Politics

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2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds.
Credit Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

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1:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"An Anxious Age"

According to Joseph Bottum, public life is now a supernatural game and as such, for many Americans, how we vote has become how we are saved. In his new book, "An Anxious Age," Bottum argues that the notion of politics as a mode of spiritual redemption stems from the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches over the last fifty years. Where those churches once defined the liberal consensus of the nation, they have nearly disappeared from public life, and in their place have risen strange new beings.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the Sioux Falls mayoral election results, Pat Miller's candicacy for Secretary of State, former Republican State Senator Gordon Howie's announcement that he's running as an Independent for U.S. Senate and the April 12 debate featuring the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

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Politics
4:41 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Ballot Measures In Sioux Falls Election

People in Sioux Falls have big decisions to make as they head to the polls Tuesday. This year’s ballot includes three charter amendments and four public measures that change the skyline of Sioux Falls.

People who vote in Sioux Falls’ municipal and school board election have nine decisions to make on the front side of the ballot. But inarguably, more people are talking about the choices on page two. The flip side of the ballot includes two initiated measures and two referred laws.

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Politics
4:17 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ahead Of The Vote: SF Mayoral Candidates

Two men are vying for the top position in the city of Sioux Falls. Incumbent Mike Huether and Greg Jamison both want to serve as Sioux Falls mayor. Election day is Tuesday April 8th.

Mike Huether has served as mayor of Sioux Falls for the last four years. Greg Jamison has been a city council member since 2008. Both claim their experience benefits Sioux Falls. Each man says he knows the best direction for the city and that he represents what people in Sioux Falls want.

Let’s start with money: Jamison says he’s a fiscal conservative.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Biennial Indian Law Symposium At USD This Week

USD Indian Law Professor Frank Pommersheim

The USD School of Law is hosting its long-standing Biennial Indian Law Symposium through Friday in its Courtroom facilities. Along with USD Law's Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), the School of Law will present "Public Safety in Indian Country: Tribal, Federal & State Responses." Students, practitioners, judges, scholars and the general public are invited to join this year's events that will focus on public safety, the protection of women and the recent Tribal Law & Order Act. This year's symposium begins at 7 p.m.

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Politics
1:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, publisher of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week include Veto Day's quiet end to the 2014 session, the controversy over Mike Rounds' use of stock footage in a television campaign ad and Democrat U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson.

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Politics
3:39 am
Wed April 2, 2014

SF Mayoral Candidates Clash On Investments

A candidate for Sioux Falls mayor takes issue with investments his competition made while in office. Greg Jamison says Mayor Mike Huether shouldn’t invest in projects while he’s acting mayor. Huether says he’s done nothing wrong.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Jason Ravnsborg For Senate

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Ravnsborg.

First-time candidate Jason Ravnsborg wants to be known as a statesman and not a politician.  In his December campaign announcement, Ravnsborg said he was answering the call from the citizens of South Dakota to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson.  Ravnsborg, a Yankton lawyer and a Major in the U.S.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Republicans Vie for 35% in Primary

The U.S. Senate Race in South Dakota is looking to be among the most contested in years. The deadline to file petitions to make the June primary has now passed. Five confirmed candidates are officially seeking  the Republican nomination in the June Primary.   All of those Republicans who declared for office have passed the first hurdle and turned in the proper number of signatures to the Secretary of State for verification.

The Republican candidates include Annette Bosworth, Stace Nelson, Jason Ravensborg,  Larry Rhoden and Mike Rounds.  

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Politics
1:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Stace Nelson Touts Conservative Bona Fides in U.S. Senate Bid

Stace Nelson
Credit stacenelson.com

Stace Nelson describes himself as a broken-down Marine who didn’t have aspirations to run for U.S. Senate. But he says he has an obligation to serve the people of South Dakota and fix the problems he sees in Washington, DC.  He's one of five Republicans seeking the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. 

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Larry Rhoden Running For U.S. Senate

Larry Rhoden

There are five Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. Larry Rhoden is one of them. Rhoden is a rancher and custom welder from Union Center, northeast of Sturgis. He's served as a state lawmaker for the past 14 years and is currently Majority Whip in the State Senate. Rhoden says he wants to change what Washington does by changing how Washington works.

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1:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program today are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics included Governor Daugaard's official announcement that he's running for re-election; the beginning of the primary election season; the Sioux Falls mayoral race; and Senator Tim Johnson's legislation to shut down the government-run mortgage insurers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Seeks Second Term

Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels and Gov. Dennis Daugaard kick of re-election campaign in Sioux Falls.
Credit Cara Hetland

Governor Dennis Daugaard is asking voters for another four year term in office.  He kicked off his re-election campaign in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre. Daugaard credits his conservative values for successes over the last four years in office.

Dennis Daugaard says while he has led the state through some dark days with a Missouri River Flood, and a $127 Million structural deficit. There are brighter days ahead because of making tough choices.

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2:29 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Governor Dennis Daugaard was certified as a candidate yesterday.  It's expected that Daugaard will announce next week that he's running for a second term.  This week's Dakota Political Junkies, Kevin Woster and Roger Whittle, also discussed the 2014 legislative session, the U.S. Senate race and State Senator Phil Jensen's comments that government shouldn't interfere in the private sector's ability to engage in race-based discrimination.

