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In November, South Dakota voters will get the chance to decide whether or not to support a measure that would create a non-partisan primary system.

Supporters say it increases democracy, while opponents say it reduces transparency.

Amendment V is neither a Republican nor a Democrat backed issue. State Republicans decided to oppose the constitutional amendment at their state convention, and state Democrats neither support nor oppose the measure.

Both abortion rights advocates and opponents in South Dakota agree the recent US Supreme Court decision on a Texas case won’t immediately affect current state law.
 
Libby Skarin is a policy director for the ACLU in South Dakota. She says while the Supreme Court’s decision won’t directly impact state law, it may quell any additional laws that seek to regulate abortion.

The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of the most experienced and insightful political reporters and editors in the state.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for insight into state party conventions and platforms, the nuances of party unity, and the prospects of improvements at the Human Services Center in Yankton.

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South Dakota Democrats and Republicans held state conventions over the weekend.  Representatives from both parties join Dakota Midday to recap the convention and discuss key platform issues in South Dakota.

State Senator Billie Sutton is the Senate Democratic Leader and co-chair of the SDDP Convention. He talks about platform issues and what state Democrats see as the missed opportunity of Medicaid expansion.

South Dakota GOP Executive Director Ryan Budmayr discusses platform issues and how state Republicans are reconciling differences to unite the state party.

Half of South Dakota’s governors now have monuments as part of the Trail of Governors initiative.

The foundation, which erects statues of former governors near the state Capitol, is meant to educate tourists about the state’s history through art.

Organizers say the Trail of Governors concept is the only one like it in the country. The statues of Governor’s Warren Green, Nils Boe, and Mike Rounds are set to be placed in various locations in the town of Pierre.

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A South Dakota candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is calling on her opponent to convince Republicans in the state house to vote on expanding Medicaid. Paula Hawks’ call comes just twenty four hours after South Dakota’s governor called off a special session.

 

U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks says Medicaid expansion in South Dakota would help fund Indian Health Service operations.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard says he won’t call a special session of the state legislature to vote on Medicaid expansion.  

Daugaard says he has a plan that would not cost the state additional money, and guarantees the federal government will pay for Native American healthcare.

Daugaard says several legislators requested more time to study his plan for Medicaid expansion. His plan would expand coverage to 50,000 South Dakotans between the ages of 18 and 65.  

Representative Jim Bolin says there wasn’t enough support in the House to approve the governor’s plan.

A special interest group is suing the Secretary of State over a ballot initiative she gave the green light to late last year.

The suit alleges that several circulators of the petition sheets are invalid because they didn’t live at the residential address indicated on paper.

When a registered voter signs a petition to get an initiative on the November ballot, technically only the county has to match the where the signee is registered.

South Dakota Delegates Must Vote Trump In Cleveland

Jun 15, 2016
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Last week, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump decidedly won in South Dakota. He has all but locked up the nomination to run for president on the G.O.P ticket.

The state Republicans will send twenty-six delegates to the party convention in Cleveland in mid-July. State G.O.P. officials call the gathering a rally for conservative ideas.

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Tuesday night twenty delegates were pledged to the two Democratic presidential candidates in South Dakota. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders leave the state with ten delegates each.

However, the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia isn’t until late July.

State Democrats employ a proportional delegate system.  

In addition to the 20 pledged delegates, five unpledged, or super delegates remain.  They are former or current elected officials, including former Senate majority leader Tom Dascle.

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Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee for the presidential election in November, but in South Dakota it was a close race.

South Dakota State Senator Scott Parsley backs Hillary Clinton.  He says the Clintons have always had a lot of support among Democrats in South Dakota.  Clinton won roughly fifty-one percent of the vote in the state primary.  Now, Parsley says Clinton needs to focus on reaching out to Sanders supporters.

One Architect Of Teacher Pay Increase Falls In Primary

Jun 8, 2016

A key state lawmaker who helped draft the plan to increase teacher pay in South Dakota is not going back to Pierre next session.

Republican State Representative Jacqueline Sly failed to achieve enough votes in the primary race against incumbent State Senator Phil Jensen.

Sly was a co-chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force and a key supporter of the half cent sales tax increase passed last year by lawmakers.   Jensen is among 10 state senators who voted against the final passage of the bill.

