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South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 26, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 26, 2012

These are the bills American Clarion is watching during the 2012, South Dakota Legislative Session.  Some we support, some we oppose, and some we’re just watching to see which way they go. New ones added since our last update include: repealing certain provisions if ObamaCare is ruled unconstitutional; a minimum wage increase, authorization for hydraulic fracturing in South Dakota, changes to the state flag, penalties for hiring illegal aliens, expanding gambling, and more.

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Investing in Teachers

Investing in Teachers

A column by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on education. Excerpt: “South Dakota must use its resources wisely. We cannot continue to define success in education with dollars spent or staff hired.  We must change our focus. We must target our resources and provide incentives for student achievement. Research shows that effective teachers are the most important in-school factor in student achievement – more than class size, more than facility quality, and more than technology.”

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Super PACs = Super Free Speech

Super PACs = Super Free Speech

PACs are nothing but people coming together in cooperation on a political message with which they agree. Money will always find its way into politics because political power is worth so much money.  One legislative act can affect not just individual companies but entire segments of our economy.  You want to equalize the political process?  One step would be reducing the size of a federal behemoth that routinely enriches one group at the expense of another.  In short, make political power less attractive to groups and PACs.

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Gov. Jindal Unveils Groundbreaking Education Reforms

Gov. Jindal Unveils Groundbreaking Education Reforms

Fresh from his overwhelming re-election victory, Gov. Bobby Jindal has unveiled an audacious education reform agenda that built around an expanded school voucher program, new charter schools, a rigorous teacher evaluation system and a revamped tenure system.

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Action Alert: HB 1190 – Require Legislative Approval Before a Health Insurance Exchange is Created

Action Alert: HB 1190 – Require Legislative Approval Before a Health Insurance Exchange is Created

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee will consider HB 1190, a bill to require Legislative approval before a health insurance exchange is created or implemented.  This bill is designed to prevent any bureaucratic agency or authority from creating a health exchange for South Dakota unless it has already been approved by the representatives of the people.

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Did You Know That Evolution Doesn’t Know?

Did You Know That Evolution Doesn’t Know?

This video examines some of the questions that evolutionists desperately want you to think they know the answers to…but remain unanswered.  They are not only unanswered; the absence of scientific answers for them illustrates the untenability of the entire theory of evolution/naturalism/materialism.  Watch them. Think about them. Then be brave and follow the evidence where it leads.

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Freedom!

Freedom!

I was going through some “old stuff” [aka memories] in some old boxes and discovered a document that I want to share with you, my reader. It was technically known as a “Movement Order,” but it was commonly called a “Flag Order” by all of us serving in West Berlin because of the prominent American Flag. What bearing does an old “Flag Order” from Germany have on life in America today? You might be surprised.

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South Dakota Bill Highlight: HB 1191, Health Care Compact

South Dakota Bill Highlight: HB 1191, Health Care Compact

A closer look at South Dakota House Bill 1191, to provide for an interstate compact on public health care, to establish an interstate advisory health care commission, to specify the relationship between the member states and the federal government, and to assert the right to federal funding in lieu of certain federally funded incentives.

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South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 25, 2012

South Dakota Legislative Update, Jan. 25, 2012

These are some of the bills American Clarion will be monitoring during the 2012 South Dakota Legislative Session. We are tracking a new bill “Supporting and encouraging the academic study of the Bible in South Dakota public schools.”  Activity is scheduled today on bills dealing with elections, education funding, and school attendance.

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Commander in Chief Commends Bible Reading to Armed Forces

Commander in Chief Commends Bible Reading to Armed Forces

On JANUARY 25, 1941, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote the foreword to a Special Military Edition of the New Testament & Book of Psalms, distributed to millions of soldiers and sailors by The Gideon’s International, commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.

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