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1:26 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

2014 Legislative Session Recap

The legislature adjourned the 2014 legislative session on Friday after passing the budget. Lawmakers approved extra money for teacher pay and low-income medical care, but Republican majorities in the House and Senate blocked Democrats' attempts to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Republican Senate Majority Leader Time Rave and Democrat House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff discussed the final budget along with other issues debated during the session including the Common Core standards, animal cruelty and texting while driving.

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2:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Last Two Days Focus On Budget

Just two days remain in the main run of this year's legislative session. The governor is signing or vetoing bills that survived both chambers. Lawmakers are now turning their attention to the general funding bill.

The Joint Appropriations Committee is set to consider the massive bill that keeps South Dakota’s operations running. At 8 a.m. Thursday, lawmakers from the House and Senate begin combing through dozens of amendments to Senate Bill 187.

The budget begins July 1, 2014 for fiscal year 2015.

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1:41 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Animal Cruelty Closer To Being A Felony In SD

Republican State Senator Shantel Krebs

South Dakota would become the last state in the nation to make animal cruelty a felony under a bill that received the legislature's final approval Tuesday. The House voted 54-15 to pass the measure, which was approved earlier by the Senate. It will become law if signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Similar bills have failed in past years amid fears they could interfere with the livestock industry, but this year's measure was written in a cooperative effort led by State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

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1:29 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics included the final budget bill, a new law delaying Common Core education standards for new subjects, the EB-5 Visa program and texting while driving.

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4:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

General Funding Bill Passes Senate Cmte

The piece of legislation that funds most of the operations in the state of South Dakota is on its way to the Senate floor. Members of the Appropriations committee Monday made a few changes before passing House Bill 1040. It funds South Dakota's government through fiscal year 2014, which ends June 30. The approval, however, doesn't mean the end of amendments to the funding bill.  

Listen to the latest from SD Senate Appropriations on the general funding bill.

House Bill 1040 is the general bill. It's pages and pages of long numbers, dolling out millions of dollars from South Dakota's general fund to ongoing operations across the state. From education to health, agriculture to public safety, the general bill is the fiscal lifeline for South Dakota.

Monday's half a dozen amendments in Senate Appropriations include some funds for the state's part in some courthouse upgrades, additional dollars for the Board of Regents' health insurance and funding to upgrade technology in the House and Senate chambers at the State Capitol. Balancing the budget is a complicated process, because every increase in one area requires an equal decrease in another part of the plan.

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2:05 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Leaders Discuss End Of Session

Senate Minority Leader Jason Frerichs and House Majority Leader David Lust joined Dakota Midday to discuss the final bills and issues as the South Dakota Legislature enters the last week of the 2014 session.

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1:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lewis And Clark Pipeline Behind Schedule

Troy Larson
Credit Argus Leader

President Obama's budget released on Tuesday (3/4) includes less than $2.5 million for the Lewis and Clark pipeline. The announcement came just as the state's Congressional delegation announced the project will receive an additional $5.2 million in funding, bringing the total funding to $8.4 million for Fiscal Year 2014. It's still a fraction of what the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System needs to finish construction and provide water to all of its members. The pipeline is 65 percent complete and is six years behind schedule.

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1:29 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program today are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics included negotiations over possible Medicaid expansion, Larry Pressler's Oscar ad, nonbinding resolutions and the final weeks of the 2014 legislature.

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3:09 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Term Limit Extension Proposal Alive

Some lawmakers think the state legislature needs longer term limits, and they want all of South Dakota to decide.

State Representative Charlie Hoffman says he and Senator Dan Lederman plan to hold cracker barrels and campaign for the extension. He says voters have addressed eliminating term limits before, but they haven’t weighed in on whether to extend a lawmaker’s time from eight years to twelve. Hoffman says the law now doesn’t allow enough time to acclimate in Pierre.

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1:26 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2nd Annual Dick Kneip/Bill Janklow Social

Last year Sioux Falls businessman Mark Nelsen saw an old beer poster depicting a Republican elephant and Democrat donkey looking quite stubborn on one side, but enjoying a brew together on the other side. Taking the poster as inspiration, he brought friends together from both sides of the aisle for a gathering honoring the spirit of bipartisanship at a time of governmental gridlock. On Thursday (3/6), Nelsen is hosting the second Dick Kneip/Bill Janklow Social - named after two former South Dakota governors, one a Democrat, the other a Republican.

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1:25 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics included easing restrictions on hemp production, Common Core standards, Medicaid expansion and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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1:21 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

State Representative Steve Hickey

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed included the EB-5 audit report released last week, State Representative Steve Hickey's proposal to tighten payday loan rules and the latest Common Core education standards debate at the state capitol.

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1:24 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and news analyst for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included legislative term limits, a statewide texting while driving ban, animal cruelty legislation, guns in the state capitol and U.S. Senate campaign fundraising.

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2:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program this week are veteran journalist Kevin Woster of KELO-TV and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics included the passage of a new farm bill, Governor Daugaard's request to partially expand Medicaid, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland's Medicare choice plan and the Governor's Office of Economic Development Office review.

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3:54 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Farm Bill Very Close To Passing Legislation

The House of Representatives passed a new farm bill on Wednesday, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 166.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.  Negotiators from the House and Senate, including South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Nom spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support program for dairy farmers.

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