U.S. Senator John Thune

Jackie Hendry

U.S. Senator John Thune visited a tech-based small business in Sioux Falls Wednesday to answer questions on policy…and polish his golf swing. He says issues facing small businesses in South Dakota aren’t so different from others around the nation. 

Senator Thune limbers up with a few practice swings in front of a large projection of a golf green. Then he takes the shot.

The golf ball hits the screen, and the program tracks the shot…all the way into the digital rough. But the senator’s a good sport.

Thune Details The TRACED Act

May 30, 2019

In The Moment ... May 30, 2019 Show 585 Hour 1

Most of us know the almost daily irritation of hearing the phone ring and it's nothing but a spam call. Billions of robocalls go out daily in the United States, but Congress is one step closer to adding harsher punishments for scam artists who use phones to reach into victim's bank accounts.

U.S. Senator John Thune is a lead author on a bipartisan bill that recently passed the Senate with overwhelming support. He discusses the bill's potential impact on robocalls.

Jackie Hendry

U.S. Senator John Thune made a classroom visit to New Tech High School in Sioux Falls. In January, students wrote letters to South Dakota’s congressional delegation, and Thune took them up on the invitation. He also answered a variety of student questions—most centering on climate change, and one on the potential of removing the party whip position in Congress. 

Senator Thune says he believes the climate is changing and that human activities are at least partially responsible. He acknowledges it’s important to reduce carbon emissions.

Ellsworth Air Force Base

In The Moment ... October 22. 2018 Show 445 Hour 1

U.S. Senator John Thune was in South Dakota to see the latest large force exercise in the expanded Powder River Training Complex.

In 2005, Ellsworth Air Force Base was at risk of being shuttered. Today it is in position to be named one of the nation's three new homes to the B-21 fleet of aircraft.

The In The Moment team spoke with Senator John Thune last Friday.


In The Moment ... April 12, 2018 Show 314 Hour 2

Mark Zuckerberg can loosen his tie for a while, but the trouble for tech companies continues as Congress pushes for answers regarding the harvesting and misuse of online user data. US Senator John Thune says a "light touch" on regulation encourages innovation and growth in the tech industry.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 1 

U.S. Senator John Thune joins In the Moment for an update on tax reform efforts in Washington. We discuss strategy, the potential impact of tax cuts on 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, and what the Senator believes are inaccurate media characterizations of the GOP plan.

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 2 

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Roger Whittle join us for a look at the state's top political headlines. Today we discuss the death of state representative Craig Tieszen, allegations of sexual misconduct against Gene Abdallah, and the political fundraising of U.S. Senator John Thune.


In The Moment ... October 19, 2017 Show 202 Hour 1

U.S. Senator John Thune stopped by the SDPB studios for a conversation about the 2018 Farm Bill and the intense political work that needs to be done. With a president whose trade decisions have caused anxiety in farm country and a Congress locked in battles over tax reform and healthcare, we started by talking about what it takes to gather the support for effective farm legislation. We also talk forest management, crop subsidies, and the politics of pushing farm legislation forward.


In The Moment ... August 9, 2017 Show 152 Hour 2

The Dakota Political Junkies are a rotating panel of some of the most insightful and experienced political journalists in the state. Today we welcome Denise Ross and Jonathan Ellis for a conversation about tax reform, the leadership of U.S. Senator John Thune, the ABC settlement with BPI and more.


South Dakotans have re-elected United States Senator John Thune over Democratic challenger Jay Williams. He acknowledges that the nation is fractured. Thune says he’s making a commitment to all of his constituents.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss South Dakota's U.S. House and Senate races including Democratic House candidate Paula Hawks' announcement that she was sexually assaulted while attending college. Democratic candidates Hawks and Jay Williams trail Republican Incumbents Kristi Noem and John Thune in fundraising by large sums.

The Political Junkies also discussed problems with the Affordable Care Act. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, "The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable."

Victoria Wicks

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has changed the name of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak.

Governor Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Senator John Thune have each issued a brief news release expressing dismay at the decision.

But activists who have worked on the name change for more than a year are gratified to see results.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks is covering this story and has more on this latest decision.

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