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4:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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2:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Mike Rounds
Credit Rounds for Senate

EB-5 was the main topic of discussion with the Dakota Political Junkies again this week. Denise Ross, web editor and reporter for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle examined a California arbitrator's dismissal of a case related to the EB-5 immigrant visa program and what it means for former Republican Governor Mike Rounds' campaign for U.S. Senate. They also reviewed recent polls of the Senate race and previewed Thursday evening's gubernatorial debate hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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3:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Weiland

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Since announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate last year, Democrat Rick Weiland has visited every town in South Dakota. He says government is not the problem, but a government controlled by what he calls “big money and special interests.” Weiland is a Sioux Falls businessman who worked for Senator Tom Daschle. He also served as regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was state director for the AARP.

During a Dakota Midday interview, Weiland explained why he thinks big money has taken over government and how he plans to fix the problem.

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5:19 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Native Vote And The U.S. Senate

The National Congress of American Indians is one organization pushing to get more Native people to the polls this election. Their nonpartisan "Every Vote Counts" effort is tied with nativevote.org

Who wins an election is often determined by who shows up to vote.

At least two sitting U.S. Senators can credit narrow political victories by margins they carried in Indian County.
 
Some political pundits point out that the number of Native Americans that turn out to vote in this election could again play a key role in determining the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story on why some say the Native vote shouldn’t be overlooked in this election.

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3:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

EB-5 and the Fall Campaign

Mike Rounds
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On Wednesday members of the Government Audit Operations Operations met in Pierre to discuss the EB-5 program. Lawmakers reviewed written responses from former Republican Governor Mike Rounds and current Governor Dennis Daugaard to questions asked by the committee. Rounds is running for U.S. Senate and Daugaard is seeking re-election. Democrats have been making EB-5 an issue in the fall campaign and trying to link it to Rounds.

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3:04 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Senator Larry Tidemann (R) Brookings is chair of the Government Operations and Audit Committee

State lawmakers on the Government Operations and Audit Committee reviewed Governor Dennis Daugaard and former Governor Mike Rounds’ written responses to questions about the EB-5 program on Wednesday. They also formulated questions for the program's former director, Joop Bollen. Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest news in the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rounds Attacked In Out Of State Ad: GOP Cries Foul

A new ad in South Dakota is critical of Mike Rounds on the EB-5 scandal.     
 
The ad comes from a non-partisan watchdog group called Every Voice Action.  The group says  it works to hold politicians accountable on where they stand on money in politics.
 
The group says while it’s critical of Rounds at this point it’s not endorsing any candidate in the race.

But Rounds denies wrongdoing and the GOP is alleging improprieties against the Weiland Campaign.

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4:26 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Larry Pressler

Larry Pressler
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Larry Pressler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1974 and later served three terms in the U.S. Senate. He’s seeking a return to his former Senate seat which is open with the retirement of Democrat Tim Johnson. But now Pressler is running as an independent because of the partisan fights he says are dragging the nation down.

During a Dakota Midday conversation, Pressler explained how the political culture has changed since he served in Congress and why an independent can be a powerful and effective voice for South Dakota in the U.S. Senate.

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2:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds
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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 EB-5 director Joop Bollen’s agreement to answer lawmaker’s questions in writing; Mike Rounds decision to skip a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by the Native Sun Times and United Tribes Technical College; and Larry Pressler’s “surging” independent U.S. Senate campaign.

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3:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Howie

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie

In the four-way race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson, Gordon Howie describes himself as the “true conservative.” The former Republican state legislator from Rapid City says he's running as an Independent candidate to provide state voters with an alternative to the Republican nominee, former Governor Mike Rounds.

The other candidates in the race for the open Senate seat are Democrat Rick Weiland and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, who is also running as an Independent.

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9:18 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

GOP and Dems Differ On EB-5 Significance

A release from the South Dakota Democratic Party cites new documents in the EB-5 scandal, but the leader of the party admits the EB-5 court paperwork has been public.

