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South Dakota Voters Reject Teacher Merit-Pay Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have rejected Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give bonuses to top teachers, phase out tenure and recruit candidates for critical teaching jobs. The Legislature approved the Republican governor’s proposal earlier this year, but the state’s main teachers union, the South Dakota Education Association, collected enough signatures...
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SD Voters Approve Balanced Budget Amendment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters have approved a state constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed the amendment earlier this year, saying current language implies the budget must be balanced but doesn’t require it. Two provisions limit state debt and provide for an emergency tax to...
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Kristi Noem

GOP’s Noem Wins 2nd Term as Lone SD House Member

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Republican Rep. Kristi Noem has defeated Democratic challenger Matt Varilek to win a second term as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House. Varilek is a former member of Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s staff. He argued throughout the campaign that Noem had shirked her duties by skipping committee...
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Chris Nelson

GOP’s Nelson Wins Seat on SD Utilities Commission

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson has been elected to a new term on the panel that regulates grain warehouses and natural gas, electric and telephone utilities in the state. The 48-year-old Republican defeated Democratic challenger Nick Nemec, a 54-year-old farmer and former state lawmaker from Holabird,...
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