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  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And itís costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It‚Äôs only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we‚Äôre likely to start seeing those ‚Äúnecessarily skyrocketing‚ÄĚ energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Confiscated Guns Above Average at South Dakota Government Auction

    05/11/2014 5:43:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Meade County, South Dakota will be having a surplus property auction on May 13, 2014.†† While the county sheriff initially opposed auctioning off the guns (he preferred to trade them to a dealer), more fiscally responsible heads prevailed. †The firearms are considerately above the average seen in these type of sales, perhaps because these guns were confiscated in rural South Dakota instead of inner city of Chicago.†† Or perhaps the guns in the inner city might go through a different "selection" process before making it to a gun sale.† From the Rapid City Journal, we have a list of...
  • GOP Senators Push for Tougher Response to Putin

    04/30/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/30/14 | KRISTINA PETERSON
    Frustrated with President Barack Obamaís reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. ďWhat weíve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,Ē Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. The White House has been dealing ďwith the situation after something bad has already occurred,Ē he said. Earlier this week, violence flared up in another area of Ukraine that hugs the Russian border, as the new government in Kiev criticized local police...
  • Wis congressional candidate (US House Dem) apologizes for 'Injun time' remark

    10/23/2006 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 47 replies · 1,200+ views
    AP ^ | Mon, Oct. 23, 2006
    GREEN BAY, Wis. - Democratic U.S. House candidate Steve Kagen apologized Monday for commenting that he was late for a meeting on an Indian reservation because "we're on Injun time." "I did not mean any harm by my words and I humbly apologize if I offended anyone. That was not my intent," he said in a statement hours after the National Republican Congressional Committee released a tape recording of the comment. Kagen attended a meeting Friday on the nearby Oneida Reservation and at his next stop in Green Bay he made the following remarks: "Appreciate getting here almost on time....
  • Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

    04/28/2014 1:05:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    AP via twincities.com ^ | 04/15/2014 | Carson Walker
    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) ó Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL {again, still...}

    04/21/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. That timeline spares President Barack Obama from making a politically difficult decision that would either anger environmentalists or jeopardize some Senate Democrats seeking reelection in red states. But Fridayís move alienated stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including oil industry allies who accused the White House of playing politics and environmentalists who want Obama to swiftly reject...
  • As Goes North Carolina, So go Republican hopes to take over the Senate

    04/19/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 72 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2014 | Fred Barnes
    To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While itís mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that happening are close to zero. For Republicans, North Carolina is necessary. Itís the key to control of the Senate. Obama Hagan Itís number six on my list. That is, there are five states where capturing Democratic seats appears more likelyóWest Virginia, South Dakota, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas. Then comes North Carolina. Assuming Republicans donít lose any of their own seats, those six pickups would give Republicans a 51-49 majority. And with it, the political...
  • Banker Who Helped Crash Housing Market Helped Crafting Mortgage Reform

    04/10/2014 4:00:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/10/2014 | Alana Goodman
    Controversial housing finance reform legislation making its way through the Senate Banking Committee was co-written by a former mortgage trader for Countrywide Financial and Wachovia, two of the subprime mortgage behemoths at the center of the housing market crash in 2007.Michael Bright, the senior financial adviser to Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), worked as a trader and member of the loan-pricing desk at Countrywide Financial from 2002 to 2006, and as a senior trader for Wachovia from 2006 to 2008.Bright joined Corkerís office in 2010, and has been a key figure in crafting the Corker-Warner housing reform bill and the...
  • This Legislation Would Let Government Take Over U.S. Mortgage Market

    04/08/2014 12:26:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    heritage ^ | april 8, 2014 | nobert Michel
    Even worse, the U.S. Senate is poised give us FannieĖFreddie 2.0 in the new housing reform bill that Senators Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) and Mike Crapo (R., Idaho) have released. The Johnson-Crapo bill†would wind down the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but would also replace them with a new government agency that expands the federal governmentís grip on the housing market. If the Johnson-Crapo housing bill is adopted, the federal government will have effectively taken over the U.S. mortgage market.
  • Green Revolution leader Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

    03/26/2014 12:07:46 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON ó The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding. Borlaug, who died in 2009, won the 1970 Nobel Prize for his work and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. His likeness will join...
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a President¬ís term are usually not good for the incumbent¬ís party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. ‚óĺAlaska, Mark Begich ‚óĺArkansas, Mark Pryor ‚óĺLouisiana, Mary Landrieu ‚óĺMichigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) ‚óĺMontana, John Walsh ‚óĺNorth Carolina, Kay Hagan ‚óĺSouth Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • Which Democrats Benefit From Keystone XL Pipeline Delays?

