Dakota Political Junkies

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 They discussed protests over Governor Dennis Daugaard's planned changes for Hilger's Gulch on the capitol grounds; out-of-date information on the state's official network; the state congressional delegation's travels in South Dakota during recess; and possible Democratic candidates for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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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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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."

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