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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed South Dakota's fourth consecutive budget surplus and higher revenues than estimated; a proposed initiated constitutional amendment creating an independent redistricting commission; petition drives that would put the issue of payday lending on the 2016 ballot; and Senator John Thune's campaign war chest.

Walker, Former US Senate Candidate In Jail Awaiting Trial

Jul 17, 2015

Clayton Walker is a former US Senate candidate who was kicked off the ballot for allegedly forging some of the signatures needed on his campaign petition.  He is now in jail awaiting trial.
 
Walker is set to stand trial on July 20th on felony charges including 12 counts of election petition violations.  
 
But he was arrested after failing to show up for pretrial hearings.  He is now in custody until the July 20th trial.

South Dakota Legislative Research Council

Since first being elected in 2010, Republican State Representative Steve Hickey has been an outspoken champion of social conservative causes. He's opposed abortion and same-sex marriage. But he’s also worked with Democrats on abolishing the death penalty and establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to address problems between Native Americans and whites. He’s also been working with openly gay Democratic strategist and Sioux Falls businessman Steve Hildebrand to collect signatures for a 2016 ballot measure capping payday lending  interest rates at 36 percent.

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Two laws passed by the legislature this year won’t go into effect today, but instead will go before voters next year. Senate Bill 177 established a youth minimum wage at $7.50, a dollar less than that set by voters in 2014. Senate Bill 69 is an election reform package that includes a provision preventing members of registered parties from signing petitions of independent candidate.

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Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage; the youth minimum wage and election reform measures being referred to voters in 2016; renaming Harney Peak; the controversy over the Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; and Senator John Thune's regulatory rail bill.

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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Governor Daugaard's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students; marijuana legalization in South Dakota; and the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling any day now in King v. Burwell. The ruling will answer the question of whether health insurance subsidies are limited to those states with their own exchanges. If subsidies are limited to the 17 states that established exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, 6.4 million people could lose their insurance subsidies, including some 19,000 South Dakotans.

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Jun 17, 2015
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Veteran journalist Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. He discussed the controversy over the planned Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; legalization of marijuana by leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe; the ACLU challenge of a South Dakota election law change; and Governor Daugaard’s editorial saying that states like South Dakota couldn’t set up their own insurance exchanges if the Supreme Court rules against a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed U.S. Senator John Thune's tweet criticizing Obamacare; the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s discussions over revisions to its policy on transgender student participation in sports; and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students.

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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Tuesday's elections in Rapid City and Mitchell that saw losses by incumbent mayors; municipal election turnout; former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's conviction on election law violation charges; and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds' first speech on the Senate floor.

Annette Bosworth

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's trial on election fraud charges; the Nebraska legislature's passage of a bill abolishing the death penalty; a possible medical marijuana initiative for 2016; and the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission's ruling on climate change testimony in a summer Keystone XL pipeline hearing.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 20, 2015

The Dakota Political Junkies weighed in on SDPB Radio's Dakota Midday discussion with Mayor Sam Kooiker and his challenger, former Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender.  They also spoke briefly about Rapid City attorney and Ft. Pierre native Patrick Duffy who died last week at the age of 58.

Dakota Midday: Rapid City Mayoral Candidates

May 20, 2015
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Candidates for Rapid City's June 2 mayoral election joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss issues on the minds of voters in South Dakota's second largest city.  Mayor Sam Kooiker and former Chief of Police Steve Allender are vying for a two-year term to lead Rapid City.  They answered questions about the city's growth, business climate, infrastructure, arena and race relations among other issues.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's visit to Watertown, new Republican leaders in the South Dakota State Senate, and possible initiated measures on the 2016 ballot.

Race Relations A Focus In Mayoral Election

May 11, 2015

The race for Mayor in Rapid City is heating up with two candidates making a bid for office in the June 2nd election.

Incumbent Mayor Sam Kookier and Former Police Chief Steve Allender met in a debate at Oglala Lakota College focusing on race issues.  