    02/17/2014 5:15:01 AM PST · by thackney · 35 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox ^ | 2014/02/12 | Lachlan Markay
    Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show. A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipelineís approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) remains opposed to its construction. ďIn my view, there is now enough evidence to conclude that construction of this pipeline is not in Americaís long-term interest,Ē Kaine said in a statement on the review. The freshman Democrat has between $15,000 and $50,000 invested in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, according to his...
  • Bottom 5 States in (Liberal) Fiscal Condition: (Shortened title)

    01/20/2014 12:40:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are digging into a George Washington University paper on State Fiscal Conditions, a ranking of 50 states, by Sarah Arnett. PolicyMic Produced this Chart of State Fiscal Conditions based on the working paper. Highlights and Lowlights Let's return to the original working paper for some highlights and lowlights. At the bottom of the rankings are New Jersey and Illinois. New Jersey faces long-run solvency problems due in part to nearly 15 years of underfunding its state and local pensions. It has an estimated unfunded pension liability of around $25.6 billion as well as $59.3 billion in unfunded liabilities...
  • 14 in í14, cuz it ainít happening in Ď16 (Vanity)

    11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 71 replies
    Vanity | November 18, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    The facts 1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election. 2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014. 3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority. The Analysis The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status...
  • States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

    01/14/2014 6:47:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/14/2014 | Thomas C. Frohlich
    For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. education system remains mediocre, receiving a C‚ąí grade, for the third year in a row. Click here to see the states with the best school systemsClick here to see the states with the worst school systemsEducation news and research publication Education Week released its 18th annual survey of the status of education in all 50 states. The K-12 Achievement Index is one indicator in Education Week‚Äôs ‚ÄúQuality Counts‚ÄĚ report that measures key education outcomes and provides ranks and...
  • Five things Obama must do to avoid lame-duck status ["It's not personal"]

    12/31/2013 4:20:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 31, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama endured a terrible 2013, raising GOP hopes of a Senate takeover in next yearís midterm elections that would turn him into an early lame duck. The GOP needs to win six seats in the upper chamber to take a 51-49 edge, something clearly obtainable with Democrats defending difficult seats in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. With the Senate and House in GOP hands, Obama would have little if any hope of moving his legislative agenda, and would be left to play defense against a GOP Congress in his final two years in...
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • White House to push Senate to delay new Iran sanctions

    10/24/2013 4:37:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/24/13 | Patricia Zengerle and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will host a meeting of aides to Senate committee leaders on Thursday seeking to persuade lawmakers to hold off on a package of tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, a senior Senate aide said. The White House will press for another delay on a sanctions bill that had been expected to come to a vote in the Senate Banking Committee last month, but was held back after appeals from President Barack Obama's administration to let negotiations on Iran's nuclear program get under way. The aide said Republicans would resist further delay,...
  • Unbelievable: Police prevent drivers from pulling over and viewing Mt. Rushmore

    10/05/2013 5:39:45 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 193 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/05/13 | Twitchy Staff
    And now the feds have put up cones to keep people out of scenic overlooks on Mount Rushmore.
  • Early snow kills thousands of cattle in SD

    10/07/2013 6:29:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 306 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2013 7:10 PM EDT | Chet Brokaw
    A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds, as they assess how many of their cattle died during the unseasonably early blizzard. Meanwhile, utility companies were working to restore power to tens of thousands of people still without electricity Monday after the weekend storm that was part of a powerful weather system that also buried parts of Wyoming and Colorado with snow and produced destructive tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At least four deaths were attributed to the...
  • Families throw off the cones at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

    10/06/2013 6:01:46 AM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 138 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/06/13 | Twitchy Staff
    Tax-paying, hard-working families arenít letting White House shutdown politics stop them from enjoying Americaís beauty. Theyíre defying the orange cones at Mount Rushmore. Theyíre breaching the barrycades at Zion National Park. And now, the Badlands of South Dakota. Noelle Bruno tweets that she and her family made it through Mount Rushmore despite the White House obstacles:
  • ( Snow ) Storm paralyzes city of Sturgis, residents urged to stay home ( SD )

    10/05/2013 8:10:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Meade County Times-Tribune ^ | October 05, 2013 | Deb Holland
    Heidi Mayer Kruse has lived in Fargo, N.D. and eastern South Dakota, but she says she has never experienced a storm such as the one that buried their Blucksberg-addition home Friday. "It's chest deep consistently over our driveway," she said. Kruse and her family were without power most of Friday and into Saturday. "It was 39 degrees in our living room before power came back on this morning," Kruse said Saturday... Kruse, like many of her neighbors in the subdivision south of Sturgis, is amazed at the ferocity of the storm. "Having lived in areas that experience rough winters, I...
  • Rushmore blockage stirs anger in S.D.

