Lee Strubinger

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Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

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South Dakota lawmakers have finalized the state’s budget that starts on July 1, 2017 (Fiscal Year 18). State Senators and Representatives approve of a measure they call the general bill. It lists numbers for all revenues and all budgets in balance.

State Representative David Anderson is chair of House Appropriations.

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The Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman says understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap between the two. Robert Flying Hawk addressed the South Dakota legislature Thursday during the second State of the Tribes address.

Flying Hawk calls for unity between state government and the tribes. He says teaching more Native American history will help bridge the cultural divide.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to provide an update on the lawsuit over Initiated Measure 22. He discusses the controversy, the allegations and the will of South Dakota voters.

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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger visits about changes in the South Dakota Legislature after last week's election as he joins Lori Walsh on Dakota Midday.

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SDPB reporters Lee Strubinger and Kealey Bultena provide an in-depth look at payday lending issues Amendment U and Initiated Measure 21 after voters made their choice. They also discuss the rejection of Amendment V and how one lawmaker views the strategy of South Dakota voters. 

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Seth Tupper also join the program for additional discussion of ballot measures and how South Dakotans decided on them.

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Republican U.S. Senator John Thune is keeping his seat in Congress. Thune won a third term in office over Democratic challenger Jay Williams.

Thune says he will do his best to be deserving of the support he received from South Dakota voters. You can hear his full acceptance speech below.

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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to discuss Amendment V. Voter approval of Amendment V would change the South Dakota constitution to establish nonpartisan elections. South Dakotans go to the polls on November 8.

Will Mortenson does not work for the Republican Party, as previously noted.