Tag Archives: South Dakota politics

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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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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Keeping execution under wraps in South Dakota

Attorney General Marty Jackley has set his priorities for 2013, proposing five bills to the South Dakota legislature. Apparently, one of his priorities is protecting the manufacturers who keep SD’s death chamber up and running: The second AG bill would … Continue reading

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Why isn’t SD’s economy set to expand?

I guess the fact that SD is “business friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean that businesses actually want to, you know, do business here. The Argus Leader reports: A new Forbes rating of the best states to do business ranked South Dakota … Continue reading

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SD officials: “Frack, baby, frack.”

After wondering yesterday how South Dakotans could help “storm the Bastille” on the Keystone XL Pipeline issue, it looks like the SD establishment is wondering how best to protect the energy industry’s Ancien Régime. Fulfilling its role as the semiofficial … Continue reading

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