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3:29 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senate candidates debate in the SDPB studios, October 2014
Credit SDPB Television

Senator-elect Mike Rounds has received his committee assignments and is ready to get to work after he takes the Oath of Office next month. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper discuss what those committee assignments mean for both the incoming Senator and South Dakotans. They also review the top political stories of 2014.

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3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Dakota Midday: Senator-Elect Mike Rounds

Senator-elect Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Senator-elect Mike Rounds takes the Oath of Office on January 6th. He’s hired staff and received his U.S. Senate Committee assignments. He’ll serve on the Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Republican Rounds served as South Dakota’s Governor from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the U.S. Senate last month and replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds joined Dakota Midday and discussed how new leadership and rules could change how work gets done in the U.S. Senate.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Native Vote And Future Elections

Frank Waln is one of a number of Lakota young people encouraging their peers to vote.
Credit Matika Wilbur

The 2014 election is well over.   But for some it’s not too soon to start thinking about 2016 or even 2020 and beyond. This is especially true if your goal is to get school age kids interested in voting.

An effort to increase voter turnout in tribal communities in South Dakota is continuing–and some say the 2014 election shows past efforts paid off.

You can find out more about Sicangu Lakota Artist Frank Waln at his website here.

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2:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson

South Dakota's congressional delegation split along party lines on the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices. The partisan divide reflects the Democrat and Republican split throughout Congress.

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2:45 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Dakota Politcal Junkies

Dennis Daugaard during a press conference following Tuesday's budget address
Credit Cara Hetland SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed a modest budget for the fiscal year beginning July 2015. Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter David Montgomery discussed the governor's budget proposal on this week's edition of the Dakota Political Junkies. They also weighed in on the Government Operations and Audit Committee's final report on the EB-5 scandal, candidates for chair of the state Democratic party and Senator-elect Mike Rounds' choices for committee assignments.

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1:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Dakota Midday: State Senate Leaders Preview Budget and Session

South Dakota Capitol

Governor Dennis Daugaard is expected to announce a modest budget today during an address before a joint session of the legislature in Pierre. Republican Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton joined Dakota Midday and discussed what the budget could mean for the 2015 session.

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1:44 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Dakota Politcal Junkies

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

Could former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland be the next chairman of the state Democratic party? That's one of the questions discussed by Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper on the Dakota Political Junkies. Other topics included the future Republican U.S. Senator John Thune and the latest in the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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1:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Dakota Midday: Secretary of State-Elect Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State-elect Shantel Krebs

After ten years in the state legislature, Shantel Krebs is getting ready for a new job. Voters elected the Renner Republican Secretary of State earlier this month. She replaces Jason Gant. As a legislator serving Minnehaha County, she was chair of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation Committees. In her fall campaign, Krebs said that customer service would be her guiding principle as Secretary of State. She joined Dakota Midday and outlined her plans when she assumes office in January.

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2:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune

The U.S. Senate was one vote short on Tuesday of passing a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would cut through South Dakota. Republican Senator John Thune voted for the bill and retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson voted against it.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies and discussed the vote. They also talked about the possibility of John Thune running for president in 2016 and the new state legislative leaders.

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1:46 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition

Jon Lauck.

The University of South Dakota is taking a trip through South Dakota's political history Thursday during "Exploring South Dakota's Political Tradition," a conference sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and University Libraries at USD.  The day-long program includes the launch of the book "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture (Vol.

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3:27 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Shannon County Votes To Change Name

Along with statewide races yesterday, Oglala Sioux Tribal members elected a new president. John Yellow Bird Steele defeated incumbent Bryan Brewer. And Shannon County residents voted to change the name of the southwest South Dakota county to Oglala Lakota County. The name change now must be approved by the state legislature. Rapid City attorney Charlie Abourezk, who helped organize the get out the vote effort in tribal communities, and SDPB's Charles Michael Ray joined Dakota Midday election results on the Pine Ridge Reservation yesterday.

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3:14 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

State Legislative Leaders Comment on Election

Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Along with victories by Dennis Daugaard, Kristi Noem and Mike Rounds in a Republican sweep of statewide races Tuesday, the GOP will also maintain their dominance in the state legislature with supermajorities in both houses. State Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and State House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff joined Dakota Midday with their perspectives on yesterday's election results and what they mean for their respective parties.

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3:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Dakota Midday: Post Election Analyisis

Former Governor Mike Rounds gives his victory speech on Tuesday Night at the District in Sioux Falls, SD.
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

Around 54 percent of South Dakota's eligible voters went to the polls yesterday for the midterm elections. In the most closely watched race, former Republican Governor Mike Rounds won his bid to become South Dakota’s next U.S. Senator. He replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds’ win last night helped Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.

Republican Kristi Noem won a third term as the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. Governor Dennis Daugaard was re-elected as part of a Republican sweep of all statewide offices.

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1:27 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rounds Wins Four Way US Senate Race

South Dakota U.S. Senator Elect Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s election.

South Dakota U.S. Senator Elect Mike Rounds is part of the wave of new GOP Senators.

Rounds, who served two terms as South Dakota’s governor took office with over 50% of the popular vote in a four way race for the open seat.

