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Todd Epp is a writer and lawyer from Harrisburg, S.D. He is also the editor and publisher of Northern Plains News, a digital news service covering South Dakota and the Upper Midwest. Besides practicing law, Todd has been a broadcast journalist in South Dakota at S.D. Public TV, KSFY-TV and KDLT-TV and in Kansas at KTWU-TV. In the summer of 2013, Todd returned from an 18 month stint as a consultant at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. He is married to Donna Osment-Epp, Ph.D. and has two adult children, Sarah and Matt.
Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds
South Dakota Government

Rounds Responds to Barth’s EB-5 Lawsuit, Says He Has No Personal Files

Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal.

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Former South Dakota governor Mike Rounds, left, and former Arkansas governor Mike
Huckabee, attend a news conference in Sioux Falls Friday prior to a rally where 
Huckabee endorsed Rounds in the U.S. Senate race. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern 
Plains News used with permission.
Former South Dakota governor Mike Rounds, left, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, attend a news conference in Sioux Falls Friday prior to a rally where Huckabee endorsed Rounds in the U.S. Senate race. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News used with permission.

Unlike Rounds, Huckabee Said He Had No Problems with Arkansas’ EB-5 Program

SIOUX FALLS — Another governor named Mike also had an EB-5 foreign investment for Green Cards program — Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Friday Huckabee joined and endorsed another former governor named Mike — Mike Rounds — at a joint news conference followed by a noontime rally

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Minimum Wage Support
Todd Epp/Northern Plains News

Progressives Want South Dakotans to Get on the Minimum Wage Bus

SIOUX FALLS -- Union members, college students and Weiland for U.S. Senate supporters joined a bus touring the nation in support of fairness to America's and South Dakota’s middle class.

Americans United for Change’s bus stopped briefly Thursday morning at the Labor Temple with its “Put the Middle Class First” tour

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Former Gov. Mike Rounds talks with a voter at the opening of his U.S. Senate campaign office in Sioux Falls in spring 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern  Plains News, used with permission.
Former Gov. Mike Rounds talks with a voter at the opening of his U.S. Senate campaign office in Sioux Falls in spring 2014. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

Rounds’ EB-5 Word Salad

Blogger Cory Allen Heidelberger excerpts this recent interview of Republican Senate candidate Mike Rounds in the Black Hills Pioneer on one of the many questions in the EB-5 scandal:

We Don't Fire a Guy for Getting Sued ... 
You have

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Early Voting Begins In Iowa For Presidential Election

What Are the Limits of PACs Coordinating with U.S. Senate Campaigns? Good Question.

It seems the conventional "wisdom" among the South Dakota political operatives, reporters and bloggers is that political action committees can't coordinate with federal office seekers like the U.S. Senate race candidates.

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Larry Pressler
Larry Pressler. Photo byDan Peters/KSOO.

Don’t Think Great Thoughts, Read the Statute re Pressler Being a ‘D.C. Resident’

Important safety tip: Don’t believe everything you read coming from political parties, campaigns or even the media.

Pressler is registered to vote in Sioux Falls as an independent in legislative district 12, according to the South Dakota Secretary of State’s voter file

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Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.
Craig Lawrence, South Dakota Republican Party chair. Photo by Todd Epp/Northern Plains News, used with permission.

EVA Acquiesces to SD GOP’s Demand to Pull Rounds Attack Ad

SIOUX FALLS — Following a strident Republican denunciation of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland and Every Voice Action's attack ad against Republican front-runner Mike Rounds Wednesday, EVA pulled its ad off South Dakota airwaves that afternoon

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Law-Books

EB-5: What California Arbitrator Found as Fact Regarding Bollen, SDRC, Inc.

The underlying transactions in the Darley Commercial, LLC v. Hanul Professional Law Corporation v. South Dakota Board of Regents arbitration are convoluted almost beyond explanation.
However, the third party neutral arbitrator in the matter, Robert A. Baines,

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