Marty Jackley

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South Dakota has a unique drug law on the books. If you are pulled over and have illegal drugs in your blood stream, you can be convicted of drug possession.

It doesn’t matter where you took the drugs. And you don’t have to physically possess the drugs. It’s called possession through ingestion and in the last three years, South Dakota convicted nearly 3,000 people for violations.  

South Dakota is the only state where ingestion is a felony offense, which can mean prison time.

In The Moment ... January 3, 2019 Show 487 Hour 1

Marty Jackley's time as South Dakota's Attorney General is about up. He joins us today for one more conversation as the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the state.

In The Moment ... November 1, 2018 Show 452 Hour 2

Governor Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley announced yesterday that the State of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement and stipulation of dismissal in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg.

The settlement removes the injunction that prevented South Dakota from requiring the defendants to comply with the remote seller law.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley explains the settlement and how and when collections from remote sellers will commence.

Kevin Woster

In The Moment ... October 25. 2018 Show 448 Hour 2

From the shifting nature of news to the gift of the South Dakota outdoors, SDPB's Kevin Woster writes about life and politics, people and the wild that surrounds us.

Is it a case of good-soldiering for the GOP to avoid being put out to pasture? It's an interesting read - and you can find it at

Attorney General Marty Jackley says convicted murderer Charles Rhines won't get a second chance with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rhines' case was heard by three judges who issued an opinion in August that he is not entitled to have his conviction overturned. Rhines then asked that all active judges in the Eighth Circuit reconsider that outcome.

Jackley says the Eighth Circuit has rejected that request, and Rhines can now appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kevin Woster: On The Other Hand

Aug 10, 2018

In The Moment ... August 9, 2018 Show 397 Hour 1

From polls to campaign advertising and more, Kevin Woster offers up a treasure trove of political reading on his SDPB blog "On the Other Hand."

He shares details on In The Moment with Lori Walsh.

In The Moment ... August 7, 2018 Show 395 Hour 2

How do South Dakotans feel about alternatives to prison? What has South Dakota already done to reduce incarceration and increase transparency?

Yesterday we welcomed leadership from South Dakota ACLU to talk about their "Smart Justice" initiative.

Today we welcomed South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley for a look at the state of criminal justice in South Dakota. 

Jury Hears First Witnesses in Mid-Central Trial

Jun 26, 2018

A jury heard opening arguments in the State v. Hubers case in Sioux Falls on Tuesday. Stephanie Hubers faces charges in connection to Scott and Nicole Westerhuis’s financial management of various education organizations. One of those is Mid-Central Educational Cooperative, where Hubers was assistant business manager. 

Hubers has pled not guilty to felony charges of grand theft and alternate charges of receiving stolen property.

Jury Selected in First Mid-Central Trial

Jun 25, 2018

One of the defendants connected to the Mid-Central Education Cooperative investigation is facing trial in Sioux Falls this week. Stephanie Hubers has pleaded not guilty to felony charges that include grand theft or alternative counts of receiving stolen property. The jury reports Tuesday morning. 

In The Moment ... June 7, 2018 Show 353 Hour 1 

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins the program for a look at how South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard fares against President Donald Trump in the polls, the power of a packed ballot, and the residue of negative campaign tactics.


Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor, Marty Jackley says his opponent is using Washington-style politics to smear his campaign.

Before a gubernatorial debate on SDPB last/Tuesday night, the Kristi Noem campaign drew connections between Jackley and a Sioux Falls businessman accused of wire and mail fraud.

In 2016, Global Aquaponics broke ground on a hydroponics farming facility just south of Brookings. The company planned on combining fish farming and growing plants in water.


In The Moment ... May 30, 2018 Show 347 Hour 2

One week from today, voters should know the winners of the primary races in South Dakota. Last night on SDPB-TV, GOP gubernatorial hopefuls Kristi Noem and Marty Jackley squared off in a televised debate. Joining us now for analysis are Dakota Political Junkies Roger Whittle,  Managing Editor, Watertown Public Opinion, and Jonathan Ellis, Reporter and Columnist, Argus Leader Media.

Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

The U.S. Supreme Court is now deliberating whether it should amend or overrule its Quill opinion. That 1992 decision holds that Congress has the constitutional authority to regulate commerce among the states. And absent congressional action, states can't force businesses with no physical presence in the state to collect state sales taxes.

