2012 Election

Politics
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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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds received several jabs during the Republican primary debate on Thursday.

Kevin Woster of the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter performed in the role of SDPB's Dakota Political Junkies this week.  They discussed last Thursday's GOP Senate primary debate on SDPB-TV and the subsequent bickering among some of the candidates.  They also discussed why Independent candidate Clayton Walker was taken off the ballot for U.S. Senate, a new USDA grant to help fight pine beetles in the Black Hills National Forest and local and national concerns with the Veterans Administration.

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Politics
1:49 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Candidates React To Republican Debate

Rick Weiland is a candidate for U.S. Senator in South Dakota.

All five Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for U.S. Senate met in a televised debate late last week.    Whoever wins the June primary faces off against four opponents in the general election.

Two of those opponents, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler shared their reactions to the Republican debate with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV. Topics include the weekend debate with the five Republican U.S. Senate candidates, challenges to the validity of signatures submitted by GOP U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, former state senator Gordon Howie's independent candidacy for U.S. Senate, and state lottery officials commissioning their own study of problem gambling.

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Andy Wiese With Moving South Dakota Forward on Initiated Measure 15

Now that South Dakota voters have rejected a one-cent sales tax increase, the campaign manager for Moving South Dakota Forward says he’s not sure how his organization will proceed.

Andy Wiese says even opponents of Initiated Measure 15 tend to agree that South Dakota needs to do more for education and Medicaid. They just don’t agree on the mechanism for funding.

He says Moving South Dakota Forward wants to continue the conversation and work with the legislature to restore funding.

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Politics
11:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

South Dakota Voters Approve How Cement Plant Proceeds Are Paid Out

One of two constitutional amendments approved by voters Tuesday night changes how cement plant proceeds are paid out.

Proceeds from the 2001 sale of the state-owned Rapid City plant were put into a trust fund, and constitutionally, 12 million dollars a year were transferred to the state general fund.

Representative Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City says locking in 12 million dollars resulted at times in a mandated dip into the principle.

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Politics
10:37 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Matt Varilek Falls to Kristi Noem for South Dakota's U-S House Seat

Democratic challenger Matt Varilek lost his bid for South Dakota’s U-S House seat.  Varilek fell to incumbent Republican Representative Kristi Noem by 18 percentage points Tuesday.  Varilek addressed supporters in Sioux Falls after conceding defeat.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed November 7, 2012

U-S Representative Kristi Noem Wins Second Term in Congress

U-S Representative Kristi Noem won a second term in Congress Tuesday night.  Noem defeated Matt Varilek in the general election for the state’s seat in the House.  Following her victory, Noem thanked her supporters in Sioux Falls—and reminded them much work remains.

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Politics
10:25 am
Wed November 7, 2012

South Dakotans Say No to Fine Arts Center in Chamberlain

As South Dakotans decided on state representatives and several ballot initiatives last night, many local proposals around the state were voted on as well. One proposal voted down was a project to bring a 5.3 million dollar events and fine arts center to Chamberlain. Chamberlain School superintendent Debbie Johnson said the center would have brought many activities and educational programs to the area.

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Politics
12:31 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kristie Fiegen Announces Victory

Republicans were able to win both Public Utilities Commission contests during Tuesday’s/last night’s elections. About an hour after Chris Nelson claimed his victory…commissioner Kristie Fiegen announced hers. Fiegen has served on the Public Utilities Commission for over a year…and now adds a six year term. Fiegen says South Dakotans can expect her work ethic to remain unchanged in the upcoming years.
 

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Politics
12:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Make No Significant Changes This Election

The Democratic Party might have fared well on the national stage…but South Dakota Democrats were unable to make any significant changes in Tuesday’s/last night’s elections. Matt Varilek fell to incumbent Kristi Noem in the U-S House of Representatives race. Both Republican candidates won in the Public Utilities Commission contests…and Democrats gained only one seat in the state senate. Ken Blanchard is a political science professor at Northern State University. Blanchard says the current climate of state politics in South Dakota make it difficult for any Democrat to win elections.

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Politics
12:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Referred Law 16 Fails This Election

South Dakota voters resoundingly disapprove of education overhaul passed during the 20-12 legislative session. Referred Law 16 failed this election, with nearly 70 percent of ballots opposing the measure. State Senator Deb Peters ran her re-election campaign unopposed. She championed the sweeping measure H-B 12-34 during the session.

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Politics
12:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Matt McGovern Loses to Kristi Fiegen

Democratic Matt McGovern says he is proud to be a voice for the environment. McGovern lost to Public Utilities Commissioner Kristi Fiegen. McGovern says he is only thinking ahead to the short term.
 
"Well tomorrow I’m gonna sleep in and then after that I’ll be just getting back to work in my law practice. I’ve got a couple cases that are gonna be getting busier with in these next couple weeks, says McGovern. So that will be my main priority going forward for now. 
 
McGovern says he is unsure if he will run again but he says it is a realistic possibility.

