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Tracking Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Tim Johnson

HERSETH SANDLIN JOINS SOUTH DAKOTA DELEGATION IN SENDING LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

July 23: Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Herseth Sandlin: “Our state has been deeply impacted by the recent tornadoes, flooding and storms. I support the Governor’s request for disaster relief to get families and communities in South Dakota back on their feet,” said Herseth Sandlin. More…

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DCCC buys time in 40 districts

POLITICO: Alex Isenstadt: July 23: “Here’s the full list of Democratic incumbents who the DCCC plans to run ads in support of: …South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.” More…

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HERSETH SANDLIN ANNOUNCES $5.3 MILLION FOR CHEYENNE RIVER HOUSING

July 23: Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Herseth Sandlin: “This investment will help ensure more families in Cheyenne River are able to raise their children in safe and adequate housing,” said Rep. Herseth Sandlin. More…

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HERSETH SANDLIN ANNOUNCES DISASTER DECLARATION FOR SOUTH DAKOTA

July 23: Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Herseth Sandlin: “This presidential disaster declaration will help aid the ongoing recovery, and I will continue to work with state and local officials, as well as tribal leaders, to assist in these efforts.”More…

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Noem likes tea party goals, not ready to commit to House caucus

Rapid City Journal: July 27: “The South Dakotans involved with the tea party movement I speak with are concerned about cutting wasteful spending, stopping the massive growth in government and reorienting government around our founding documents. These are issues I wholeheartedly agree with them on,” Noem said in a comment e-mailed to the Journal. Herseth Sandlin didn’t respond to a Journal request for comment on the issue. More…

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The Things You Learn From a Roomful of House GOP Candidates

National Review: The Campaign Spot: Jim Geraghty: “Things I learned at a recent meeting of the ‘Young Guns’ at the National Republican Congressional Committee: …”Kristi Noem’s early success running in South Dakota’s at-large district against incumbent Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has prompted the DCCC to purchase $500,000 in air time in the final two weeks before Election Day. That’s a phenomenal amount of money to spend on one of the least expensive states in the country; a half-million buys a lot of air time in South Dakota.” More…

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Al Franken to visit Pine Ridge

Argus Leader: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will visit Pine Ridge on Aug. 7 at the invitation of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., to attend a powwow and discuss housing issues with Oglala tribal officials. More…

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Ellis: Abortion has limited role in House race

Argus Leader: Jonathan Ellis: Noem has recently been endorsed by the Concerned Women Political Action Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund. Herseth Sandlin has been endorsed and funded by abortion rights groups throughout her career. More…

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Thune: Herseth Sandlin’s House seat among those crucial for GOP

Rapid City Journal: “It [the House seat] could be key to who controls the House of Representatives after the election,” Thune said. “Kristi Noem is a very competitive candidate,” he added.

In response to Thune’s comments, Rep. Herseth Sandlin said, “I am going to run my campaign by talking to South Dakotans about what’s best for our state, not what’s best for some national agenda.”More…

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97 Days to Decide: House Republicans Aim for Majority With ‘Young Guns’

FOXNews: July 28: Rep. McCarthy (R-CA) and one of the founders of Young Guns told Fox News the NRCC is looking for “cheerful” conservatives with a commitment to fiscal responsibility. Kristi Noem, challenging incumbent Rep. Herseth Sandlin, has been nominated to be a Young Gun. “It doesn’t line up with the agenda of South Dakotans,” Noem said, citing Herseth Sandlin’s support for the stimulus package and other bills. More…

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PRESIDENT SIGNS TRIBAL LAW AND ORDER ACT

July 29: Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Herseth Sandlin: “I am so proud to see my legislation, the Tribal Law and Order Act, signed into law because the need is so great in Indian Country.  It is meaningful because of the potential it holds for improving law enforcement for South Dakota families,” Rep. Herseth Sandlin said. More…

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Fix Clip -N- Save: ‘First families’ of politics

The Fix: Chris Cillizza: “The Herseths: Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s(D) grandfather was former governor Ralph Herseth (D); her grandmother was former state Secretary of State Lorna Herseth (D). Her father, Lars Herseth, served in the state legislature and made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1986.” More…

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Financial Reform Hot Topic For S.D. House

Yankton Press & Dakotan: July 30: South Dakota’s U.S. House candidates Kristi Noem and Rep. Herseth Sandlin discuss their differing opinions on the Wall Street reform legislation:

Noem: “They’ve been asking for jobs, not bailouts. They’ve gotten more regulations, but the same regulators who were in charge before didn’t even address the the two biggest culprits that started the financial crisis: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

In an e-mail to the Press & Dakotan, incumbent Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said she voted for the bill-which she calls, “common sense reform,” because she believes it is important to protect South Dakota taxpayers. More…

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Herseth Sandlin says Franken visit based in policy, not politics

Rapid City Journal: July 31: As for the notion that Franken helps her with liberal and Native American voters, Herseth Sandlin said: “I don’t know. I haven’t considered that.”More…

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The Take: Democrats’ ad spending reflects election anxieties

Washington Post: Dan Balz: “Targeting 50-plus seats, the Democrats are telegraphing their clear intention to play defense this fall,” said Neil Newhouse, a Republican pollster. “And look at who they’re spending money on. It’s not just the usual freshman and sophomore suspects, but also longer-term members [such as Herseth Sandlin]. They are signaling their fear that this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill midterm election.” More…

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George McGovern Reflects on SD All Female Race for US Congress

KDLT: “I think when they see this race going on I think that will inspire other women to give it a shot,” said McGovern. More…

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Letters: Focus on important issues

Argus Leader: Linda Kraft: “Each candidate in the U.S. House race – incumbent Rep. Stephanie Herseth- Sandlin and challenger Kristi Noem – needs to focus her energy on solutions to the important issues noted above – not regress to the hack politics of the exploitation of dividing issues.” More…

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Letters: Person should live in S.D.

