Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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