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  1. No neighboring state is as liberal as South Dakota when it comes to traveling with loaded guns and hunting on, along or over roads. 
  2. Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration is seeking the help of economic development groups and top businesses across South Dakota to pay for national ads touting her “Freedom Works Here” workforce recruitment campaign. But some of these groups are still waiting for one of the key elements of the agreement – the names of thousands of prospective employees.
  3. South Dakota was one of seven states that decided against applying for a federal program that would have provided $7.5 million to feed low-income kids, a decision that drew the ire of some experts across the state.
  4. Media members and experts say that in contrast to previous governors, Kristi Noem and others in her administration have routinely denied interview requests, often refuse to answer simple questions about news topics or don’t return calls or emails. Some observers worry that a crucial check on government has been hampered and that in some ways, public safety could be threatened.
  5. "I’m not sure who’s advising her, but no matter what the issue is, it’s always somebody else’s fault.” Despite the governor’s strong approval ratings, legislators, lobbyists and former cabinet members interviewed by News Watch point to turbulence behind the scenes in the administration with more than three years left in her second and final term.
  6. A federal judge has placed an injunction on Minnehaha County rules that strictly limited where petition gatherers can conduct their work at the county administration building that is a top spot for those who want to collect signatures.
  7. South Dakota's federal judge openings have gone unfilled for the past 20 months, prompting political scrutiny of the process and a shuffling of workloads for other federal judges.
  8. Dakotans for Health founder Rick Weiland thinks the time is right for an abortion amendment because of the unsettled nature of South Dakota’s ban.
  9. Gov. Kristi Noem was vocal in her support of eliminating the grocery tax during the 2023 legislative session, but now she's against it. That's because she's worried that wording in a ballot initiative could also inadvertently eliminate the tobacco tax.
  10. An open primary constitutional amendment aims to circumvent party primaries with nonpartisan races, but it faces a huge hurdle to passage in a state long dominated by one political party.
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