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In the lingo of South Dakota petition circulators, it’s called the “beach-towel effect.” 

The term describes the massive, folded-up sheets of paper that petition circulators carry as they gather signatures to put a proposed law on the ballot. 

SD GOP Facebook

Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson delivered a surprisingly fiery speech during an Election Night watch party on the Facebook page of the South Dakota Republicans.

But the speech was not about Hanson's re-election to a fourth term on the state commission.

“This is not going to be a typical election speech,” Hanson said, “because I’m amazed at the sometime insane positions that socialists have taken. I don’t want to throw a lot of bricks or rocks or anything, but I am going to be provocative.”

SDPB News: July 20

Jul 20, 2020

The SDPB News Podcast is where we bring you South Dakota's top news and politics headlines from the past 24 hours.

Each day, SDPB's journalism team works to bring you pertinent news coverage. We then compile those stories into one neatly formatted daily podcast so that you can stay informed. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Meet the Candidates: Doug Barthel

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 15, 2020 Show 859 Hour 1

Doug Barthel is a former police chief with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is now a community relations specialist at Sanford Health. He's also a candidate for South Dakota's House of Representatives representing District 10 which includes parts of Minnehaha county. He joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.


Meet the Candidates: Jessica Meyers

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 15, 2020 Show 859 Hour 1

Jessica Meyers has always had an interest in state government. She'd like to put that interest to the test by earning your vote for state senate. She's running for office out of District 12 which includes parts of Lake and Minnehaha counties. Our Meet the Candidates series continues as we get to know her. 


News Special: Mayors & Candidates

Jul 10, 2020

This week we hear the the mayors of Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Plus, a number on cadidates looking to represent South Dakota districts.

News: Jun 20 - 26

Jun 26, 2020

DACA cannot be dismantled, Dicamba cannot be used. Plus, Trump is headed to Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July fireworks show. 


All this and more in this week’s In the Moment news podcast. 


In The Moment … June 24, 2020 Show 845 Hour 1

PoliSci Profs: COVID & Your Rights

Apr 9, 2020

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Since the first coronavirus cases were documented on U.S. soil, Americans have been looking to China, the Republic of Korea, and Italy for insight into what was ahead and how to manage it. South Dakotans have their eyes on New York City, Louisiana, and California as well as places like Sioux Falls and Beadle County. All of these places have different restrictions in efforts to contain the contagion.

Campaign Material At Polling Place Restrictions Stay

Jan 14, 2019
Jenifer Jones / SDPB

 South Dakota’s restriction on campaign material in and near polling places will remain. State senators are killing a bill that lifts some bans on wearing campaign clothing or buttons while voting. The bill is in response to a recent Supreme Court decision challenging Minnesota’s polling place restriction. Kea Warne is the Director of the election division in the Secretary of State’s office.

Vote411 Connects Candidates With Voters

May 17, 2018

In The Moment ... May 17, 2018 Show 339 Hour 2

A new online resource strives to help you connect with the information you need.

The new website is VOTE411.org. We're joined now by Amy Scott Stoltz. She's the VOTE411 Chair for the League of Women Voters of South Dakota.

SD Secretary of State

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is sending advice to the president’s ‘voter fraud’ commission to consider when the panel looks at closer at elections.

Late last month, Krebs denied the panel access to the state’s voter information.

She says state statute prohibits her from sharing that information.

After he was elected, President Donald Trump claimed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, received 3 million more votes than him due to fraudulent voting.

Chelsea Clinton Speaks In Sioux Falls

Oct 5, 2016
Kenzie Wagner / SDPB

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton, addressed a crowd at Augustana University in Sioux Falls Wednesday evening.

Clinton’s speech was a rally for her mom’s bid for president. 

Chelsea Clinton spoke for 40 minutes to a crowd of around one hundred rally goers in Sioux Falls. Clinton shared her mother’s vision for running the White House. That vision includes addressing pay inequality, tuition free community college and public universities, as well as implicit bias police training.

