Dakota Political Junkies

Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter) and Dana Ferguson (Sioux Falls Argus Leader watchdog state government and political reporter) join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the politics of Black Elk Peak, the competitiveness of statehouse elections, and more.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

Dakota Political Junkies Kevin Woster and Jonathan Ellis join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for a look behind the top political headlines of the week. Topics include the launch of a smaller GEAR UP summer program, the evolving relationship with Donald Trump and the state GOP, and the possibilities of Medicaid expansion in South Dakota.

The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of the most experienced and insightful political reporters and editors in the state.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. He joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh for insight into state party conventions and platforms, the nuances of party unity, and the prospects of improvements at the Human Services Center in Yankton.

  The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of the most experienced and insightful political reporters and editors in the state. Seth Tupper looks at the town of Cottonwood (population: 12) as it survives a dissolution vote.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 15, 2016
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Lori Walsh talks with the Dakota Political Junkies. Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss the state political headlines of the day. With more news this week of troubles in IHS services, the Junkies discuss the IHS Accountability Act of 2016 introduced last month by Senators John Thune and John Barasso. Thune, along with Senator Mike Rounds and Representative Kristi Noem are in the state this week for a town hall meeting, along with staff from the Indian Affairs Committee.

    

  Dakota Political Junkie Kevin Woster joins Dakota Midday to help put the state primaries into perspective. South Dakotans show up for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders split the delegate count. We’ll talk about some hotly contested local elections and South Dakota’s role in making history on primary night.

Kevin Woster is with KELO –TV Rapid City bureau. 

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. This week the Dakota Political Junkies weigh the influence of the Tom Daschle endorsement of Hillary Clinton. We also talk about more trouble in IHS and how Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem are addressing it and how state Democrats are using IHS woes as political fodder during an election year.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

May 18, 2016

Joining the show this week are Kevin Woster with KELO-TV's Rapid City bureau and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. They talk today's latest in politics.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies On Sanders

May 11, 2016

South Dakotans are about to feel the Bern. Bernie Sanders is heading to the state to continue his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination. The Dakota Political Junkies talk about Sanders, superdelegates, Jay Williams, and the TMZ ambush of Senator John Thune.

The Dakota Political Junkies are a panel comprised of top political reporters in the state. This week we are joined by Denise Ross (editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard) and Seth Tupper (enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal).

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis join Dakota Midday to discuss the week’s top stories in state politics.

Today we discuss the inevitability of Donald Trump’s nomination and what it means for South Dakota Republicans as they decide whether to embrace or distance themselves from the Republican candidate for president.

We’ll also talk about a federal law suit charging the state of South Dakota is over-reliant on nursing home care for the disabled and the dust-up in Hartford political leadership.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Denise Ross join us for a rundown of the state’s political stories of the week. This week we focus on the presidential race through the lens of South Dakota politics. From the potential candidate visits to the state, to how George McGovern might cast his vote, the Junkies offer intelligent insight into the topics of the week.

Seth Tupper is a Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter. Denise Ross is an editor at Black Hills Knowledge Network / South Dakota Dashboard.

Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with Argus Leader Media. Kevin Woster is a reporter for KELO-TV, Rapid City Bureau.

Together they represent this week's Dakota Political Junkies and talk with Midday host Lori Walsh about the week's political headlines.

Today's topics include accusations about Flandreu's tribal marijuana crop and memories of the plane crash that shook the state 23 years ago this week.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter (Madison Daily Leader Publisher) and Denise Ross (Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard Editor) tackle the complex topics of the week with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh. Ross provides a condensed history of the EB-5 scandal. Hunter begins a comprehensive look at conventions and delegates. This week's Junkies offer a must-listen primer into some of the tangled topics of the day, offered up with intelligence, insight, and wit.

Argus Leader watchdog and political reporter Dana Ferguson talks with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about South Dakota's conflict of interest laws, the GEAR-UP fallout, and the winners and losers of the 2016 Legislative Session.

