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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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4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the latest news in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson along with the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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10:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Candidates For US House Debate

Democratic challenger Maj. Corinna Robinson and Repblican Congresswoman Kristi Noem debate on SDPB / October 16, 2014
Credit SDPB

Candidates for the United States Congress met Thursday night on SDPB Television for a debate that covered more than one dozen topics. Both women are offering their perspectives on the federal government’s relationship with Native American tribes.

Democrat Corinna Robinson says members of Congress must focus on the issues people in Indian County find important. 

"They are not getting the funding they need to continue their language training, their cultural training in their institutions, their colleges, and they would certainly like some help with that," Robinson says. "They would like better health care. They have to drive a long ways sometimes to get to a nearby clinic, or, when an emergency happens, there’s not an ambulance close by.  They certainly struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. And we certainly need to do a better job at listening and visiting hearing their concerns."

Robinson is running against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Both women say federal officials need to respect tribal sovereignty. Noem says she wants to ensure Native Americans don’t fear that federal organizations can come into businesses and claim jurisdiction on reservation land.

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4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

In his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Mike Rounds says voters have a very clear choice between philosophies on how government should run and which direction the nation should head in the future.

Rounds served in the state legislature before first being elected governor in 2002. Following his second term in office, he returned to his insurance and real estate business. Rounds faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the November 4th election to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.

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2:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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8:03 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Yellow Bird Steele Leads Pine Ridge Primary

Incumbent Tribal President Bryan Brewer at a protest march in Whiteclay, Nebraska.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe Election Commission is verifying the results of Tuesday's primary election.   
 
Unofficial tribal presidential primary results have Harold Eagle Bull in third place with 512 votes, incumbent Tribal President Bryan Brewer with 944 votes, and former Tribal President John Yellow Bird Steele leading the field at 1465.

But the results could change as the numbers are finalized.  

On Pine Ridge the top two candidates in a presidential primary don’t automatically advance to the general election.

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10:48 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

SD "Rez Tour" Aims To Increase Native Vote

The bus now touring all nine of South Dakota's reservations aimed at increasing the Native American voter registration and turnout prior to the October 20th deadline.

The Native American vote can make the difference in tight statewide races in South Dakota.  

U.S Senator Tim Johnson credits support in Indian Country in 2002 for his 400 vote victory over then Rep. John Thune.  

This week a group is making a final push to get more Native people signed up to vote before the voter registration deadline.

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4:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

South Dakota Governor Candidate Susan Wismer

Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer is campaigning to replace Republican incumbent Dennis Daugaard as South Dakota governor. She grew up in the northeast South Dakota community of Britton. She's an accountant who has been doing bookkeeping and taxes in her home town for the past three decades.

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2:08 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

U.S. House Candidate Corinna Robinson

Corinna Robinson
Credit Corinna Robinson for South Dakota

If she’s elected to Congress, Democrat Corinna Robinson says she’ll make creating jobs for South Dakotans a priority. She’s critical of Washington politicians who she says put politics before people. Robinson is a Rapid City native and retired military officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After twenty-five years in the army, she led the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Directorate at the Pentagon. She says she has the leadership skills that will allow her to work across the aisles in Congress. Robinson is challenging Republican incumbent Kristi Noem in the November 4th election.

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