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Todd Epp

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.
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South Dakota Democrats’ Most Important Election is Really in Early 2015 on Political Whispers

Unless U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland can pull off an upset Election Day, the South Dakota Democratic Party will be shut out of holding a single statewide office.

I’m not sure when the last time this has happened but I don’t recall it happening since I’ve been involved in South Dakota politics in some capacity starting in 1986

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Former US Senator Larry Pressler snaps a photo of The Washington Post's Dana Milbank with Steve Hildebrand, owner of Josiah's. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission.
Former US Senator Larry Pressler snaps a photo of The Washington Post's Dana Milbank with Steve Hildebrand, owner of Josiah's. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission.

Why Was The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank in Sioux Falls?

The Washington Post's ace political reporter Dana Milbank was in Sioux Falls Thursday.

Retired FBI agent John Good discusses the Abscam scandal independent US Senate candidate Larry Pressler at a news conference in Sioux Falls. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission..
Retired FBI agent John Good discusses the Abscam scandal independent US Senate candidate Larry Pressler at a news conference in Sioux Falls. Photo by Todd Epp/NPN used with permission..

Abscam FBI Agent Says Follow The Money in EB-5 Scandal

SIOUX FALLS — An old hand at investigating government corruption had one piece of advice for the FBI, which admitted yesterday (Wednesday) that it had an “active” investigation ongoing into South Dakota EB-5 scandal — follow the money

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Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds
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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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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 South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds
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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 ... 
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