Campaign 2014


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.

A political action committee is committing more money to the US Senate race in South Dakota. A PAC known as Mayday is adding $250,000 to its earlier pledge of $1 million.

The money is going to media time to support Democrat Rick Weiland. He faces Independent Larry Pressler, Republican Mike Rounds, and Independent Gordon Howie in the race for United States Senate. One political scientist says he expects more national attention as poll numbers show a close competition.

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Candidates for United States Senate are weighing in on the federal government’s role in Indian Affairs. The four men running for South Dakota’s open seat met Monday at a Sioux Falls Rotary Club lunch for a panel discussion. Candidates agree that something needs to change for sovereign Indian nations.

Gordon Howie is running for US Senate as an Independent. He says poverty and dysfunction exist on Native American reservations because politicians claim they champion Indian communities and don’t follow through on their support.

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Three people want to be South Dakota’s next governor, and they meet Thursday night in a statewide broadcast to share their visions with voters. Candidates meet on SDPB TV for a gubernatorial debate guided by questions from people across the state.  The three are likely to focus their answers on the issues they see as most important for South Dakota citizens.

A nationwide Super PAC plans to spend $1 million in the race for South Dakota’s open United States Senate Seat. A group named Mayday calls itself a citizen-funded Super PAC. Leaders say their money comes from everyday people through crowdfunding and they claim to support policy, not political parties. Mayday is putting its money into commercials, get-out-the-vote campaigns and mailers.

State officials are looking into possible criminal violations connected to campaign petitions for a federal election. Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms he’s investigating elements of the United State Senate petitions.

Jackley isn’t naming names when it comes to his office’s investigation into possible crimes related to U-S Senate candidate petitions. But he says he’s not reviewing every petition from every Congressional hopeful.

Jason Ravnsborg For Senate

Apr 1, 2014

First-time candidate Jason Ravnsborg wants to be known as a statesman and not a politician.  In his December campaign announcement, Ravnsborg said he was answering the call from the citizens of South Dakota to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson.  Ravnsborg, a Yankton lawyer and a Major in the U.S.

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The lone Democrat running for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat says he knows how to improve health care across the county. Rick Weiland says the government should open up Medicare coverage to everyone. Weiland says, if elected to Congress, he'll propose the Medicare Choice Act.

"I’m talking about a  law would incorporate the best that we got out of that torturous debate several years ago – preexisting conditions, lifetime caps, 26-year-olds – but give in that law an opportunity for people to buy into Medicare," Weiland says.