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1:03 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrat Rick Weiland Concedes Race for Senate

Democratic Senate Candidate Rick Weiland, addresses the crowd at the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls, SD on Tuesday evening.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Democratic candidate for US Senate Rick Weiland concedes race to Republican Mike Rounds.  Weiland says it was a good race and he's not finished.

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12:33 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Republican Mike Rounds Wins U.S. Senate Seat

Former Governor Mike Rounds gives his victory speech on Tuesday Night at the District in Sioux Falls, SD.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Former Republican Governor Mike Rounds wins open US Senate seat.

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12:08 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rep Kristi Noem wins Re-Election to U.S. House

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem addressing the media after giving her victory speech.
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wins Re-election to House of Representatives.  

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11:32 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Susan Wismer Concedes Race for Governor

Susan Wismer and Susy Blake conceding race for governor
Credit Nate Wek / SDPB

Democratic candidate Susan Wismer concedes race with running mate Susy Blake.

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11:12 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Gov. Dennis Daugaard Re-Elected to Second Term

Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard wins second term.  Here is his acceptance speech with Lt. Gov. Matt Michaels.

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10:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Marty Jackley Re-Elected as Attorney General

Attorney General Marty Jackley wins second term.

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10:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Shantel Krebs Elected Secretary of State

Republican Shantel Krebs wins first term as Secretary of State replacing Jason Gant.

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8:53 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Brewer Vs. Yellow Bird Steele for OST President

In Tuesday’s midterm election, voters will decide the make-up of congress and South Dakota’s next Governor.  
 
On the Pine Ridge Reservation, a presidential race is also underway.   Tribal residents are deciding who will lead the Oglala Lakota Nation for the next two years.  

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3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Dennis Daugaard

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Balancing the budget without raising taxes and criminal justice reform are among the accomplishments Governor Dennis Daugaard cites in his bid for re-election. Daugaard first became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state legislature. He served as Mike Rounds' Lieutenant Governor before South Dakotans elected him the state's chief executive in 2010. Daugaard faces challenges from Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers in Tuesday’s election.

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2:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

SDPB debate with U.S. Senate candidates Gordon Howie, Larry Pressler, Mike Rounds and Rick Weiland
Credit South Dakota Public Broadcasting

With less than a week before Election Day, several recent polls are showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a comfortable lead over Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader/KELO-TV poll has Rounds leading with 42 percent, followed by Weiland with 33 percent, Pressler 13 percent and Howie at 2 percent. 10 percent are undecided. This is in contrast to polls from earlier this month that suggested a much tighter race.

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1:01 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Poli Sci Profs: Independent Prosecutor Needed For EB-5

Some political science professors who teach at universities across South Dakota say the EB-5 scandal requires an independent prosecutor.  They say the current system is not doing enough to get to the bottom of the case.
 
While other professors believe it’s still too early to make that call. 

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8:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Shannon Co. Auditor: 2014 May Not Top 2004 Record Turnout

The early voting turnout on the Pine Ridge Reservation appears to be ramping up.  But for now it may not be on track to top the record year of 2004.

Sue Ganje is the Shannon County Auditor.  

She says that 2004 contest between then incumbent Senator Tom Daschle and challenger John Thune included more than 1,600 absentee ballots cast.    Her office recorded over 4,500 total votes that election on Pine Ridge.

So far this year, Ganje says the early voting place at the Sue Ann Big Crow Center in the town of Pine Ridge has seen just over 530 early votes cast.  

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2:22 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Kristi Noem

Congresswoman Kristi Noem

Republican Kristi Noem says if she’s re-elected to Congress, she’ll focus on policies that would help grow South Dakota’s economy. She wants to overhaul the tax code to help job creators and repeal what she calls “job killing regulations.” Noem was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee. Noem faces a challenge from Democrat Corinna Robinson.

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3:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Get Out The Native Vote Effort Continues

The "War Pony" hit all nine of South Dakota's reservations in an effort to register Native voters and increase turnout at the polls.

Control of the Senate could be up for grabs in this midterm election--and some believe the Native American vote could be a deciding factor.  

In South Dakota the Native vote has a history of tipping tight races toward Democrats and there is now a large get out the vote in tribal communities.   But if and how the Native vote can change this race is still in question. 

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1:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Mike Myers

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers
Credit Mike Myers for Governor

Among independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers’ top issues are health care and education. He taught health care law and administration at the University of South Dakota for 26 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. Mike Myers faces incumbent Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard and Democrat Susan Wismer on November 4th. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the issues in his campaign.

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10:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Debate Candidates Spar On EB-5, Social Security Issues

The October 23, 2014 debate between four candidates running for the open U.S. Senate Seat in South Dakota.
Credit SDPB

Three candidates running for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat hammered Mike Rounds on EB-5 in Thursday night’s debate. 

The federal immigration program was the first question in the debate; it’s been a major issue in this year’s race.
 
Rick Weiland, Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie all criticized Mike Rounds for his role in alleged corruption, embezzlement and fraud in the program.
 
Rounds says EB-5 has been good for South Dakota.

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