Billie Sutton

On The Other Hand With Kevin Woster

May 14, 2020

In The Moment … May 14, 2020 Show 817 Hour 1

Earlier in today's program, we talked about politics. Later in our second hour, we're going to talk about grief and loss. Well, you can read about politics and you can read about loss on Kevin Woster's SDPB blog: You might also find a few words there about fishing. Recent posts include thoughts from Billie Sutton about when to criticize and when to unite. And shortly you'll find a tribute to a friend.


Billie Sutton & Heather Krause

Feb 24, 2020

In The Moment ... February 24, 2020 Show 759 Hour 1

Heather Krause believes that celebrating women in your community starts with showing up to support them. She's joining us today to talk about the Women's Day of Service. Heather is part of the inaugural class of the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan organization devoted to leadership development in South Dakota. Founder Billie Sutton joins us on the phone.  


In The Moment ... July 23, 2019 Show 621 Hour 1

This spring, the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute announced its inaugural group of fellows. The 13-member class represents a wide rance of backgrounds, from agriculture to health care, business, corrections and more.

The Institute is a public service and community engaged leadership training program developed by former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton.

In The Moment ... April 18, 2019 Show 559 Hour 2

The Billy Sutton Leadership Institute is dedicated to inspiring and perparing the next generation of leaders to build a stronger South Dakota and more vibrant communities and workplaces through service to others.

Sutton joins In The Moment to expand on the bi-partisan effort.

Adria Botella

In the Moment brings you special post-election coverage with insight from SDPB's reporters, analysis from politial scientiests and the Dakota Political Junkies, and thoughts on lessons learned from state legislative and state party leaders.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger and Jackie Hendry recap Election Night in South Dakota.

Black Hills State University's Pam Carriveau discusses the statewide bollot questions and how South Dakotans spoke on citizen democracy.

Advertising And Motivating Voters

Oct 31, 2018

In The Moment ... October 31, 2018 Show 451 Hour 2

Julia Hellwege, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, says the focus during the final days of the gubernatorial campaign is having a good ground game.

In a conversation with SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger, Hellwege also discusses the philosophy of political advertising.

In The Moment ... October 31, 2018 Show 451 Hour 2

With less than a week before the 2018 election, pundits continue to believe the gubernatorial race is razor-thin. Meanwhile, an influx of cash is aiding Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton in their push to the finish line.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University, share their thoughts as the November 6 vote nears.

Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB

With an ageing producer population in the state, as well a high cost of land and inputs, both majority party candidates for South Dakota governor want to impact ag going forward.

Both candidates grew up on farms in rural South Dakota, and each has a vision for growing the state’s number one industry.

Chynna Lockett / SDPB

Kristi Noem says if she’s elected governor she’ll sign what’s become known as the Transgender bathroom bill.

Previous attempts to pass legislation that secures restrooms for opposite biological sexes determined at birth—have failed in the statehouse.

Supporters of the so-called transgender bathroom bill during previous legislative sessions say it protects student privacy. Language from those bills determines sex by anatomy.

Republican candidate for South Dakota governor Kristi Noem say’s she’ll work with sponsors of similar legislation, if the issue comes forward.

Kevin Woster: On The Other Hand

Aug 10, 2018

In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 1

From polls to campaign advertising and more, Kevin Woster offers up a treasure trove of political reading on his SDPB blog "On the Other Hand."

He shares details on In The Moment with Lori Walsh.

New Poll Shows Tight Governor Race

Jul 31, 2018
Kevin Woster / SDPB

A new poll from the Billie Sutton Campaign shows a tight race for South Dakota governor.

The Sutton Campaign says it shows their message is resonating with South Dakotans. However, the Kristi Noem campaign points out the poll still shows the Democratic candidate losing.

The early polling results, announced by the Sutton campaign, show the Sutton campaign trailing by four points, with 13 percent still undecided.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 19, 2018 Show 361 Hour 2

Democratic candidates Billie Sutton and Michelle Lavallee have received the party nomination at the statewide convention. As they hit the campaign trail ahead of the general election in November, we welcome them to In the Moment.

In The Moment ... June 14, 2018 Show 358 Hour 2

Earlier this morning, Democratic candidate Billie Sutton announced his running mate in the race for governor.

Michelle Lavallee is a Sioux Falls businesswoman and a former Republican.

SDPB's Lee Strubinger joins the show to tell us more about Sutton's running mate.


In The Moment ... May 3, 2018 Show 329 Hour 1

As GOP candidates strive to distinguish themselves on the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Billie Sutton surveys the scene from a different perspective.

SDPB's Kevin Woster writes about Sutton this week on his blog "On the Other Hand." His weekly visit also includes other useful and entertaining digressions.

Sutton for South Dakota

South Dakota is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to get online vendors to collect and remit sales taxes. Attorney General Marty Jackley is arguing the case on April 17. South Dakota's U.S. Representative Kristi Noem has sponsored a bill in Congress to try to accomplish the same thing through federal legislation.

