Presidential race

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The 42nd president was back on the campaign trail in South Dakota Friday – this time not for his own political race but for his wife. Former US President Bill Clinton spent time in Sioux Falls stumping for democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Pop music pumped through the speakers in Sioux Falls as people who waited in line excitedly filed into a space draped with stars and stripes, including massive flags. More than an hour and a half later, former president Bill Clinton took the stage.

The Center for Presidential Transition is designed to help candidates prepare for the transfer of leadership prior to winning the US presidential election. Director David Eagles joins Dakota Midday to talk about the vulnerability of the nation during times of presidential transition, what’s being done to encourage a smooth transition to power, and how South Dakota voters can impact the conversation late in the primary season.

Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter/columnist Jonathan Ellis join Dakota Midday to discuss the week’s top stories in state politics.

Today we discuss the inevitability of Donald Trump’s nomination and what it means for South Dakota Republicans as they decide whether to embrace or distance themselves from the Republican candidate for president.

We’ll also talk about a federal law suit charging the state of South Dakota is over-reliant on nursing home care for the disabled and the dust-up in Hartford political leadership.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Denise Ross join us for a rundown of the state’s political stories of the week. This week we focus on the presidential race through the lens of South Dakota politics. From the potential candidate visits to the state, to how George McGovern might cast his vote, the Junkies offer intelligent insight into the topics of the week.

Seth Tupper is a Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter. Denise Ross is an editor at Black Hills Knowledge Network / South Dakota Dashboard.

Thune: South Dakota Could Swing US Presidential Nomination

Apr 14, 2016

U-S Senator John Thune says South Dakota could play a role in the presidential nomination process.
The state’s small population means primary delegates rarely make up a swing vote.  But Thune says it could be a tight primary race this year for either party.

The C-SPAN Student Cam contest has announced winners for the 2016 theme “Road to the White House: What’s the Issue YOU Most Want Candidates to Discuss During the 2016 Presidential Election?”

Nine South Dakota students were awarded Honorable Mentions in the competition. (6,000 students entered from 45 states and Wash DC. The most popular topic addressed was the economy.) In South Dakota, C-SPAN partners with Midco.


Jarad Bernstein, Director of Public Relations and Media Management at Drake University joins Dakota Midday.  Drake was in the spotlight  this weekend with the Democratic Presidential debate on campus. We’ll discuss the opportunities for students during a presidential year.  

This special edition of Dakota Midday is dedicated to the late Senator George McGovern. Three guests join the show today to discuss the life, leadership and legacy of McGovern. We first hear from grandson Matt McGovern who's first experience in South Dakota politics was traveling the state as a child during his grandfather's 1980 Senate campaign. Donald Simmons joins the conversation - he's the Executive Director of the George and Eleanor McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. McGovern graduated from Dakota Wesleyan after World War II.