    10/05/2013 1:28:47 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 49 replies
    Argus-Leader | October 5, 2013 | Jonathan Ellis
    A Gannett company newspaper. Title and link only allowed on FR:http://www.argusleader.com/article/20131004/UPDATES/310040047/Rushmore-blockage-stirs-anger-in-S-D-
  • Mount Rushmore blockage stirs anger in South Dakota

    10/05/2013 12:16:44 PM PDT · by mrreaganaut · 118 replies
    Kristi Noem Facebook Page ^ | Oct. 5, 2013 | Kristi Noem
    The federal government has been blocking people from pulling off the side of the road to view Mt. Rushmore! This is government arrogance at its worst. [The original article is from a source we cannot link to here on FR (Argus Leader).] This was taken from Kristi Noem's page (R-SD).
  • Storm brings snow, possible tornadoes to Plains

    10/04/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2013 8:59 PM EDT | Dirk Lammers
    A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms and possible tornadoes to the Great Plains. The storm dumped at least 33 inches of snow in a part of South Dakotaís scenic Black Hills, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Helgeson said Friday afternoon. Later in the day, thunderstorms rolled across the Plains, and witnesses reported seeing tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. Ö
  • Car Believed Tied to '71 Cold Case Pulled From S.D. Waterway

    09/24/2013 4:19:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    State and local investigators on Tuesday will continue excavating material from a submerged car believed to be tied to the 42-year-old disappearance of two Vermillion, S.D., girls. Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17, were last seen in a beige 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to party with classmates from Vermillion High School on May 29, 1971. Their bodies were never found. Officials believe they found the Studebaker in Brule Creek in rural Beresford, S.D., on Monday. It was about a half mile from the gravel pit Jackson and Miller were believed to be going to when they disappeared....
  • VP Biden hosts dinner with GOP Senators on Syria

    09/08/2013 4:19:58 PM PDT · by EBH · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/2013
    Fox confirms Vice President Joe Biden will have dinner Sunday night with a group of GOP Senators who could be swayed on Syria. The topic of conversation is expected to be what the President needs to say in his Tuesday address.
  • HUGH HEWITT - GOP isolationists are taking U.S. back to the 1930s

    09/03/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 90 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9-2-2013 | HUGH HEWITT
    Syria's butcher Bashir Assad could end up toppling British Prime Minister David Cameron and not the other way around, while also giving Russia a big boost back on to the Great Power stage and green lighting Tehran's most ambitious and sparky plans in its mountain tunnel complexes. Along the way he has exposed President Obama as feckless and fearful. The president and his team are scrambling to remind lawmakers of what the Commander-in-Chief ought to have long ago argued to the country: When the good guys blink, the bad guys notice. Lots and lots of blinking. Most of the people...
  • A partial list of democratic pedophiles

    03/05/2008 2:42:24 PM PST · by altsehastiin · 18 replies · 10,850+ views
    Democratic State Senator Dan Sutton of Flandreau, South Dakota accused of fondling a male page. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/24/AR2007012401966.html Carl Stanley McGee, 38, prominent gay activist, assistant secretary for policy and planning and top aid to democrat governor Deval Patrick of Massachuttsettes, accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year old boy in a steam room at a Florida resort. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1072114 Bernard Vincent Ward, former chief legislative aide to Senator Barbara Boxer, self proclaimed "Lion of the Left" on bay area radio, admitted transgressions too numerous to mention. http://prosites-prs.homestead.com/ward_new.pdf Davidson County Democratic Party Chairman Rodney Mullins resigned Thursday morning amid child pornography allegations, according...
  • VIDEO: Rep. Kristi Noem Promises Action on Benghazi Discharge Petition

    08/25/2013 10:30:04 AM PDT · by lward99 · 11 replies
    Our first Paparazzi Video! Jimmy from http://thelibertydefenseproject.org/ asked Congresswoman Kristi Noem if she will support the Stockman Discharge petition. - Check out the video for her answer...
  • 4 Year Old Girlís Vegetable Garden Must Go, Says USDA

    08/25/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    thehealthyhomeeconomist.com ^ | August 23, 2013 | Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
    With each passing day, it seems the United States of America, ďLand of the Free and Home of the BraveĒ is becoming more and more like the Communist Russia I learned about in elementary school where people werenít allowed to grow their own food unless the State ďallowedĒ it. In this latest crackdown on citizens simply trying to provide for themselves using the most basic of skills Ė gardening Ė the USDAís Rural Development Agency is forbidding Rosie, an industrious 4-year old girl in South Dakota from using a small, unused area outside her subsidized housing unit to grow green...
  • Scott Brown: I'm exploring a run for president

