Politics

Robinson Announces US Representative Campaign in Pierre

Jan 31, 2014

A Rapid City native and war vet will challenge U.S. Representative Kristi Noem in the 2014 election. Democrat Corinna Robinson held a brief conference in Pierre at the State Capitol Friday morning. Robinson says although she’s facing a Republican incumbent, she’s confident in her qualifications for the position. She says she’s running because current members of Congress are too focused on partisanship and she plans to provide transparency for South Dakotans.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 22, 2014

KELO-TV Rapid City reporter Kevin Woster and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, discuss the latest in politics. Topics included the legislative debate over Common Core education standards, insurance reform, animal cruelty legislation, the U.S. Senate race and the farm bill.

Former United States Senator Larry Pressler announced in late December that he's running for South Dakota's open U.S. Senate seat. He says he's frustrated by the partisan methods in the nation's capital, which he calls poisonous. Pressler lost his seat as a Senator nearly two decades ago to Tim Johnson. Pressler says he wants to represent South Dakota as an independent. Pressler also stated that he would only serve one term if elected.

Upheaval In South Sudan

Jan 8, 2014

Conflict broke out in South Sudan in mid-December.  Border disputes and ethnic battles have resulted in hundreds of deaths.  Today, the South Sudan peace talks being held in Ethiopia stalled and Uganda is sending in more troops and military hardware.  Sioux Falls resident David Jal postponed a trip there due to the upheaval.  Jal was born in the Dunyal Village in Southern Sudan but fled at the age of 10 when civil war intensified.  In 1994, he was approved to be resettled in the United States and was able to come as a refugee in 1995.  Jal is currently a probation officer with the South Dak

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Former United States Senator Larry Pressler says he’s running for South Dakota’s open US Senate seat. He says he’s frustrated by the partisan methods in the nation’s capital, which he calls poisonous. Pressler announced his campaign in Sioux Falls as an independent candidate for the 2014 race.

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 18, 2013

Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, discussed the legislature’s executive board’s decision not to discuss EB-5 audits, Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg’s announcement that he’s running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Governor Dennis Daugaard’s appointment of Chuck Jones to replace Russell Olson in the state senate. 

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 11, 2013

Joining the program this week are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and news analyst with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, and Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics include the farm bill. House Speaker John Boehner says the current bill should be extended while House and Senate conferees seek a compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t extend the bill. We’ll also discuss the passage by the U.S.

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 27, 2013

Joining the program this week are David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics include the Sioux Falls School Board and the Pledge of Allegiance, the EB-5 investigation, a new third party candidate for governor and Kristi Noem’s school lunch proposal.  

  

Dakota Political Junkies

Nov 20, 2013

Joining us today are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, political reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Topics include state Democrats calling on Attorney General Marty Jackley to recuse himself from an investigation into the Governor’s Office of Economic Development related to the EB-5 scandal, the Sioux Falls School Board’s updated policy regarding the Pledge of Allegiance that’s prompted death threats, Joan Jett’s removal from South Dakota’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade float and a GOP U.S.

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

Nov 6, 2013

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis discussed the unfolding story of the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen and what impact it could have on the Senate candidacy of former Governor Mike Rounds, the petitions for public votes on a minimum wage increase and the “any willing provider” health care measure and Democrat Corinna Robinson’s candidacy for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat.  

  

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 30, 2013

Joining the program this week are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter and blogger for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.  Topics include the latest on farm bill negotiations between Senate and House conferees including South Dakota U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, ballot measure petitions for the 2014 election and the power imbalance between the South Dakota legislature and the Governor’s office. 

  

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 16, 2013

This week's Dakota Political Junkies are Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Topics include a possible run for Governor by former Republican state legislator Lora Hubbel, debt/shutdown negotiations, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem and the 2013 Farm Bill and the re-opening of Mount Rushmore.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 9, 2013

Joining the program this week are Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics include the 2013 Farm Bill, the government shutdown, and State Rep. Jim Bolin’s withdrawal from the race for Commissioner of School and Public Lands.  

