Dakota Midday: "Immigration Battle"

Oct 20, 2015

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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.

Anti-human trafficking legislation is stalled in the United States Senate, and that frustrates South Dakota’s representation in Washington, DC. Democrats in the US Senate blocked debate again Wednesday over one provision in the bill.

Legislation in the United States Senate establishes a fund to help victims of sex trafficking. Money from fines on convicted traffickers would support it. The bill includes language that stops the dollars from being used on abortions except for rape, incest, or to protect the life of a woman.

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.


Republican Kristi Noem says if she’s re-elected to Congress, she’ll focus on policies that would help grow South Dakota’s economy. She wants to overhaul the tax code to help job creators and repeal what she calls “job killing regulations.” Noem was first elected to serve as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Agriculture Committee and House Armed Services Committee. Noem faces a challenge from Democrat Corinna Robinson.

A Conversation With Mark Tilsen

May 22, 2014

Mark Tilsen is co-founder of Native American Natural Foods, that company that makes the Tanka Bar.  The company is headquartered in Kyle on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  The company's vision includes staying on Pine Ridge to help create jobs and improve economic development.  This spring, Tilsen was invited to speak before a Congressional committee in Washington, D.C.  He discussed the challenges of creating business in Indian Country.  SDPB news producer Charles Michael Ray visited with Tilsen after he returned from the nation's capital.

Democratic US Senate Candidate Rick Weiland says the Republican front runner is misleading South Dakotans about the affordable care act.  Weiland also wants a debate on the issue. He was in Sioux Falls Tuesday calling out Republican Senate Candidate Mike Rounds on his recent TV ad. Weiland wants to debate Rounds before the Republican primary.

A Congressional committee including US Representative Kristi Noem has amended major national defense legislation. The Armed Services Committee addressed its annual bill Wednesday. Noem says lawmakers established some new procedures and priorities.

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Apr 15, 2014
Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

History Of The State Of The Union

Jan 28, 2014

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He's expected to discuss income inequality, immigration reform, health care and Afghanistan and Iran in his fifth State of the Union speech.  The Constitution requires a yearly State of the Union message, but doesn't mandate the president deliver it verbally.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the modern tradition by delivering his first report to Congress as a speech in 1934.  Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Government and International Affairs/Political Science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the

Noem Discusses Farm Bill And More

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem joined Dakota Midday to discuss the farm bill, budgetary issues and her legislative agenda for 2014.  Noem is also hosting a sex trafficking roundtable discussion in Sioux Falls today.  She said there a still a lot of people in South Dakota who aren't aware that sex trafficking is a problem in the state.

SD Roads Deteriorating

Nov 21, 2013

A recent report reveals a segment of South Dakota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and one quarter of the state’s bridges are outdated or showing significant deterioration.  The report indicates that many of the state’s bridges aren’t structurally sound and have serious problems with the bridge deck, supports and other major components.  It also shows that nearly one quarter of South Dakota’s major roads are deteriorating. The classification of poor means the roads have ruts, cracks and potholes bad enough they need to be resurfaced or even reconstructed.

Extensions To New Farm Bill

Oct 9, 2013

With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill last week, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a bi-partisan and deficit-reducing farm bill before the end of the year that keeps the nutrition title with the farm bill, maintains permanent law, provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers against uncontrollable market factors and weather disasters, and keeps a strong conservation title. The U.S.

Former SD Senator Opposes Force Against Syria

Sep 5, 2013

President Barrack Obama is seeking congressional approval of a resolution authorizing limited strikes in retaliation for the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.  James Abourezk, who served in Congress from 1971-1979, is against the use of force by the United States.  Abourezk joined Dakota Midday Thursday at the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Larry Rhoden Joins U.S. Senate Race

Jul 10, 2013
Nate Wek / SDPB

Another South Dakotan says he wants to be the Republican contender for 2014’s open U.S. Senate seat. State Senator and Majority Whip Larry Rhoden is running in the Republican primary. Rhoden believes he has qualities to be successful on the national level.

Senator Tim Johnson's Career

Mar 27, 2013

University of South Dakota political science professor Mike Card says Senator Tim Johnson still has work to do and will focus on banking, water, veterans issues and health care before leaving office.  Card discussed Johnson's political career on Dakota Midday after Johnson's announcement Tuesday that he will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Impact Of Sequester

Feb 28, 2013

Is the sequester just one big game of political "chicken?"  Dr. Robert Wright, Nef Family Chair of Political Economy & Director of the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions and Regulations at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the possible sequester and whether the advertised impacts are being overstated.

Banking Committee Agenda

Feb 14, 2013

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson released the Senate Banking Committee's Agenda for the 113th Congress.  Bret Afdahl, Director of the South Dakota Division on Banking, joined Dakota Midday to comment on the agenda and how it would affect South Dakota.

Violence Against Women Act

Feb 13, 2013
Eastern Band of Cherokee

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State Of The Union Reaction

Feb 13, 2013

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota's Department of Political Science, talked about Tuesday night's State of the Union address by President Obama.  He discussed the issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans.  Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship and constitutional governance.


Feb 12, 2013

Writer/Director Michael Kirk returned to Dakota Midday to talk about his new FRONTLINE documentary, "Cliffhanger," which premiers Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Based on interviews with key players including Speaker of the House John Boehner, White House adviser Gene Sperling and former Obama Chief of Staff William Daley, Cliffhanger investigates how a clash of politics and personalities led to one of the most bitter high-stakes standoffs in modern American history - a duel at the edge of the "fiscal cliff."

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 2, 2013

Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discuss last night's "Fiscal Cliff" deal and the upcoming 2013 South Dakota Legislative Session which convenes next week.

The Fiscal Cliff And Tax Hikes

Dec 19, 2012

Tax increases could hit millions of families and businesses a lot sooner than many realize if Congress and the White House don't agree on a plan to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and government spending cuts.  Michael Keller, Dean of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, looked at how South Dakotans would be affected.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 24, 2012

Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about the passing of former Senator George McGovern and his relationship with the city of Mitchell.  They also discuss the Kristi Noem/Matt Varilek race for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat along with local legislative races and whether Democrats can expect to see gains in the state and nation.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 10, 2012

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.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 19, 2012

Mitchell Daily Republic Editor Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter David Montgomery discuss Mike Rounds' announcement that he's forming an exploratory committee for a 2014 U.S. Senate run.  They also talk about a lawsuit to remove Representative Brian Gosch from the election ballot, the latest on the Kristi Noem/Matt Varilek congressional race and Attorney General Marty Jackley's investigation into robo calls and e-mails critical of Republican leaders. 

Kealey Bultena

In just more than two weeks, the current Farm Bill expires. The legislation encompasses crop producer provisions along with food and nutrition program adjustments. The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill, but House leadership hasn’t schedule a vote due to concerns it won’t succeed. South Dakota’s representative says she’s imploring colleagues to support the farm bill.