    08/18/2013 2:04:28 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 105 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/18/13 | Hillary Chabot
    Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Herald he is exploring a possible 2016 presidential bid today as he hit a well-worn stomping ground for Oval Office hopefuls Ė the Iowa State Fair. ďI want to get an indication of whether thereís even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if thereís room for a bi-partisan problem solver,Ē said Brown, who has been meeting with top republicans nationally and last week hosted a Fenway event for Republican National Committee members. Brown indicated he isn't close to deciding whether he will run. ďItís 2013 I think itís premature, but I...
  • Many 2016 Republican hopefuls agree: Defund ObamaCare

    08/17/2013 2:03:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 17, 2013 | By Elise Viebeck
    Many Republicans who are eyeing a run for president in 2016 are backing an all-or-nothing plan to defund ObamaCare. More than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates support that strategy while a handful are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law. Another five are dodging questions and a couple others are not signaling one way or another. [A detailed breakdown is outlined in the chart below.] In short, some are willing to go to the brink and beyond of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. But itís far from unanimous. Still, the...
  • Inside the Beltway: Sarah Palin courts the farm vote

    07/25/2013 12:50:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2013 | Jennifer Harper
    One canít get much more grass roots than this: Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker Thursday at an agricultural ďfield dayĒ near Baltic, S.D. ó population 1,090 ó situated on the scenic banks of the Big Sioux River in the eastern corner of the state. The former vice presidential candidate/potential U.S. Senate hopeful is going no-frills, however, journeying to the heartland accompanied by her youngest daughter. ďItís an honor to get to travel with my entourage, er, that would be Piper, to be with those who are feeding the nation,Ē Mrs. Palin said in a Facebook post about the one-day...
  • South Dakota Man Attempts to Kill Gophers ala "Caddyshack" ... Man Gets Burned, Yard in Flames

    07/16/2013 5:48:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    KeloLand.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | KeloLand.com
    Officials In Yankton Put Out Unusual Fire YANKTON, SD - Firefighters in Yankton were called to extinguish an unusual blaze that involved an apparent small animal and a smoke bomb. A resident who noticed a large hole had been dug in his yard overnight dropped a smoke bomb down the hole Sunday afternoon to scare off the varmint. The result was flames shooting from the ground. Officials believe the animal might have chewed or clawed its way through a gas line, and the smoke bomb ignited the fumes. Firefighters monitored the scene for nearly an hour until a gas company...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Red Sprite Lightning with Aurora

    05/22/2013 3:37:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | May 22, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that in the sky? It is a rarely seen form of lightning confirmed only about 25 years ago: a red sprite. Recent research has shown that following a powerful positive cloud-to-ground lightning strike, red sprites may start as 100-meter balls of ionized air that shoot down from about 80-km high at 10 percent the speed of light and are quickly followed by a group of upward streaking ionized balls. The above image, taken a few days ago above central South Dakota, USA, captured a bright red sprite, and is a candidate for the first color image ever recorded...
  • Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed

    05/04/2013 1:26:11 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    foxnews ^ | May 4 2013 | foxnews
    Energy companies are lining up for their shot to drill in the Dakotas and Montana after a new government report revealed that a massive geological formation stretching across the states contains twice the oil and three times the amount of natural gas than was originally believed. While the new estimate is drawing smaller companies to the game, the larger players like Schlumberger, Halliburton and Continental Resources are pushing forward with ambitious multi-year plans to stake their claim in the industry. Continental recently announced a five-year plan to triple its production by 2017. The companyís growth is based on success in...
  • Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states

    04/29/2013 5:02:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/29/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate. The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics. The question is whether two of the Democratsí most promising potential candidates in Montana and South Dakota will pay a price for the leadershipís political maneuverings in Washington. Or will recruiting candidates who do not support President Obamaís gun control agenda have any effect on Democratic fundraising...
  • 2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills

    04/23/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills By: Alexander Burns April 23, 2013 04:49 PM EDT Doesnít anyone want to run for Senate in 2014? Midway through candidate recruitment season, the bad news for Democrats is this: They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate and head for retirement. The less-bad news: So far, few marquee-name Republicans are interested in these seats either. When Montana Sen. Max Baucus called it quits on Tuesday, he became the latest in a long series of senior legislators to announce that theyíve had quite enough of life on the Hill. National Democrats...
  • Another spring day, another snowstorm in Dakotas

