Dakota Political Junkies


In The Moment ... September 25, 2019 Show 666 Hour 2

South Dakota's Congressional delegation is calling for transparency after yesterday's announcement that House Democrats are seeking a formal impeachment inquiry with respect to President Donald Trump's phone conversation with the president of Ukraine.

And, closer to home, the South Dakota Democratic Party's financial woes continue as their treasurer has announced his retirement.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jonathan Ellis discuss this week's issues.

News: Sep 14 - 20

Sep 20, 2019

Welcome to this week’s news podcast. This week you’ll hear about The Oglala Lakota Tribe becoming the first in the region to pass laws adding protections for LGBT people, House Minority Whip Erin Healy and House Speaker Steve Haugaard join us to talk pre-k, the Political Junkies discuss STAR Academy and more.


In The Moment ... September 18, 2019 Show 661 Hour 2

Should the state of South Dakota have seen the warning signs about investors of the former STAR Academy property near Custer? Does the public have the right to know why Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan has been out of the office for weeks?

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Mike Card talk these South Dakota political headlines and more.

News: Aug 31 - Sep 6

Sep 6, 2019

This week we bring you everything from non-meandering waters to industrial hemp production. It was a week that celebrated the state's great places, and dove deeper into the long-term impact of spring flooding and erratic weather. 


In the Moment ... September 4, 2019 Show 651 Hour 2

Why is the South Dakota Democratic Party closing their offices in Rapid City and Sioux Falls?

What's the latest on the proposed uranium mine near Edgemont?

And what is former Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether's big announcement this afternoon?

Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper and Northern State University professor of Political Science Jon Schaff discuss in our weekly Dakota Political Junkies roundtable.

News: Aug 24 - 30

Aug 30, 2019

Democratic State Representative Michael Saba discusses new ways to bring money into South Dakota. Rosebud and the Fort Belknap Indian Community have sued President Trump for violating treaties. South Dakota parents, educators and health officials are facing a four-year gap in data about risky youth. A Sanford Health researcher talks vaping. Hemp crop insurance is on the way despite Governor Noem’s opposition.


In the Moment ... August 28, 2019 Show 647 Hour 2

There are two Democrats in line to run for South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S. House. U.S. Senate candidate Skyler Borglum has a plan to take on the national debt. And, posters for the American Identitiy Movement have been posted around the University of South Dakota campus.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Mike Card discuss these topics and more.

News: Aug 17 - 23

Aug 23, 2019

Coverage of the Frank Lamere Presidential Forum. A federal judge will hear arguments on the merits of a lawsuit brought by tribes against President Trump. Political Junkies talk the state’s top political headlines. How can you better protect your data? – We have you covered.  And we hear from the two Rapid City businesswomen selected for this year’s Native American 40 under 40 award.


In The Moment ... August 21, 2019 Show 642 Hour 2

The Minnehaha County Democrats, in a press release today, say a candidate will step forward to run against Representative Dusty Johson in 2020. Could it be Whitney Raver?

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jon Schaff also discuss this week's industrial hemp hearings and the Frank La Mere Native American Presidential Forum.

News: Aug 10 - 16

Aug 16, 2019

In this weeks news, SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on Hand County potentially seeing another animal feedlot operation that may complicate things there. Tuesday marked the last day of the nest predator bounty program, and we’ll hear reactions from SDPB's Michael Zimny. Political Junkies talk the state’s top political headlines. Lori talks with Laurie Gill, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Could gratitude decrease stress? And, The National Farmers Organization says the country's farmers deserve better when it comes to the 2020 proposed Renewable Fuel Standards.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 14, 2019

In The Moment ... August 14, 2019 Show 637 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis (Sioux Falls Argus Leader) and Mike Card, Ph.D (University of South Dakota) join us for a look at the top state political headlines. Today we talk about gun free zones, red flag laws, and what those surveillance balloons are really up to.

News: Aug 3 - 9

Aug 9, 2019
Josh Haiar

This week we had Jon Hunter with the Madison Daily Leader and Jon Schaff, Political Science professor at NSU as our Politcal Junkies; we discussed the Pentagon launching surveillance balloons over South Dakota and the American Civil Liberties Union’s concerns over privacy, and the Jon Hunter’s report shinning a light on South Dakota’s need for more mental health professionals. We hear from folks at the new addiction treatment center, Project Recovery, and what they’re seeing regarding addiction in South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies: Surveillance Balloons

Aug 7, 2019
Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 7, 2019 Show 632 Hour 2

The Pentagon is launching balloons over the Midwest, including South Dakota, for drug surveillance. The American Civil Liberties Union has conveyed concerns over privacy.

South Dakota voters could be deciding on a medical marijuana measure in November, 2020, if proponents gather enough signatures by this November.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jon Schaff discuss these issues and more.

