Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 1

Troy Heinert (D) represents District 26 and is the senate minority leader, and Jamie Smith (D) represents District 15 and is the house minority leader. They join us to discuss their goals for the 2020 legislative session.

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United States Senate

(Rep) Mike Rounds 50.5%

(Dem) Rick Weiland 29.4%

(Ind) Larry Pressler 17.1%

(Ind) Gordon Howie 3%

United States House of Representatives

(Rep) Kristi Noem 66.7%

(Dem) Corinna Robinson 33.3%

South Dakota Governor

(Rep) Dennis Daugaard 70.5%

(Dem) Susan Wismer 25.4%

(Ind) Michael Myers 4.1%

Constitutional Amendment Q

Yes 56.6%

No 43.4%

Initiated Measure 17

Yes 61.8%

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 2, 2014

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, publisher of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week include Veto Day's quiet end to the 2014 session, the controversy over Mike Rounds' use of stock footage in a television campaign ad and Democrat U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson.

The South Dakota House of Representatives is urging congress to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act. Proponents of House Concurrent Resolution 1028 say it’s important for the national government to know, South Dakota lawmakers do not agree or support the legislation known as Obamacare. Opponents like Democratic State Representative Bernie Hunhoff say the resolution is a waste of time because there is little chance of seeing the Affordable Care Act overturned.

House Bill 1177

Feb 10, 2014

A bill that would strip local governments of their authority to enact distracted driving ordinances, including bans on texting and driving has passed the House Judiciary Committee. House bill 1177 would replace local bans on texting and driving with a statewide ban. But critics say the statewide ban would be far weaker than those bans adopted in seven cities, including Sioux Falls. SDPB reporter Kealey Bultena discussed more details on the bill.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 29, 2014

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed included the latest news from the state legislature, Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer's announcement that she's running for governor and a House and Senate conference committee's agreement on a new, five year U.S. farm bill.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 13, 2013

Joining the program this week are Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week include a series of AP reports on the negative side effects of the ethanol industry; retired Army officer Corinna Robinson’s campaign seeking the Democratic nomination to run South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat; and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler’s consideration of another Senate bid.


Dakota Political Junkies

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.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 26, 2013

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, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included the collapse of the 2013 Farm Bill in the U.S. House, the Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act, the governor's Medicaid expansion task force and a report on South Dakota's political donors.

Rick Weiland Running For U.S. Senate

Jun 18, 2013

Rick Weiland, a former staffer for U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House in 1996 and 2002. He's the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the seat of retiring Senator Tim Johnson.

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.