Some Nebraska lawmakers are campaigning for a South Dakota ballot initiative. Nebraska elects state legislators without separating them into political parties. They say many of the legislative races in South Dakota are decided even before the general election - and that erodes the integrity of the political system. Nebraska has used non-partisan elections for more than 80 years. SDPB's Kealey Bultena has this conversation with Nebraska State Senators Galen Hadley, Colby Coash and Adam Morfeld.

Early Voting Starts Friday

Sep 22, 2016
Kent Osborne / SDPB

Absentee voting opens Friday across the state. Registered voters can cast their early ballot ahead of the November 8 general election.

One Auditor in the state says absentee ballot numbers are up, given the presidential election.

Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson says her office has received about 4,000 early voting ballot requests this year. She says absentee voting numbers are about 25 percent higher than the 2008 election, when Barack Obama was first elected.

Pearson says about a quarter of registered voters in Pennington county will vote early.

ACLU leaders have filed a federal lawsuit over a new election deadline for third-party candidates. The lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota says an earlier date for new parties to get on the ballot violates Constitutional rights. The case is filed Libertarian Party of South Dakota versus Krebs.

South Dakota lawmakers approved a measure that sets the date a candidate must turn in signed petitions a month earlier than it used to be. In January Secretary of State Shantel Krebs explained to lawmakers that an earlier deadline offers more time for scrutiny. 

Thailand In A Political Crisis

Feb 3, 2014

Reynold Nesiba, professor of economics at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, spent January in Thailand where he led a J-Term course on the "Political Economy of Thailand." Thailand's elections ended yesterday without any major incidents of violence, even though anti-government protestors stopped candidates from registering, blocked delivery of ballot boxes and prevented people from casting their votes. For more than three months, protestors have shut down the government district in Bangkok and other parts of the capital. Dr.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 5, 2013

Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, columnist and reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included the Rapid City mayoral election, the farm bill, Governor Dennis Daugaard's request for action on insurance violations and U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson's non-comments on running for his father's Senate seat.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 15, 2013

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis discussed the unexpected candidacy of Rick Weiland for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson and the announcement by former Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin that's she's not a candidate for the seat.

Education Funding

Oct 24, 2012

Doug Hall, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network in Washington, D.C., joins Kealey Bultena on Dakota Midday to discuss how education funding in South Dakota compares to surrounding states and whether investing more money in schools actually leads to better education.

McGovern Essayist

Oct 24, 2012

Former South Dakotan Josh Garrett-Davis wrote an essay for the New York Times this past weekend, "The Lost World of George McGovern."  In the essay, Garrett-Davis writes about South Dakota as a destination for young liberals in the mid-1970s.  Garrett-Davis grew up in Aberdeen, Hot Springs and Pierre (where he graduated high school in 1998).  He joins today's program from his home near Philadelphia.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 24, 2012

Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about the passing of former Senator George McGovern and his relationship with the city of Mitchell.  They also discuss the Kristi Noem/Matt Varilek race for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat along with local legislative races and whether Democrats can expect to see gains in the state and nation.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 17, 2012

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about former Senator George McGovern who has been admitted into hospice care.  They also discuss last Friday's debate between Representative Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek, a judge's order that Secretary of State Jason Gant include an opposition statement from Senator Stan Adelstein in the ballot issues guide among other topics.

"The Eighteen-Day Running Mate"

Oct 10, 2012

Bloomberg Television researcher Joshua Glasser is the author of "The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis."  Glasser's book is the first to uncover the full story behind Eagleton's rise and precipitous fall as a national candidate in 1972.  SDPB's Karl Gehrke speaks with the author on Dakota Midday.

SOS Encourages Early Military Absentee Voting

Sep 17, 2012

Absentee voting for the November election starts Friday in South Dakota. Government officials are reminding people to register to vote before the October 22nd deadline and request absentee ballots as soon as possible. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, it’s important for military personnel to get their votes in on time.