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Politics
12:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Varilek and Noem Spar Over Comittee Attendence

U.S. Congresswoman Kristi Noem

The man challenging incumbent Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem charges that Noem has failed to show up for dozens of important committee meetings in Washington DC.  Democrat Matt Varilek is running against Noem.   He says Nome attended only five out of twenty two Native American Subcommittee meetings.   Varilek also points to Noem’s four out of twenty attendance record at past Ag committee meetings. But Noem fires back with her 99-percent committee voting record.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

Politics
3:01 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

First Voter

The election is still six weeks away, but early voting is already happening in South Dakota and Idaho.  John Hockenberry, host of PRI/WNYC's The Takeaway, is on a quest to find the first man or woman to cast their vote.

Politics
2:43 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

The Capitalism Tour

Henry Rollins is on a two-month tour hitting all 50 state capitals - wrapping up on the eve of the Presidentail election in the nation's capital.  Rollins' "Capitalism Tour" offers not so much a voting guide as an outside viewpoint - and an unflinching quest for truth that Rollins says is sadly lacking in the American mass media.  Rollins, also known for his days with Black Flag and the Rollins Band, brings his "Capitalism" tour to Pierre Wednesday as he'll speak at T.F. Riggs High School at 8 p.m.

Politics
6:34 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

SOS Tours Colleges To Encourage Voter Registrations

As part of a national voting movement, South Dakota’s Secretary of State tours some area colleges this week. Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Jason Gant has events scheduled at four southeast South Dakota locations.

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Politics
5:05 am
Fri September 21, 2012

SD Absentee Voting Begins Friday

Starting Friday, South Dakotans who have made up their minds can vote. State law allows people to fill out their choices on the ballot any time between now and November’s election day. The early-voting option applies to any of the state’s 500,000 registered voters.

Forty-six days before the polls open across South Dakota, registered voters can cast their ballots for November’s election. Secretary of State Jason Gant says absentee voting benefits more voters than only people out of the area on election day; he says anyone who votes in the state can consider voting ahead of time.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies

Mitchell Daily Republic Editor Seth Tupper and Sioux Falls Argus Leader political reporter David Montgomery discuss Mike Rounds' announcement that he's forming an exploratory committee for a 2014 U.S. Senate run.  They also talk about a lawsuit to remove Representative Brian Gosch from the election ballot, the latest on the Kristi Noem/Matt Varilek congressional race and Attorney General Marty Jackley's investigation into robo calls and e-mails critical of Republican leaders. 

Politics
1:03 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SOS Encourages Early Military Absentee Voting

Absentee voting for the November election starts Friday in South Dakota. Government officials are reminding people to register to vote before the October 22nd deadline and request absentee ballots as soon as possible. As SDPB’s Cassie Bartlett reports, it’s important for military personnel to get their votes in on time.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rep. Noem Signs Discharge Petition

September field and sky
Kealey Bultena

In just more than two weeks, the current Farm Bill expires. The legislation encompasses crop producer provisions along with food and nutrition program adjustments. The Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill, but House leadership hasn’t schedule a vote due to concerns it won’t succeed. South Dakota’s representative says she’s imploring colleagues to support the farm bill.

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Politics
1:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Romney Campaigns In NW Iowa

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to rally-goers in Orange City, IA.
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.

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Politics
1:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Iowans React To Presidential Visit

Mr. Obama addresses the crowd in Sioux City, IA.
Kealey Bultena

The president of the United States spent part of Labor Day weekend just across the border from South Dakota. President Barack Obama made a stop in Sioux City, Iowa as part of his Road to Charlotte tour for the Democratic National Convention.

President Barack Obama hops onto the podium to deafening cheers about 45 minutes before the crowd expects him.

"And it was important for me to begin that journey right here in Iowa, because this is where it all began four years ago," Mr. Obama says.

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