Seth Tupper

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., avoided criticizing or defending President Trump on Thursday when Thune fielded questions about impeachment during a visit to Rapid City.

“I think you can argue about whether or not the judgment the president exercised was appropriate,” Thune said, “but it’s pretty hard in my view to see a case where you would argue that this would be an impeachable offense. I don’t think it reaches that level based on what I’ve seen so far.”


In the Moment ... October 9, 2019 Show 676 Hour 2

South Dakota lawmakers have begun writing a bill that would legalize industrial hemp next year. An anti-uranium summit is taking place in Rapid City, and Senator Mike Rounds was in Sioux Falls yesterday where he discussed the bitter mood in Washington, D.C.

Dakota Political Junkies Mike Card, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, discuss the issues.

In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 1

In the second part of our conversation with Representative Dusty Johnson on In The Moment he discusses international trade and what can be done about robocalls. 

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
The office of Dusty Johnson

Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019
The office of Dusty Johnson

Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

In The Moment ... June 17, 2019 Show 597 Hour 1

Forage stocks in South Daktoa are running low. How does the soggy spring impact livestock down the road, and what kind of relief is available for farmers and ranchers from Congress?

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson explains the bipartisan efforts in Washington to answer the call for South Dakota producers.

Reining In High Prescription Drug Prices

May 7, 2019

In The Moment ... May 7 2019 Show 570 Hour 1

Millions of Americans are on prescription drugs. For some, the price of their prescriptions can be so high that they decide to go without.

One of the groups fighting for transparency when it comes to the cost of prescription drugs along with their research and development is the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing. Spokesman Jon Conradi says CSRxP wants to see bipartisan, market-based solutions to rein in high prices and create competition and lower drug prices for patients across America.

The office of Dusty Johnson

In The Moment ... April 15, 2019 Show 556 Hour 2

U.S, Representative Dusty Johnson briefs listeners on flooding and the conversations going on in Congress.

He was in Vermillion Monday to meet with political science students and faculty at the University of South Dakota.

In The Moment ... February 7, 2019 Show 511 Hour 2

Are the jobs of government workers part of the negotiations over immigration? Can Congress and President Trump agree on immigration reform and border security soon enough to avoid another government shutdown?

Senator John Thune joins In The Moment from Washington to provide an update.

In The Moment ... February 4, 2019 Show 508 Hour 1

Dusty Johnson is South Dakota's newest congressman. He joins us today to talk about the transistion to Washington D.C. and what he's been up to since he's been there.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.

In The Moment ... May 17, 2018 Show 339 Hour 1

The debate in Washington over net neutrality is heating up. If Republicans argue that Democrats are embracing poor policy, Democrats argue that Republicans are out of touch with how passionate voters are the topic.

The Trump administration's FCC Chairman has submitted the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, set to take effect on June 11. It essentially dismantles Obama-era regulations that reclassified Internet Service Providers as "common carriers" ... instead of the less heavily regulated "information services."

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 318 Hour 1

Can Congress make a deal on the 2018 Farm Bill, or will partisanship derail the efforts? The 2018 Farm Bill legislation makes its debut in the U.S. House of Representatives. Yesterday, we spoke with Representative Kristi Noem in Washington for a look at the details.

In The Moment ... February 8, 2018 Show 273 Hour 1

Senator Rounds serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on readiness. He joins us  from Washington to discuss the bipartisan compromise to increase military and domestic spending.

Rounds for Senate

South Dakota US Senator Mike Rounds says the revised Senate healthcare overhaul bill is a step in the right direction.
The revision was released Thursday morning.
Rounds says the bill should lower the cost of healthcare while continuing to provide access for those who need it.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s United States Senators say their health care plan is better than the Affordable Care Act. Thursday Senate Republicans released a draft of the highly-anticipated health care overhaul bill.

US Senator Mike Rounds says the Better Care Reconciliation Act is more moderate than the US House health care overhaul bill. He says it's a draft until the congressional budget office scores the bill.

Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

Secretary Of State Krebs Running For U.S. House

Mar 14, 2017
SD Secretary of State

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will run for South Dakota’s only congressional seat in 2018.

