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Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the new host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. She talks with Lori Walsh about taking the helm of a legacy program on NPR, how an intimate conversation creates a driveway moment, and how the role of American journalists hasn’t changed as much as some people think.  

Dakota Midday: Tom Daschle On Politics

May 31, 2016

Lori Walsh interviews former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle.  The former Senate Majority Leader is the founder and CEO of The Daschle Group.  He co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center and serves as Chair of the Center for American Progress Board of Directors.  He joins Dakota Midday to talk about "Crisis Point: Why We Must, and How We Can, Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America."  The book is coauthored by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

Biannual Clock Changing Remains In SD For Now

Jan 27, 2016
Jenifer Jones

A measure to keep Daylight Savings Time year round in South Dakota died by a narrow vote on the State Senate floor today.

The legislation aims to end the practice of changing clocks by an hour every fall and spring, two other states don’t change their clocks.

Guest host Cara Hetland welcomed Seth Tupper of the Rapid City Journal and Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader to talk politics.  Topics included a proposal for a ballot measure that would create a publicly-funded campaign finance program, the Pope's visit to the United States and the "revolving door" at the Corn Palace with respect to the director's position.

Nate Wek / SDPB

United States Senate

(Rep) Mike Rounds 50.5%

(Dem) Rick Weiland 29.4%

(Ind) Larry Pressler 17.1%

(Ind) Gordon Howie 3%

United States House of Representatives

(Rep) Kristi Noem 66.7%

(Dem) Corinna Robinson 33.3%

South Dakota Governor

(Rep) Dennis Daugaard 70.5%

(Dem) Susan Wismer 25.4%

(Ind) Michael Myers 4.1%

Constitutional Amendment Q

Yes 56.6%

No 43.4%

Initiated Measure 17

Yes 61.8%

Dakota Political Junkies

Jun 18, 2014

Long-time South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Sioux Falls Argus Leader columnist and reporter Jonathan Ellis discussed the upcoming debates for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates in South Dakota, the GOP Secretary of State race, possible Democratic candidates for state offices and the Rapid City Council's rejection of Mayor Sam Kooiker's choice for police chief.

Annette Bosworth

Dakota Midday's conversations with candidates in the state primary election concluded with Dr. Annette Bosworth, who is one of five Republicans seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Tim Johnson. Bosworth is a Sioux Falls Physician and a graduate of the University of South Dakota Medical School.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 28, 2014
Annette Bosworth

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Roger Whittle of the Watertown Public Opinion discussed the final days before South Dakota's primary election and what the campaign might look like this summer.  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth held an emotional press conference Tuesday during which she attacked misogyny from bloggers and others online.  The "Junkies" also discussed the upcoming SDPB-TV debate between Democratic governor candidates Susan Wismer and Joe Lowe.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 21, 2014

Kevin Woster of the KELO-TV Rapid City Bureau and Madison Daily Leader Publisher Jon Hunter performed in the role of SDPB's Dakota Political Junkies this week.  They discussed last Thursday's GOP Senate primary debate on SDPB-TV and the subsequent bickering among some of the candidates.  They also discussed why Independent candidate Clayton Walker was taken off the ballot for U.S. Senate, a new USDA grant to help fight pine beetles in the Black Hills National Forest and local and national concerns with the Veterans Administration.

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 23, 2014

Roger Whittle, managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion, and David Montgomery, political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, discussed the new U.S. Senate campaign ads, first quarter fundraising, RINOs, and a joint press conference with Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel and Independent candidate Mike Myers on this week's edition of the Dakota Political Junkies.

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 16, 2014

Joining the program are Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, and Kevin Woster, Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV. Topics include the weekend debate with the five Republican U.S. Senate candidates, challenges to the validity of signatures submitted by GOP U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, former state senator Gordon Howie's independent candidacy for U.S. Senate, and state lottery officials commissioning their own study of problem gambling.

Senate Candidate Mike Rounds

Apr 15, 2014
Human Events

U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds is one of five Republicans running to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  Rounds served as Governor from 2003-2011 after a decade in the South Dakota Senate.  In his current campaign Rounds says he wants to bring "South Dakota common sense" to Washington, D.C.  He says Congress is broken and needs to regain the discipline to get budgets and farm bills done on time so business owners have some predictability.  He also wants to scale back regulations to get the economy moving again.

Dakota Political Junkies

Apr 2, 2014

Joining the program are Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Seth Tupper, publisher of the Mitchell Daily Republic. Topics this week include Veto Day's quiet end to the 2014 session, the controversy over Mike Rounds' use of stock footage in a television campaign ad and Democrat U.S. House candidate Corinna Robinson.

Jason Ravnsborg For Senate

Apr 1, 2014

First-time candidate Jason Ravnsborg wants to be known as a statesman and not a politician.  In his December campaign announcement, Ravnsborg said he was answering the call from the citizens of South Dakota to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tim Johnson.  Ravnsborg, a Yankton lawyer and a Major in the U.S.

Stace Nelson describes himself as a broken-down Marine who didn’t have aspirations to run for U.S. Senate. But he says he has an obligation to serve the people of South Dakota and fix the problems he sees in Washington, DC.  He's one of five Republicans seeking the seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. 

