Larry Pressler

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Coming from a lower class family in a small town, one politician wants to inspire young people to pursue opportunities and improve current democracy.  Former Senator Larry Pressler has published a new book, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. He says today's democracy is poisonous and voters are apathetic. Pressler wants to rediscover America's ethical core through education, journalism and self-esteem. He also touches on his background in Vietnam and his diverse philosophical and religious views.

Former US Senator Larry Pressler discusses the award winning film "American Hustle" and how the ABSCAM scandal was portrayed in the film.  Pressler was the only one not to take a bribe in the sting operation that snared seven members of Congress and many other political figures in the late 1970's.  Pressler also discusses the accuracy of war films and what effects they have on the general perception of those wars.  

Pressler for Senate

A year ago former South Dakota Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler announced his candidacy as an independent for his former senate seat. He lost to Republican Mike Rounds in a four-way race this past November.

A political action committee is committing more money to the US Senate race in South Dakota. A PAC known as Mayday is adding $250,000 to its earlier pledge of $1 million.

The money is going to media time to support Democrat Rick Weiland. He faces Independent Larry Pressler, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent Gordon Howie in the race for United States Senate. One political scientist says he expects more national attention as poll numbers show a close competition.

Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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Candidates for United States Senate are weighing in on the federal government’s role in Indian Affairs. The four men running for South Dakota’s open seat met Monday at a Sioux Falls Rotary Club lunch for a panel discussion. Candidates agree that something needs to change for sovereign Indian nations.

Gordon Howie is running for US Senate as an Independent. He says poverty and dysfunction exist on Native American reservations because politicians claim they champion Indian communities and don’t follow through on their support.

A nationwide Super PAC plans to spend $1 million in the race for South Dakota’s open United States Senate Seat. A group named Mayday calls itself a citizen-funded Super PAC. Leaders say their money comes from everyday people through crowdfunding and they claim to support policy, not political parties. Mayday is putting its money into commercials, get-out-the-vote campaigns and mailers.

Pressler for Senate

Larry Pressler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1974 and later served three terms in the U.S. Senate. He’s seeking a return to his former Senate seat which is open with the retirement of Democrat Tim Johnson. But now Pressler is running as an independent because of the partisan fights he says are dragging the nation down.

During a Dakota Midday conversation, Pressler explained how the political culture has changed since he served in Congress and why an independent can be a powerful and effective voice for South Dakota in the U.S. Senate.

Rounds for Senate

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former EB-5 director Joop Bollen’s agreement to answer lawmaker’s questions in writing; Mike Rounds decision to skip a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by the Native Sun Times and United Tribes Technical College; and Larry Pressler’s “surging” independent U.S. Senate campaign.

Larry Pressler

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed recent press conferences by state Democrats about documents connected to the EB-5 program; new polls in the U.S. Senate race; and a proposal to boost teacher pay with a summer sales tax.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Candidates in two high-profile South Dakota elections are meeting this summer to debate issues important to voters. Friday the South Dakota Farmers Union hosted the most recent discussions among candidates for governor and US Senate. Both debates generated ideas about energy in South Dakota.

A member of the debate audience at the State Fair in Huron wants to know whether U-S Senate candidates support building the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed route runs through western South Dakota, and the pipe would carry crude oil from Canada to Texas refineries.

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The general election campaign season kicked off this week with debates at the Dakotafest ag show in Mitchell. On Wednesday Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard faced his challengers Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers. The four candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson squared off later in the afternoon: Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. Issues at both debates included the EB-5 visa program and the Affordable Care Act.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Political hopefuls in two major races are questioning fellow candidates about their involvement with the EB-5 program. Dakota Fest in Mitchell is host to both a gubernatorial debate and a US Senate candidate forum. The Wednesday debates took questions submitted by people in the audience. Both debates included discussions about uncertainties surrounding a foreign investment program. 

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South Dakota's campaign season made its unofficial start this week with the first general election debates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor at the DakotaFest ag show in Mitchell.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem faced Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson on Tuesday. Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard took on Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers today and all four candidates vying for the state's open U.S. Senate made their cases for why voters should them to Washington, DC.

A candidate for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat says he wants everyone in the race to help prevent outside money from influencing the campaign. Democratic candidate Rick Weiland says the public move would benefit voters, but not everyone in the race agrees with Weiland’s perspective.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 9, 2014
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Just when it seemed like the 2014 campaign season was calming down a bit, things have gotten interesting again. On Tuesday independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers held a press conference announcing that his new running mate is former Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers announces Republican Lora Hubbel as his running mate.

Also former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s husband Chad Haber has announced his intentions to challenge Attorney General Marty Jackley in the fall.

Less than 40 minutes after the last polls closed in South Dakota, the Associated Press names former governor Mike Rounds the winner of the Republican primary in the race for US Senate.

Rounds was widely favored as the winner. He faced four other Republicans who wanted the nomination for the open Senate seat. Those include State Representative Stace Nelson, State Senator Larry Rhoden, Jason Ravnsborg, and Dr. Annette Bosworth.

An Interview With Larry Pressler

May 27, 2014

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray is working to interview all U.S. Senate candidates leading up to the November election.   Excerpts from this audio are being included in a news feature.  Here is the full interview.

Candidates React To Republican Debate

May 19, 2014

All five Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for U.S. Senate met in a televised debate late last week.    Whoever wins the June primary faces off against four opponents in the general election.

Two of those opponents, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler shared their reactions to the Republican debate with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.

Former United States Senator Larry Pressler announced in late December that he's running for South Dakota's open U.S. Senate seat. He says he's frustrated by the partisan methods in the nation's capital, which he calls poisonous. Pressler lost his seat as a Senator nearly two decades ago to Tim Johnson. Pressler says he wants to represent South Dakota as an independent. Pressler also stated that he would only serve one term if elected.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 8, 2014
Katie Hunhoff - South Dakota Magazine

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic previewed the 2014 legislative session.  They also discusses Larry Pressler's candidacy for the U.S. Senate and the controversy over Common Core education standards.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Former United States Senator Larry Pressler says he’s running for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat. He says he’s frustrated by the partisan methods in the nation’s capital, which he calls poisonous. Pressler announced his campaign in Sioux Falls as an independent candidate for the 2014 race.