Dusty Johnson Introduces FEEDD Act to Congress

Jun 18, 2019

Wet weather threatens regional corn and soybean production and the state’s livestock producers are concerned about providing feed for their cattle.

South Dakota’s Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson has introduced the FEEDD  Act, a bill allowing farmers to harvest cover crops, used to hold soil in place, earlier in the year.

Johnson says plant prevention insurance claims are made when farmers are prevented from planting crops and they are expected to plant a cover crop on the unutilized acres.

In The Moment ... March 7, 2019 Show 530 Hour 2

Today is the last day for the legislature to pass bills out of both chambers. SDPB's Lee Strubinger and Cara Hetland got together to discuss some of the top issues facing lawmakers.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University


In The Moment ... February 1, 2019 Show 507 Hour 1

Senate Bill 47 allowing constitutional carry in South Dakota was signed into law Thursday by Governor Kristi Noem.

SDPB Political Reporter Lee Strubinger says other bills dealing with concealed carry are still working their way through the legislature.

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University.


In The Moment ... December 19, 2018 Show 483 Hour 2

We review the top news stories of 2018. A deeper look at the new farm bill and a discussion of Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

We're joined by former South Dakota lawmaker and member of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame, Noel Hamiel. And publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, Jon Hunter.


In The Moment ... December 3, 2018 Show 471 Hour 1

Jon Schaff, is political science professor from Northern State University in Aberdeen. From time to time, he lectures on George McGovern. He joins us today with more on this once presidential candidate.

Kevin Woster

SDPB's Kevin Woster spent Election Day 2018 driving across the state to see a pair of mules. Woster joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh to talk about good friends and good animals.

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.

New York Times

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 2

Consider, for a moment, the year 1968. The Tet offensive. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The assassination of Bobby Kennedy. America was embroiled in divisiveness, even as passionate voices such as Kennedy's called out for change. Consider the lessons of history for today.

June 5th marks the 50th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's death. Bill Walsh joins us today. He's a longtime friend of the Kennedy family, a former campaign advisor for Edward Kennedy, and the former owner of the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood.

In The Moment ... April 30, 2018 Show 326 Hour 2

A new organization called Rural Forward is poised to address those issues in time for the mid-term elections and beyond.

Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle is one of the founding leaders of the project. He represented South Dakota in the U.S. House from 1979 to 1987 and then in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 26, 2018 Show 324 Hour 1

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us with insight into South Dakota politics with a visit to the Pennington County Republican Women's Club.


In the Moment ... April 10, 2018 Show 311 Hour 2 

FRONTLINE investigates the high-stakes battle for control of the GOP in America. We talk with FRONTLINE producer/reporter Gabrielle Schonder about the public and behind-the-scenes rhetoric that stands to redefine the Republican Party.

In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 2

Do women change the way government works? Today we welcome Brooke Blaalid of Ready to Run SD to talk about upcoming training that encourages women to run for office.

https://readytorunsd.org/The Ready to Run SD conference is April 13 and 14, 2018, at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.

In the Moment ... March 13, 2018 Show 296 Hour 1

As the 93rd legislative session ends, with it come several changes to the initiated measure and referred law process.

With those changes come increased information disclosure requirements from those circulating petitions.

Joining us to unpack those bills, and other laws that passed this year is SDPB's political reporter Lee Strubinger.

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

In The Moment ... December 20, 2017 Show 244 Hour 1

The controversy in America over language continues.

Augustana University professors Jennifer Gubbels, PhD., and Patrick Hicks, PhD., explore the notion of banned words and how to process recent news stories highlighting them.

In The Moment November 30, 2017 Show 230 Hour 1 

Today we talk misconduct and consequences, and how national revelations of sexual assault and harassment, are offering an opportunity (and a challenge) for political leaders to address the role of power and abuse.

SDPB's Kevin Woster wrote about it in his blog, On the Other Hand. You can find it at sdpb.org/woster.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago.  The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election.  The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing.  Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation.

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In The Moment ... May 10, 2017 Show 090 Hour 2

Alex Meyer. He's a junior art and theater major at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He recently earned a second place award at the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Alex is joined by Augustana professor Dr. Richard Swanson, who wrote the play which inspired Alex's set design. We talk about creation stories, following your passion to find your career, and about "stories among chaos."

In The Moment ... May 5, 2017 Show 087 Hour 1

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In The Moment ... February 13, 2017 Show 029 Hour 2

South Dakota Republican Party elected Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes has been elected by the South Dakota Republican Party to lead the SDGOP for the next two years. Chair Lederman will begin his term immediately and has called a Special Central Committee Meeting to be held at the end of February to adopt a budget and goals for 2017.


In The Moment ... February 8, 2017 Show 026 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies Dana Ferguson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader watchdog/government reporter, and Seth Tupper, Rapid City Journal Enterprise Reporter weigh in on this week in politics.

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In The Moment ... February 6, 2017 Show 024 Hour 2

A Senate committee is no longer considering banning lobbyists from an adjacent hallway to the Senate chambers; but reserve the right to bring it back if there's a problem. Unmanned aircraft don't need to register according to the Senate Transportation Committee. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill will not run for re-election. Gill also serves as head of state Bureau of Human Resources. Lawmakers are forming a special commission to investigate a fellow member for alleged sexual contact with a legislative intern during previous sessions.

Officials say the justice system needs to treat people with mental illness differently.

Understanding the misunderstanding between native and non-native cultures is a first step in closing the gap according to the Yankton Sioux Tribal chairman.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't support liberalizing marijuana laws.

A Senate Committee considers restricting lobbyists from hallways adjacent to the Senate floor.

Legislative leaders are already split over how to budget new money coming to South Dakota. Other stories featured in this podcast include: Governor Dennis Daugaard says he wants the legislature to update the state's wiretapping laws. Chief Justice David Gilbertson calls the rising rates of addiction in South Dakota a new wave of evil.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Republicans have a super-majority in both chambers of the South Dakota state legislature. 

State Representative Spence Hawley is a Democrat – one of 16 total in the state legislature. He says Democrats have ideas that deserve consideration.

Governor Dennis Daugaard’s FY18 Budget Address

Dec 6, 2016
Kealey Bultena

Governor Dennis Daugaard is proposing a total budget of $4.6-billion for fiscal year 2018.   The state is seeing lower than expected growth in sales taxes due primarily to a downturn in the agriculture economy and lower tourism revenue over the last year.  Daugaard says the state can make up for a lower than expected growth in this fiscal year with a mix of one time funds and other cost saving measures.  He says the state remains in good economic standing thanks to an honestly balanced budget without any over-borrowing.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Rev. Christina O'Hara visits about the process of forgiveness in our lives, especially in light of a contentious presidential election and the damaging interpersonal conversations that resulted. O'Hara becomes the Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Sioux Falls on January 1.

Voters Approve Broad Package Of Election Reforms

Nov 9, 2016

South Dakota voters have passed Initiated Measure 22. 

Nelson Keeps PUC Seat

Nov 9, 2016
Melissa Hamersma / SDPB

Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson keeps his seat in office following the election.
Nelson beat Oglala Lakota entrepreneur Henry Red Cloud who campaigned on an expansion of alternative energy including more wind and solar in South Dakota.  
Nelson says he is humbled and honored to spend another term on the PUC.