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Rick Weiland was instrumental in bringing Initiated Measure 22 before South Dakota voters. Now, as state lawmakers and policy makers struggle to interpret and implement the measure, Weiland joins Dakota Midday to address the challenges and opportunities of the Measure in detail.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter talks about the upcoming budget address, the prospect of budget adjustments and a more modest budget in FY18.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to preview his FY18 budget address and the upcoming legislate session, and answer questions about Medicaid expansion, education reform, and budget shortfalls.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger joins Dakota Midday to provide an update on the lawsuit over Initiated Measure 22. He discusses the controversy, the allegations and the will of South Dakota voters.

A sponsor of the transgender bathroom ballot measure says he’s bringing the issue to voters statewide after the legislature failed to pass a similar bill.

Jack Heyd says the voting public should have a say in 2018 if lawmakers again fail to pass a measure in the coming session.

A Box Elder resident, Heyd is behind a ballot measure that requires public school students to use rooms designated for the same biological sex. That means bathrooms, locker rooms and the like.

Two Cannabis Ballot Measures Could Reach 2018 Ballot

Nov 28, 2016

Marijuana activists in South Dakota say they will have ballot measures up for vote to legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana during the 2018 election.

The move comes after the group New Direction South Dakota failed to get medical marijuana on the ballot this year.

In Colorado, Proposition 64 was passed in 2012 to regulate marijuana much like alcohol. The group New Approach South Dakota is basing their recreational use ballot measure off of that proposition.

Lawsuit Filed To Stop IM22

Nov 23, 2016
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Opponents of Initiated Measure 22 are challenging the constitutionality of the campaign reforms approved by voters earlier this month.

A group of state lawmakers, lobbyists, and citizens filed a lawsuit against IM22 in Hughes County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters of IM 22 say this lawsuit goes against the will of voters.

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Dana Ferguson of Argus Leader Media looks ahead to the 2017 legislative session in this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment. She visits about bills that could be introduced and the possibility of a transgender restroom bill receiving enough petition signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.

Transgender Bathroom Bill Could Return On 2018 Ballot

Nov 22, 2016
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A version of the transgender bathroom bill that was vetoed by Governor Dennis Daugaard earlier this year could make its way to the 2018 ballot for a public vote.

A group is pushing for enough signatures to bring the issue of transgender students and bathroom usage to voters statewide.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says supporters are about to start circulating petitions for measure that requires transgender students use the bathroom corresponding with their assigned sex at birth.

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An installment in a downtown Rapid City park that celebrates the history of 20th century Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people is one step closer to getting installed.

The group behind the First Nations Sculpture Garden says they’ll make one final fundraising push in the spring before installing the sculptures in what is now called Halley Park.

The First Nations Sculpture Garden seeks to share  tribal history through the lens of four contemporary native people from the last 100 years.

Thune And Rounds Outline Upcoming Congressional Session

Nov 17, 2016

South Dakota’s congressional leadership is back in Washington D.C. following a recess during the campaign season.

Earlier this week Senator John Thune was re-elected as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.  This puts Thune in the top three of the Republican leadership.

Thune says the GOP has a chance to deliver on Republican promises of economic and national security.

Thune says many concerns expressed by state residents sync up with what the new congress and President-elect Donald Trump want to accomplish.

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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger visits about changes in the South Dakota Legislature after last week's election as he joins Lori Walsh on Dakota Midday.

Jackley Hints Heavily At Run For Governor

Nov 16, 2016
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By all indications Attorney General Marty Jackley is getting ready to run for governor.
 
While no formal announcement has been made, Jackley has formed a statewide Candidate committee called “Marty Jackley for Governor.”
 
The move comes a day after Congresswoman Kristi Noem announced her bid for the state’s highest office.
 
Jason Glodt, the state director of the campaign for Marsy’s Law, which added a crime victim’s bill of rights to the state constitution, has been tapped as the treasurer of the campaign.

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Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says South Dakota voters broke record numbers this year.

She says the number of registered voters reached an all-time high, when compared to previous election years in South Dakota.