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Politics
11:59 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Matt Varilek Thanks Supporters

Democratic Congressional challenger Matt Varilek thanked the supporters and congratulated Kristi Noem on her reelection victory. Varilek says he is unsure what his future holds.
 

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Politics
11:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Frank Kloucek Loses Bid for Senate

Longtime Democratic Legislator Frank Kloucek from Scotland lost his bid for the State Senate in District 19.  Kloucek lost to Republican Bill Van Gerpen – who took home sixty-percent of the votes.  Kloucek was a Democratic leader in the Legislature, he put forward several bills each year and served in the political arena for over two decades.

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Politics
10:16 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Chris Nelson Claims Victory

Holding more than 60 percent of the votes with just over half of the precincts voting, Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson claimed his victory shortly after 9 o’clock Tuesday/last night. Nelson says his experience that he’s gained on the P-U-C made him the best candidate to represent South Dakotans. He says his service over the years has gained trust among citizens and he’s working for the state. As he heads into the next four years on the commission, Nelson says he’ll be working to protect the state against federal regulation.
 

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Politics
9:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Dusty Johnson Says SD Republicans Excited For Results in State Legislature

South Dakota Republicans felt pretty comfortable Tuesday/last night as they watched the state races results come in. Early results showed the South Dakota presidential race going to Mitt Romney…and South Dakota’s lone House of Representative seat staying in the hands of incumbent Kristi Noem. Dusty Johnson is the governor’s Chief of Staff. Johnson says along with the two national races, South Dakota Republicans were excited for the results in the state legislature.

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News
4:22 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Ballot Breakdown: Constitutional Amendments

In just four days, South Dakotans head to the polls. Amid high-profile state and national races, voters also cast their ballots in favor or against seven other measures. Four of those are proposed amendments to the state’s constitution.

South Dakota voters have a packed ballot this election year. They have four different opportunities to alter the state’s constitution. Those amendments are conveniently labeled M, N, O and P.

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Politics
2:01 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies Denise Ross & David Montgomery

Today, Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic; and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics this week include George McGovern’s memorial services; the “corm dog” video by the GOP attacking Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Varilek that’s gone viral and also embraced by the Varilek campaign;  the Public Utilities Commission races; local legislative campaigns; and ballot issues.

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News
10:40 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Judge Orders Secretary of State to Reprint Ballot Explanation

Circuit court judge Mark Barnett ordered Secretary of State Jason Gant to place an opposing statement on a proposed constitutional amendment in the state’s election guide.

Judge Barnett says Gant broke the law by not including opposition statements on the proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot.

Senator Stan Adelstein brought a lawsuit against Gant asking for the pamphlets to be recalled and for new ones printed.  Adelstein opposes Amendment P now on the Ballot.  He says it weakens the state’s balanced budget requirements.    

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News
3:57 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Noem, Varilek Debate in West River

Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem and her Democratic challenger Matt Varilek spared in their only West River debate of the campaign season.  The pair are running for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in Congress.  The West River debate was hosted by the Rapid City Journal.

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News
3:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Noem, Varilek Spar over Climate Change

Climate change might not be a hot topic in presidential election to date, but in South Dakota’s U.S. House race it’s causing a squabble. Congresswoman Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek were at odds over the issue in their only West River debate hosted by the Rapid City Journal.


Varilek attacked Noem for failing to recognize the significance of the issue and Noem fought back by alleging Varilek supports too many restrictions on businesses.  Here are two excerpts from the debate.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader and David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader talk about the latest television ads in South Dakota's U.S. House race between first-term Republican Kristi Noem and Democrat Matt Varilek.  They also preview tomorrow's Vice Presidential debate and comment on former Senator Larry Pressler's endorsement of President Obama.

Politics
1:29 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

"The Choice 2012" - A Frontline Documentary

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Politics
10:27 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies

This week we’re joined by Kevin Woster, columnist with the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis, columnist/reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics this week include the Presidential debates, Senator John Thune’s potential leadership moves after the fall elections, Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek’s suspension of his campaign’s television ads and the feud between State Senator Stan Adelstein and Secretary of State Jason Gant.   

Politics
1:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Romney Campaigns In NW Iowa

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to rally-goers in Orange City, IA.
Kealey Bultena

In one week, northwest Iowa hosted two of the men who hope to win November’s presidential election. First, President Barack Obama hosted a rally in Sioux City. On Friday, Governor Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in a nearby college town. Thousands of people found their way to Romney’s event in Orange City.

The crowd leaps up as a band ushers in presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He strides out on a stage built in the middle of Northwestern College’s gymnasium.

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Politics
1:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Iowans React To Presidential Visit

Mr. Obama addresses the crowd in Sioux City, IA.
Kealey Bultena

The president of the United States spent part of Labor Day weekend just across the border from South Dakota. President Barack Obama made a stop in Sioux City, Iowa as part of his Road to Charlotte tour for the Democratic National Convention.


President Barack Obama hops onto the podium to deafening cheers about 45 minutes before the crowd expects him.


"And it was important for me to begin that journey right here in Iowa, because this is where it all began four years ago," Mr. Obama says.

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