State Politics

In the Moment ... April 9, 2018 Show 311 Hour 2

Do women change the way government works? Today we welcome Brooke Blaalid of Ready to Run SD to talk about upcoming training that encourages women to run for office. Ready to Run SD conference is April 13 and 14, 2018, at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... December 12, 2017 Show 238 Hour 1 

Last week, the Governor gave his annual budget address and outlined his budget proposal. He's recommending a cautious budget this coming fiscal year, due to lower than expected tax collections.

After the speech, SDPB's Lee Strubinger asked several lawmakers about how lower than anticipated revenue generation will shape the coming session.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

SDPB's Kevin Woster joins In the Moment for a conversation about the life and legacy of state Representative Craig Tieszen. Find Woster's blog here.


In The Moment ... November 15, 2017 Show 221 Hour 2

Jonathan Ellis, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Hunter, Madison Daily Leader publisher, join us for a look at the week’s top state political headlines. Today we look at lawmaker requests for a 70 percent pay raise, accountability for state teacher pay increases, the challenges of Marsy’s Law, and more.


In The Moment ... August 16, 2017 Show 157 Hour 2

Roger Whittle is Managing Editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Dana Ferguson is a political watchdog reporter with the Argus Leader. This week on the Dakota Political Junkies we discuss hate groups in America and the role of public officials to address their actions publicly. We also talk tax reform and news from DakotaFest.


In the Moment ... May 17, 2017 Show 095 Hour 1

Jonathan Ellis and Denise Ross tackle the top political stories of the week. Today we talk the political impact of low sales tax revenues and more.

Walter Brooks is a member of the Board of Directors for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation and Visitor’s Center in North Omaha. He visits Vermillion this week for the cultural series at the historic AME Allen Chapel. We talk about the compelling history of one of the nation’s complex civil rights activists.

The Dakota Political Junkies discuss this week's South Dakota headlines. Denise Ross is an editor with Black Hills Knowledge Network/South Dakota Dashboard. Roger Whittle is managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. Today's conversation highlights the impact of President Obama's executive order to expand background checks on gun purchases.

Ross and Whittle also weigh in on the continuing Keystone XL Pipeline debate, what voters have to say on the subject of a wheel tax in Pennington County, and why Democrats are suffering in South Dakota.

The Dakota Political Junkies serve up some perspective on the top political headlines for 2015. Scandals in state government. Race relations Rapid City. Madison's cyber-security boom. The Junkies unpack the year and look forward to 2016 with signature intelligence, insight, and wit.

Featuring Seth Tupper ("Rapid City Journal"), Jon Hunter ("Madison Daily Leader"), and Jonathan Ellis ("Sioux Falls Argus Leader").

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.