Argus Leader: Ken Scott: “There are quite a few people in the United States who claim South Dakota residency for multiple reasons but really live elsewhere. Although Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin lived in South Dakota when first elected, it is clear that she now lives between Texas and Washington, D.C.…Until the Democratic Party puts forth someone who lives in South Dakota to represent South Dakota, we should support Kristi Noem.” More…

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Follow the Money: What kind of wave will 2010 bring ashore?

Sunlight Foundation: Paul Blumenthal: “We analyzed campaign contributions to incumbents and challengers in 2010, 2006 and 1994, and found that, with less than 100 days to the midterm election, Democrats have only 61 incumbent candidates who have raised less than 70 percent of the total campaign contribution haul in their respective races.” ….of the total campaign contributions. More…

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Election 2010: South Dakota House of Representatives

Rasmussen Reports: August 3: South Dakota House: Noem (R) 51%, Herseth-Sandlin (D) 42%. More…

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Noem asks GOP supporters to raise $1 million for race against Herseth Sandlin

Rapid City Journal: August 5: At a meeting with Republicans in Rapid City, Kristi Noem expressed the need for financial assistance to counteract the upcoming DCCC attack ads. Noem also said she wants to highlight Rep. Herseth Sandlin’s voting record which will show that her Democratic challenger and incumbent is out of touch with South Dakota.  Sen. Johnson disagrees. “And people will soon find out about her [Rep. Herseth Sandlin] accomplishments and all that she has done for South Dakota,” Johnson said. “Her chances are excellent.”More…

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Sen. Tim Johnson – SD

Johnson: Full Committee Advances Transportation and Economic Development That Brings $6.15 Million to South Dakota

July 22: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending package. The bill, which includes nearly $6.15 million in Johnson-secured funding for South Dakota, now moves on to the full Senate for consideration. More…

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Cobell has confidence in House leadership to get Indian trust settlement OK’d

Rapid City Journal: “This settlement is the closest all sides have come to an agreement in 14 years, and I supported efforts to include this and other domestic funding in the bill. The bill was filibustered, so we had to move forward on legislation that could pass to provide funding for our troops overseas. I will continue to work with my colleagues toward a solution that allows us to move forward with the Cobell settlement,” Johnson said. More…

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John Thune starts prepping for 2012

POLITICO: “Like everybody else right now, we’re focused on trying to help elect more [Republican] senators and create some checks and balances with the November 2010 elections,” Thune said. “I have the time and opportunity, so I’m going to go out and help some other candidates.” More…

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HERSETH SANDLIN JOINS SOUTH DAKOTA DELEGATION IN SENDING LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

July 23: Press Releases: U.S. Rep. Herseth Sandlin: “We write to express our full support of South Dakota Governor M. Michael Rounds’ July 19th request for a Presidential disaster declaration for Dewey, Perkins, and Ziebach Counties, as well as for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe,” South Dakota’s congressional delegation said in the letter. More…

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Johnson: Subcommittee Advances Labor, Health and Education Funding Bill that Brings $3.75 Million to South Dakota

July 27: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: Sen. Johnson announced today that the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Subcommittee has advanced its Fiscal Year 2011 spending package. The bill, which includes $3.75 million in Johnson-secured funding for South Dakota, will be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday. “I am proud to use my seat on the Appropriations Committee to invest in important programs across the state,” Sen. Johnson said.  More…

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Johnson Announces $48,500 for Rosebud Sioux Economic Development

July 29: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “This funding will help the Rosebud Sioux Tribe strengthen the local economy and promote development in the area,” Johnson said. More…

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Johnson Announces $104,800 for South Dakota Urban Indian Health, Inc.

August 3: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “Domestic violence and sexual assault don’t just affect families, they affect communities,” Johnson said. “The funding from these programs will be critical to reducing the incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault affecting American Indians in our urban areas.”More…

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Johnson Announces $1,647,251 for Special Diabetes Programs for Indian Country

August 3: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: “This program is an important part of the effort to combat diabetes and I am pleased that these funds will assist in fighting the epidemic.” More…

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Noem asks GOP supporters to raise $1 million for race against Herseth Sandlin

Rapid City Journal: August 5: At a meeting with Republicans in Rapid City, Kristi Noem expressed the need for financial assistance to counteract the upcoming DCCC attack ads. Noem also said she wants to highlight Rep. Herseth Sandlin’s voting record which will show that her Democratic challenger and incumbent is out of touch with South Dakota.  Sen. Johnson disagrees. “And people will soon find out about her [Rep. Herseth Sandlin] accomplishments and all that she has done for South Dakota,” Johnson said. “Her chances are excellent.”More…

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White House Nominates Johnson’s Recommendation for US Marshal Position

August 5: Pressroom: U.S. Senator Tim Johnson: The Department of Justice announced that President Barack Obama has nominated Paul Thielen of Rapid City to fill the post of U.S. Marshal for South Dakota. “I am proud to have recommended Paul for this position.  Paul is a highly qualified law enforcement professional, who has served our state and the U.S. Marshal Service at numerous levels with distinction,” Johnson said. More…

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