Roger Whittle is managing editor with the Watertown Public Opinion. Jonathan Ellis is a reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. They sit down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss updates in state politics, from the Attorney General's press conference in Platte, to why March basketball can be more exciting than

March primary season, the Junkies provide insight and perspective into issues of the day.

With breaking news coming out of the state capitol nearly every day, we  take time on Wednesdays to talk with some of the top political reporters and editors in the state for in-depth perspective on the topics that affect your life in South Dakota. Today’s Dakota Political Junkies are Seth Tupper and Dana Ferguson. Tupper is with the Rapid City Journal. Ferguson is with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. 

From the veto of HB1008 to the delay of the Medicaid expansion conversation, the Junkies illuminate the state debates.

Every Wednesday we invite some of the top political reporters in the state to discuss the nimble nuances of South Dakota politics. Today, we welcome Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion.

Today the Political Junkies illuminate a rather dramatic week in the state capitol. From resignations to protests to a hint of success in the quest to raise teacher pay … the Dakota Political Junkies are here to help you make sense of it all.

Jonathan Ellis is a reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Denise Ross is an editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard. Every week we invite some of the top political reporters in the state to join Midday for an informal conversation about politics. This week, Ellis and Ross discuss the progress of education funding legislation, an opponent for John Thune, and whether or not a sales tax increase to pay teachers could end up as a ballot measure.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a political and watchdog reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Today we discuss the latest on education funding, transgender legislation, and what to watch for in the week ahead regarding Medicaid expansion.

Seth Tupper is an enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal.  Roger Whittle is managing editor at the Watertown Public Opinion. On this week's Dakota Political Junkies segment, we’ll fill in the blanks on industrial hemp, the Indian Health Services debate, and who might be gearing up for a run for governor.

The Dakota Political Junkies serve up some perspective on the top political headlines for 2015. Scandals in state government. Race relations Rapid City. Madison's cyber-security boom. The Junkies unpack the year and look forward to 2016 with signature intelligence, insight, and wit.

Featuring Seth Tupper ("Rapid City Journal"), Jon Hunter ("Madison Daily Leader"), and Jonathan Ellis ("Sioux Falls Argus Leader").

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter and Denise Ross, editor with the Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard discuss the latest in politics in South Dakota. We discuss possible Medicaid expansion, the Blue Ribbon task force report, the movement asking Secretary of Education Melody Schopp to step down and the Center for Public Integrity's recently released State Integrity Investigation, for which South Dakota received an "F" grade.

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Jonathan Ellis, reporter/columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the acquittal of a Philip man accused of spilling beer on Native American students at a Rapid City hockey game; Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender's proposal to lengthen mayoral and city council terms; and selecting a Democrat to run against Republic U.S. Senator John Thune in 2016.

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Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed protests over Governor Dennis Daugaard's planned changes for Hilger's Gulch on the capitol grounds; out-of-date information on the state's official network; the state congressional delegation's travels in South Dakota during recess; and possible Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City bureau reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Governor Dennis Daugaard's visit to Madison during Capital for a Day; the board of regents' request for a tuition freeze for in-state university students; and the search for a Democratic candidate to challenge Republican U.S. Senator John Thune in 2016.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City bureau reporter for KELO-TV, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed competing payday lending ballot petitions; a proposed constitutional amendment establishing nonpartisan elections; new South Dakota Democratic Party executive director Suzanne Jones Pranger; Kristi Noem's re-election announcement plans; and the aftermath of the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic state legislator Paula Hawks' announcement that she's a candidate for U.S. House, the first Republican presidential debate, and the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter/columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed hardball tactics by opponents to a proposed ballot initiative capping payday loan interest rates at 36 percent; Democratic state representative Paula Hawks' possible candidacy for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Kristi Noem; and newly-released FBI files revealing that late South Dakota U.S.

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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed South Dakota's fourth consecutive budget surplus and higher revenues than estimated; a proposed initiated constitutional amendment creating an independent redistricting commission; petition drives that would put the issue of payday lending on the 2016 ballot; and Senator John Thune's campaign war chest.

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