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.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 19, 2013

Joining the program this week are David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week included the 2013 farm bill passed by the Senate last week and now taken up by the House, the fundraising of South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates Mike Rounds and Rick Weiland, other possible Senate candidates and the Democratic Party's chances in 2014.

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

Jun 13, 2013

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, reporter and columnist with the Rapid City Journal, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader to discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included U.S. Representative Kristi Noem's announcement that she won't run for Senate but instead will seek a third term in the house, the farm bill passed by the Senate on Monday and longtime state auditor and secretary of State Alice Kundert, who died on Monday at the age of 92.

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.

Climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect—people can't even agree on the terminology. Whatever it’s called, conventional wisdom in the United States tells us it’s a liberal issue, that conservatives don’t believe human activity has much to do with it.

But it’s not all that simple, even here in the red state of South Dakota. A few conservative voices have emerged over the years to support taking action to prevent or mitigate the effects of human activity on the earth’s climate.

Farm Bill Passes House Committee

May 16, 2013

Lawmakers in Washington are working on a farm bill. The House Agricultural Committee passed a version of legislation Wednesday to maintain the farm bill momentum. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the new bill could save tax payers a lot of money.

United States Representatives on the Agricultural Committee passed the farm bill with bi-partisan support. Last year, the Farm bill made it through the U.S. Senate but stalled in the House. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she supports elements included in this year’s bill.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 8, 2013

For this week's Dakota Political Junkies, Kevin Woster, columnist with the Rapid City Journal, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, join the program to discuss the latest news regarding politics. Topics included the U.S.

Monday, May 6 is the last day for people in Sioux Falls to register for the upcoming school board elections. Four candidates race for two spots on the panel that guides South Dakota’s largest school district.

All adults who live in the Sioux Falls School District can vote in the May 21st board election, but only if they’re registered two weeks beforehand. Bev Chase in elections services with the district says registration isn’t difficult.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 1, 2013

Joining the program this week for the Dakota Political Junkies is Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics included Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin's exclusive interview with KDLT, a possible run for U.S. Senate by Republican State Senator Larry Rhoden and a recall campaign against members of the Rapid City Council.

Committee Approves Landowner Rights Bill

Jan 15, 2013

The House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee in Pierre wants mining and drilling companies to ask permission before entering private land. Representative Betty Olson of Harding County is the bills prime sponsor. Olson says the message of this bill is very simple.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 9, 2013

Kevin Woster, political columnist with the Rapid City Journal, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, join Dakota Midday to discuss the latest political news, including Governor Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address and the start of the 2013 legislative session.

Budget Preview With Hunhoff And Rave

Dec 4, 2012

State Representative Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton and State Senator Tim Rave of Baltic visit with Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke just prior to Governor Dennis Daugaard's budget address.  Hunhoff and Rave talked about what they'd like to hear from the Governor and about their legislative goals for the 2013 session.

Legislators Await Budget Proposal

Dec 4, 2012
Kealey Bultena

Tuesday South Dakota’s governor presents his vision for the state’s next fiscal year. Governor Dennis Daugaard is set to release his proposed budget for all of the state’s finances starting July first. New, returning and some outgoing lawmakers make the trek to Pierre for details on the governor’s plans and offer insight into this session's budget issues.

Lawmakers Prep For 2013 Session

Dec 3, 2012
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Tuesday afternoon South Dakota’s Governor reveals his financial plans for the state’s next fiscal year. While lawmakers travel to Pierre for the official budget proposal, legislative leaders have their own agenda for the 2013 session.

Money is always a primary focus for South Dakota lawmakers, but legislators also find issues outside of funding that matter to people around the state.

Former Governor Announces Senate Run

Nov 29, 2012

Former Governor Mike Rounds ended a period of speculation Thursday. He announced he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014.  Rounds has more than a decade invested in politics at the state level. 

He served two terms as Governor.  Democratic Senator Tim Johnson is the incumbent; he has had some health concerns during this senate term.  USD political science professor Mike Card says it’s difficult to say whether Johnson will seek re-election.

Professor: Rounds Poised For Campaign

Nov 29, 2012

Former Governor Mike Rounds announced Thursday he is running for the U-S Senate.  A few months ago, Rounds developed a committee to explore a possible Senate run. USD political science professor Mike Card says the former governor has had plenty of time to map out his future since returning to his insurance and real estate business in Pierre.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 28, 2012

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader look ahead to next week's budget address from Governor Dennis Daugaard.  They also discuss possible effects of the looming "fiscal cliff" on South Dakota.  Woster also gives an update on Monday's house fire that took the lives of four people in Rapid City.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 21, 2012

Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter and news analyst discuss topics that include the newly elected Republican and Democrat Senate and House leaders, Senator John Thune's reelection as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the third-ranking spot in the Senate, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem's opting out of a leadership role after serving as one of the freshmen liaison to the House leadership and the 2014 elections.

Today, Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic; and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics this week include George McGovern’s memorial services; the “corm dog” video by the GOP attacking Democratic Congressional candidate Matt Varilek that’s gone viral and also embraced by the Varilek campaign;  the Public Utilities Commission races; local legislative campaigns; and ballot issues.

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.

This special edition of Dakota Midday is dedicated to the late Senator George McGovern. Three guests join the show today to discuss the life, leadership and legacy of McGovern. We first hear from grandson Matt McGovern who's first experience in South Dakota politics was traveling the state as a child during his grandfather's 1980 Senate campaign. Donald Simmons joins the conversation - he's the Executive Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. McGovern graduated from Dakota Wesleyan after World War II.

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.

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.   

Kealey Bultena

Just more than one month stands between voters and Election Day 2012. As people peruse political flyers and competing candidate handouts, most notice the political party line. Not everyone wants voters focused on labels, though, and a Sioux Falls gathering is designed to distract from partisan politics.

They call it the No Party Party. Lively chatter proves festive conversation isn’t banned. Rather political party labels are off-limits.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 26, 2012

Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter and Mitchell Daily Republic Web Editor Denise Ross discuss the status of the Farm Bill after the U.S. House adjourned before taking a vote.  The Dakota Political Junkies also talk about new poll numbers in the House race between Representative Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek and a recent Noem TV ad which has received the "Pants on Fire" award from Politifact.

Understanding Muslim Societies

Sep 25, 2012

Marc Lynch, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Washington University, is one of the world's leading experts on Middle Eastern studies and societies.  Lynch publishes frequently about the politics of the Middle East and was one of the first to anticipate the impact of new social media on Arab politics.  He'll deliver the speech, "Understanding Muslim Societies," at the South Dakota State University McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center Thursday at 7 p.m.

Kealey Bultena

In one week, northwest Iowa hosted two of the men who hope to win November’s presidential election. First, President Barack Obama hosted a rally in Sioux City. On Friday, Governor Mitt Romney made a campaign stop in a nearby college town. Thousands of people found their way to Romney’s event in Orange City.

The crowd leaps up as a band ushers in presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He strides out on a stage built in the middle of Northwestern College’s gymnasium.