2016 Election

The State of South Dakota has filed a response to the Initiated Measure 22 lawsuit. SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday with an update.

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Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

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.

Voters Approve Broad Package Of Election Reforms

Nov 9, 2016

South Dakota voters have passed Initiated Measure 22. 

Dakota Midday: South Dakotans Pass Marsy's Law

Nov 9, 2016
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South Dakota voters passed Amendment S with 60% of the vote Tuesday. Amendment S, known as Marsy's Law, establishes constitutional rights for crime victims in South Dakota. SDPB's Victoria Wicks joined Dakota Midday guest host Cara Hetland to provide details on how Amendment S will work.

Dakota Midday: Anticipating Trump Presidency

Nov 9, 2016
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Will President-elect Donald Trump be able to bring Americans together? How will foreign policy change in a Trump administration?

Tim Schorn, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Sara Lampert, assistant professor of History and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality program at USD, discuss the road that brought Trump to his win over Hillary Clinton and how they expect he'll govern.

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Three in four South Dakota voters say the state should cap payday lending interest rates. Initiated Measure 21 garnered support from 270,278 people.

Steve Hildebrand owns a coffee shop in Downtown Sioux Falls. Customers who visited him Wednesday offered him congratulations with their orders.

Hildebrand has campaigned in favor of limiting the interest rate payday lenders can charge. He says a coalition of churches, groups, and concerned citizens support the move.

Dakota Midday: Election's Impact On Supreme Court

Nov 9, 2016
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Dakota Midday welcomes Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls to discuss the implications of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court.

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Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader delve into results of some of South Dakota's legislative elections held Tuesday. They discuss the makeup of the legislature for the session that begins in January.

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Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, join guest host Cara Hetland to visit about South Dakota's Congressional elections. Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem were both re-elected by wide margins.

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Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Politics at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, joins Dakota Midday guest host Cara Hetland to talk about Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's election. Wanless discusses voting trends and South Dakota's part in the process.

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SDPB's Kealey Bultena covered South Dakota Democratic Party headquarters Tuesday night. She joined Dakota Midday to share what Democratic candidates had to say after the vote was in.

You can hear Paula Hawks' speech in its entirety at this link. 
For more details from Jay Williams, click here. 

Nelson Keeps PUC Seat

Nov 9, 2016
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Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson keeps his seat in office following the election.
 
Nelson beat Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud who campaigned on an expansion of alternative energy including more wind and solar in South Dakota.  
 
Nelson says he is humbled and honored to spend another term on the PUC.
 

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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.

Paula Hawks Thanks Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
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Paula Hawks took time to thank her supporters at the South Dakota Democratic Party gathering in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Hawks said she had fun running against incumbent Republican Kristi Noem who was elected to another two-year term to the U.S. House of Representatives. She encouraged members of the Democratic Party to come together and get involved.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting crews spoke with State Lawmaker Paula Hawks after her speech.  

Jay Williams Addresses Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
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U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams addressed his supporters at Democratic Party headquarters in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Williams listed items that he hopes Senator John Thune will work on during his third term as a Senator in Washington, D.C.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting met up with Jay Williams after his speech on Tuesday night in Sioux Falls.

NPR Live Election Blog

Nov 8, 2016
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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

First Time Voters Denied Following Student Registration SNAFU

Nov 8, 2016
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A number of students who signed up to vote during a registration drive at Augustana University in Sioux Falls won’t be allowed to cast a ballot today.

School officials say a stack of voter registration forms gathered at the school were dropped in the mail on time.  But those forms didn’t end up turning into confirmed voter registrations.

Dr.  Emily Wanless  is a professor of political science at Augustana University.    She says the school took part in a registration drive on National Voter Registration Day where students helped other students register to vote.  

Dakota Midday: Youth Minimum Wage

Nov 3, 2016
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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to visit about referred laws, including youth minimum wage.

Dakota Political Junkie Denise Ross of the Black Hills Knowledge Network visits about recent financial disclosures regarding ballot measure campaign funding in the state among other issues with the election less than a week away.

Dakota Midday: An Hour With Columnist Rem Rieder

Nov 1, 2016
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Former USA Today media columnist Rem Rieder visits with Lori Walsh for the entire hour of Dakota Midday Tuesday. Rieder has been an editor at the American Journalism Review, the Washington Post and the Miami Herald. He talks about the media's role in the 2016 election, including journalistic failures, the role of comedians in political discourse, citizen journalism and more. Rieder spoke at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Monday.

In a presidential election where both major party candidates have disapproval ratings of over 50%, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson says he offers an alternative. The former governor of New Mexico joined Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss Country of Origin Labeling, what to do about Aleppo, and his plan to take the White House which relies on neither major party candidate reaching the required 270 electoral votes for victory.

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Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson is visiting South Dakota this week.  Johnson served as the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003.   Today, Johnson says Libertarians are a viable alternative between the two major party candidates for president.

Johnson is speaking on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 PM at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.   His running mate, former Massachusetts Republican Governor Bill Weld campaigned in the state last week.

Johnson sat down with SDPB’s Lori Walsh for this interview. 

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss South Dakota's U.S. House and Senate races including Democratic House candidate Paula Hawks' announcement that she was sexually assaulted while attending college. Democratic candidates Hawks and Jay Williams trail Republican Incumbents Kristi Noem and John Thune in fundraising by large sums.

The Political Junkies also discussed problems with the Affordable Care Act. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, "The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable."

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In a debate this week, Republican Congresswoman Krist Noem and challenger Democrat Paula Hawks reveal they’re sticking to party lines this election. Noem says she’s voting for Donald Trump, and Hawks is casting her ballot for Hillary Clinton. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday with insight from the Noem/Hawks Rotary debate, including thoughts from US Representative Kristi Noem on why she is still casting her ballot for Republican nominee Trump and the reasons Hawks' vote goes to Clinton.

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Dr. Emily Wanless of Augustana University and Dr. Sara Lampert of the University of South Dakota are part of a Wednesday panel discussion, "Gender and Politics: What Does the 2016 Election Tell Us?" The event features six experts from media, communications and political science. They'll discuss the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, accusations of her lack of stamina and how American politics pivots to accommodate its first female presidential candidate from a major party. Wednesday's discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus.

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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.

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Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discusses last night's Vice Presidential Debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. He also touched on ballot issues and legislation that protects physicians from fraud charges.

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Political parties court different demographics, and one crucial group of voters includes young people. Many have the chance to vote in their first presidential election this year. College students studying media at the University of Sioux Falls are watching the presidential race, and they’re learning to balance their journalism training with their Constitutional rights. 

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