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4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rounds Attacked In Out Of State Ad: GOP Cries Foul

A new ad in South Dakota is critical of Mike Rounds on the EB-5 scandal.     
 
The ad comes from a non-partisan watchdog group called Every Voice Action.  The group says  it works to hold politicians accountable on where they stand on money in politics.
 
The group says while it’s critical of Rounds at this point it’s not endorsing any candidate in the race.

But Rounds denies wrongdoing and the GOP is alleging improprieties against the Weiland Campaign.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler
Credit 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.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit 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.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Howie

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie

In the four-way race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson, Gordon Howie describes himself as the “true conservative.” The former Republican state legislator from Rapid City says he's running as an Independent candidate to provide state voters with an alternative to the Republican nominee, former Governor Mike Rounds.

The other candidates in the race for the open Senate seat are Democrat Rick Weiland and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, who is also running as an Independent.

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Politics
9:18 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

GOP and Dems Differ On EB-5 Significance

A release from the South Dakota Democratic Party cites new documents in the EB-5 scandal, but the leader of the party admits the EB-5 court paperwork has been public.

Executive Director Zach Crago says people didn’t previously know that millions of taxpayer’s dollars from South Dakota’s general fund are at risk in a California-based lawsuit.

But state Republican leaders balk at that claim. 

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler
Credit 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.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds

Labor Day is often considered the unofficial start to the general election season. But in South Dakota the season got underway two weeks ago with debates at Dakotafest in Mitchell followed by State Fair debates in Huron. Today on Dakota Midday, Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross discussed what's next in the campaigns for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor. Ellis is a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and Ross is web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler at Dakotafest
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Veteran South Dakota journalist and KELO-TV Rapid City Reporter Kevin Woster and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter David Montgomery joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about last week's Dakotafest debates and the upcoming debates at the State Fair and what they signify for the general election campaign season. Other topics included Democratic lawmakers request for a deeper investigation into the EB-5 program.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Candidate Corinna Robinson, moderator Jerry Oster, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem at Dakota Fest in Mitchell
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

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.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Former Governor Mike Rounds is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson

Mitchell Daily Republic web editor Denise Ross and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined this week's conversation about the latest news in South Dakota politics. They discussed this past weekend's Libertarian convention and the nomination of Chad Haber as the party's candidate for attorney general. Other topics included the upcoming U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative and gubernatorial debates at DakotaFest in Mitchell which mark the kick-off the fall campaign season.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader columnist Jonathan Ellis joined this week's conversation about the latest in South Dakota political news. They discussed independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers' suit to replace is running mate on the fall ballot and the withdrawal of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s attorney from her election law violation case. Other topics included new polling numbers and South Dakota’s pulchritudinous congressional delegation.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland
Credit Rick Weiland

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Attorney General Marty Jackley’s briefing to state lawmakers investigating the EB-5 program; Governor Dennis Daugaard’s concern over immigrant placements in South Dakota; a new poll showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a significant lead; and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland’s new television ads. 

  

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Politics
3:34 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

George McGovern, Favorite Son of South Dakota

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of Statehood.  Throughout the celebration, we're sharing stories on the people, places and events that make our state the Land of Infinite Variety.   One of South Dakota’s most recognizable people didn’t let a very bad day on the world stage stop him from doing good in the world.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. House of Representatives chamber
Credit Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader; and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson's struggles to raise funds in her attempt to unseat Republican Kristi Noem. Other topics included state Libertarian's upcoming convention and Chad Haber's plans to seek the party's nominee for attorney general. Haber is the husband of former Republican U.S.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit 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.

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Politics
2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

The state of the South Dakota Democratic party was among the issues discussed by the Dakota Political Junkies. Democrats held their state convention this past weekend in Yankton and failed to find candidates for three offices: attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner.

This means Republican candidates Marty Jackley, Stave Barnett and Ryan Brunner win by default. Longtime South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the discussion this week.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Independent Mike Myers Makes Health Care Reform Focus of Gubernatorial Campaign

Mike Myers
Credit Mike Myers for Governor

Mike Myers taught health care law and health care administration at the University of South Dakota for 23 years. He also hosted the “Elder Law Forum” radio show for more than a decade and provided free advice to senior citizens. He was CEO of Mayo-St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, and an executive at other hospitals.

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Politics
11:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

An Interview with Gordon Howie U.S. Senate Candidate

Gordon Howie is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in South Dakota.

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray is working to interview all U.S. Senate candidates leading up to the November election.    Here is a full interview with Gordon Howie.

