Senate Debates SB 80 | In Their Own Words

Feb 8, 2021

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The Senate debates SB 80, adding specific guidance to the law that outlines the legislative redistricting process. Having passed in committee, this is the second reading and debate from the Senate floor. Here is today's "In Their Own Words." 

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S. Roy Kaufman

In The Moment … January 29th, 2021 Show 981 Hour 1

A new book explores an agrarian culture's epic journey along with its adaptation and connection to the Great Plains. Author S. Roy Kaufman grew up on a farm in the rural Freeman, South Dakota, community, where he now lives. His book is called "The Drama of a Rural Community's Life Cycle." 


SDPB News: Candidates for US Senate Forum

Oct 14, 2020

SDPB'S Stephanie Rissler hosted a candidate forum with South Dakota's 2020 candidates for the US Senate. Joining us: Dan Ahlers (Democrat) and Mike Rounds (Republican, Incumbent). Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify 

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 30, 2020

In The Moment … September 30, 2020 Show 913 Hour 2

Last night's Presidential Debate was a donnybrook. Was there a winner? And we take a closer look at Amendments A and B and Initiative 26. Our Dakota Political Junkies are University of South Dakota Professor of Political Science Mike Card, and former South Dakota State Senator Tom Dempster.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 29, 2018 Show 346 Hour 1

Next week voters decide which candidates represent the Republican Party in the general election. Let SDPB help you become better informed. Watch the Republican Gubernatorial Primary debate at 8:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV (streamed at Listen to the radio replay Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Central during In The Moment.

The winner of the Republican Primary goes on to face Democrat Billie Sutt0n, a State Senator state from Burke.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 2

Nick Reid is a coach from Douglas High School in Box Elder. He recently was honored with his first Diamond Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. He joins us to talk about the mental clarity and stamina of high school debaters and the coaching of not only students, but citizens.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two candidates for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives squared off during the Sioux Falls Rotary debate.
The hour long debate touched on many issues facing the country, including national security, the economy, and education. The conversation also turned to South Dakota’s number one industry… agriculture.
Democratic challenger Paula Hawks has spent much of the campaign for U.S. House criticizing Representative Kristi Noem’s move from the House Agriculture committee to the Ways and Means Committee.

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Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she’s voting to elect Donald Trump for president. The Republican revealed her continued support for Trump in Monday’s debate against Democratic challenger Paula Hawks.

Two women who want to represent South Dakota in the US House of Representatives faced off just hours after a presidential debate and days after damaging recordings exposed vulgar language from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.


USD political science professor Mike Card joins Dakota Midday to talk about the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


Jarad Bernstein, Director of Public Relations and Media Management at Drake University joins Dakota Midday.  Drake was in the spotlight  this weekend with the Democratic Presidential debate on campus. We’ll discuss the opportunities for students during a presidential year.

West River political junkies Denise Ross and Kevin Woster participated in the weekly Dakota Political Junkies segment.  Ross attended last night's "Daschle Dialogues" event on the South Dakota State University campus as the former Senator visited with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  The Junkies also visited about last night's Democratic Presidential Debate hosted by CNN.

Debate Candidates Spar On EB-5, Social Security Issues

Oct 23, 2014

Three candidates running for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat hammered Mike Rounds on EB-5 in Thursday night’s debate. 

The federal immigration program was the first question in the debate; it’s been a major issue in this year’s race.
Rick Weiland, Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie all criticized Mike Rounds for his role in alleged corruption, embezzlement and fraud in the program.
Rounds says EB-5 has been good for South Dakota.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 21, 2014

Kevin Woster of the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter performed in the role of SDPB's Dakota Political Junkies this week.  They discussed last Thursday's GOP Senate primary debate on SDPB-TV and the subsequent bickering among some of the candidates.  They also discussed why Independent candidate Clayton Walker was taken off the ballot for U.S. Senate, a new USDA grant to help fight pine beetles in the Black Hills National Forest and local and national concerns with the Veterans Administration.

Candidates React To Republican Debate

May 19, 2014

All five Republican candidates seeking the party nomination for U.S. Senate met in a televised debate late last week.    Whoever wins the June primary faces off against four opponents in the general election.

Two of those opponents, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler shared their reactions to the Republican debate with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray.

Frank Kloucek Loses Bid for Senate

Nov 6, 2012

Longtime Democratic Legislator Frank Kloucek from Scotland lost his bid for the State Senate in District 19.  Kloucek lost to Republican Bill Van Gerpen – who took home sixty-percent of the votes.  Kloucek was a Democratic leader in the Legislature, he put forward several bills each year and served in the political arena for over two decades.

Noem, Varilek Debate in West River

Oct 12, 2012

Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem and her Democratic challenger Matt Varilek spared in their only West River debate of the campaign season.  The pair are running for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in Congress.  The West River debate was hosted by the Rapid City Journal.

Noem, Varilek Spar over Climate Change

Oct 12, 2012

Climate change might not be a hot topic in presidential election to date, but in South Dakota’s U.S. House race it’s causing a squabble. Congresswoman Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek were at odds over the issue in their only West River debate hosted by the Rapid City Journal.

Varilek attacked Noem for failing to recognize the significance of the issue and Noem fought back by alleging Varilek supports too many restrictions on businesses.  Here are two excerpts from the debate.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 10, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader and David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader talk about the latest television ads in South Dakota's U.S. House race between first-term Republican Kristi Noem and Democrat Matt Varilek.  They also preview tomorrow's Vice Presidential debate and comment on former Senator Larry Pressler's endorsement of President Obama.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 4, 2012

This week we’re joined by Kevin Woster, columnist with the Rapid City Journal and Jonathan Ellis, columnist/reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics this week include the Presidential debates, Senator John Thune’s potential leadership moves after the fall elections, Democratic U.S. House candidate Matt Varilek’s suspension of his campaign’s television ads and the feud between State Senator Stan Adelstein and Secretary of State Jason Gant.