Latest John Thune News

Sen. Rounds pushes GOP to get 'louder' on false Trump claims

Jan. 12, 2022 16:10 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota has been telling people for the last year that the 2020 election was fair, but this week he did something few other Republicans have dared — tell a national audience that. Now he wishes more Republicans would join him. ...

Rounds dismisses Trump criticism for saying he lost election

Jan. 10, 2022 20:33 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota said Monday he stands by his statement that former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, after Trump called his fellow Republican a “jerk” for his comments. Rounds said he was “disappointed but not...

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson will seek reelection

Jan. 09, 2022 13:20 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest backers, announced Sunday that he will seek reelection in the battleground state, breaking his promise not to seek a third term. Johnson announced his decision via...

GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says he'll seek 4th term

Jan. 08, 2022 15:30 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican leader in the Senate, announced Saturday he is seeking reelection to a fourth term in 2022. Thune, who turned 61 on Friday, has mulled retiring from the Senate for months. But he has a...

U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota announces he is seeking reelection to a 4th term

Jan. 08, 2022 13:08 PM EST
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota announces he is seeking reelection to a 4th term.

Today in History

Jan. 07, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2022. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union message to Congress that the United States had...

As South Dakota campaigns launch, Thune mulls retirement

Jan. 03, 2022 18:06 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota political candidates are revving into full campaign mode this week with one big exception: Republican Sen. John Thune, who has delayed a reelection announcement as he considers retirement. Thune, a longtime fixture as the state GOP's elder...

Defense bill bans private funds for deploying National Guard

Dec. 16, 2021 16:00 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The defense bill Congress has sent to President Joe Biden prohibits using private funds for interstate National Guard deployments like South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem did this year. The bill’s language took aim at the Republican governor’s decision to...

White House pushes GOP to end blockade of ambassador picks

Dec. 15, 2021 19:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden unveiled two more ambassador nominees Wednesday, but the White House and Democrats warned that maneuvering by some Senate Republicans to block all but a small fraction of diplomatic and other national security appointees is doing serious harm to U.S. efforts...

COVID-expanded child tax credit benefit nears lapse

Dec. 15, 2021 10:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s one of the most far-reaching of all the federal aid programs launched during the COVID-19 pandemic — up to $300 per child going directly into the bank accounts of families on the 15th of every month. But the last checks will go out Wednesday, the expanded...