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2:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Susan Wismer
Credit Susan Wismer

South Dakota Democratic gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer has announced Susy Blake as her lieutenant governor running mate, making this the first all-female ticket for governor in South Dakota history.

This decision, plus the recent state Republican convention and upcoming state Democratic convention, were topics covered with this week's Dakota Political Junkies. The discussion included Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery and Mitchell Daily Republic publisher Seth Tupper.

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1:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker.

Long-time South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Sioux Falls Argus Leader columnist and reporter Jonathan Ellis discussed the upcoming debates for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates in South Dakota, the GOP Secretary of State race, possible Democratic candidates for state offices and the Rapid City Council's rejection of Mayor Sam Kooiker's choice for police chief.

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Politics - Obama - Reservation
5:36 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Tribal Members Comment On Presidential Visit

Monument to the oral history of the Standing Rock located near the tribe's administrative offices.
Credit Courtesy Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Following up on a promise made last Fall to tribal leaders from across the country, President Barack Obama is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota today. And though a presidential visit is a big event in any part of the country, feelings on this Native American land that stretches across 2 states is being met with mixed feelings.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies Discuss Polls and Primaries

A new poll shows former governor Mike Rounds leading the senate race
Credit Rounds For Senate

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth released another Youtube video Tuesday in which she defended herself against 12 felony charges. Meanwhile, she's being followed by a documentary film crew. Also, a new Rasmussen Senate poll released over the weekend showed former Governor Mike Rounds leading Domcrat Rick Weiland 44% to 29%, while former Senator Larry Pressler is at 18% as an independent.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Jason Gant Discusses Bosworth's Petitions

Secretary of State Jason Gant
Credit Rapid City Journal

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant and Argus Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the program to discuss the charges brought against Dr. Annette Bosworth after the primary elections. Montgomery broke the story on Wednesday's Dakota Midday. The two shared the latest developments as well as their views on overall election turnout.

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2:36 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bosworth, Walker Face Election Fraud Charges

Former South Dakota US Senate candidates Annette Bosworth and Clayton Walker have arrest warrants out for their alleged conduct while gathering nomination signatures to qualify for the primary. 

Bosworth was allowed to run and finished a distant fourth in the five-candidate race, while Walker was not allowed on the ballot by Secretary of State Jason Gant. 

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says these are serious allegations.

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2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Primary Candidates React To Results

Roughly 20% of South Dakota  voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary.

Incumbent Dennis Daugaard easily beat out challenger Lora Hubbel for the GOP nomination in the governor’s race.    He will face Susan Wismer in November.  She beat Joe Lowe to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

Mike Rounds also easily won the five way race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.   

SDPB reporters gathered reaction from across the state and contributed to this story produced by Charles Michael Ray.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies Recap Primary Elections

The entire hour of Wednesday's Dakota Midday was devoted to discussion of the state primary elections on Tuesday. Guests included Argus Leader political reporter David Montgomery, Mitchell Daily Republic web-editor Denise Ross, and Black Hills State University Political Science Professor Pam Carriveau.  They covered election results, the possibility of open primaries in South Dakota, and the breaking news of Annette Bosworth's arrest.

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Politics
9:22 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Wismer Wins Dem. Nomination For Gov.

Susan Wismer

Representative Susan Wismer is the Democratic nominee for the general election in South Dakota. The Associated Press called the race at about 9:15 p.m. central Tuesday night.

Wismer faced fellow Democrat Joe Lowe in the primary election. The state lawmaker and accountant says the primary election is good for the Democratic party and thanked Lowe in her victory speech.

She faces Republican nominee Governor Dennis Daugaard and Independent candidate Michael Myers in the general election this November.

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8:40 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Rounds Wins Primary In US Senate Race

Gov. Mike Rounds

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.

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8:30 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Daugaard Declared Republican Primary Winner

Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Results from South Dakota's primary elections rolled in through the SD Secretary of State's office.

The Associated Press has declared Governor Dennis Daugaard the winner in the Republican nomination for the South Dakota gubernatorial race. Lora Hubbel challenged the governor for the nomination.

Visit the elections results page from the Secretary of State for details on races across the state.

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11:25 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Democrats Running For SD Governor

State Representative Susan Wismer and Joe Lowe face off in Tuesday's primary election for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Two South Dakota Democrats say they have what it takes to win a general election in a red state and lead South Dakota as governor, but voters choose just one of them in Tuesday's primary election. Registered Democrats and Independents are able to vote in the primary election. Listen to the interviews below for extended discussions with both candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor of South Dakota.

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