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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...
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...
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.
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...
Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s

...advocates have been raising public pressure on senators who voted "no" in hopes they will change their minds.Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said the figures show that gun control groups have emphasized...
Senators send letters in support of Kensington

...R-Idaho; James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma; John Barrasso, R-Wyoming; Bob Bennett, R-Utah; Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming; John Thune, R-South Dakota; Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii.
Republicans ready to push arctic refuge drilling

...first trip; James Connaughton, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and GOP Sens. Domenici, John Thune of South Dakota, Jim Bunning of Kentucky and Robert Bennett of Utah. All are strong supporters of allowing companies...


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