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South Dakota lawmakers criticize Gov. Noem on tribal checkpoints

SIOUX FALLS | South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday called for formal consultation processes between tribal and state governments following Gov. Kristi Noem’s handling of a conflict over coronavirus checkpoints set up by tribes.   Legislators on a committee tasked with navigating the relationship between tribes and the state criticized the governor for escalating the conflict Read More…

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South Dakota lawmakers criticize Gov. Noem on tribal checkpoints

SIOUX FALLS | South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday called for formal consultation processes between tribal and state governments following Gov. Kristi Noem’s handling of a conflict over coronavirus checkpoints set up by tribes.   Legislators on a committee tasked with navigating the relationship between tribes and the state criticized the governor for escalating the conflict Read More…

North Dakota governor’s company receives PPP loans

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – Newly released data shows North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum’s company received federal loans in April. The Kilbourne Group was awarded between $350,000 to $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. The Small Business Administration has distributed more than half a trillion dollars in forgivable loans. The loans were Read More…

Idaho Governor & Secretary of State say They’ll Appeal Reclaim Idaho Court Ruling

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney say they plan to appeal Tuesday’s U.S. District Court decision granting Reclaim Idaho’s request for a second chance to qualify its school-funding initiative for the November ballot, after the statewide stay-home order cut off signature gathering prior to the state’s deadline. “This decision is Read More…

Disputes emerge from North Dakota June election

Two legal challenges are brewing in the wake of North Dakota’s June election.   North Dakota’s Republican Party is researching a potential lawsuit against Democratic-NPL insurance commissioner nominee Travisia Martin, who the GOP claims doesn’t meet the five-year residency requirement to be a candidate. But it’s unclear when or if the party will sue.   Two unsuccessful Read More…

Wyoming GOP Convention Gets Conservative Superstar Charlie Kirk to Keynote

The Wyoming Republican Party is doing what most organizations can’t right now. Not only are they getting a high-profile figure to keynote their convention but that figure is actually appearing in-person. Well-known conservative activist Charlie Kirk is heading to Gillette for the Wyoming Republican Convention this weekend and for conservatives, there couldn’t be a better Read More…

Wyoming Legislature Passes Bills To Spend $1.25 Billion To Help Businesses, Renters

Three pieces of legislation providing relief from coronavirus impacts for businesses and renters in Wyoming were approved by the Legislature during its two-day special session. During the session, which ended Saturday, legislators approved bills authorizing Gov. Mark Gordon to spend $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds and specifying how some of the money will Read More…

MINORITY WHIP: GORDON UNDER PRESSURE TO ‘REOPEN’ ECONOMY

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming House District 45 Representative Charles Pelkey, who also serves as the Minority Whip said today in a Facebook post that Governor Gordon is “suddenly under a lot of pressure to “reopen” the economy no matter what the recommendations from health officials might be.” Gordon’s first of three orders was placed in mid-March in response Read More…

Former North Dakota lawmaker joins Democratic-NPL gubernatorial ticket

North Dakota’s Democratic-NPL Party has set its ticket for governor and lieutenant governor.   Hours before the candidate filing deadline on Monday, Dickinson/Killdeer veterinarian and former Killdeer School Board member Shelley Lenz — who has been campaigning for governor the past two months —  announced former state Rep. Ben Vig as her running mate.   Read More…

Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council to meet April 16

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Legislature’s Management Council will meet at 7:30 a.m. April 16 to consider interim topics for joint interim committees. This meeting will include discussion of potential legislative responses to the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including consideration of the need for a special session. A meeting notice and Read More…

Idaho Secretary of State asks for primary election postponement, urges absentee voting due to coronavirus concerns

BOISE, Idaho — Editor’s note: The above video discusses Idaho’s plans to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Idaho with regards to the May primary election.     Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney formally made a request Friday afternoon to Gov. Brad Little to postpone the May primary election and close all polling locations amid Read More…

Idaho Legislature sends bill prohibiting transgender people from altering birth certificates to governor for approval

Washington (CNN)Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature has sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would effectively block transgender people in the state from changing the listed sex on their birth certificates to match their gender identity, despite a federal judge having before struck down a similar state ban.   HB 509, which was approved on Tuesday by the state’s Read More…

Wyoming governor announces creation of five task forces to battle effects of coronavirus

Gov. Mark Gordon announced the creation of five task forces designed to tackle the effects of the spreading coronavirus in a press conference in which he chastised Wyomingites who rushed to hoard supplies in recent days. “Think about actions and exercise common sense,” the governor said Monday in his fourth coronavirus news conference in the Read More…

WYOMING SENATE MAKES CHANGES TO TIME-CHANGE BILL

The Wyoming Senate on Monday gave initial approval to a bill that could eventually lead to doing away with the twice-a-year time changes in the state. But House Bill 44 was also significantly changed from its original form. Senators adopted an amendment proposed by Sen. Ogden Driskill [R-Devils Tower] that would change the requirement in the House Bill that Wyoming would Read More…

Idaho House passes bill barring transgender people from changing birth certificate

A bill to prevent transgender people from changing their sex on their birth certificates is advancing in the Idaho State Legislature, flouncing a federal court order implemented two years ago that prevents such restrictions. H.B.509 argues that maintaining birth records with the sex a child was assigned at birth will provide more accurate documentation and maintain statistics that can Read More…

UPDATE: NDHP says Kirsten Baesler refused blood and breath tests after being arrested for DUI

MANDAN, ND – Sgt. Wade Kadrmas with the North Dakota Highway Patrol says a tooper pulled over Kirsten Baesler on I-94 after observing erratic driving around 9: 45 p.m. Wednesday night. The trooper smelled alcohol and observed behavior consistent with alcohol consumption while talking to Baesler during the stop. Baesler was arrested for driving under the Read More…

Three-way Republican race set up for North Dakota District 8 House endorsements

Two Republican newcomers are competing with a top member of North Dakota’s Legislature for their district party’s endorsements for two House seats. Rep. Jeff Delzer, R-Underwood, told the Tribune on Wednesday that he plans to run for another term. Rep. Vernon Laning, R-Bismarck, said he’s not seeking a third term and plans to enjoy retirement, Read More…

Bid to restrict divorces fails

South Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have removed a common reason used by married couples seeking divorces, which would have made it more difficult to divorce. Rep. Tony Randolph, R-Rapid City, introduced legislation to remove “irreconcilable differences” as a legal reason for couples to get divorced. Irreconcilable differences is one of Read More…