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KRISTI NOEM

Gov. Noem and Sen. Thune, both pro-life Republicans, had different messages, with one focusing on abortion and the other focusing on judicial independence.
“A cover-up is what this is. It’s as bad as the crime," said Rep. Tim Goodwin, R-Rapid City, referring to a House committee that recommended against impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. State officials will answer lawmaker questions about the Ravnsborg investigation on Wednesday, just six days before the full House consider impeachment.
The state's biggest political leaders have touted inbound migration, so-called "blue state refugees" who flooded South Dakota. But the biggest driver of partisan races this coming summer and fall appears to be a redistricting process, log-jamming Republicans in primaries and opening up new turf for Democrats.
The bill that South Dakota's governor signed into law on Monday does limit seven so-called "divisive concepts" from being foisted upon students in orientations or trainings on the state's public universities or technical school campuses.

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Nearly a year after what federal authorities called the "largest recorded fire" at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the National Parks Service rejected the Republican governor's request to stage a pyrotechnic event at the iconic mountain sculpture over Independence Day.
After reaching accord on a one-year spending authority oversight plan, appropriators for the two Republican-led chambers struck a deal on Thursday afternoon, the last full day of session. The budget now goes to Gov. Kristi Noem for approval.
Gov. Kristi Noem's Public Safety Secretary sent a letter to House Speaker Spencer Gosch outlining new allegations of improper behavior by Ravnsborg, including eight traffic stops prior to night he struck and killed pedestrian Joe Boever.
Noem and the Senate put forward a bill that codified for over a year an employee's exemption to an employer's COVID-19 vaccine requirement. But the House disagreed with an "undue hardship" provision allowed for certain employers. On Tuesday, a gang of six lawmakers couldn't work out the differences.
As Noem's gubernatorial campaign ramps up, one small, if glaring point of contention for the relatively popular South Dakota governor will be her staff: A political and communications team made up of folks for whom the phrase "West River" might sound like a shopping expanse west of the Potomac rather than that spacious western half of South Dakota. 
A year after Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a similar bill, she signed a measure she says is needed to ensure fairness in women's sports. Many, however, see the measure as discriminatory to equal rights of transgender athletes.

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The two-term Sioux Falls Democratic representative dinged Gov. Noem for appraiser scandal and out-of-state fundraisers in making his case for a leadership change in Pierre.
Smith, D-Sioux Falls, is a former teacher and wrestling coach, who serves as the House Minority Leader.
Gov. Kristi Noem says she only found out this week about the calls to the impeachment committee members.

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