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1:21 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New School Nutrition Bill Introduced

Kristi Noem

Last Thursday, U.S. Representative Kristi Noem introduced a new school nutrition bill that would reduce federal mandates on school lunch programs.

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2:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Dilges Recaps Governor Daugaard's Budget Address

On Tuesday, Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered his plan for fiscal year 2015, which includes millions of what leaders call – unexpected money. Daugaard says a portion of $136 milion dollars in one-time money needs to apply to the current fiscal year to address amendments and special appropriations. That leaves him with $118 million for the next budget.  $30 million of the one-time money comes in the form of unclaimed property.  The governor says it makes sense to use one-time dollars to pay off higher-interest bonds.

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1:27 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, reporter for KELO-TV in Rapid City, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader.  Topics include Governor Dennis Daugaard’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, State Representative Kathy Tyler’s call for a special session to deal with investigations centering around economic development and the federal EB-5 program, and wildfire specialist Joe Lowe’s announcement that he's a Democratic candidate for Governor.  

  

  

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9:19 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Budget Plans Use $136M In One-Time Funds

Governor Dennis Daugaard presents his FY2015 budget to lawmakers.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Governor Dennis Daugaard has his plan for fiscal year 2015 which includes millions of what leaders call unexpected money. That starts just about seven months from now. The governor’s suggestions are a far cry from deep, overarching cuts he proposed just a few years ago, and the plan capitalizes on one-time money.

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2:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Governor Daugaard's Annual Budget Address

Governor Dennis Daugaard is expected to unveil another tight state budget during his annual budget address later today.  Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave and House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff discussed their party’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

  

  

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1:16 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

President Obama's Second Term

United States President Barack Obama

The Obama administration said on Sunday that it had met its goal of improving the online health-insurance marketplace for the vast majority of users, but acknowledged it still has extensive work to do. The troubled rollout has damaged the President’s credibility with polls now showing that a majority of Americans view him as untrustworthy. According to a recent CBS News poll, only 49% of Americans says President Obama is honest and trustworthy. When compared to recent two-term presidents, President Obama’s approval rating is similar to that of George W.

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1:14 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.  

  

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2:14 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Iran's Nuclear Program

William Beeman

Iran and six world powers including the U.S.  announced early Sunday that they had reached an interim agreement that would for the first time roll back portions of Iran’s nuclear program. In return, some economic sanctions against Iran would be eased.

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3:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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2:11 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

"Advise And Dissent" With James Abourezk

James Abourezk

A new edition of James Abourezk's memoir, “Advise and Dissent,” has been published by University of Nebraska Press.  “Advise and Dissent” is the personal odyssey of James Abourezk, from his coming of age as the son of Lebanese immigrants in South Dakota, through his days as a farmhand, bartender, bouncer, and cook, to his entrance into and voluntary exit from the U.S. Senate.  He championed Native American self-determination and demanded the creation of a Palestinian state.

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1:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Attorney Discusses Court Case Involving Prayer

Rapid City Attorney Patrick Duffy
Credit Photo courtesy of Patrick Duffy

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments last week concerning prayer before city council meetings. That case involves the town of Greece, New York, where the town council conducts invocations similar to the ones in Rapid City. Victoria Wicks talked with Rapid City attorney Patrick Duffy about the legal precedents involved and possible outcomes of the case.

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1:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

  

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2:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Trahant Speaks About Native American Health Care

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.  He presents the 2013 Joseph Harper Cash Memorial Lecture at the University of South Dakota tonight (11/7) at 6:00 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center.  Trahant’s presentation, “Money in the Cup: The Affordable Care Act and American Indian Health Care,” explores how the Affordable Care Act impacts the Indian Health Service.  

  

  

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4:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.  

  

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1:19 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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. 

  

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2:23 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Healthcare For South Dakotans

The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace has been open since the first of October, although there have been many technical problems on the health exchange web site over the past three weeks.

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1:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Corinna Robinson
Credit Argus Leader

Today's Dakota Political Junkies are KELO-TV Rapid City bureau reporter Kevin Woster and Mitchell Daily Republic editor Seth Tupper. Topics include the end of the partial government shutdown, former state Representative Lora Hubbel’s announcement that she’s running for Governor and retired Army officer and Iraq veteran Corinna Robinson’s plans to challenge Representative Kristi Noem in the 2014 election.  

  

  

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2:02 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Government Shutdown Ends

Ken Blanchard

Federal workers returned to their jobs this morning and parks and monuments reopened after President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Lawmakers voted just hours before the October 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. The House voted 285-144 in favor of the bill. That followed an 81-18 Senate vote on the same measure.

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1:18 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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3:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.  

  

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9:34 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Extensions To New Farm Bill

Scott VanderWal

With the expiration of the nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill last week, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Farmers Union are together calling on Congress to get down to business and take the steps needed to pass a bi-partisan and deficit-reducing farm bill before the end of the year that keeps the nutrition title with the farm bill, maintains permanent law, provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers against uncontrollable market factors and weather disasters, and keeps a strong conservation title. The U.S.

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1:35 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

"Emotion And Politics"

Farber Hall

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.

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1:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, joins Dakota Midday to discuss the latest in politics. Topics included the government shutdown and the opening of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

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2:03 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown

Emily Wanless

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.

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2:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Report Details Legislative Issues

SD State Capitol; Pierre, SD

South Dakota’s legislative research council is under scrutiny following a report commissioned by lawmakers. The leader of LRC resigned Wednesday. Then lawmakers reviewed an analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Legislative Research Council Executive Director Jim Fry resigned Wednesday ahead of a report citing 12 recommendations for South Dakota’s executive board and the LRC. Republicans on the committee accepted his resignation; Democrats voted against it.

Republican State Senator Ryan Maher from Isabel chairs the executive board.

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1:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the latest news in politics, including the 2013 Farm Bill and State Senator Shantel Krebs' announcement that she's a Secretary of State candidate.

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2:26 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

"Public Administration And The Failure Of Politics"

Kenneth Meier

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).

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3:04 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

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.

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3:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Dakota Political Junkies

Jonathan Ellis, reporter and columnist with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion discussed the latest in state politics, which included President Obama's address to the nation on possible military action against Syria, a new poll on South Dakota's U.S. Senate race and new leadership positions in the South Dakota Senate.

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12:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Gant Won't Seek Second Term

SD Secretary of State Jason Gant is sworn in by Chief Justice David Gilbertson / January 2011
Credit SD Secretary of State

One of South Dakota’s state leaders says he won’t run for re-election after his term ends next fall. Secretary of State Jason Gant released a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. He says he wants people to know his plan for the rest of his term and beyond.

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