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2:07 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown on May 8.
Credit Lake Area Technical Institute

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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1:57 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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.

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2:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senator John Thune

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.

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2:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave

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.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Override One Veto On Final Day

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.

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Politics
1:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Effort Started To Put Two SD Senate Bills On Ballot

Credit Kealey Bultena

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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Politics
2:16 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 state of the state address
Credit Nate Wek SDPB

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.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'James Baker - The Man Who Made Washington Work'

From the PBS documentary "James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work," James Baker and President Ronald Reagan on Air Force One during a 1982 trip to Chicago.

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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1:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Senate chambers
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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.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Representative Mark Mickelson Reviews 2015 Session

Representative Mark Mickelson (R) Sioux Falls

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.

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2:09 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Senate Minority Leader Reviews 2015 Session

Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton (D) Burke

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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2:12 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

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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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2:23 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Pros and Cons of the Rapid City Civic Center Expansion

Rapid City Civic Center
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Rapid City residents go to the polls on Tuesday to decide a proposed $180 million expansion of the  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. If approved, the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken. Supporters say it’s an investment in the city’s future that won’t raise property taxes. Opponents say the price tag is too high and alternatives need to be more carefully considered.

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1:53 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Voters To Decide Rapid's Civic Center Expansion Tuesday

On Tuesday voters in Rapid City go to the polls to make a $180-million dollar decision.
 
A municipal election is set to decide the proposed expansion of the Rapid City Civic Center arena.  If approved the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken.    
 
Proponents say it’s an investment in the future that will pay itself back in increased sales tax revenue and visitor spending.  But opponents say the price tag is too high and the city needs to consider alternatives.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed proposals before state lawmakers, including bills exempting youth from the minimum wage hike, allowing cities to impose additional sales tax, and establishing water management districts in the northeastern part of South Dakota. Other topics included the selection of Pam Roberts as the new Republican state party chair and next week's election on expanding the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

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2:02 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

President Barrack Obama
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's veto of a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the debate over transportation funding in the state legislature, the defeat of several concealed weapons bills, and Rapid City's upcoming vote on expansion of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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1:56 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

US Attorney Brendan Johnson announces his resignation. / February 18, 2015
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson's resignation and his political future; Senator Mike Rounds' comments that the Hot Springs VA medical center would be a good place for PTSD treatment; pay raises for state lawmakers; and gun legislation.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Balanced Budget Amendment and the Debt Crisis

Bill White
Credit Bill White

South Dakota House Joint Resolution 1001 asks Congress to call a constitutional convention for a federal balanced budget amendment. It would make it unconstitutional for the federal government to run annual budget deficits. The House passed the resolution earlier this session, but it fell one vote short of passage in the Senate last week. A second vote is expected today.

Supporters say the amendment would reign in fiscally irresponsible behavior. Opponents say it could limit the government’s ability to respond to national emergencies.

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8:26 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Hickey's Open Meeting Bill Dies

Republican Representative Steve Hickey is the only sponsor of House Bill 1210.

One lawmaker who says he wants to make the process of government more transparent in Pierre had his legislation shot down in committee.
 

Republican Representative Steve Hickey is the sole sponsor of House Bill 1020. The bill prohibits lawmakers from coming together and deciding on legislation outside of the official process in closed door sessions.  The bill also restricted lawmakers from sending group texts or e-mails on legislation prior to a meeting.
 
But opponents say the bill is unnecessary and would restrict the process. 

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2:08 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota State Capitol

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest news in state politics.

With the 2015  session in its fifth week, they examined legislation that would have repealed South Dakota's death penalty and increased the number of signatures needed to bring initiatives and referendum to the ballot. They also talked about a proposal allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit and another that would repeal the "Daschle law."

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12:55 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Governor Proposes Education Task Force

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a task force to study education in South Dakota.

Daugaard says the summer study group should reevaluate the state education funding formula and seek answers to tough questions facing school districts.

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2:20 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota State Capitol

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 legislation under discussion by lawmakers, including a proposal changing the number of signatures required to get initiated measures and referendums on the ballot; measures to fix the teacher shortage problem; Governor Daugaard's transportation bill; and a repeal of the so-called "Daschle law."

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2:25 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Dakota Midday: Senate Bill Would Form Elder Abuse Task Force

Senator David Novstrup (R) Aberdeen

During his State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers last month, State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson expressed his concern over elder abuse. He said the abuse of seniors exists in South Dakota, although the extent of the abuse is unknown. He said it’s a growing problem with the number of senior citizens increasing. Gilbertson said the issue is worthy of a partnership between the three branches of government similar to the cooperation that secured the passage of the Public Safety Improvement Act in 2013, which reformed the state’s criminal justice system.

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5:01 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Black Hills Knowledge Network editor Denise Ross joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed a house proposal that would change a provision in the minimum wage law passed by voters last fall; a bike safety measure under consideration by a house committee; the debate over teacher salaries; and the reactions to reports of racism against Lakota students attending a hockey game at the Civic Center in Rapid City.

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2:04 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Capitol building
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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 South Dakota congressional delegation's reaction's to President Obama's State of the Union address; Ohio Governor John Kasich's visit to Pierre; juvenile justice reform; and a proposed law that would allow anglers to use bullheads as bait.

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1:34 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Dakota Midday: Chief Justice David Gilbertson

South Dakota State Supreme Court Chief Justice delivers his 2015 State of the Judiciary address
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During a joint session of the House and Senate on Wednesday, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his State of the Judiciary address. He said past proposals such as a program to attract attorneys to rural areas and an overhaul of the state's criminal justice system approved by lawmakers in 2013 are making a difference in South Dakota. Gilbertson said those changes have kept offenders out of prison and saved the state money.

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1:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Dakota Midday: Governor Dennis Daugaard

Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 State of the State address to lawmakers
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Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legisaltive session with his state of the state address to lawmakers on Tuesday. He proposed $50 million in new funding to help fund road and bridge projects. He said the state’s entire economy and well-being depends on road infrastructure and right now roads are underfunded.

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2:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dakota Midday: State Senator Mike Vehle Reacts to Governor's Road Funding Proposals

State Senator Mike Vehle (R) Mitchell

In Tuesday's State of the State address, Governor Daugaard proposed raising taxes and fees by about $50 million dollars to fund road and bridge projects. A legislative proposal would raise twice that.

Republican Mike Vehle is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and was chairman of the legislature’s interim Highway Needs and Financing Committee. That committee’s funding proposal, Senate Bill 1, would raise more than $100 million to pay for transportation infrastructure.

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2:36 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard delivers his 2015 State of the State address to lawmakers
Credit SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday with his State of the State address. He proposed raising taxes and fees by around $50 million to fund road and bridge projects. He also backed a juvenile justice reform measure. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle reviewed Governor Daugaard's proposals. They also discussed a U.S. District Judge's ruling striking down the South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban.

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3:43 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' Legislative Proposals

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has what she calls an “aggressive agenda” for the 2015 state legislature. It includes some proposed changes to South Dakota’s election laws, such as moving candidate petition dates back one month and allowing her office to review a random sample of petition signatures for statewide candidates. Krebs served in the state legislature for a decade before being elected to secretary of state in November. She says she wants her office to excel at customer service.

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