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3:09 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Term Limit Extension Proposal Alive

Some lawmakers think the state legislature needs longer term limits, and they want all of South Dakota to decide.

State Representative Charlie Hoffman says he and Senator Dan Lederman plan to hold cracker barrels and campaign for the extension. He says voters have addressed eliminating term limits before, but they haven’t weighed in on whether to extend a lawmaker’s time from eight years to twelve. Hoffman says the law now doesn’t allow enough time to acclimate in Pierre.

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1:26 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

2nd Annual Dick Kneip/Bill Janklow Social

Last year Sioux Falls businessman Mark Nelsen saw an old beer poster depicting a Republican elephant and Democrat donkey looking quite stubborn on one side, but enjoying a brew together on the other side. Taking the poster as inspiration, he brought friends together from both sides of the aisle for a gathering honoring the spirit of bipartisanship at a time of governmental gridlock. On Thursday (3/6), Nelsen is hosting the second Dick Kneip/Bill Janklow Social - named after two former South Dakota governors, one a Democrat, the other a Republican.

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1:25 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics included easing restrictions on hemp production, Common Core standards, Medicaid expansion and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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1:21 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

State Representative Steve Hickey

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed included the EB-5 audit report released last week, State Representative Steve Hickey's proposal to tighten payday loan rules and the latest Common Core education standards debate at the state capitol.

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1:24 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Jonathan Ellis, reporter and news analyst for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discuss the latest news in politics. Topics included legislative term limits, a statewide texting while driving ban, animal cruelty legislation, guns in the state capitol and U.S. Senate campaign fundraising.

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2:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program this week are veteran journalist Kevin Woster of KELO-TV and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Topics included the passage of a new farm bill, Governor Daugaard's request to partially expand Medicaid, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland's Medicare choice plan and the Governor's Office of Economic Development Office review.

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3:54 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Farm Bill Very Close To Passing Legislation

The House of Representatives passed a new farm bill on Wednesday, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 166.  The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.  Negotiators from the House and Senate, including South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Nom spent several weeks working out their differences on issues in the legislation, including cuts to food stamps, income caps on farm subsidies and a price support program for dairy farmers.

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3:50 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Debate Over Common Core Intensifying At Legislature

The debate over Common Core Education standards is intensifying at the state capitol.  Lawmakers in the house yesterday considered a resolution on Common Core for more than an hour.  Later in the afternoon, teachers from across South Dakota offered their experiences with the education benchmarks and took questions from lawmakers.  SDPB reporter Kealey Bultena attended the panel discussion and joined Dakota Midday to talk about what was discussed about the education standards.

  

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1:31 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Credit NPR

Chad Newswander, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, joined Dakota Midday to review President Obama's State of the Union speech and talk about issues that may have been of interest or importance to South Dakotans. Newswander's research focuses on public administration, power and politics, domestic security, administrative statesmanship, and constitutional governance.

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1:26 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer

Joining the program are Denise Ross, web editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and author of the Political Smokeout blog. Topics discussed included the latest news from the state legislature, Democratic State Representative Susan Wismer's announcement that she's running for governor and a House and Senate conference committee's agreement on a new, five year U.S. farm bill.

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2:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

History Of The State Of The Union

President Obama's 2013 State of the Union.
Credit NPR

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night.  He's expected to discuss income inequality, immigration reform, health care and Afghanistan and Iran in his fifth State of the Union speech.  The Constitution requires a yearly State of the Union message, but doesn't mandate the president deliver it verbally.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the modern tradition by delivering his first report to Congress as a speech in 1934.  Emily Wanless, assistant professor of Government and International Affairs/Political Science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, discussed the

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11:26 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Measure To Delay Some Arrests

State Senator Deb Soholt (R-Sioux Falls)
Credit South Dakota State Legislature

The State Senate Judiciary Commitee has approved a measure to delay the arrests of some individuals with warrants who are suspected of further non-violent crimes. Proponents of the measure say it will reduce trauma on children already in difficult situations.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt reports.

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1:02 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

State Senate Extends Bill Deadline

A law state legislators approved last year is prompting changes to this session’s calendar. Some bills that alter laws related to criminal justice must have fiscal analysis attached. That bogs down workflow, so lawmakers are moving bill deadlines.

South Dakota’s legislature follows a set of rules. The rules dictate the hows and whens of getting bills through the Statehouse.  Lawmakers are bound by those rules - but, they can change them.

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1:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Noem Discusses Farm Bill And More

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem.