    04/18/2013 8:41:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | Apr. 18, 2013
    The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for far eastern South Dakota, and winter weather advisories in other parts of that region and also southeastern North Dakota. ... Snowstorms have been crossing the Dakotas for the past week, dumping record amounts of snow
  • South Carolina GOP Rep. Eviscerates Claims That Voter ID Laws Are Racist During Hearing

    04/17/2013 7:09:21 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/17/2013 | Noah Rothman
    During a hearing into the constitutionality of voter identification laws enacted across the country, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tore into claims by the Department of Justice that those laws were racially discriminatory. In the space of five minutes, Gowdy knocked down the claims, one by one, that a voter ID law passed in South Carolina in 2011 discriminated against African-Americans or was dissimilar to laws the Justice Department had cleared in a variety of other states. Gowdy began by noting that, when the Palmetto Stateís voter identification law was passed, a third of the stateís congressional delegation were African-American; former...
  • Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in Europe

    11/27/2012 4:58:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/12 | Keith Laing
    Obama quietly signs bill shielding airlines from carbon fees in EuropeBy Keith Laing - 11/27/12 02:02 PM ET President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president's commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application...
  • Veteran Republican senator: Marriage equality Ďis the new conservative positioní

    03/27/2013 10:42:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 49 replies
    www.rawstory.com ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:58 EDT | By Stephen C. Webster
    Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD), a Vietnam veteran who served in Congress for more than two decades, said Tuesday on Current TV that the movement for marriage equality is much like the movement for racial equality, and confidently declared that the Republican Party is now in the process of making the right to marry ďthe new conservative position.Ē ďThe main thing that caused me to change my mind was my work with veterans groups,Ē he told ďViewpointĒ host John Fugelsang, explaining that heís worked with a gay couple who want to marry and have a family. ďItís something like in...
  • Senate banking chair Tim Johnson to announce retirement

    03/25/2013 1:40:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/25/2013 | Margaret Chadbourn
    Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, does not plan to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2014, sources close to the matter and key Capitol Hill staffers said on Monday. Johnson, 66, joined the Senate in 1997 and has been widely expected to retire at the end of his term. He plans to make the announcement on Tuesday, the sources said. Johnson's staff said that he will hold a press conference at the University of South Dakota on Tuesday. His retirement would leave a vacant seat in a conservative-leaning state that could be...
  • House members offer proposal to jump-start Keystone XL approval

    03/12/2013 5:38:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | March 11, 2013 | Nick Snow
    US House Energy and Commerce Committee members released a discussion draft of legislation designed to jump-start approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project. The draft bill by Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) would eliminate the need for a presidential permit and find that the Aug. 26, 2011, final environmental impact statement issued by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton satisfied all National Environmental Policy Act requirements. Reps. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) cosponsored the proposal, which also would limit legal challenges to the project so it would not be delayed further. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred...
  • Spies in Aberdeen? Story is just plain weird

    07/05/2009 11:52:06 AM PDT · by ancientart · 4 replies · 549+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Donna Marmorstein
    To think that Boris and Natasha lived right here in South Dakota, and we didn't even know it! Recently, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Steingraber-Trebilcock-Myers - a couple who once lived in Aberdeen - were arrested for spying. The news rocked the nation. Well, actually, the nation immediately forgot the story. Still, South Dakota hasn't forgotten. It's not every day suspected spies are found traipsing through your own neighborhood. The espionage likely started after they left Aberdeen, but you still wonder if that abandoned shopping cart you saw in aisle 8 of Kessler's might have contained a coded message. The...
  • Red-state Democrats may break with White House

    01/19/2013 7:53:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/19/2013 | By JOHN BRESNAHAN and MANU RAJU
    For Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his top lieutenants, the challenges of balancing the 2014 Senate map and President Barack Obamaís second-term agenda could cause as many headaches as anything Republicans throw at them. Overall, 20 Democratic-held Senate seats are up for grabs next year, versus 13 for Republicans. Democratic incumbents face reelection in solidly red states like Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana and South Dakota, all of which Obama lost by double-digit margins in November. A little more than a year after Obama is sworn in to another term, there will be high-profile Senate races in swing states...
  • Morning Examiner: Red state Senate Dems face tough early votes (Gun control, debt limit, amnesty)

    01/08/2013 2:39:40 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | 7:57 am Modified: January 7, 2013 at 8:30 am | Conn Carroll
    ďI think you need to put everything on the table,Ē Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told ABC NewsĎ George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday, ďbut what I hear from the administration Ė and if the Washington Post is to be believed Ė thatís way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And itís not going to pass.Ē The Washington Post article Heitkamp was referring to, reported that President Obama would soon seek to pass legislation ďthat would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national...