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STUDY: Some, Not All Northern Plains Congresspeople Have Statehouse Experience

Before they hit the “big league” in Washington, D.C., how many legislators served in the “minor leagues” of Pierre, Bismarck, St. Paul, Lincoln, Cheyenne and Helena?

For example, two-thirds of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation previously “did time” in Pierre in the dead of winter in January and February

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NC Politician Writes Resignation Letter in Klingon

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (AP) — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

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Poll: Americans Have Little Faith in Government

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds Americans starting the new year with a profoundly negative view of their government. They express little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems.

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A Candidate, A Legislator, A Deer Hunter, A Rock and Roller On VPU

Paula Hawks, Dist. 9 legislator will be an important adjunct professor on Viewpoint today.

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Rapid City Mayor Says Developers Want Him Gagged

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Developers of a planned $50 million downtown revitalization project in Rapid City want the mayor to stop talking to potential funding sources.

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Spearfish Council Holding Year-end Special Session

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — The Spearfish City Council is holding a special session Monday night to wrap up financial issues and make several appointments to boards and committees.

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This Spring, We’ll Discover Which Candidates are Crocuses, Which are Croakers

(NPN) -- We have been watching a gardening reality show of sorts these past months in 2013 in South Dakota. Charitably, we could call it “Who Wants to Be a Senator/Governor/Representative?”

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Former SD Sen. Pressler Running as Independent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler is running again for the Senate as an independent.

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Libertarian Says He’s Ending Senate Campaign

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Libertarian candidate Kurt Evans says he's ending his campaign for a Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tim Johnson.

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South Dakota Senator Continues Effort to Boost Road Taxes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota senator who has long urged additional funding for state highways says he plans to take a measured approach in his next attempt to boost the state taxes that support road construction and maintenance.

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