Executive Director Zach Crago says people didn’t previously know that millions of taxpayer’s dollars from South Dakota’s general fund are at risk in a California-based lawsuit.

But state Republican leaders balk at that claim. 

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2:08 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler
Credit Larry Pressler

Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed recent press conferences by state Democrats about documents connected to the EB-5 program; new polls in the U.S. Senate race; and a proposal to boost teacher pay with a summer sales tax.

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2:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds

Labor Day is often considered the unofficial start to the general election season. But in South Dakota the season got underway two weeks ago with debates at Dakotafest in Mitchell followed by State Fair debates in Huron. Today on Dakota Midday, Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross discussed what's next in the campaigns for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor. Ellis is a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and Ross is web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic.

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2:30 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democrat Rick Weiland, Independent Gordon Howie, moderator Jerry Oster, Republican Mike Rounds, Independent Larry Pressler at Dakotafest
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

Veteran South Dakota journalist and KELO-TV Rapid City Reporter Kevin Woster and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter David Montgomery joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about last week's Dakotafest debates and the upcoming debates at the State Fair and what they signify for the general election campaign season. Other topics included Democratic lawmakers request for a deeper investigation into the EB-5 program.

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2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Candidate Corinna Robinson, moderator Jerry Oster, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem at Dakota Fest in Mitchell
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

South Dakota's campaign season made its unofficial start this week with the first general election debates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor at the DakotaFest ag show in Mitchell.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem faced Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson on Tuesday. Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard took on Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers today and all four candidates vying for the state's open U.S. Senate made their cases for why voters should them to Washington, DC.

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2:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Former Governor Mike Rounds is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson

Mitchell Daily Republic web editor Denise Ross and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined this week's conversation about the latest news in South Dakota politics. They discussed this past weekend's Libertarian convention and the nomination of Chad Haber as the party's candidate for attorney general. Other topics included the upcoming U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative and gubernatorial debates at DakotaFest in Mitchell which mark the kick-off the fall campaign season.

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2:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader columnist Jonathan Ellis joined this week's conversation about the latest in South Dakota political news. They discussed independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers' suit to replace is running mate on the fall ballot and the withdrawal of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s attorney from her election law violation case. Other topics included new polling numbers and South Dakota’s pulchritudinous congressional delegation.

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2:29 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

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

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 Attorney General Marty Jackley’s briefing to state lawmakers investigating the EB-5 program; Governor Dennis Daugaard’s concern over immigrant placements in South Dakota; a new poll showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a significant lead; and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland’s new television ads. 

  

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3:34 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

George McGovern, Favorite Son of South Dakota

South Dakota is celebrating 125 years of Statehood.  Throughout the celebration, we're sharing stories on the people, places and events that make our state the Land of Infinite Variety.   One of South Dakota’s most recognizable people didn’t let a very bad day on the world stage stop him from doing good in the world.

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2:41 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

U.S. House of Representatives chamber
Credit Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader; and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson's struggles to raise funds in her attempt to unseat Republican Kristi Noem. Other topics included state Libertarian's upcoming convention and Chad Haber's plans to seek the party's nominee for attorney general. Haber is the husband of former Republican U.S.

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3:33 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Just when it seemed like the 2014 campaign season was calming down a bit, things have gotten interesting again. On Tuesday independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers held a press conference announcing that his new running mate is former Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers announces Republican Lora Hubbel as his running mate.

Also former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s husband Chad Haber has announced his intentions to challenge Attorney General Marty Jackley in the fall.

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2:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

The state of the South Dakota Democratic party was among the issues discussed by the Dakota Political Junkies. Democrats held their state convention this past weekend in Yankton and failed to find candidates for three offices: attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner.

This means Republican candidates Marty Jackley, Stave Barnett and Ryan Brunner win by default. Longtime South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the discussion this week.

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2:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Independent Mike Myers Makes Health Care Reform Focus of Gubernatorial Campaign

Mike Myers
Credit Mike Myers for Governor

Mike Myers taught health care law and health care administration at the University of South Dakota for 23 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.

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