Sunday, December 17, 2017

Former S.D. Gov. Bill Janklow dead at 72

PIERRE, S.D. — As governor of South Dakota for 16 years, Bill Janklow was always in a hurry — pushing lawmakers to approve his proposals and racing to disaster sites to take charge. His speed also probably played a role in his one regret: the 2003 fatal traffic accident that landed him in jail and ended his political career.

As South Dakota's attorney general, governor and congressman, the colorful politician dominated the state's political landscape for more than a quarter century, changing the face of the state's economy, education system and tax structure. Even his enemies — and there were many — admitted the Republican had a talent for getting things done, even as they complained he ran roughshod over his opponents.

Janklow died Thursday of brain cancer after being moved to hospice care in Sioux Falls earlier in the week, his son Russ Janklow said. He was 72.

At a final news conference in November, Bill Janklow announced he had inoperable cancer and said his only regret was running a stop sign and killing a motorcyclist. He was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and ordered to serve 100 days in jail. The accident happened less than a year after Janklow was elected to the U.S. House.

"If I had it to do over, I'd do everything I did, but I'd stop at a stop sign," Janklow said. He broke down and cried as he announced he was dying.

Janklow and his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1960, had three children. He was known as a brilliant lawyer, a brash speaker and an innovative governor. His accomplishments include saving rail service for much of the state, cutting property taxes and leading the nation in connecting classrooms to the Internet.

"To me, it seems indisputable he was South Dakota's greatest governor," said Dave Knudson, a former legislator who served two stints as Janklow's chief of staff.

Janklow also had a reputation as an abrasive man who refused to compromise and sometimes blasted opponents in public. Yet he quietly helped many people down on their luck, paying to send young people to college or buying gear for a baseball team from an American Indian reservation.

"He fought for underdogs all his life," David Volk, former state treasurer, said Thursday.

Comments
Fresh off victory, Doug Jones spends weekend in Key West

Fresh off victory, Doug Jones spends weekend in Key West

Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones was spotted in Key West over the weekend, celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary and catching a Jimmy Buffett performance.A source told Politico that the Jones and his wife, Louise, showed up at Buffett's Margaritav...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Prosecutors oppose ex-congresswoman’s fraud sentence appeal

Prosecutors oppose ex-congresswoman’s fraud sentence appeal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Federal prosecutors are opposing ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's request to remain free on bond while she appeals her fraud sentence.Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow filed the motion Sunday in U.S. District Court.Sevent...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Shepard scores 39, No. 2 Notre Dame women beat DePaul 91-82

Shepard scores 39, No. 2 Notre Dame women beat DePaul 91-82

Jessica Shepard scored a career-high 39 points as No. 2 Notre Dame withstood a 3-point barrage by DePaul for a 91-82 victory
Updated: 7 minutes ago

Clareth, Penn lead Siena past Bryant 87-68

Nico Clareth scored 19 points, Roman Penn had 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Siena made a season-high 12 3-pointers in a 87-68 victory over Bryant
Updated: 9 minutes ago

Wesley Chapel woman, 28, dies after crashing motorcycle

LUTZ — A 28-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after she crashed near Lutz Lake Fern Road and Apian Way, Hillsborough deputies reported.Erica Kristen Rodriguez of Wesley Chapel was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle with a small group of motorcyclists eastb...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

AP Top News at 3:26 p.m. EST

AP Top News at 3:26 p.m. EST
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35

Brazil great Kaka retiring from soccer at age 35

Former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Exiled Italian king's remains repatriated after 70 years

Exiled Italian king's remains repatriated after 70 years

The remains of Italy's King Victor Emmanuel III were repatriated from Egypt and interred in a family mausoleum Sunday, 71 years after Italians rejected the monarchy in a referendum and the country's royals went into exile
Updated: 18 minutes ago

MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

An MSNBC spokesman has confirmed a report saying a news channel staffer had been paid and left the job after complaining she was sexually harassed by 'Hardball' host Chris Matthews in 1999.
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Power outage halts flights at Atlanta international airport

Authorities say a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is delaying flights
Updated: 26 minutes ago