Dakota Political Junkies

Rounds for Senate

EB-5 was the main topic of discussion with the Dakota Political Junkies again this week. Denise Ross, web editor and reporter for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle examined a California arbitrator's dismissal of a case related to the EB-5 immigrant visa program and what it means for former Republican Governor Mike Rounds' campaign for U.S. Senate. They also reviewed recent polls of the Senate race and previewed Thursday evening's gubernatorial debate hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

State lawmakers on the Government Operations and Audit Committee reviewed Governor Dennis Daugaard and former Governor Mike Rounds’ written responses to questions about the EB-5 program on Wednesday. They also formulated questions for the program's former director, Joop Bollen. Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis and Rapid City Journal reporter Seth Tupper joined Dakota Midday and discussed the latest news in the unfolding EB-5 saga.

Rounds for Senate

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 EB-5 director Joop Bollen’s agreement to answer lawmaker’s questions in writing; Mike Rounds decision to skip a U.S. Senate debate sponsored by the Native Sun Times and United Tribes Technical College; and Larry Pressler’s “surging” independent U.S. Senate campaign.

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Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed recent press conferences by state Democrats about documents connected to the EB-5 program; new polls in the U.S. Senate race; and a proposal to boost teacher pay with a summer sales tax.

Labor Day is often considered the unofficial start to the general election season. But in South Dakota the season got underway two weeks ago with debates at Dakotafest in Mitchell followed by State Fair debates in Huron. Today on Dakota Midday, Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross discussed what's next in the campaigns for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor. Ellis is a reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and Ross is web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic.

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Veteran South Dakota journalist and KELO-TV Rapid City Reporter Kevin Woster and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reporter David Montgomery joined Dakota Midday for a discussion of the latest in state politics. They talked about last week's Dakotafest debates and the upcoming debates at the State Fair and what they signify for the general election campaign season. Other topics included Democratic lawmakers request for a deeper investigation into the EB-5 program.

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South Dakota's campaign season made its unofficial start this week with the first general election debates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor at the DakotaFest ag show in Mitchell.Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem faced Democratic challenger Corinna Robinson on Tuesday. Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard took on Democrat Susan Wismer and independent Mike Myers today and all four candidates vying for the state's open U.S. Senate made their cases for why voters should them to Washington, DC.

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Aug 13, 2014

Mitchell Daily Republic web editor Denise Ross and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery joined this week's conversation about the latest news in South Dakota politics. They discussed this past weekend's Libertarian convention and the nomination of Chad Haber as the party's candidate for attorney general. Other topics included the upcoming U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative and gubernatorial debates at DakotaFest in Mitchell which mark the kick-off the fall campaign season.

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Aug 6, 2014
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Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus-Leader columnist Jonathan Ellis joined this week's conversation about the latest in South Dakota political news. They discussed independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Myers' suit to replace is running mate on the fall ballot and the withdrawal of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s attorney from her election law violation case. Other topics included new polling numbers and South Dakota’s pulchritudinous congressional delegation.

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Jul 16, 2014
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Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader; and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, joined the Dakota Political Junkies this week. They discussed Democratic U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson's struggles to raise funds in her attempt to unseat Republican Kristi Noem. Other topics included state Libertarian's upcoming convention and Chad Haber's plans to seek the party's nominee for attorney general. Haber is the husband of former Republican U.S.

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Jul 2, 2014

The state of the South Dakota Democratic party was among the issues discussed by the Dakota Political Junkies. Democrats held their state convention this past weekend in Yankton and failed to find candidates for three offices: attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner.

This means Republican candidates Marty Jackley, Stave Barnett and Ryan Brunner win by default. Longtime South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the discussion this week.

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South Dakota Democratic gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer has announced Susy Blake as her lieutenant governor running mate, making this the first all-female ticket for governor in South Dakota history.