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem joined Dakota Midday to discuss the farm bill, budgetary issues and her legislative agenda for 2014.  Noem is also hosting a sex trafficking roundtable discussion in Sioux Falls today.  She said there a still a lot of people in South Dakota who aren't aware that sex trafficking is a problem in the state.

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2:25 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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2:09 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Ag Leaders Want COOL Untouched

Agriculture advocates in South Dakota are pushing for a farm bill to pass the United States Congress – but not at the expense of certain elements. US Senator Tim Johnson says stability in the form of a farm bill impacts all other industries, but ag leaders aren’t willing to sacrifice at least one part of the program.

Farming and ranching organizations say the United States should have passed a long-term farm bill years ago. An extension of the legislation is working through a conference committee, and Members of Congress say they’re getting closer to compromise.

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12:38 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

House Health And Human Services Committee Discusses Nursing Administrator Licenses

After two amendments, the House Health and Human Services Committee advanced a bill to change statutes regarding state nursing homes.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s Gary Ellenbolt reports members won’t change requirements for administrators.

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3:48 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Lawmakers To Question SDHSAA

Members of the state legislator’s largest committee have a full week – including an extra meeting with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The Joint Appropriations committee has a 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Joint Appropriations Committee is already spending 12 hours this week with the state’s department of Education, and the panel has added another hearing that’s related to the field. The South Dakota High School Activities Association is under public scrutiny because isn’t following state laws on public meetings and isn’t releasing financial records.

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11:24 am
Fri January 17, 2014

State Transportation Secretary Says Highway Funds May Be In Jeopardy

          South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist says the Federal Omnibus Budget that passed Congress Thursday is good for South Dakota.  Bergquist spoke before the Senate Transportation Committee today (Friday). But he says the Federal Highway Trust Fund may be out of money by September. 

 

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2:53 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Jobs Needed To Fuel Continued Economic Growth

Yesterday during his State of the State address, Governor Dennis Daugaard told lawmakers that while South Dakota's economy is strong, additional steps need to be taken to train and attract people to fill the jobs needed to fuel continued economic growth. In his speech, the Governor said the state has low unemployment, which is making it difficult for workers to find jobs.

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2:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Operation Reaching All Veterans

SD Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman

Yesterday following his State of the State address, Governor Daugaard signed the Operation Reaching All Veterans proclamation. It kicks off the State Department of Veterans Affairs' initiative to reach out to all of the state's 75 thousand veterans. Operation Reaching All Veterans is designed to help all veterans utilize the benefits and services they might not be aware of, whether they served in World War II or were recently deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman discussed the proclamation.

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2:36 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

SD State Capitol in Pierre

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Topics included Governor Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address, the start of the 2014 legislative session, Medicaid, the EB-5 scandal, and the Farm Bill.

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12:20 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rapid City Businessman Tabbed For State Senate Vacancy

District 32 State Senate appointee Alan Solano (R-Rapid City)

Governor Dennis Daugaard has selected Rapid City businessman Alan Solano (so-LAH-noh) to succeed Senator Stan Adelstein in District 32.  Adelstein resigned his seat last month for health reasons.  Solano says with a short time to get ready for the Legislative session, he’ll count on his experience to represent his district.

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1:26 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Former U.S. Senator Running For SD Senate Seat

Larry Pressler (left) talking with host Karl Gehrke

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.

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1:36 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Dakota Political Junkies

Credit Katie Hunhoff - South Dakota Magazine

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic previewed the 2014 legislative session.  They also discusses Larry Pressler's candidacy for the U.S. Senate and the controversy over Common Core education standards.

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4:17 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Pressler Enters US Senate Race

Former US Senator Larry Pressler announces his Independent campaign for Senate in 2014.
Credit 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.

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1:49 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Yankton Lawyer Jason Ravnsborg

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. 

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12:40 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

South Dakota Senators Have Opposing Views on Budget Plan

The U-S Senate is continuing work on a new federal budget.  Senators hope to end the air of uncertainty that has plagued the government throughout the current deal.  They also want to eliminate any chance of another federal government shutdown. 

South Dakota U-S Senator Tim Johnson says he’s relieved a new budget is almost complete.  He says the new spending plan will save many jobs and keep the federal government running. 

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2:21 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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1:15 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Infrastructure Side Of Education

Wade Pogany is Executive Director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and Rob Monson is Executive Director of School Administrators of South Dakota.  They’ll comment on Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget address and discuss the infrastructure side of education and whether the resources are or will be available.

  

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