2018 election

Johnson Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

May 17, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A candidate for South Dakota’s lone US House seat is kicking off his campaign with three stops in the state.

Former Public Utilities Commission head, and one-time chief-of-staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard, Dusty Johnson, says he wants to change the tone in Washington.

Johnson says the political rhetoric in the country does not lend itself to getting things done.

Johnson is poising himself to run an optimistic campaign for next year, leading up to the 2018 June primary.

He admits it’s a style that most candidates don’t take.

Rapid City Local Running For US House

Apr 17, 2017
Chris Martian Twitter

One democratic candidate is throwing his hat in the ring for a run at South Dakota’s lone US House seat in Congress.

Chris Martian is a Rapid City resident. He announced his candidacy last week.

Martian has never held public office. That fresh perspective to politics is why he says he’s qualified to hold the seat…

SDPB

The group backing two marijuana related ballot questions says they’re concerned about the language of the Attorney General’s explanations.
 
The Attorney General is tasked with crafting ‘an objective, clear, and simple summary’ of a proposed amendment.
 
A lawyer assisting the group New Approach South Dakota in passing two ballot questions legalizing recreational and medicinal marijuana says the language in Attorney General Marty Jackley’s summary is unnecessarily strong.
 

Secretary Of State Krebs Running For U.S. House

Mar 14, 2017
SD Secretary of State

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will run for South Dakota’s only congressional seat in 2018.

Krebs is currently serving her first term as Secretary of state. She took the seat in 2015.

Krebs says her time in that position makes her qualified for the job…

A sponsor of the transgender bathroom ballot measure says he’s bringing the issue to voters statewide after the legislature failed to pass a similar bill.

Jack Heyd says the voting public should have a say in 2018 if lawmakers again fail to pass a measure in the coming session.

A Box Elder resident, Heyd is behind a ballot measure that requires public school students to use rooms designated for the same biological sex. That means bathrooms, locker rooms and the like.

Two Cannabis Ballot Measures Could Reach 2018 Ballot

Nov 28, 2016

Marijuana activists in South Dakota say they will have ballot measures up for vote to legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana during the 2018 election.

The move comes after the group New Direction South Dakota failed to get medical marijuana on the ballot this year.

In Colorado, Proposition 64 was passed in 2012 to regulate marijuana much like alcohol. The group New Approach South Dakota is basing their recreational use ballot measure off of that proposition.

Argus Leader Media

Dana Ferguson of Argus Leader Media looks ahead to the 2017 legislative session in this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment. She visits about bills that could be introduced and the possibility of a transgender restroom bill receiving enough petition signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Could Return On 2018 Ballot

Nov 22, 2016
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

A version of the transgender bathroom bill that was vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this year could make its way to the 2018 ballot for a public vote.

A group is pushing for enough signatures to bring the issue of transgender students and bathroom usage to voters statewide.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says supporters are about to start circulating petitions for measure that requires transgender students use the bathroom corresponding with their assigned sex at birth.

Jackley Hints Heavily At Run For Governor

Nov 16, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

By all indications Attorney General Marty Jackley is getting ready to run for governor.
 
While no formal announcement has been made, Jackley has formed a statewide Candidate committee called “Marty Jackley for Governor.”
 
The move comes a day after Congresswoman Kristi Noem announced her bid for the state’s highest office.
 
Jason Glodt, the state director of the campaign for Marsy’s Law, which added a crime victim’s bill of rights to the state constitution, has been tapped as the treasurer of the campaign.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 16, 2016
www.kristiforgovernor.com

Dakota Political Junkie Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discusses the early announcements with respect to the 2018 governor's race and how Initiated Measure 22 has impacted announcements and finances. He also visits about whether IM 22 could be changed by the state legislature as well as news that Jason Dilges is no longer a member of Governor Dennis Daugaard's cabinet. Dilges, who was the state's chief financial officer, had been placed on administrative leave last week.

Dusty Johnson Says He’s Running For Congress In 2018

Nov 16, 2016
Contributed photo / Dusty Johnson's twitter

Dusty Johnson will run for South Dakota’s lone congressional seat in 2018.

Noem Announces Run For Governor

Nov 14, 2016

Congresswoman Kristi Noem is announcing her bid for governor in 2018.

The announcement comes just after Noem was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Noem’s announcement ends speculation about her run for the state’s highest office.

Last week, State Representative Mark Mickelson announced he won’t run for governor.

If elected, Noem would be South Dakota’s first female governor.