Larry Rhoden Running For U.S. Senate

Mar 26, 2014

There are five Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Johnson. Larry Rhoden is one of them. Rhoden is a rancher and custom welder from Union Center, northeast of Sturgis. He's served as a state lawmaker for the past 14 years and is currently Majority Whip in the State Senate. Rhoden says he wants to change what Washington does by changing how Washington works.

Dakota Political Junkies

Mar 19, 2014

Governor Dennis Daugaard was certified as a candidate yesterday.  It's expected that Daugaard will announce next week that he's running for a second term.  This week's Dakota Political Junkies, Kevin Woster and Roger Whittle, also discussed the 2014 legislative session, the U.S. Senate race and State Senator Phil Jensen's comments that government shouldn't interfere in the private sector's ability to engage in race-based discrimination.

As the legislative session comes to an end Friday, members of both chambers are deciding whether to accept changes to their legislation. The Senate considered amendments the House made on Senate bills Wednesday morning.

State lawmakers are looking to make changing the school start date easier for residents in large school districts. House Bill 1164 failed narrowly Tuesday morning, but was reconsidered in the afternoon. Current law requires petition signatures from 5-percent of the registered voters’ in a district to make a date change.

State Senators have approved changes to last year's general appropriation bill. House Bill 1040 considers newly acquired revenues, plus the unexpected needs of state agencies including health insurance shortfalls and equipment upgrades. Two amendments were proposed during floor debate Tuesday but failed. One sought to remove funding for courthouse improvements in three counties. Senator Larry Lucas says the amendment seeks to correct a wrong use of power.

BFM Commissioner Won't Be Added to Investment Council

Mar 11, 2014

South Dakota Senators think the state’s investment council is fine just the way it is. House Bill 1099 sought to add the Bureau of Finance and Management Commissioner as a member to the investment council. The council currently has eight members, and supporters of the bill say it’s better to have an odd-number in case of split decisions. But opponents to the measure disagree with changing a system that’s one of the best in the nation. Senator Jason Frerichs says the proposed legislation could create more disagreements.

Senate Approves Appropriation for SDSU Swine Facilities

Mar 11, 2014

South Dakota State University’s swine research facilities will get an upgrade, pending the approval of Governor Dennis Daugaard. State Senators approved House Bill 1112 Tuesday, which gives the facilities more than two million dollars in general funds and one million from the higher education teaching fund. The measure also authorizes the use of almost two point five million dollars from donations.

For the first time in four years, the House of Representatives passed a state-wide texting while driving ban over to the Senate. In response to the lack of a state ban, many municipalities have taken up their own. Legislators are still debating the best way to implement a state-wide ban.

South Dakota lawmakers are looking to close a hole in a law that allows women to have abortions based on the gender of the baby. Supporters of House Bill 1162 say other states have already passed sex-selective abortion bans and it’s unlikely South Dakota’s would be challenged in court. Both sides of the issue agree it’s unlikely these abortions happen in the state, but proponents say it’s a way to be proactive. Senator Angie Buhl O’Donnell opposes the legislation.

Resolution to Lengthen Term Limits Defeated in Senate

Mar 5, 2014

State Senators have shot down a measure that lets voters decide if legislative term limits are expanded. House Joint Resolution 1002 proposes letting state Representatives and Senators serve for 12 consecutive years, or six terms.

Senate Approves Change to Wheat Fee

Mar 3, 2014

Wheat growers will likely see a change in how promotional fees are assessed. Under current statute, the promotional fee is a flat one and one half cents per bushel of wheat sold. House Bill 1081 proposes changing it to an equation based on the value of the net market price per bushel. Senator Larry Tidemann speaks in favor of the measure on the Senate floor.

Senate Votes Down Resolution on Energy Mineral Trust Fund

Feb 20, 2014

South Dakotans will not be voting on a constitutional amendment in the next general election.  Senate Joint Resolution 2 proposes an amendment to Article XII of the State Constitution that creates a trust fund from energy mineral taxes. After a number of years, portions of the energy mineral trust fund would be deposited back into the state general fund. The resolution puts the amendment before voters. Opponents say there should be guidance as to what the trust funds are used for before letting voters decide.

Gold Tax Revision Fails After Reconsideration

Feb 20, 2014

A bill that revises a gold tax failed on a reconsideration Thursday in the State Senate. Senate Bill 162 revises the amount of severance tax gold mining companies must pay when the price of gold reaches a certain level. Opponents say giving breaks to big businesses only erodes the general fund and makes it difficult to prioritize. Senator Deb Peters called for reconsideration. She says legislators need to be mindful of singling out companies.

South Dakota is a step closer to having a state-wide texting while driving ban. Both chambers of the legislature have their own versions of the bill, but they share similarities. Members of Senate Transportation passed Senate Bill 179 out of committee Wednesday morning.

Legislation to provide additional state funding to the Teach for America program failed for a second time in the State Senate Tuesday. Senate Bill 127 was shot down in the Senate a week ago, but was called for reconsideration. Supporters of the measure say the state should invest in the education of Native Americans because there's an achievement gap between students on reservations and elsewhere in the state. But opponents argue the state shouldn't be putting more public funds into a private program. Phyllis Heineman is the prime sponsor of the legislation.