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The 42nd president was back on the campaign trail in South Dakota Friday – this time not for his own political race but for his wife. Former US President Bill Clinton spent time in Sioux Falls stumping for democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Pop music pumped through the speakers in Sioux Falls as people who waited in line excitedly filed into a space draped with stars and stripes, including massive flags. More than an hour and a half later, former president Bill Clinton took the stage.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Denise Ross join us for a rundown of the state’s political stories of the week. This week we focus on the presidential race through the lens of South Dakota politics. From the potential candidate visits to the state, to how George McGovern might cast his vote, the Junkies offer intelligent insight into the topics of the week.

Seth Tupper is a Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter. Denise Ross is an editor at Black Hills Knowledge Network / South Dakota Dashboard.

Thune: South Dakota Could Swing US Presidential Nomination

Apr 14, 2016

U-S Senator John Thune says South Dakota could play a role in the presidential nomination process.
 
The state’s small population means primary delegates rarely make up a swing vote.  But Thune says it could be a tight primary race this year for either party.
 

Statehouse Podcast: Education Bills Signed, Final Budget Passed

Mar 11, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 11th, 2016 includes coverage of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signing education reform bills into law and the passage of the final budget bill in the state legislature. 

The Statehouse Podcast for March 10, 2015 includes coverage of education reforms passed in Pierre and the final bills of the session.

 

Statehouse Podcast: Education Reforms Advance, Medical Marijuana Dies

Mar 8, 2016
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The Statehouse Podcast for March, 8th 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education, medical marijuana, changes in law for services like Uber, and more.

 

Statehouse Podcast: Abortion And Education Among Final Bills

Mar 7, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 7th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on abortion, education, and confined animal feedlots.

Informed Consent Abortion Bill Passes

Mar 7, 2016
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House Bill 1157 has cleared the state legislature.

The measure requires medical doctors to inform a woman who is undergoing a drug-induced abortion that she can stop the procedure by not taking a second pill. 

Statehouse Podcast: Lawmakers Begin Final Week

Mar 6, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 6th, 2016 includes a preview of some of the bills before lawmakers this final week of the session, including issues like education, abortion, medical marijuana and large corporate hog farms.

Statehouse Podcast: Abortion, Education, Vehicular Homicide

Mar 2, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for March 2nd, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on abortion, education, vehicular homicide, elder abuse, CAFOs, and Medicaid expansion. 

With breaking news coming out of the state capitol nearly every day, we  take time on Wednesdays to talk with some of the top political reporters and editors in the state for in-depth perspective on the topics that affect your life in South Dakota. Today’s Dakota Political Junkies are Seth Tupper and Dana Ferguson. Tupper is with the Rapid City Journal. Ferguson is with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. 

From the veto of HB1008 to the delay of the Medicaid expansion conversation, the Junkies illuminate the state debates.

Statehouse Podcast: Ed Funding Passes, Transgender Bill Veto

Mar 1, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for Match 1st, 2016 includes stories on the passage of education funding, and a veto of the transgender bathroom bill.  Plus, news on debate over medical marijuana, guns in courthouses, and the sale of fetal body parts.

Statehouse Podcast: Medicaid Expansion Delay, Education, CAFO Zoning

Feb 29, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 29th, 2016 includes coverage of a delay in possible Medicaid expansion, education issues, CAFO zoning changes, and a bill dealing with the sale of fetal body parts.

The Statehouse Podcast for February 28th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on transgender bathrooms, possible Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana, and education funding.

Representative Shawn Bordeaux, Mission, and Representative Kevin Killer (Pine Ridge) return to Dakota Midday to discuss the legislative session after crossover day. From education to mascots, from legislation that is succeeding to bills that have been defeated, Bordeaux and Killer talk about what's ahead for the rest of the session.

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The Statehouse Podcast for February 24th, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education funding, payday loans, Medicaid expansion, mascots, and more.

 

Payday Loan Bill Dies In House

Feb 24, 2016

A bill backed by members of the payday loan industry has failed in the South Dakota House of Representatives.  
 
Those supporting House Bill 1161 say it adds regulations to businesses that provide short term loans and protects consumers.  
 
But opponents call the bill a smokescreen.  

In committee supporters of House Bill 1161 included owners of payday loan companies and lobbyists for the industry.  The bill survived a narrow vote to land on the House floor. 

Statehouse Podcast: Education, Abortion, Medical Marijuana

Feb 23, 2016

The Statehouse Podcast for February 23, 2016 includes coverage of legislation on education, abortion, medical marijuana , human trafficking, child pornography, and the transgender bathroom bill.  

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