South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is defending his administration and political party against allegations of corruption.
South Dakota has been awash in unflattering headlines lately, including a murder-suicide linked to the loss of federal grant money administered by a state contractor; a move by the federal government to terminate South Dakota’s participation in an immigrant-investor program; an audit report showing $43,000 in unaccounted money in the Secretary of State’s Office; and the theft of an original, handmade state flag by a former state employee.
The state also ranked 47th in the nation with an "F" grade in the Center for Public Integrity’s recently released State Integrity Investigation, which measures each state’s protections against corruption.
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