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Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

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Harrisburg, SD (Sioux Falls metro area)

Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

Writer, lawyer and consultant with over thirty years of writing and photography experience.

While my areas of writing expertise include history, travel, politics, foreign affairs, aviation, the environment and law, I believe a good writer should, with enough research, be able to write about anything.

Good writing is good writing.

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Pre-Trial Robo-Call Latest Twist in the Annette Bosworth Saga

Annette Bosworth saga continues, with a robo-call from a former Michele Bachmann campaign aide hitting phones across South Dakota Tuesday evening. Peter Waldron, calling on behalf of a group called No Compromise in Sioux Falls, said in the call that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley was trying to take away Bosworth’s medical license.
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Governor Dennis Daugaard Discusses Why No Mention of Medicaid, Education Funding in Address

Following Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of State Address Tuesday, he held a news conference where he further explained how his $50 million road and bridge funding proposal differed from the legislature’s interim committee’s recommendation for a $100 million plan. The Governor also discussed why he made no mention of education funding or increasing Medicaid coverage to 48,000 South Dakotans in his addressed and outlined his ideas in those areas.
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Republican Mike Rounds wins U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota: CNN

(Reuters) - Republican Mike Rounds has won the U.S. Senate seat in a three-way race in South Dakota, Reuters/Ipsos projected on Tuesday, a crucial gain for Republicans as they clinched control of the chamber. Rounds, 60, a former governor of the state, defeated former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler, who ran as an independent, and Democrat Rick Weiland, a one-time aide to former Democratic Senator Tom Daschle.
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Expect the Blue South Dakota Senate Seat to Turn Red Tuesday

Numerous polls the past several days show independent Larry Pressler’s “September Surge” shriveled under a triangulation of television fire from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Rounds for Senate campaign and even odd players like the American Chemistry Council. Yes, the American Chemistry Council, as in “better living through chemistry”—and Mike Rounds.
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POLITICAL WHISPERS: Wadhams Says Rounds Has Rebounded–Really

South Dakota Republican strategist Dick Wadhams says the recent poll numbers showing former Gov. Mike Rounds at 48 percent, Democrat Rick Weiland at 24 percent and independent Larry Pressler are real numbers. I asked Wadhams if there was any push polling (chumming the waters with negative information about opponents) before asking the “who will you vote for” question and he said “no.”.
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POLITICAL WHISPERS: Did the FBI Say No, Good?

Was retired FBI agent John Good’s disappearance from independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler’s news conferences Friday in Watertown, Aberdeen and Rapid City because of illness or “the blue flu?”. Good was the agent in charge during the FBI’s Abscam sting in the late 1970s. Pressler was approached for a bribe but refused.
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Abscam FBI Agent Says Follow The Money in EB-5 Scandal

An old hand at investigating government corruption had one piece of advice for the FBI, which admitted yesterday (Wednesday) that it had an “active” investigation ongoing into South Dakota EB-5 scandal — follow the money. Retired FBI agent John Good, the agent in charge of the Bureau’s Abscam stings in the 1970s, made the comment today (Thursday) while appearing on behalf of independent U.S.
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EPP: South Dakota Democrats' Most Important Election Might Be Next Year for Party Chair

Unless U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland can pull off an upset Election Day, the South Dakota Democratic Party will be shut out of holding a single statewide office. I’m not sure when the last time this has happened but I don’t recall it happening since I’ve been involved in South Dakota politics in some capacity starting in 1986.
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BREAKING: Rounds, Daugaard, et al File Response to Barth's EB-5 Petition; Rounds Says He Doesn't Have Personal Files on Matter

Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that he does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal. However, in the same affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, he did state under oath that he has “several CDs from the State that contain copies of official documents, records, and correspondence while I was in office.”.
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Rounds, Daugaard file answers in EB-5 litigation

Former governor and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds says in an affidavit that he does not have any personal files related to the EB-5 scandal. However, in the same affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, he did state under oath that he has “several CDs from the State that contain copies of official documents, records, and correspondence while I was in office.”
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Indie Shocker in South Dakota: GOP Shot at Senate Seat in Trouble

He has no outside money, virtually no staff, and, until a few weeks ago, he had no chance. But thanks to political scandal the likes of which South Dakota has never seen, former Republican U.S. Larry Pressler, independent candidate for his old seat, has surged to within a few points of the Republican frontrunner, former Gov.
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Don’t Expect EB-5 Road to Go Through Rounds

The road to clarity about South Dakota’s EB-5 scandal will not run directly through former Gov. Mike Rounds. That is not saying the same thing as the Republican front-runner for the open U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota is or is not culpable. Just don’t expect a direct answer to questions about the scandal.
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Todd D. Epp, LL.M.

Editor and publisher of Northern Plains News, a daily digital news service for South Dakota and upper Midwestern news outlets.

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