In the Moment ... April 17, 2018 Show 317 Hour 2

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley went before the United States Supreme Court to argue in favor of online sales tax collection and remittance. The case is titled South Dakota versus Wayfair, Inc.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt spoke with Jackley Tuesday morning.

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Annie Mae Aquash was found dead on the Pine Ridge Reservation in February 1976, killed by a bullet to the back of her head, but no one was charged with the crime for almost 30 years. Then two defendants were tried and convicted.

One of them, John Graham, has lost another appeal.

Graham was extradited from Canada in 2007 after he was implicated by his codefendant.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 22, 2018 Show 302 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins the program to discuss his latest online column from On the Other Hand.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2018 Show 301 Hour 2 

Argus Leader reporter and columnist Jonathan Ellis joins us for this week's Dakota Political Junkies. We talk about the Sioux Falls Mayor race, gubernatorial campaign wrangling, and the recent drowning at Falls Park.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 19, 2018 Show 299 Hour 2

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is running for governor. He joins us in the studio for a look at his campaign initiatives.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 15, 2018 Show 297 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us to talk about faith and politics in the South Dakota gubernatorial election.

Attorney General Marty Jackley discusses the opioid crisis and legislation passed this session in Pierre to increase penalties for drug-related offenses. We also discuss the potential impact of the White House Opioid Summit on March 1, 2018.

In The Moment ... March 6, 2018 Show 290 Hour 2

It’s the first week of the new year, and visions of the campaign for South Dakota governor are taking shape.

Both primary candidates for the Republican nomination for governor appeared in Rapid City on Wednesday.

Both events give a glimpse into what’s ahead on the campaign trail…

Last year, 2018 candidate for South Dakota governor and current Attorney General Marty Jackley, called for a clean campaign pledge for his opponent, congresswoman Kristi Noem.

She declined.


In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 2

Seth Tupper and Denise Ross join us this week as we unpack the state's top political headlines. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, this week we look at response from South Dakota's members of Congress as well as comments from gubernatorial candidate Marty Jackley about his thoughts on preserving 2nd Amendment rights for South Dakotans.

In the Moment ... September 18, 2017 Show 179 Hour 2

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is saying 200,000 state residents are involved in the Equifax data breech.  That means their private financial data may be available to cyber criminals.  SDPBs Andrew Bork speaks with Wallet Hub Analyst Jill Gonzalez to learn more about credit information and the best way to find out if yours is compromised.

National attention has been drawn to a South Dakota Supreme Court case heard Tuesday, Aug. 29. It centers on a law passed by legislators who knew it could not be enforced.

The law requires out-of-state internet vendors to collect sales taxes from their South Dakota customers and remit the money to the state.

Both sides agreed in advance that justices should not reverse a lower court decision that the law is unenforceable.

The state wants justices to clear the way for the issue to get to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In The Moment ... August 15, 2017 Show 156 Hour 1

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

Former State Representative Hubbel Running For Governor

Jul 10, 2017

Former state representative Lora Hubbel says she’s running for the state’s highest office.

Hubbel served in the state legislature for one term from 2011 to 2012.

Hubbel says she’s running against the state’s Republican establishment. She says she’s opposes federal programs for healthcare and education, like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core standards. 

Hubbel says if the state were operating better, she wouldn’t be running for office.

In The Moment ... June 29, 2017 Show 125 Hour 1

It's time to pack your beach bag with books and get ready for a holiday weekend. As the summer reading season heats up, we catch up with Peggy Stout. She's owner of Prairie Pages Bookseller in Pierre.

Peggy’s recommendations for adults:

“Magpie Murders: A Novel” by Anthony Horowitz

“The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense” by Dean Koontz

“Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel” by J. Ryan Stradal

“Commonweath: A Novel” by Anne Patchett

“Lilac Girls: A Novel” by Martha Hall Kelly

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South Dakotans can now report tips about illegal drugs through text messages. Project Stand Up is a statewide campaign that collects anonymous tips about drug crime. Authorities say the program is part enforcement and part deterrent.

With one word and five numbers, people who suspect illegal drug activity can report it. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says cell phone users text "drugs" to 82257.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 4, 2017 Show 086 Hour 1

SDPB's Steve Zwemke sits down with Minneapolis indie band "Night Moves" ahead of their concert this week at Total Drag in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... February 16, 2017 Show 032 Hour 1

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the new host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. She talks with Lori Walsh about taking the helm of a legacy program on NPR, how an intimate conversation creates a driveway moment, and how the role of American journalists hasn’t changed as much as some people think.