News: July 27 - Aug 2

Aug 2, 2019

After recent hearings on SNAP benefit eligibility requirements, the USDA issued a rule to reform the process; Representative Johnson discusses these changes. Kevin McNew, chief economist with the Farmer's Business Network, talks the impact of the new farm aid package. The CEO of Blue Dasher Farms explains “Regenerative Ag.” The senior advisor for South Dakota's Department of Agriculture discusses the 2019 Agricultural Economic Contribution Study. And, as always, the political junkies discuss this week's political news. 


In The Moment ... July 31, 2019 Show 627 Hour 2

The message "In God We Trust" will greet South Dakota students when they return to school next month and Seth Tupper writes about Senator Mike Rounds' multifaceted fundraising apparatus.

Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper and Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter discuss this week's political news. 


In The Moment ... July 24, 2019 Show 622 Hour 2

State finance leaders say South Dakota could face a revenue shortfall in fiscal year 2020. 

Congressman Dusty Johnson wants to see the U.S,/Mexico/Canada trade agreement come to the house floor for ratification before August.

A new poll shows Governor Kristi Noem's disapproval rating is up.


In The Moment ... July 17, 2019 Show 617 Hour 2

South Dakota has a $19.4 million surplus for Fiscal Year 2019. The Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same sex marriage. Plus, South Dakota Congressional delegates confront racism, accusations of racism, and election season rhetoric.

The Dakota Political Junkies are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, columnist and investigative reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader


In The Moment ... July 10, 2019 Show 612 Hour 1

Representative Dusty Johnson confronts the opioid crisis on college campuses, State Senator Lynne DiSanto receives a no-trespass notification from the Box Elder Police Department, and statistics show that Native Americans are under-represented in federal jury pools in western South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Noel Hamiel join In The Moment from the Black Hills Surgical Hospital Studio in Rapid City.


In The Moment ... July 3, 2019 Show 609 Hour 2

Scyller Borglum will challenge Senator Mike Rounds next summer and a petition drive for a referendum on House Bill 1094 has failed.

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter joins Lori Walsh for In The Moment's weekly Dakota Political Junkies segment. 

In the Moment News: June 24-30

Jun 28, 2019

South Dakota state representative Tim Reed explains the five interim task forces that will focus on mental health. South Dakota House Speaker Steve Haugaard and State Senator Reynold Nesiba discuss the implications of marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis on the Northern Plains. Linda Turner goes over this year's Special Education Report. Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis talk about "Removing the Stain" of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other news. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks reports on the hearing of death row inmate Charles Rhines.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 26, 2019

In The Moment ... June 26, 2019 Show 604 Hour 2

"Removing the Stain" of the Wounded Knee Massacre, a judgement against the Argus Leader, and the Board of Regents meets today to discuss intellectual diversity.

Joining us today is Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper and from the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls is investigative reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis.


In The Moment ... June 19, 2019 Show 599 Hour 2

A picture has created havoc during this year's Girls State and petition drives are underway to subvert South Dakota's current Initiated Measure process.

Dakota Political Junkies Noel Hamiel and Jon Hunter join Lori Walsh for the weekly political roundtable.


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Jun 12, 2019

In The Moment ... June 12, 2019 Show 594 Hour 2

It's that time of the week where we bring in the Dakota Political Junkies. Today we have Jonathan Ellis with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Jon Schaff, political science professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Today the discussion includes the Keystone KL Pipeline and Hemp/2019 Farm Bill.


In The Moment ... June 5, 2019 Show 589 Hour 2

What happened to funding for the Mni Wiconi Water Project? How devastating is the impact of flooding in Pennington County? What are the results of Tuesday's municipal election in Rapid City?

Rapid City Journal Enterprise Reporter Seth Tupper joins SDPB's Lori Walsh to discuss these issues.


In The Moment ... May 29, 2019 Show 584 Hour 2

The ACLU is asking a federal court to step in and prevent South Dakota from enforcing the new "riot boosting" law ... and a feather in the cap at graduation causes a stir.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Schaff and Jon Hunter dig into the issues in SDPB's weekly political roundtable. 

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May 22, 2019

In The Moment ... May 22, 2019 Show 581 Hour 2

Government transparency, high taxes, and former Senator Tom Daschle joins a cannabis investment company.

Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle and Jonathan Ellis join guest host Stephanie Rissler for this week's roundtable. 


In The Moment ... May 15, 2019 Show 576 Hour 2

South Dakota High School students propose a deeper look at "In God We Trust." U.S. Senator John Thune calls for trade deals that fuel economic growth. Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss this week's political headlines.


In The Moment ... May 8, 2019 Show 571 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss the debate over Initiated Measure 24's constitutionality and the Oglala Sioux Tribe's ban on Governor Kristi Noem coming to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Former legislator and South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Famer Noel Hamiel and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle are this week's panel.


In The Moment ... May 1, 2019 Show 566 Hour 2

A South Dakota lawmaker is accusing Congressman Dusty Johnson of intimidation. It's just one of the topics addressed by the Dakota Political Junkies.

This week's panelists are Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.