This decision, plus the recent state Republican convention and upcoming state Democratic convention, were topics covered with this week's Dakota Political Junkies. The discussion included Sioux Falls Argus-Leader political reporter David Montgomery and Mitchell Daily Republic publisher Seth Tupper.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 14, 2014

Joining the program this week are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed include Thursday's SDPB TV debate with the five Republican U.S. Senate candidates; Republican Senate candidate Annette Bosworth’s response to critics who attacked her recent comments on food stamps; and campaign gimmicks.

  

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Apr 23, 2014

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the new U.S. Senate campaign ads, first quarter fundraising, RINOs, and a joint press conference with Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel and Independent candidate Mike Myers on this week's edition of the Dakota Political Junkies.

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Apr 9, 2014

Joining the program are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the Sioux Falls mayoral election results, Pat Miller's candicacy for Secretary of State, former Republican State Senator Gordon Howie's announcement that he's running as an Independent for U.S. Senate and the April 12 debate featuring the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

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Dec 18, 2013

Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, discussed the legislature’s executive board’s decision not to discuss EB-5 audits, Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg’s announcement that he’s running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Governor Dennis Daugaard’s appointment of Chuck Jones to replace Russell Olson in the state senate. 

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Dec 11, 2013

Joining the program this week are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and news analyst with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the farm bill. House Speaker John Boehner says the current bill should be extended while House and Senate conferees seek a compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t extend the bill. We’ll also discuss the passage by the U.S.

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Nov 6, 2013

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis discussed the unfolding story of the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen and what impact it could have on the Senate candidacy of former Governor Mike Rounds, the petitions for public votes on a minimum wage increase and the “any willing provider” health care measure and Democrat Corinna Robinson’s candidacy for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.  

  

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Oct 23, 2013
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Today's Dakota Political Junkies are KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter Kevin Woster and Mitchell Daily Republic editor Seth Tupper. Topics include the end of the partial government shutdown, former state Representative Lora Hubbel’s announcement that she’s running for Governor and retired Army officer and Iraq veteran Corinna Robinson’s plans to challenge Representative Kristi Noem in the 2014 election.  

  

  

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Oct 16, 2013

This week's Dakota Political Junkies are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Topics include a possible run for Governor by former Republican state legislator Lora Hubbel, debt/shutdown negotiations, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem and the 2013 Farm Bill and the re-opening of Mount Rushmore.

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Oct 9, 2013

Joining the program this week are Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics include the 2013 Farm Bill, the government shutdown, and State Rep. Jim Bolin’s withdrawal from the race for Commissioner of School and Public Lands.  

  

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 25, 2013

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the latest news in politics, including the 2013 Farm Bill and State Senator Shantel Krebs' announcement that she's a Secretary of State candidate.

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Sep 18, 2013

Denise Ross and Kevin Woster join Karl Gehrke at the Rapid City studio to discuss the farm bill, a Rapid City uranium mining petition denied by the Board of Minerals and Environment, Libertarian Kurt Evans' entrance into the U.S. Senate race and a new task force on establishing voter stations in three mostly Native American communities.

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Sep 11, 2013

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion discussed the latest in state politics, which included President Obama's address to the nation on possible military action against Syria, a new poll on South Dakota's U.S. Senate race and new leadership positions in the South Dakota Senate.

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Sep 4, 2013

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics included the Daniel Willard robocall trial, a minimum wage initiative measure petition drive and a proposed ballot measure that would prohibit insurance companies from preventing their customers from choosing health care providers that are not included in company networks.

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Aug 14, 2013

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics included State Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson's resignation, State Representative Stace Nelson's announcement that he's seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Governor Dennis Daugaard's appointment of former DM&E Railroad CEO Kevin Schieffer to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

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Aug 7, 2013

Joining the program this week are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader where he also writes the Political Smokeout blog. Topics this week include the controversy over whether Secretary of State Jason Gant has authority to release HAVA funds for early voting offices in three reservation communities, Representative Kristi Noem's bi-partisan sex trafficking legislation and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post.

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Jul 31, 2013

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, columnist and reporter with the Rapid City Journal, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Topics included a possible U.S. Senate run by Republican legislator Stace Nelson, activities during the Congressional recess, immigration reform and the failed farm bill legislation.

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