2020 election

Meet the Candidates: Doug Barthel

Jul 15, 2020

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Doug Barthel is a former police chief with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is now a community relations specialist at Sanford Health. He's also a candidate for South Dakota's House of Representatives representing District 10 which includes parts of Minnehaha county. He joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.


Meet the Candidates: Jessica Meyers

Jul 15, 2020

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Jessica Meyers has always had an interest in state government. She'd like to put that interest to the test by earning your vote for state senate. She's running for office out of District 12 which includes parts of Lake and Minnehaha counties. Our Meet the Candidates series continues as we get to know her. 


Meet the Candidates: Mike Weisgram

Jul 14, 2020

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Another Republican running for the South Dakota House of Representatives is Mike Weisgram. A longtime business owner, this is Weisgram's first attempt at running for a legislative seat. He's a candidate in District 24 which includes Hughes, Hyde, Stanley and Sully Counties. Weisgram lives in Ft. Pierre where he is a member of the City Council.

Meet the Candidates: Rocky Blare

Jul 14, 2020

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Rocky Blare is the Republican candidate for District 21 House of Representatives. Blare represented his district as a Senator in the last two legislative sessions. District 21 includes Bon Homme, Gregory, Charles Mix, and Tripp Counties in south-central South Dakota. Blare is an insurance agent from Ideal and we welcome him for Meet the Candidates.

In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 1

Meet Toni Miller, a Democrat running for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 9 (Minnehaha County). Miller is an RN and works in-home health care.

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In The Moment ... July 7, 2020 Show 853 Hour 1

Meet Adam Jewell, a Libertarian running for the South Dakota Senate in District 5 which covers Codington County. Jewell works in manufacturing.

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South Dakota voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2020.

South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced the petition submitted for medical marijuana legalization was certified to appear on the 2020 general ballot.

The question is backed by efforts from New Approach South Dakota, a cannabis advocacy group. Michelle Mentele is the director of the group. She says the state should focus on the meth epidemic and allocate resources there.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... November 7, 2019 Show 696 Hour 1

As America broils in campaign rhetoric, U.S. Senator Mike Rounds has yet to announce his intentions to seek reelection. That's not necessarily significant, but some voters are wondering if the health of Rounds' wife Jean is (or should be) part of the conversation.

SDPB blogger Kevin Woster writes about Jean Rounds On the Other Hand.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 30, 2019 Show 690 Hour 1

Former South Dakota legislator Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. His platform focuses on the economy, education, and healthcare. Ahlers joins In The Moment from the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls.

Dakota Political Junkies: Surveillance Balloons

Aug 7, 2019
Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 7, 2019 Show 632 Hour 2

The Pentagon is launching balloons over the Midwest, including South Dakota, for drug surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union has conveyed concerns over privacy.

South Dakota voters could be deciding on a medical marijuana measure in November, 2020, if proponents gather enough signatures by this November.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jon Schaff discuss these issues and more.

Pending Ballot Question Seeks To Expand Medicaid

Jul 16, 2019
South Daktoa Community Action

A South Dakota direct democracy organization is proposing a Medicaid expansion ballot question for the 2020 election.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, if Medicaid were expanded in South Dakota, roughly 40,000 adults would be newly eligible for coverage.

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 2

Freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum has announced a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. The Republican will challenge current Senator and former governor Mike Rounds, who is up for re-election.

After a few months of the rumor mill turning, Borglum made it official in Rapid City Monday morning.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins In The Moment with more.

South Dakota Republican Chair Looks To 2020

Apr 17, 2019

In The Moment ... April 17, 2019 Show 558 Hour 1

Republican leadership will stay the same at the top as the South Dakota GOP looks to the 2020 legislative session and a big election year.

Dan Lederman continues at the helm. He discusses the recently ended session and 2020.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 8, 2019 Show 551 Hour 2

The South Dakota Democratic Party has elected a new chair. Paula Hawks has been a state lawmaker and a candidate for U.S. House.

Hawks recaps the past legislative session and looks ahead at items like legislative interim studies and the 2020 election.

Amy Varland

The Deadwood Gaming Association is proposing an amendment to the state constitution to allow for sports betting.
The announcement comes just after a US Supreme Court ruling Monday morning that grants state’s the opportunity to legalize it.
Mike Rodman is executive director of the gaming association. He says the group is still figuring out how sports betting in South Dakota will look.