The debate was hosted by the Native Sun Newspaper and the pair took questions from members of the Lakota community.

You can hear the entire debate here:

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Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Watertown; Democratic state Representative Paula Hawks' possible challenge to Republican U.S. Representative Kristi Noem; the state's Standard and Poor's AAA credit rating; and public hearings on renaming Harney Peak.

Federal Judge Moves Wanblee Voting Case Forward

May 4, 2015

A federal judge has ruled in favor of some Pine Ridge residents who allege unequal access to the polls in Jackson County.
 
In 2014, early in-person voting opened at the county courthouse in Kadoka. A similar office did not open in Wanblee and some community members cried foul.
 
Voting rights groups say they want to ensure that in 2016 residents of Wanblee have the same easy access to the ballot box as residents in the county seat of Kadoka.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the state Public Utilities Commission's delay in the Keystone/XL Pipeline evidentiary hearing; the state legislature's summer studies; a bill introduced by Senator John Thune that requiring collaboration between federal and local officials before a prescribed burn on federal lands when fire danger is high; upcoming Rapid City elections; and determining Platte's next mayor by luck of the draw.

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Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown; a new marketing campaign comparing South Dakota to Mars; and the legacy of  "gentleman politician" Walt Conahan who died over the weekend.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the announcement that President Obama will visit Watertown next month; the possibility of 2016 presidential candidates visiting the state; the likelihood of Republican Senator John Thune running unopposed in his re-election bid; and the rise of registered independents.

KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest in state politics. Topics this week included new leadership for state senate Republicans; controversy over the new 80 mph interstate speed limit; Democrats search for a candidate to oppose Senator John Thune in 2016; and the state congressional delegation's opposition to the listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed veto day which wrapped up the 2015 session and the resignation of Senate majority leader Tim Rave and assistant majority leader Dan Lederman. Other topics included South Dakota’s status as the only state President Obama hasn’t visited during his six years in office and an invitation to Watertown.

Lawmakers Override One Veto On Final Day

Mar 30, 2015

State Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 136 in the final day of the Legislative Session.

The bill deals with a somewhat obscure tax that is placed on those who are annexed into a municipality while also on a rural electric system.    

Lawmakers in support of the legislation say the tax has been in place for 20 years,  but a recent change in Department of Revenue policy ended up an unfair tax burden in these unique cases.

For those like Republican State Representative Thomas Brunner this is an issue of tax fairness.

Effort Started To Put Two SD Senate Bills On Ballot

Mar 30, 2015
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Two bills passed by the legislature this session could see a challenge from voters in 2016 if the efforts to put them on the statewide ballot succeed.

Opponents to Senate Bills 69 and 177 submitted their intent to circulate petitions to the Secretary of State.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the issues deal with the minimum wage for teenagers and independent candidates who want to run for office.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the petition reform and youth minimum wage bills signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Other topics included FAA approval of a plan expanding a bomber training area and a new political action committee formed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

James Baker was the ultimate Washington deal maker. He served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief-of-staff and treasury secretary. He was also President George H. W. Bush’s secretary of state at the end of the Cold War and during the First Gulf War. But when the 4th generation Houston attorney was growing up, he was told to stay out of politics and believed it was a “scuzzy business.”

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The state legislature wrapped up its work last Friday after passing a final budget. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any vetoes by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined Dakota Midday and reviewed what they described as a "meat and potatoes" session. They also discussed Sunshine Week which newspapers across the country are using to promote openness in government and public access to public records.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a $4.3 billion budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate feed by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a 4.3 billion dollar budget late Friday night. Despite lower than expected revenue projections, the budget provides for increases in Medicaid reimbursements, state employee salaries and education funding. Lawmakers also passed a bill that increases funding for roads and bridges. It raises the gas tax by six cents and raises license fees and license plate fees by 20 percent. Lawmakers return to Pierre on March 30 to consider any gubernatorial vetoes.

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Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies for a discussion of the latest in state politics.

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