  

"Emotion And Politics"

Oct 7, 2013

The Political Science League at the University of South Dakota and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership host an address from Dr. Mark Fisher, M.D., entitled, "Emotion and Politics," at 4:00 p.m. Monday (10/7) at Farber Hall in Old Main. Fisher, a professor of neurology, anatomy and neurobiology, political science, and pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California, Irvine, received his M.A. from USD in 1972.

Government Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

Emily Wanless is an assistant professor of government and international affairs/political science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

"Public Administration And The Failure Of Politics"

Sep 19, 2013

Kenneth Meier is speaking on "Public Administration and the Failure of Politics in the United States" Thursday (9/19) at 4:00 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center Conference Room on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. Meier (B.A. USD 1972) is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and also Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University (Wales).

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 18, 2013

Denise Ross and Kevin Woster join Karl Gehrke at the Rapid City studio to discuss the farm bill, a Rapid City uranium mining petition denied by the Board of Minerals and Environment, Libertarian Kurt Evans' entrance into the U.S. Senate race and a new task force on establishing voter stations in three mostly Native American communities.

Dakota Political Junkies

Sep 4, 2013

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics included the Daniel Willard robocall trial, a minimum wage initiative measure petition drive and a proposed ballot measure that would prohibit insurance companies from preventing their customers from choosing health care providers that are not included in company networks.

Nate Wek / SDPB

United States House of Representative Kristi Noem is traveling around South Dakota to gather information regarding online learning at the state’s colleges. Noem was at the University Center in Sioux Falls on Thursday.

Lederman Attends Toll Fellowship Program

Aug 27, 2013

Republican State Senator Dan Lederman of Dakota Dunes was one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments' Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2013.  The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Walcott Toll, is one of the nation's premier leadership development programs for state government officials.  Lederman discussed this year's program which was held last week in Lexington, Kentucky.

Instructor In Cairo Discusses Violence In Egypt

Aug 20, 2013

Bret Swanson, an English instructor at American University in Cairo, talks about what he's seen so far in the past year in Egypt. Swanson's a former adjunct professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University. He also worked in educational outreach for SDPB. More violence is expected in Egypt after chaos swept through the country last week, leaving nearly 900 dead in four days of unrest and threatening to stall a political transition.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 14, 2013

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor with the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Discussion topics included State Senate Majority Leader Russell Olson's resignation, State Representative Stace Nelson's announcement that he's seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Governor Dennis Daugaard's appointment of former DM&E Railroad CEO Kevin Schieffer to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Dakota Political Junkies

Aug 7, 2013

Joining the program this week are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader where he also writes the Political Smokeout blog. Topics this week include the controversy over whether Secretary of State Jason Gant has authority to release HAVA funds for early voting offices in three reservation communities, Representative Kristi Noem's bi-partisan sex trafficking legislation and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 31, 2013

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, columnist and reporter with the Rapid City Journal, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Topics included a possible U.S. Senate run by Republican legislator Stace Nelson, activities during the Congressional recess, immigration reform and the failed farm bill legislation.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 24, 2013

Joining the program are David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics included State Representative Stace Nelson's exploration of a possible Senate run and Greg Jamison's announcement that he's running for Sioux Falls mayor.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 10, 2013

Today's Political Junkies are Kevin Woster, columnist and reporter for the Rapid City Journal, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics this week include the announcement by State Senate Majority Whip Larry Rhoden that he's challenging former Governor Mike Rounds in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 3, 2013

Today on the program are David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. They'll discuss Nesselhuf's departure from the South Dakota Democratic Party among other topics.

Ben Nesselhuf Leaving SD Democratic Party

Jul 3, 2013

Ben Nesselhuf, outgoing Chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, resigned the position yesterday to become the campaign manager for Jim Mowrer who is running for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa's 4th District, a seat currently held by Republican Steve King. Nesselhuf talks about his time in office and the future of the Democratic Party in South Dakota.

Democratic Party Chair Exits To Iowa.

Jul 2, 2013

The Chair of the Democratic Party in South Dakota is stepping down to take a new job in an Iowa congressional campaign.

Ben Nesselhuf says he’s moving to Sioux City, Iowa to be closer to his wife who lives there.

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