South Dakota's "Home Rule Charter"

Jul 20, 2020

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South Dakota's constitution and laws provide for five types of charters for a city. One of them is Home Rule Charter. This allows the voters of a city to enact a charter that allows the city to engage in activities the citizens desire that is not prohibited by the national or the state constitution and laws or the city charter.

Julia Hellwege and Michael Card are political science professors from the University of South Dakota and are involved.

News: Sen. Rounds & Apr 2 - 9

Apr 9, 2020

In this week's In the Moment news, we check in with Senator Mike Rounds, the mayors of Rapid City and Huron, talk the constitutional concerns around coronavirus, and much more.

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PoliSci Profs: COVID & Your Rights

Apr 9, 2020

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Since the first coronavirus cases were documented on U.S. soil, Americans have been looking to China, the Republic of Korea, and Italy for insight into what was ahead and how to manage it. South Dakotans have their eyes on New York City, Louisiana, and California as well as places like Sioux Falls and Beadle County. All of these places have different restrictions in efforts to contain the contagion.

Amendment W - Doug Kronaizl & David Owen

Oct 16, 2018
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Constitutional Amendment W looks to address campaign finance laws and lobbying laws.

Doug Kronaizl is with Represent South Dakota. He joined us to urge voters to say YES to Amendment W.

David Owen is president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He joined us to urge voters to say NO to the Amendment.

Amendment X - Jim Bolin & Cory Heidelberger

Oct 16, 2018
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Amendment X seeks to adjust how many votes it takes to change the Constitution itself.

State Senator Jim Bolin served on the bipartisan task force that recommended Amendment X. He joined us to urge voters to say YES to X.

Cory Heidelberger is a political blogger and a candidate for District 3 Senate. He joined us from the Tom and Danielle Aman studio at Northern State University to urge voters to say NO to X.

Greece v. Galloway Case

May 6, 2014

In the case of Greece v. Galloway the Supreme Court has ruled that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity. The court said in 5-4 decision Monday that the content of the prayers is not critical as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority said the prayers were merely ceremonial. They were neither unduly sectarian nor likely to make members of other faiths feel unwelcome.

Voters Won't Vote On Two-Thirds Vote

Mar 5, 2013

The House of Representatives Tuesday rejected a proposal to ask voters to change the State Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would have put on the ballot a constitutional change requiring a two-thirds vote of the people to increase taxes through an initiated measure.

Proponents say the legislature can’t enact new taxes without a two-thirds vote, but the people can vote in new taxes by a simple majority. They say for consistency, taxes should require a two-thirds vote regardless where the idea originates.

"We The People"

Dec 3, 2012

Donald Dahlin, emeritus professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, visits about his new book, "We the People: A Brief Introduction to the Constitution and Its Interpretation."  The book was an idea that Dahlin developed a couple of years ago when he decided that the constitution is such an important document that it deserved an objective approach.  Instead of selling an interpretation, Dahlin hopes the reader will make his or her own judgments regarding constitutional issues.

High School Students Compete Over Constitution

Nov 26, 2012

This week students from four South Dakota high schools converge on the state capitol to fight it out over the U.S. Constitution.

The South Dakota “We the People” High School State Competition gives students a chance to showcase their understanding of the Constitution.

Lennis Larson  is one of the coordinators of the program and a retired government teacher from Spearfish.   

He says the program intends to help promote civic confidence and responsibility among high school kids.

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To observe Constitution and Citizenship Week, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invited Rapid City lawyer Patrick Duffy to speak to students. Duffy says Americans are woefully uninformed about their own rights, and that ignorance threatens democracy. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks brings us part of that speech and talks with Duffy in his office.