MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite historic wins in the 2018 election, the political playing field is "far from a point of parity" between male and female candidates, according to an expert on gender dynamics in politics. Speaking at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 21, Kelly Dittmar of Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics said women ran for and were elected to office in record numbers in 2018, but those gains "didn't upend" the barriers that still persist for female candidates and officeholders.
ST PAUL — With the 2020 legislative session still months away, state lawmakers are looking for solutions to address what they consider an urgent problem: rising levels of hate crime. At a forum with political and community leaders on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in St. Paul, Democratic State Attorney General Keith Ellison said his office is looking to community leaders, lawmakers and law enforcement for solutions. Wednesday's summit was part of a series Ellison is hosting across the state.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As South Dakota lawmakers and experts spend the summer taking a look at the state's drug laws — which are among the strictest in the country — there appear to be two sides to the debate: Crack down, or loosen up.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she is "likely" going to seek federal disaster relief dollars through yet another presidential disaster declaration after tornadoes and epic floods have devastated the eastern part of the state this week. Noem took to Facebook Live Tuesday, Sept.
PIERRE, S.D. — More than a year before November 2020's election, South Dakota legislators and the Secretary of State's Office have clarified several state rules on the elections process. The Legislature's Interim Rules Committee approved the rules at their Monday, Sept. 9 meeting , many of which were to clean up rules in order to adhere to legislation passed in 2018.
PIERRE, S.D. — Don and Becky Bergeson live only a 15-minute drive from South Dakota's state Capitol building. Over the course of the six-mile drive, the landscape transforms from Pierre's small-town atmosphere to rural, sprawling prairies punctuated by ranch homes and dirt roads. The Bergesons love it here; it's quiet and private, but close enough to town to grab a gallon of milk when you run out. But despite being close to everyday conveniences like Walmart, they didn't until this week have reliable access to what's considered a basic necessity in 2019: high-speed internet.
PIERRE, S.D. — As harsh weather continues to bear down on South Dakota , Republican Gov. Kristi Noem is requesting the White House grant two additional presidential disaster declarations to cover a total $11 million in additional damage.
Corson and Campbell Counties are situated right next to each other, along South Dakota's northern border. Both encompass vast, sprawling plains, and are rural — Campbell more so with a population under 1,400, and Corson's just over 4,000. But look closer at the two counties and you'll find that despite sharing a border, they are vastly different.
PIERRE, S.D. — With 15 months to go before the 2020 general election, South Dakota elections officers are already looking to ramp up election security and make voter registration more accessible in the Mount Rushmore state. The Secretary of State Office's Board of Elections met on Tuesday, Aug. 13, to discuss plans to update ballot machines throughout the state, as well as proposed election-related legislation for the 2020 legislative session.
PIERRE, S.D. — As the federal government looks to "close the digital divide" in rural communities across the country, South Dakota will receive nearly $4.9 million over the next 10 years to invest in rural broadband. The Federal Communications Commission announced in a Monday, Aug. 12, news release that the commission is allocating $121 million in funding over the next decade to bring broadband to nearly 37,000 rural homes and businesses in 16 states.