In The Moment ... July 23, 2019 Show 621 Hour 1

The South Dakota Republican Party has several programs that bring teens, college students, and women into the party as possible future GOP leaders.

South Dakota GOP Chairman Dan Lederman discusses the pipeline the Republican Party has in place for developing new leadership.


In The Moment ... June 21, 2018 Show 363 Hour 1

The state's largest gathering of Republicans is underway in Pierre. The statewide GOP convention is time for delegates to update the party platform and also choose their candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Constitutional Officers.

SDPB's Kevin Woster writes about the fireworks on his blog. It's called On the Other Hand.

In the Moment ... May 1, 2017 Show 083 Hour 1

May is National Bike Month. Rapid City has been selected as one of 13 cities across the country as a flagship community for Life is a Cycle. Alex DeSmidt and Jay Scott Corbin Baschemin join us to discuss biking as transportation and the potential for Rapid City as a bike-friendly town.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

South Dakota is known as a stronghold for the Republican Party. But Democrats have waged effective challenges to the GOP, perhaps most notably in the early 1970s.

Jon Lauck joins Dakota Midday to discuss his article in “South Dakota History,” the journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The article is called “It disappeared as quickly as it came: The Democratic Surge and the Republican Comeback in South Dakota Politics, 1970-1980.”

Jon Lauck is associate editor and book review editor of Middle West Review and president of the Midwestern History Association.

Dakota Midday: Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 7, 2015

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem will cast a vote later this month for the next Speaker of the House.  How will she vote and could her vote alienate some Republicans as she looks ahead to possible re-election in 2016?  Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader discussed the Speaker vote along with news out of last week's Lincoln County GOP dinner, GEAR UP, and possible scenarios for the 2018 governor's race.

Dakota Political Junkies –  KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Denise Ross – the editor of the Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard discuss the sentencing of Clayton Walker, Republican Presidential debate and even compare Donald Trump to Bill Janklow.  

Erin Mairose

With over 17 Republicans seeking their party’s nod for the presidency, things are bound to get confusing.  Minnehaha County Republicans gathered Thursday to watch the first GOP debate.

Reactions to the Republican presidential debate were as mixed as the 17 candidates themselves. Minnehaha County Republican Jim Stalzer says for him the debate didn’t lend a clear front runner.  

“I’ve been impressed with most of the field today, I like at least half of them and I don’t think anyone has messed up tonight that has lost anything,” says Stalzer.

Education: Local Control Versus State Oversight

Feb 7, 2013

By Victoria Wicks
Republicans say educators send mixed messages whether they want state or local control, depending on the issue. Organizations of school boards, administrators, and teachers oppose the sentinel bill, which allows school boards to decide whether to arm school personnel. And teachers successfully fought a proposal to allow school boards to opt out of continuing contracts. But legislators say educators insist on local control in other matters.