Krebs says the total election night turn out came in just under 70 percent.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 16, 2016
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Dakota Political Junkie Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader discusses the early announcements with respect to the 2018 governor's race and how Initiated Measure 22 has impacted announcements and finances. He also visits about whether IM 22 could be changed by the state legislature as well as news that Jason Dilges is no longer a member of Governor Dennis Daugaard's cabinet. Dilges, who was the state's chief financial officer, had been placed on administrative leave last week.

Dusty Johnson Says He’s Running For Congress In 2018

Nov 16, 2016
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Dusty Johnson will run for South Dakota’s lone congressional seat in 2018.

Noem Announces Run For Governor

Nov 14, 2016

Congresswoman Kristi Noem is announcing her bid for governor in 2018.

The announcement comes just after Noem was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Noem’s announcement ends speculation about her run for the state’s highest office.

Last week, State Representative Mark Mickelson announced he won’t run for governor.

If elected, Noem would be South Dakota’s first female governor.
 

Mickelson Says He’s Not Running For Governor In 2018

Nov 10, 2016
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State Representative Mark Mickelson says he won’t run for governor in 2018.

His announcement ends speculation that he’d be a GOP contender for the state’s highest office.

Mickelson made the announcement yesterday/Thursday.  He says running for governor takes 100 percent commitment. Mickelson says that’s not in the cards for him and his family at this time.

Voters Approve Broad Package Of Election Reforms

Nov 9, 2016

South Dakota voters have passed Initiated Measure 22. 

Dakota Midday: South Dakotans Pass Marsy's Law

Nov 9, 2016
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South Dakota voters passed Amendment S with 60% of the vote Tuesday. Amendment S, known as Marsy's Law, establishes constitutional rights for crime victims in South Dakota. SDPB's Victoria Wicks joined Dakota Midday guest host Cara Hetland to provide details on how Amendment S will work.

Dakota Midday: Anticipating Trump Presidency

Nov 9, 2016
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Will President-elect Donald Trump be able to bring Americans together? How will foreign policy change in a Trump administration?

Tim Schorn, associate professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Sara Lampert, assistant professor of History and coordinator of the women, gender and sexuality program at USD, discuss the road that brought Trump to his win over Hillary Clinton and how they expect he'll govern.

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SDPB reporters Lee Strubinger and Kealey Bultena provide an in-depth look at payday lending issues Amendment U and Initiated Measure 21 after voters made their choice. They also discuss the rejection of Amendment V and how one lawmaker views the strategy of South Dakota voters. 

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross and Seth Tupper also join the program for additional discussion of ballot measures and how South Dakotans decided on them.

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Three in four South Dakota voters say the state should cap payday lending interest rates. Initiated Measure 21 garnered support from 270,278 people.

Steve Hildebrand owns a coffee shop in Downtown Sioux Falls. Customers who visited him Wednesday offered him congratulations with their orders.

Hildebrand has campaigned in favor of limiting the interest rate payday lenders can charge. He says a coalition of churches, groups, and concerned citizens support the move.

Dakota Midday: Election's Impact On Supreme Court

Nov 9, 2016
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Dakota Midday welcomes Mike Thompson, associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sioux Falls to discuss the implications of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court.

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Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson and Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader delve into results of some of South Dakota's legislative elections held Tuesday. They discuss the makeup of the legislature for the session that begins in January.

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Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, join guest host Cara Hetland to visit about South Dakota's Congressional elections. Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem were both re-elected by wide margins.

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Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Politics at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, joins Dakota Midday guest host Cara Hetland to talk about Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's election. Wanless discusses voting trends and South Dakota's part in the process.

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SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger spent Tuesday night at South Dakota Republican Party headquarters in Sioux Falls. He shares comments from U.S. Senator John Thune and U.S. Representative Kristi Noem as he discusses his night covering the GOP.

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SDPB's Kealey Bultena covered South Dakota Democratic Party headquarters Tuesday night. She joined Dakota Midday to share what Democratic candidates had to say after the vote was in.

You can hear Paula Hawks' speech in its entirety at this link. 
For more details from Jay Williams, click here. 

Nelson Keeps PUC Seat

Nov 9, 2016
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Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson keeps his seat in office following the election.
 
Nelson beat Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud who campaigned on an expansion of alternative energy including more wind and solar in South Dakota.  
 
Nelson says he is humbled and honored to spend another term on the PUC.
 

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