Noem and Jackley, both Republicans, have announced they are running for governor of South Dakota.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... February 6, 2018 Show 271 Hour 2

South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton joins us from Pierre for a look at legislation he supports regarding campaign finance reform, open government, and education.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 6, 2017 Show 171 Hour 2

South Dakota State Senator Billie Sutton joins us for a look at his campaign to become South Dakota’s 33rd governor. We talk about his platform, grassroots economic development in the state, and his plan to tackle corruption in state government.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 8, 2017 Show 110 Hour 1

Mitch Prinstein admits he was not popular in high school but he did spend his youth observing behaviors that has led to his career. He is board certified in clinical child and adolescent physiology and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Popular: the power of likability in a status-obsessed world.


In The Moment ... June 7, 2017 Show 109 Hour 2

We begin hour two of the program with the Dakota Political Junkies. Joining us today is Dana Ferguson with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Also with us is Roger Whittle, editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. We discuss the accessibility of South Dakota’s Congressional delegation, Democrat Billie Sutton’s entry into the 2018 gubernatorial race, and more.


In The Moment ... May 31, 2017 Show 104 Hour 2

The race for governor in 2018 just got more interesting. The Dakota Political Junkies discuss South Dakota state Senator Billie Sutton’s announcement of his intentions to run for governor. Today we welcome Jon Hunter, Madison Daily Leader publisher and Seth Tupper Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota schools are getting a minimal budget increase to cover inflation. State law requires lawmakers provide schools the money, but in tight budget years – like this one – they override that mandate. Education funding plans changed throughout the session.

One month ago, State Senators approved a bill that offers K-12 education a one percent increase. With a week left in the session, State Representatives decided they could offer no increase – not even one to cover inflation.

On the final day, Republican State Senator Deb Peters says lawmakers found a compromise.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

It’s the start of this year’s legislative session, and leaders are already split over how to budget new money coming to South Dakota. Online retailer Amazon is starting to collect sales tax on South Dakota purchases next month. Its timing could pose a planning issue.

Amazon begins charging both state and local sales tax for South Dakota purchases in February. Democrat and State Senator Billie Sutton says lawmakers should include those dollars in the budget that starts July first.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

State lawmakers say they want to adjust parts of last year’s education overhaul. The governor says the current reform is working, because a sales tax for teacher pay is pushing average educator salaries up.  

One piece of vast K-12 education reform from 2016’s legislative session involves declining enrollment. Schools now must use the final number of students enrolled in the fall to determine their share of state dollars. Before they could average the previous two years to ease into lower funding.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s governor says he wants to fight methamphetamine by punishing bad behavior and reinforcing the good.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants to offer incentives to beat addiction. He says he supports allowing offenders who complete court-ordered treatment in a year one opportunity to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor. Daugaard says he also supports mandatory jail time for people on probation or parole who fail drug tests.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard says South Dakotans should not expect millions of dollars from IHS. A deal with the Indian Health Service would have covered medical care for Native Americans who qualify for IHS and Medicaid. The governor says that can’t happen for now.

Indian Health Service leaders agreed to cover millions in medical costs that South Dakota picks up using Medicaid. Governor Dennis Daugaard says that arrangement hinged on the state’s expansion of Medicaid. Because that isn’t happening, does the deal still work?


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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

State lawmakers say improving quality of health care remains a legislative priority. This on the heels of Governor Dennis Daugaard’s announcement that he will not support Medicaid expansion in 2017. That has lawmakers examining work between the state and federal government.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota political leaders say Medicaid expansion is off the table in the 2017 legislative session.  But one lawmaker says that doesn’t solve the problem of people not being able to afford health coverage.

Governor Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday that he will not prioritize Medicaid expansion in the next legislative session. He says he made the decision to not expand Medicaid in South Dakota after a meeting with Vice President Elect Mike Pence.

South Dakota Democrats and Republicans held state conventions over the weekend.  Representatives from both parties join Dakota Midday to recap the convention and discuss key platform issues in South Dakota.

State Senator Billie Sutton is the Senate Democratic Leader and co-chair of the SDDP Convention. He talks about platform issues and what state Democrats see as the missed opportunity of Medicaid expansion.

South Dakota GOP Executive Director Ryan Budmayr discusses platform issues and how state Republicans are reconciling differences to unite the state party.

Governor Signs Education Funding Bills

Mar 11, 2016
SD Governor's Office

A sales tax hike to benefit education and property tax relief is becoming law along with a major shift in the way South Dakota funds public schools. The changes are part of a three-piece legislative package that overhauls education funding.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed sweeping education funding changes into law. He and Republican State Senator Deb Soholt say it’s critical that the new laws increase the sales tax for a boost in teacher pay.