Reservations

The clock is ticking. Washington lawmakers have until March 1, this very Friday, to strike a budget deal and avoid “sequestration,” that is, massive, automatic spending cuts to both the military and vital social programs: The White House continued laying … Continue reading

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Guest post: REMINDER: Medicaid bill up for Friday vote!

You may be aware that a week ago last Monday, the House State Affairs Committee in the South Dakota Legislature defeated, on a 9-2 vote, HB1244. This bill would have disallowed the State of South Dakota from participating in the … Continue reading

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Five easy ways to say NO to Keystone XL

This weekend, tens of thousands of people from all across the country will converge on Washington, D.C. for a Forward on Climate rally to urge President Obama to take urgent action to avert global climate catastrophe. Foremost among their concerns? … Continue reading

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A tough day for uranium opponents

Yesterday was a tough day for those of us who want to keep South Dakota’s water safe for future generations. At 10:00 am, the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee held a hearing for Senate Bills 148, 149, and 150 … Continue reading

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Guest post: Expand Medicaid, Support HB1205

[Note: for more info on the proposed Medicaid expansion, see our earlier post on this issue.] There is an article in today’s Argus Leader about the shortfall in pay to nursing homes by the State of SD for Medicaid patients. … Continue reading

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SD legislature: restore DENR oversight to uranium mining!

I’m off to India for three months to direct a drinking water project; however leaving somehow seems inappropriate when there are so many threats to the water in my own community. Three recent Forum articles in the Rapid City Journal, … Continue reading

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Wind production tax credit extended

Some good news (though not unalloyed) for South Dakota’s considerable wind energy potential: The one-year extension of a key tax break could provide a jolt for the wind industry, but developers say other obstacles remain in South Dakota. A bill … Continue reading

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