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The votes in South Dakota have been counted and the unofficial results are in. Today we welcome leadership from the South Dakota Democratic Party to In the Moment. Pam Cole is the executive director of the South Dakota Democratic Party. Nikki Gronli is the vice-chair of the party. 

Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

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South Dakota Democrats are calling on Republican Governor Kristi Noem to expand Medicaid and dip into the state’s budget reserves to aid in post-COVID-19 recovery.
 
State unemployment is skyrocketing and Noem says very few dollars are flowing into the state.

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House Democrats are outlining their legislative priorities for the second half of the legislative session.

They say the first half of the session was defined by social issues—like the ban on certain procedures for transgender minors. They’re calling on the legislature to focus on affordable healthcare, funding education, and public safety.

Democrats are pointing to their 28 bills introduced in the state legislature as sensible solutions for South Dakota, and hope the Republican-controlled legislature will give the bills a fair hearing.

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Officials with the South Dakota Democratic Party say they’re close to having a candidate for each state legislative district

During the last election, 80 Democratic candidates ran for the 105 available seats in the state house.

Sam Parkinson is the Executive Director for the South Dakota Democratic party.

He says Democrats are getting energized to run, given the climate of national and state politics.

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Officials with the South Dakota Democratic Party say they’re close to having a candidate for each state legislative district

During the last election, 80 Democratic candidates ran for the 105 available seats in the state house.

Sam Parkinson is the Executive Director for the South Dakota Democratic party.

He says Democrats are getting energized to run, given the climate of national and state politics.

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Tuesday night twenty delegates were pledged to the two Democratic presidential candidates in South Dakota. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders leave the state with ten delegates each.

However, the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia isn’t until late July.

State Democrats employ a proportional delegate system.  

In addition to the 20 pledged delegates, five unpledged, or super delegates remain.  They are former or current elected officials, including former Senate majority leader Tom Dascle.

One political scientist says election activity revs up after Labor Day. An increasing number of press conferences, debates, news releases and campaign stops prove his point. As more stories make the air and the papers, it may seem like election overload. 

With less than two months until election day, South Dakota candidates are becoming more active in the political process. Northern State University Professor Jon Schaff says that’s typical for this time of year.

The leader of South Dakota’s Democratic Party says court documents from a years-old lawsuit show an on-going threat for taxpayers. Executive Director Zach Crago says a suit related to South Dakota’s EB-5 foreign investor visa program puts state dollars at risk. He admits the documents are not new and cites filings from a California court in 2009.

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 2, 2014

The state of the South Dakota Democratic party was among the issues discussed by the Dakota Political Junkies. Democrats held their state convention this past weekend in Yankton and failed to find candidates for three offices: attorney general, state auditor or public lands commissioner.

This means Republican candidates Marty Jackley, Stave Barnett and Ryan Brunner win by default. Longtime South Dakota journalist and reporter for KELO-TV, Kevin Woster, and Watertown Public Opinion managing editor Roger Whittle joined the discussion this week.

Democratic Leader Wants More Accountability

Jan 25, 2013

State Democratic leaders are questioning the intention of the Governor’s task force to improve open government in South Dakota. House Democratic Leader Bernie Hunhoff says the bills addressing transparency have been trivial, rather than dealing with the most important issues in the state. Hunhoff says he’d like to see more accountability with economic development. He says other areas such as the governor’s criminal justice reform and the state tourism tax have shown the positives of evidence-based reform.