South Dakota agency head resigns amid scrutiny of Gov. Noem
The director of a South Dakota agency has resigned amid scrutiny over Gov. Kristi Noem’s hands-on role in the agency prior to his arrival and as it evaluating her daughter’s real estate appraiser license in 2020. Scott Amundson, who took over the state's Appraiser Certification Program last summer, told The Associated Press on Monday he had resigned but declined to publicly comment on his reasons for doing so. Amundson last year replaced the longtime director of the Appraiser Certification Program, Sherry Bren, after she was pressured to retire by Noem's cabinet secretary during an episode that has drawn criticism of the governor from government ethics experts.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Will ex-official clear up Noem nepotism probe?
South Dakota lawmakers are readying to hear Tuesday from a former state employee at the center of questions over whether Gov. Kristi Noem interfered in a state agency that was evaluating her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. It could be the first time that longtime agency director Sherry Bren speaks publicly about a meeting in the governor's mansion last year since The Associated Press first reported on it in September. The Republican governor held the meeting just days after Bren's agency moved to deny Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters, an upgrade to her appraiser license. Peters received another opportunity to pursue her license through an agreement signed the week after the meeting.news.yahoo.com
Rittenhouse Photo Reveals Where Trump Keeps Bizarre Rushmore Sculpture
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettySIOUX FALLS—The “Mount Trumpmore” statue that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gave to then-President Donald Trump—grafting him onto the iconic monument—was not mothballed.The bronze—which has not been seen since it was presented—made a surprise appearance in a photo Trump released Tuesday showing him meeting Kyle Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago. The sculpture, created by South Dakota artists Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby can be seen below a table at the Trump rnews.yahoo.com
South Dakota Supreme Court rules against pot legalization
The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use. Gov. Kristi Noem instigated the legal fight to strike down the amendment passed by voters in November. The high court sided with those arguments in a 4-1 decision, ruling that the measure — Amendment A — would have violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject.news.yahoo.com
Cannabis bust on Indigenous land highlights legal divide
A federal raid on a small household marijuana garden on tribal land in northern New Mexico is sowing confusion and resentment about U.S. drug enforcement priorities on Native American lands, as more states roll out legal marketplaces for recreational pot.
Noem's daughter says she's quitting real estate business
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's daughter on Tuesday said she would quit the real estate appraiser business following scrutiny over whether her mother used her influence to aid her application for an appraiser license. Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters, slammed a legislative inquiry and news reporting on the episode in a letter to Secretary of Labor Marcia Hultman. Lawmakers were zeroing in on the timeline of a meeting Noem called last year that included Peters and key decision-makers in a government agency that had moved days earlier to deny her application for an upgrade to her appraiser certification.news.yahoo.com
South Dakota Legislature moves for subpoenas on Noem meeting
South Dakota lawmakers moved Monday to subpoena a document and a former state employee at the center of questions about whether Gov. Kristi Noem used her influence to aid her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee is pressing for details about a meeting the governor called last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and key decision-makers in a government agency that had moved days earlier to deny Peters' application for an upgrade to her appraiser certification. The subpoenas, however, are not finalized.news.yahoo.com
South Dakota lawmakers to press for Noem daughter's records
South Dakota lawmakers are pressing Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration to hand over a document that could prove whether there was a plan in place to give her daughter another chance to win a real estate appraiser license prior to a meeting last year that has spurred conflict-of-interest questions. The Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee is readying to initiate a subpoena on Monday if the Department of Labor and Regulation doesn't hand over a signed agreement between the governor’s daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state regulators. Peters won her appraiser certification after a state agency moved to deny it last year.news.yahoo.com
Noem contradicts labor secretary on meeting with daughter
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem contradicted her own labor secretary Thursday about a meeting last year in her office, saying it didn't include any discussion about how her daughter could still win a real estate appraiser license after a state agency moved to deny it. The Republican governor answered questions from South Dakota reporters on the episode for the first time Thursday, more than a month after The Associated Press first reported on it. While a Republican-dominated legislative committee and state government ethics board have looked into the matter, she called AP's reporting on the meeting “twisted” and “manipulated.”news.yahoo.com
South Dakota ethics board wants more information on Noem
South Dakota's Government Accountability Board called Monday for more information in at least one ethics complaint against Gov. Kristi Noem as it weighed multiple requests from the attorney general to consider whether the governor twice abused the powers of her office. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg asked the board to consider two issues: Whether Noem's use of state airplanes should be investigated for breaking the law and concerns about whether she interfered in a state agency that was evaluating her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license. The board also considered a third complaint, but the details of who made it or whom it was against were not public.news.yahoo.com
Official: Meeting didn't impact Noem daughter's application
The Associated Press reported last month that on July 27, just days after a state agency moved to deny Kassidy Peters' license, her mother, Noem, convened a meeting that included Secretary of Labor and Regulation Marcia Hultman, the then-director of the appraiser certification program, and Peters herself. Testifying before the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee, which is looking into the agency at the center of the controversy, Hultman acknowledged it was unusual to have an applicant like the governor’s daughter in a meeting that she said mostly covered potential changes to the application process.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Will lawmakers dig into Kristi Noem, appraisers?
