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Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances

...minimum sentences."It's just a reality we have to deal with. We've got people in different places," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of GOP leadership. "This is not going to be the only issue where that's true."
Paul protests Patriot Act for hours I guess if he's going to, doing it now as opposed to doing it on the weekend is maybe preferable," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.Asked whether Paul's speech met the definition of a filibuster, Thune said: "It's going to be talking...
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A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

...known as reconciliation to move on legislation that only requires a 51-vote threshold.COMMERCE: South Dakota Sen. John Thune would be on tap to replace retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, with an opportunity to begin work on a rewrite...
Alaska Senators seek a delay in closing of base

...Force Base. Republican Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday co-sponsored legislation introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that would delay the base closure process until most troops return from Iraq and a broad military strategy...
Murkowski picked for Senate Republican leadership

...McConnell of Kentucky; Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, minority whip; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, conference chair; John Thune of South Dakota, policy committee chair; and Murkowski.
Some politicians wash their hands of VECO money

...000 Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H.: $6,000 Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.: $6,000 Sen. David Vitter, R-La...Specter of Pennsylvania, John Sununu of New Hampshire, John Thune of South Dakota, Kit Bond of Missouri, David Vitter...
Outside editorial: Drawing a line on guns

...political cowardice. It was a nailbiter, but the amendment failed on a 58-39 vote. The measure, introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., had inspired a significant degree of ideological distortion as conservatives fought hard, ironically...
Palin hires chief of staff for PAC

...or not she's in the game or not," Baker said, adding that he believes a potential contender, like U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, probably would have given a clearer indication by now of his intentions if not for the uncertainty...
Outside editorial: Republicans chose politics over substance

...R-Maine, proposed to let companies deny health benefits to new hires picked up from the unemployment lines. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called for protecting jobs in the banking industry that would be lost by switching to a less costly federal...
What's needed in a No. 2 to the president

...score as follows: Rob Portman, 68.7 percent; Tim Pawlenty, 61.8 percent; Robert McDonnell, 61.2 percent; John Thune, 56.6 percent; Bobby Jindal, 56.3 percent; Paul Ryan, 54.7 percent; Marco Rubio, 48.1 percent; Kelly...


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