Krebs is currently serving her first term as Secretary of state. She took the seat in 2015.

Krebs says her time in that position makes her qualified for the job…

Melissa Hamersma

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.

Kristi Noem Re-Elected to U.S. House

Nov 8, 2016
Melissa Hamersma

Republican Kristi Noem won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives after South Dakota voters chose her over her Democratic challenger Paula Hawks. Noem first won election to Congress in 2010. She celebrated her victory at Republican Party headquarters in Sioux Falls. Hear her entire acceptance speech below.

Paula Hawks Thanks Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
Nate Wek

Paula Hawks took time to thank her supporters at the South Dakota Democratic Party gathering in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Hawks said she had fun running against incumbent Republican Kristi Noem who was elected to another two-year term to the U.S. House of Representatives. She encouraged members of the Democratic Party to come together and get involved.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting crews spoke with State Lawmaker Paula Hawks after her speech.  

Part Of Spearfish Canyon Closer To Becoming State Park

Jul 18, 2016

South Dakota’s congressional delegation is backing legislation to create a state park in the center of Spearfish Canyon.  The proposed park includes federal and non-federal land near Roughlock Falls and the town of Savoy.

A South Dakota candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is calling on her opponent to convince Republicans in the state house to vote on expanding Medicaid. Paula Hawks’ call comes just twenty four hours after South Dakota’s governor called off a special session.


U.S. House Candidate Paula Hawks says Medicaid expansion in South Dakota would help fund Indian Health Service operations.

Congress Debating Defense Spending

Jun 12, 2016

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act. It passed the U.S. House and is currently before the Senate. Not everyone agrees on what the measure should look like.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A United States Senator and a state lawmaker agree that the federal government is failing to provide adequate health care to Native Americans. United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert see different solutions to ongoing problems with the Indian Health Service.

U-S  Senator Thune has legislation in Congress aimed at comprehensive reform for federal health services for Native Americans. He says the bill makes it easier to fire ineffective IHS leaders, examines whistle-blower protections, and requires fiscal accountability so patient care funds actually make it to patients.

Rounds: Spending & Deficit Increases In Congressional Budget

Dec 17, 2015
U.S. Senator Mike Rounds

Congress is increasing spending on defense and other items this year.   US Senator Mike Rounds says increased military spending is needed to  make up for past budget cuts.  Rounds says a deal made with Democrats to approve those military spending increases lead to spending increases in other discretionary areas of the budget.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A Friday deadline for a federal funding bill is likely moving to next week. Members of the US Senate approved a late-night Wednesday deadline to give negotiators extra time. House lawmakers will likely vote on the extension Friday.

One South Dakota lawmaker says the quick extension makes sense. United States Senator Mike Rounds says he supports the move to give leaders a few extra days to decide what an appropriations measure includes. He says negotiators are making progress but are not sharing information.

U.S. House Passes Transportation Bill

Nov 5, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a multi-year transportation bill. Representative Kristi Noem says the measure gives certainty to state officials.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the six year authorization bill allows state transportation officials to complete projects that take many years to plan and implement. She says the hard part is agreeing on funding.

Dakota Midday: "Immigration Battle"

Oct 20, 2015

Tuesday night (10/20) at 8:00 p.m.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

One of South Dakota’s US Senators says Congress is more dysfunctional than he realized. Mike Rounds started his term in January; he spent part of his time back in South Dakota Tuesday talking to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Rounds says lawmakers must take pointed steps to make federal systems more efficient. 

United States Senator Mike Rounds has been talking about a broken Washington since he started his campaign for Congress. Less than one year since he took the oath, Rounds says the system is worse than he suspected. He says lawmaking is slow by design.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

United States Senator John Thune spent part of his Tuesday talking with young professionals in Sioux Falls. The lawmaker first spoke to members of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce before the smaller Q&A. People who work in energy, banking, business, and other industries are asking the lawmaker questions and explaining their concerns.

It may be a roundtable discussion, but young professionals in Sioux Falls line a long, rectangular tabletop to ask questions of United States Senator John Thune.