South Dakota lawmakers will be taking a look at a state agency that has been at the center of questions about whether Gov. Kristi Noem used her influence to aid her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. At first glance, the first item of business for the Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee on Thursday appears routine: “Department of Labor and Regulation to discuss the Appraiser Certification Program.” Peters received her certification four months later.news.yahoo.com
South Dakota lawmakers summon key figures for Noem inquiry
South Dakota lawmakers have summoned two people who were present at a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included her daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state employees who were overseeing Peters' application for a real estate appraiser license. The Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee, which is controlled by Republicans, sent letters asking Secretary of Labor and Regulation Marcia Hultman and the former director of the state's Appraiser Certification Program, Sherry Bren, to show up at a meeting next week.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: New ethics board thrust into Kristi Noem inquiry
The four retired judges who make up South Dakota's Government Accountability Board usually meet just a handful of times a year, almost entirely unnoticed by the public, and have never advanced a complaint to a public hearing. The board is barely 4 years old, created by the Legislature after public pressure for ethics reforms in state government. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg — a Republican like Noem, but no ally of the governor's — referred two matters to the board.news.yahoo.com
Kristi Noem Tries to Mop Up Damage From Nightmare Week
YouTube/Kristi NoemSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tried to mop up the damage from a nightmare week with a three-minute YouTube video released on Friday that deflected blame to “the media.”Noem has been accused of strong-arming the state into giving her daughter a real estate license. Days after Kassidy Peters’ application to become a certified real estate appraiser was rejected, Noem brought the employee in charge of the relevant agency, as well as the woman’s supervisor and the state labor secrenews.yahoo.com
Corey Lewandowski Finally Went Too Far—He Messed With the Money
Alex WongLike bad breath, Corey Lewandowski keeps coming back, but he might have finally worn out his welcome in Trumpworld for good.According to allegations reported in Politico, the wife of a Republican donor claimed that Lewandowski “repeatedly touched her, including on her leg and buttocks, and spoke to her in sexually graphic terms” and “stalked” her throughout the evening. Oh yeah, he also “allegedly remarked on the size of his genitalia, described his sexual performance and showed [her] hnews.yahoo.com
Texas expected to pick up GOP seats in redistricting
Texas is one of six states adding Congressional seats ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Critics of the new district map say it does not reflect the growth in minority populations in the state. CBS News political reporter Aaron Navarro joins CBSN anchor Lana Zak with more.news.yahoo.com
Cybersecurity chief Jen Easterly on ransomware, election security
With cyberattacks on the rise and hackers demanding millions in ransom, cybersecurity has gained new urgency. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes speaks with Jen Easterly, head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in her first television interview since taking office.news.yahoo.com
Kristi Noem Ditches Lewandowski After Two Bombshell Reports
Reuters/Jonathan DrakeSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has cut ties with Corey Lewandowski, a day after angrily dismissing claims that she was having an affair with the former Trump adviser, who had also been advising Noem.A spokesman for the governor, Ian Fury, told Politico: “Corey was always a volunteer, never paid a dime (campaign or official). He will not be advising the Governor in regard to the campaign or official office.”The statement, claiming Lewandowski had “always” been a “volunteer,”news.yahoo.com
First responders to benefit from new quarantine leave policy
The Republican governor has dismissed the report as an attack on her family, but lawmakers from within her party said they want answers from her administration on what happened. Schoenfish, a Republican, said the committee is still working out the details of how it will address the issue. After the meeting, Noem's daughter, Kassidy Peters, was not denied a license, according to the Department of Labor and Regulation. A week after Peters received her license, the state employee who directed the agency was allegedly pressured to retire by Noem’s cabinet secretary. The state employee, Sherry Bren, eventually received a $200,000 payment from the state to withdraw an age-discrimination complaint and leave her job.dailytimes.com
South Dakota lawmakers question Noem's meeting with daughter
South Dakota Republican and Democratic legislators say they want more details from Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration on a meeting last year that included the governor, her daughter and state employees overseeing an agency that had moved to deny her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser.
South Dakota AG reviewing Noem's meeting with daughter
The South Dakota attorney general says he is reviewing concerns from state lawmakers over a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included both her daughter and a state employee who was overseeing her daughter’s application to become a certified real estate appraiser.
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head
Ethics experts are questioning whether South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem had a conflict of interest by meeting with her daughter and top state officials last year in the governor's office while her daughter was pursuing a real estate certification.
