Dakota Political Junkies

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Jonathan Ellis, reporter and 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 U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage; the youth minimum wage and election reform measures being referred to voters in 2016; renaming Harney Peak; the controversy over the Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills; and Senator John Thune's regulatory rail bill.

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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 Governor Daugaard's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students; marijuana legalization in South Dakota; and the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and Denise Ross, editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed U.S. Senator John Thune's tweet criticizing Obamacare; the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s discussions over revisions to its policy on transgender student participation in sports; and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Teachers and Students.

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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Seth Tupper, enterprise reporter for the Rapid City Journal, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Tuesday's elections in Rapid City and Mitchell that saw losses by incumbent mayors; municipal election turnout; former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's conviction on election law violation charges; and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds' first speech on the Senate floor.

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Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth's trial on election fraud charges; the Nebraska legislature's passage of a bill abolishing the death penalty; a possible medical marijuana initiative for 2016; and the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission's ruling on climate change testimony in a summer Keystone XL pipeline hearing.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's visit to Watertown, new Republican leaders in the South Dakota State Senate, and possible initiated measures on the 2016 ballot.

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Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Watertown; Democratic state Representative Paula Hawks' possible challenge to Republican U.S. Representative Kristi Noem; the state's Standard and Poor's AAA credit rating; and public hearings on renaming Harney Peak.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the state Public Utilities Commission's delay in the Keystone/XL Pipeline evidentiary hearing; the state legislature's summer studies; a bill introduced by Senator John Thune that requiring collaboration between federal and local officials before a prescribed burn on federal lands when fire danger is high; upcoming Rapid City elections; and determining Platte's next mayor by luck of the draw.

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Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's upcoming visit to Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown; a new marketing campaign comparing South Dakota to Mars; and the legacy of  "gentleman politician" Walt Conahan who died over the weekend.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the announcement that President Obama will visit Watertown next month; the possibility of 2016 presidential candidates visiting the state; the likelihood of Republican Senator John Thune running unopposed in his re-election bid; and the rise of registered independents.

KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest in state politics. Topics this week included new leadership for state senate Republicans; controversy over the new 80 mph interstate speed limit; Democrats search for a candidate to oppose Senator John Thune in 2016; and the state congressional delegation's opposition to the listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as a threatened species.

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed veto day which wrapped up the 2015 session and the resignation of Senate majority leader Tim Rave and assistant majority leader Dan Lederman. Other topics included South Dakota’s status as the only state President Obama hasn’t visited during his six years in office and an invitation to Watertown.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the petition reform and youth minimum wage bills signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Other topics included FAA approval of a plan expanding a bomber training area and a new political action committee formed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

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The state legislature wrapped up its work last Friday after passing a final budget. Lawmakers return to Pierre on Monday, March 30 to consider any vetoes by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joined Dakota Midday and reviewed what they described as a "meat and potatoes" session. They also discussed Sunshine Week which newspapers across the country are using to promote openness in government and public access to public records.

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Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed proposals before state lawmakers, including bills exempting youth from the minimum wage hike, allowing cities to impose additional sales tax, and establishing water management districts in the northeastern part of South Dakota. Other topics included the selection of Pam Roberts as the new Republican state party chair and next week's election on expanding the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed President Obama's veto of a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the debate over transportation funding in the state legislature, the defeat of several concealed weapons bills, and Rapid City's upcoming vote on expansion of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Black Hills Knowledge Network and South Dakota Dashboard editor Denise Ross joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson's resignation and his political future; Senator Mike Rounds' comments that the Hot Springs VA medical center would be a good place for PTSD treatment; pay raises for state lawmakers; and gun legislation.

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest news in state politics.

With the 2015  session in its fifth week, they examined legislation that would have repealed South Dakota's death penalty and increased the number of signatures needed to bring initiatives and referendum to the ballot. They also talked about a proposal allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit and another that would repeal the "Daschle law."

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed legislation under discussion by lawmakers, including a proposal changing the number of signatures required to get initiated measures and referendums on the ballot; measures to fix the teacher shortage problem; Governor Daugaard's transportation bill; and a repeal of the so-called "Daschle law."

Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Black Hills Knowledge Network editor Denise Ross joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed a house proposal that would change a provision in the minimum wage law passed by voters last fall; a bike safety measure under consideration by a house committee; the debate over teacher salaries; and the reactions to reports of racism against Lakota students attending a hockey game at the Civic Center in Rapid City.

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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the South Dakota congressional delegation's reaction's to President Obama's State of the Union address; Ohio Governor John Kasich's visit to Pierre; juvenile justice reform; and a proposed law that would allow anglers to use bullheads as bait.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday with his State of the State address. He proposed raising taxes and fees by around $50 million to fund road and bridge projects. He also backed a juvenile justice reform measure. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle reviewed Governor Daugaard's proposals. They also discussed a U.S. District Judge's ruling striking down the South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban.

Kevin Woster, KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed former Governor Mike Rounds' adjustment as a new member of the U.S. Senate; U.S. Representative Kristi Noem's appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee; the upcoming 2015 state legislative session; and proposals to strengthen state laws regarding candidate petitions.

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Senator-elect Mike Rounds has received his committee assignments and is ready to get to work after he takes the Oath of Office next month. Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper discuss what those committee assignments mean for both the incoming Senator and South Dakotans. They also review the top political stories of 2014.

South Dakota's congressional delegation split along party lines on the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices. The partisan divide reflects the Democrat and Republican split throughout Congress.

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Nov 26, 2014
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Could former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland be the next chairman of the state Democratic party? That's one of the questions discussed by Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper on the Dakota Political Junkies. Other topics included the future Republican U.S. Senator John Thune and the latest in the unfolding EB-5 saga.

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The U.S. Senate was one vote short on Tuesday of passing a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would cut through South Dakota. Republican Senator John Thune voted for the bill and retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson voted against it.

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies and discussed the vote. They also talked about the possibility of John Thune running for president in 2016 and the new state legislative leaders.

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With less than a week before Election Day, several recent polls are showing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds with a comfortable lead over Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader/KELO-TV poll has Rounds leading with 42 percent, followed by Weiland with 33 percent, Pressler 13 percent and Howie at 2 percent. 10 percent are undecided. This is in contrast to polls from earlier this month that suggested a much tighter race.

Rounds for Senate

Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed the latest news in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson along with the unfolding EB-5 saga.

Pressler for Senate

South Dakota's contest for U.S. Senate is receiving national attention as a race that was considered safely Republican but is now seen as closer than expected. Some recent polls have Republican Mike Rounds in first at around 35 percent with either Democrat Rick Weiland or independent Larry Pressler in second place just a few points behind the former governor.

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