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Column: Johnson Retirement Could Spell Trouble for Democrats

PIERRE - In order to take control of the Senate, Republicans would need to pick up 6 seats. This opening represents a prime opportunity for them to gain one, as there is not a Democratic heir apparent in this deeply red state.

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Senator Tim Johnson Retires, Cites Health Concerns

SIOUX FALLS - Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota says he's retiring at the end of his term, acknowledging he remains limited by a recent "health crisis."

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Column: Brewing Debt Ceiling Fight is Comically Tragic

PIERRE - Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner has signaled that he intends to force the President to agree to more spending cuts when next the debt ceiling needs to be raised, which should occur in May.

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South Dakota Legislature’s Executive Board Chooses Leaders

PIERRE - The South Dakota Legislature's Executive Board has chosen Republican Sen. Ryan Maher of Isabel as its chairman and Republican Rep. Lance Carson of Mitchell as its vice-chairman.

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Senator Johnson to Announce Future on Tuesday

SIOUX FALLS - Senator Tim Johnson is set to announce Tuesday whether he will seek re-election in 2014.

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South Dakota Legislature Holds Final Day of Annual Session

PIERRE - South Dakota legislative leaders expect a short working session when lawmakers meet for the final day of this year's legislative session.

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South Dakota Elderly, Disabled Face Tax Relief Deadline

PIERRE - South Dakota officials say low-income elderly and disabled homeowners have until April 1 to apply for a property tax break.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard OKs Bill Boosting Lawmaker Expense Payments

PIERRE - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure that increases the daily allowance South Dakota lawmakers get to cover the cost of lodging, meals and other expenses during the annual legislative sessions.

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South Dakota Lawmakers Wrangle About Priorities in Budget – Increase Their Own Budget

PIERRE - The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee has recommended a $4.1 billion state budget after wrangling over whether to give more money to schools and medical facilities that treat low-income people.

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Column: Prioritizing the Human Economy

PIERRE - It is admirable to see the Governor and legislators from both parties setting up sound policy that will prioritize human beings in the lean times and hopefully prevent more damaging cuts like those from two years ago.

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