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Governor Dennis Daugaard is appointing former state Representative David Lust of Rapid City to fill the seat of a state lawmaker who passed away last month.

The late Representative Dan Dryden’s term ends this year and he’s technically still up for re-election.

Former state Representative David Lust was first elected to the legislature in 2007. He also served as the house majority leader from 2011 to 2015. He was then term limited.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

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Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Seth Tupper discussed Initiated Measure 22. The measure extensively revises state campaign finance laws while requiring additional disclosures and increasing reporting. It lowers contribution amounts to political action committees and creates a publicly funded campaign finance program for statewide and legislative candidates who choose to participate and agree to limits on campaign contributions and expenditures.

Some Nebraska lawmakers are campaigning for a South Dakota ballot initiative. Nebraska elects state legislators without separating them into political parties. They say many of the legislative races in South Dakota are decided even before the general election - and that erodes the integrity of the political system. Nebraska has used non-partisan elections for more than 80 years. SDPB's Kealey Bultena has this conversation with Nebraska State Senators Galen Hadley, Colby Coash and Adam Morfeld.

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Steve Hildebrand, owner of Josiah's Coffee Shop in downtown Sioux Falls, has paired up with Steve Hickey to gather signatures for Initiated Measure 21 which caps payday lending rates in South Dakota at 36%. Hildebrand is a Democrat who worked on President Obama's campaign. Hickey is a Republican.

From Amendment U to Initiated Measure 21, Hildebrand discussed his thoughts on controlling the payday lending industry and deception in the ballot questions during his visit on Dakota Midday.

Spearfish Canyon Tours

The U.S. Forest Service opposes a plan put forth and supported by South Dakota’s congressional delegation to transfer a chunk of national forest land to the state.
 
US Senator John Thune’s proposal creates a 1400 acre state park in Spearfish Canyon.

Early Voting Starts Friday

Sep 22, 2016
Kent Osborne / SDPB

Absentee voting opens Friday across the state. Registered voters can cast their early ballot ahead of the November 8 general election.

One Auditor in the state says absentee ballot numbers are up, given the presidential election.

Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson says her office has received about 4,000 early voting ballot requests this year. She says absentee voting numbers are about 25 percent higher than the 2008 election, when Barack Obama was first elected.

Pearson says about a quarter of registered voters in Pennington county will vote early.

Hawks Outlines Her Platform At Black Hills Forum

Sep 16, 2016
Hawks for U.S. House

The Democratic candidate for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House says the state can be a global leader in renewable energy.

During the Black Hills Forum and Press Club monthly series on Friday, Paula Hawks says the state needs to create opportunities for college graduates…

 

State Representative Paula Hawks is running against Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem. Much of the campaign has been focused on Noem’s IHS funding record and reforms, to Noem’s decision to leave the House Ag committee for the ways and means.

Peggy Schuelke is a Democratic candidate for District 4 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Al Novstrup is a Republican candidate for District 3 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Larry Tidemann is a Republican candidate for District 7 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Rapid City Council Approves $160 Million Budget

Sep 8, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Rapid City Council passed a $160 million operating budget for 2017. Residents can expect property taxes to remain the same.
 
Mayor Steve Allender says he took a different approach to crafting next year’s city budget.

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Two out of ten ballot measures up for vote in South Dakota deal with interest rates. Constitutional Amendment U establishes an 18 percent cap on interest rates in the state.

But there’s a catch.

 

According to the Attorney General’s explanation, if constitutional amendment U is passed any agreement with a lender may not charge more than 18 percent interest per year. That is if it’s a verbal agreement.

According to Consumer Credit Counseling of the Black Hills, if a loan isn’t agreed to in writing, it didn’t happen.

Karen Soli is a Democratic candidate for District 15 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Gary Cammack is a Republican candidate for District 29 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Steve Haugaard is a Republican candidate for District 10 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Dan Ahlers is a Democratic candidate for District 25 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Billie Sutton is a Democratic candidate for District 21 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Julie Bartling is a Democratic candidate for District 21 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

John Wiik is a Republican candidate for District 4 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Jamie Smith is a Democratic candidate for District 15 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Susan Randall is a Democratic candidate for District 12 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Chad Skiles is a Democratic candidate for District 16 of the South Dakota State Senate.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Dan Kaiser is a Republican candidate for District 3 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Eric Leggett is an Independent candidate for District 15 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Hugh Bartels is a Republican candidate for District 5 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Meet the Candidates is a series of interviews conducted by SDPB. We are asking each legislative candidate the same three questions: What would you like other South Dakotans to know about your districts and constituency? Discuss major issue or topic you want the Legislature to address? What legislation or solutions will you bring forward to deal with it?

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two out of ten ballot measures up for vote in South Dakota deal with interest rates. Initiated Measure 21 caps interest rates at 36 percent.

Opponents of the measure say that cap would choke the industry.

 

A coalition of South Dakota churches and concerned citizens are backing a proposal to cap interest rates at 36 percent. Supporters say it would rope in payday loan companies that charge upwards of 500 percent on short term loans.

Rounds Discusses EPA And Land Rights in Rapid City

Aug 31, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds says he’s concerned about private property rights when it comes to EPA regulations. He says he specifically sees issues with regulations in the Waters of the United States rule and the Endangered Species Act.
 
That statement came during a subcommittee hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday. A local scientists says those regulations exists to control what enters waterways and to create a level playing field.

State Rep. Dryden Remembered As A Statesman

Aug 30, 2016
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State Representative Dan Dryden has died after a battle with cancer. Dryden represented District 34, which encompasses part of Rapid City. Colleagues remember Dryden as a good listener and a great lawmaker.

 

Governor Dennis Daugaard says Representative Dan Dryden’s background as a business manager for Rapid City schools made him an education  finance expert.

Dryden was first elected to the state Legislature in 2011. He rose through the ranks and served as the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

At the Black Hills Forum and Press Club lunch on Friday, South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem insisted that change is a good thing.
 
That’s why she says she left the House Ag committee in favor of a group that looks at the country’s tax code. It’s an issue her challenger has hammered the incumbent on.

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South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the Sioux San Indian Health Service hospital in Rapid City will pass federal Medicaid and Medicare accreditation in September.  

Some IHS hospitals in South Dakota have struggled with accreditation and funding this year.

Noem took a  walkthrough Sioux San this week. She says the hospital has had its challenges with CMS accreditation.  She says funding could have been pulled this month but the deadline was pushed back.

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