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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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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
Credit SDPB

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
Credit SDPB

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
Credit SDPB

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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3:25 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Attorney General Marty Jackley's Legislative Proposals

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley
Credit Marty Jackley

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined Dakota Midday on the opening day of the 2015 session and discussed his legislative proposals for lawmakers.

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1:13 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Human Rights Watch Report Cites Corruption At Lower Brule

Tribal offices at Lower Brule.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

An international watchdog group says they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.   
 

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2:12 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune; and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former Governor Mike Rounds' adjustment as a new member of the U.S. Senate; U.S. Representative Kristi Noem's appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee; the upcoming 2015 state legislative session; and proposals to strengthen state laws regarding candidate petitions.

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2:24 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: Frontline's 'Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA''

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The NRA has been described as the most feared special interest group in Washington, D.C. A new PBS/Frontline report explores how the NRA re-invented itself from a group of hunters and sportsmen to a powerful lobbying force opposing any infringement on the right to bear arms. The documentary, Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA, airs this evening on SDPB1 Television at 9 pm, CT; 8 pm, MT.  PBS/Frontline reporter and producer Jim Gilmore joined Dakota Midday and discussed the NRA's political power.

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1:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Larry Pressler and the Centrist Project

Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler
Credit Pressler for Senate

A year ago former South Dakota Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler announced his candidacy as an independent for his former senate seat. He lost to Republican Mike Rounds in a four-way race this past November.

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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
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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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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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