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17
Mar
14

Rounds Files 7000+ Petition Signatures

Pierre, SD (March 17, 2014) – Gov. Mike Rounds filed petitions to run for the United States Senate today including signatures from more than 7,000 South Dakotans, according to an announcement released by the Rounds campaign this afternoon.

The release noted that over 250 volunteers circulated petitions for Rounds and signatures were received from every county in South Dakota.

25
Mar
13

AP sources: SD Sen. Johnson won’t seek re-election

In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic officials say Johnson intends to announce his retirement on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, a decision that gives Republicans a prime opportunity to pick up a seat in 2014. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic officials say Johnson intends to announce his retirement on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, a decision that gives Republicans a prime opportunity to pick up a seat in 2014. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

DAVID ESPO,Associated Press
THOMAS BEAUMONT,Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota intends to announce plans to retire at the end of his term, Democratic officials told The Associated Press on Monday — a departure that gives Republicans a prime opportunity to pick up a seat as they attempt to win back control of the chamber in 2014.

Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006 and later returned to the Senate and won re-election in 2008 while sometimes using a motorized scooter.

The officials who described Johnson’s plans spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to pre-empt a formal announcement expected Tuesday in South Dakota.

Johnson is the fifth Democrat to decide to step aside at the end of the term in 2014, joining Carl Levin of Michigan, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. Two Republicans also have said they plan to retire, and the GOP must gain six seats to win a majority.

Aware that Johnson might decide to retire, Democrats in South Dakota and nationally have discussed possible successors on the ticket, including Johnson’s son Brendan, a South Dakota U.S. attorney. The younger Johnson Monday said in an interview that he was unaware of his father’s decision and declined to discuss whether he would seek the office.

Former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a contemporary of Brendan Johnson and another heir to a South Dakota Democratic legacy, also is looking at running. A granddaughter of former South Dakota Gov. Ralph Herseth, Herseth Sandlin served six years in the U.S. House before being defeated for re-election in 2010.

Action within Johnson’s party is expected quickly. An open Senate seat is rare in South Dakota, and Republicans have gained an upper hand in the state, controlling the governorship, the Legislature, its other Senate seat and its lone U.S. House seat.

Brendan Johnson, appointed U.S. attorney in 2009, has never held elected office and faced questions about his father’s involvement in the confirmation process. Assets for the younger Johnson include his father’s advisers and donor base.

Herseth Sandlin also has an in-tact network and following in South Dakota, but she could face some problems in a potential primary with Johnson. She opposed to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, a position that is out of step with a majority of party loyalists.

Republican Mike Rounds, a popular former two-term governor, has announced his candidacy for the seat, and has been campaigning since last year.

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Espo reported from Washington.

23
Jul
12

Between the Lines: Is it good news or bad news?

Between the Lines: Is it good news or bad news?.

18
Jul
12

Escaped Florida convict last seen in Turner County

South Dakota Law Enforcement Officials continue to seek the public’s help into locating escaped Florida convict Oscar Antonio Herrera-Menjivar.Herrera-Menjivar was last seen at 11:00 a.m. this morning just east of Dolton, South Dakota in Turner County. Herrera-Menjivar is described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was seen wearing shorts, a dark colored t-shirt.He has asked for assistance from locals in the area. He was last seen heading north, but likely heading towards Interstate I 90,

If you have any additional questions contact Sara Rabern at (605)773-3215.

17
Jul
12

AG Jackley wraps up investigation of Secretary of State Gant

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has wrapped up his investigation of activities in the office of South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant. The investigation was requested by State Sen. Stan Adelstein.

Below is a copy of Jackley’s correspondence with Adelstein about the investigation.

29
Jun
12

Americans Issue Split Decision on Healthcare Ruling

Americans Issue Split Decision on Healthcare Ruling.

29
Jun
12

Americans Don’t Often Name Healthcare as Top U.S. Problem

Americans Don’t Often Name Healthcare as Top U.S. Problem.




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