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Nov 1, 2019

An update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

A warrant of execution of Charles Rhines has been issued for the first week of November.

The CEO of R-CALF USA tells us why America is losing its ranches.

Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

USD's Tim Schorn tells us what al-Baghdadi's death means.

State Senator Cammack talks the upcoming SD legislative session.

All this & more on your weekly ITM news podcast.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 30, 2019 Show 690 Hour 1

Former South Dakota legislator Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. His platform focuses on the economy, education, and healthcare. Ahlers joins In The Moment from the Kirby Family Studio in Sioux Falls.

In the Moment News: July 1-7

Jul 3, 2019

Representative Jean Hunhoff discusses the mental health task force she chairs. State Representative Nancy Rasmussen explains the Special Education Interim Study Committee. Representative Lee Qualm and Representative Oren Lesmeister talk industrial hemp. SDPB’s Lee Strubinger reports on freshman state legislator Scyller Borglum’s announcement to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Political Junky Jon Hunter discuss this week in South Dakota politics. 

Senator Tina Smith Visits SE South Dakota

Jun 3, 2019

In The Moment ... June 3, 2019 Show 587 Hour 2

U.S. Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota visited with Lewis and Clark Rural Water Project officials Friday. The Senator stopped by SDPB's Sioux Falls studios and visited with In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke about the project as well as the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act.

Images Of The Past: Gladys Pyle

Oct 22, 2018

In The Moment ... October 22. 2018 Show 445 Hour 2

She was almost the first female governor of South Dakota. Gladys Pyle was the first woman elected to the S.D. House, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first woman to address a national political convention.

For today's Images of the Past, we learned more about Senator Gladys Pyle with veteran Huron broadcaster Chuck Anderson and Rachel Farrell, current director of the Gladys Pyle House and Museum.


In The Moment ... May 17, 2018 Show 339 Hour 1

The debate in Washington over net neutrality is heating up. If Republicans argue that Democrats are embracing poor policy, Democrats argue that Republicans are out of touch with how passionate voters are the topic.

The Trump administration's FCC Chairman has submitted the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, set to take effect on June 11. It essentially dismantles Obama-era regulations that reclassified Internet Service Providers as "common carriers" ... instead of the less heavily regulated "information services."

Jay Williams Addresses Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
Nate Wek

U.S. Senate candidate Jay Williams addressed his supporters at Democratic Party headquarters in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Williams listed items that he hopes Senator John Thune will work on during his third term as a Senator in Washington, D.C.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting met up with Jay Williams after his speech on Tuesday night in Sioux Falls.

Congress Debating Defense Spending

Jun 12, 2016

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act. It passed the U.S. House and is currently before the Senate. Not everyone agrees on what the measure should look like.

Bosworth Gets Probation, No Jail Time

Jul 1, 2015
Annette Bosworth

Former South Dakota US Senate candidate Annette Bosworth was sentenced to three years of probation and 500-hours of community service in a Hughes County court on Wednesday .
 Bosworth is a South Dakota Physician and was convicted in May of six counts each of perjury and filing false documents during her 2014 campaign for the US Senate.
Bosworth was given two years for each count but that sentence was suspended so she won’t serve jail time.

Pressler for Senate

A year ago former South Dakota Republican U.S. Senator Larry Pressler announced his candidacy as an independent for his former senate seat. He lost to Republican Mike Rounds in a four-way race this past November.

Rounds for Senate

Senator-elect Mike Rounds takes the Oath of Office on January 6th. He’s hired staff and received his U.S. Senate Committee assignments. He’ll serve on the Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Republican Rounds served as South Dakota’s Governor from 2003 to 2011. He was elected to the U.S. Senate last month and replaces retiring Democrat Tim Johnson. Rounds joined Dakota Midday and discussed how new leadership and rules could change how work gets done in the U.S. Senate.

Rounds for Senate

In his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Mike Rounds says voters have a very clear choice between philosophies on how government should run and which direction the nation should head in the future.

Rounds served in the state legislature before first being elected governor in 2002. Following his second term in office, he returned to his insurance and real estate business. Rounds faces Democrat Rick Weiland and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie in the November 4th election to fill the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.

Rick Weiland

Since announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate last year, Democrat Rick Weiland has visited every town in South Dakota. He says government is not the problem, but a government controlled by what he calls “big money and special interests.” Weiland is a Sioux Falls businessman who worked for Senator Tom Daschle. He also served as regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was state director for the AARP.

During a Dakota Midday interview, Weiland explained why he thinks big money has taken over government and how he plans to fix the problem.

Pressler for Senate

Larry Pressler was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1974 and later served three terms in the U.S. Senate. He’s seeking a return to his former Senate seat which is open with the retirement of Democrat Tim Johnson. But now Pressler is running as an independent because of the partisan fights he says are dragging the nation down.

During a Dakota Midday conversation, Pressler explained how the political culture has changed since he served in Congress and why an independent can be a powerful and effective voice for South Dakota in the U.S. Senate.

In the four-way race to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson, Gordon Howie describes himself as the “true conservative.” The former Republican state legislator from Rapid City says he's running as an Independent candidate to provide state voters with an alternative to the Republican nominee, former Governor Mike Rounds.

The other candidates in the race for the open Senate seat are Democrat Rick Weiland and former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, who is also running as an Independent.

Two candidates for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat aren’t happy with big business contributions to political campaigns. Republican candidate Stace Nelson and Democrat Rick Weiland held a joint press conference Monday. Weiland says although he doesn’t share the same political ideologies with Nelson, they both disagree Republican Mike Rounds should focus on out-of-state money.

Dakota Political Junkies

May 8, 2013

For this week's Dakota Political Junkies, Kevin Woster, columnist with the Rapid City Journal, and Seth Tupper, editor of the Mitchell Daily Republic, join the program to discuss the latest news regarding politics. Topics included the U.S.