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head
Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman's direct supervisor and the state labor secretary. Noem's daughter attended too. Kassidy Peters, then 26, ultimately obtained the certification in November 2020, four months after the meeting at her mother's office.news.yahoo.com
South Dakota governor orders restrictions on abortion meds
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday issued an executive order to restrict access to abortion medication and make it clear that medicine-induced abortions fall within state law requiring an in-person consultation with a physician. Amid a nationwide push among Republicans to outlaw most abortions, Noem directed the state Department of Health to create rules that abortion-inducing drugs can only be prescribed or dispensed by a state-licensed physician after an in-person examination. Access to abortion medication has become a pressing issue after last week a Texas law took effect banning abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before many women know they’re pregnant.news.yahoo.com
Kristi Noem Used Prison Labor to Build a Gun-Holding $9,000 Desk—Then Got a Discount
Scott Olson/GettySouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem seems to have found the perfect use of state prison labor: building a $9,000 black walnut wood desk—and then getting a discount.That’s the claim at the center of a Dakota News Now investigation, one that finds Noem’s support of the South Dakota State Penitentiary at odds with the work asked of Pheasantland Industries, the prison’s workshop.After an initial inquiry last year, Noem commissioned an 80-inch long, 3-foot wide Black Walnut desk in April fnews.yahoo.com
Warnings About the Sturgis Rally Have Come Tragically True
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn western South Dakota’s Meade County, more than one in three COVID-19 tests are currently returning positive, and over the last three weeks, seven-day average case counts have increased by 3,400 percent. This exponential growth in cases is likely attributable to the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which drew an estimated half a million visitors to Meade County and its environs from Aug. 6 through 15, potentially acting as a superspreader eventnews.yahoo.com
SD Guard chief says he was unaware of Noem's deployment plan
The head of the South Dakota National Guard said Wednesday that Gov. Kristi Noem didn’t tell him she would use a private donation for the deployment to the U.S. border with Mexico until after the mission was already planned. Noem's decision to accept a $1 million donation from a Tennessee billionaire last month was met with hefty criticism from those who said it allowed a private donor to commandeer a military force. “Our National Guard is not for hire,” he told lawmakers.news.yahoo.com
Army probes $2M heist of ball bearings
Aug. 11—ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Army is investigating at least one high-ranking civilian official at White Sands Missile Range and an El Paso contractor for allegedly stealing $2 million worth of nickel ball bearings — that's a whopping 230,000 pounds of them — used in explosives research at the range, according to a recently unsealed federal search warrant. The U.S. Army's Criminal ...news.yahoo.com
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off amid rising COVID-19 cases
South Dakota's annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off Friday, with at least 700,000 people expected to descend on the state during the 10-day rendezvous for bikers and motorcyclists, AP reports.Flashback: Hundreds of rallygoers were infected last year at Sturgis, accounting for 19% of all new cases in the U.S. for a monthlong period, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe big picture: This year's evnews.yahoo.com
Gov. Abbott says Texas National Guard will start helping make border arrests
AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas National Guard deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border will start helping troopers make arrests, Republican Gov.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Noem’s border visit to McAllen comes with political opportunities
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Photo ops with the troops. Political points on an issue sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates. Another chance to tout a tough-on-illegal immigration stance that comes rarely for a governor whose state is closer to Canada than Mexico.myrgv.com
Noem jumps into border policy debate on border visit
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s whirlwind tour of the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday was filled with climbing into military vehicles, visiting with troops and positioning herselfas tough on an issue that's sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates.
GOP donor pays $1M to deploy South Dakota national guard
In a story June 30, 2021, about a billionaire Republican donor who is paying $1 million to help defray the cost of deploying the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the spokesman for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
EXPLAINER: How states are seeking to loosen controls on guns
States led by Democrats are pushing to expand some gun control laws. AdMaryland lawmakers overrode a veto from Republican Gov. AdALLOWING GUNS IN MORE PLACESSeveral states are expanding where people can take their guns. But 15 states already have laws allowing permitless carry for concealed guns. A similar “Stand Your Ground” measure has been approved by the South Dakota Legislature and is awaiting Republican Gov.
In South Dakota, Noem bends — partially — on transgender ban
Kristi Noem speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. Noem initially appeared eager to deliver what looked like an easy win for social conservatives. However, key business groups and figures lobbied heavily against the bill, including the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce. AdMeanwhile, the group of people perhaps most affected by the bill — transgender children and their families — say they have been left out of the conversation entirely. The bill could be devastating for transgender teens, they say, but Noem denied her initiative has anything to do with transgender people. Noem cannot make an informed decision without meeting with transgender South Dakotans to learn about their experiences, the daily challenges they face, and the damage this bill will inflict on their lives," Williams said.