Voters

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s senior US Senator says he supports the Republican nominee for president – regardless of which man wins the race. Senator John Thune notes the election process is far from over. He explained his position on the 2016 election to a group of teenagers.

At New Technology high school in Sioux Falls, government students pepper Thune with questions about foreign policy, terrorism, regulation, and politics. That includes this one about the campaign for president of the United States: is there any candidate that you necessarily support or endorse in this current election?

Voters Consider Competing Payday Loan Regulations

Jan 6, 2016

South Dakota is one of few states that has no cap on the interest rate payday loan companies can charge.   Some loan companies require an APR of 500 percent or higher.

In November voters will consider two competing regulations on payday loan companies.  But only one proposal includes an actual cap on interest rates if the loan is in writing.   

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Lawmakers from districts in and around Sioux Falls are previewing their priorities for the 2016 legislative session. Wednesday morning a couple hundred people attended an annual breakfast from the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce to hear what lawmakers anticipate in the coming weeks.

Education

Voters To Decide Rapid's Civic Center Expansion Tuesday

Mar 9, 2015

On Tuesday voters in Rapid City go to the polls to make a $180-million dollar decision.
 
A municipal election is set to decide the proposed expansion of the Rapid City Civic Center arena.  If approved the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken.    
 
Proponents say it’s an investment in the future that will pay itself back in increased sales tax revenue and visitor spending.  But opponents say the price tag is too high and the city needs to consider alternatives.

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Dakota Political Junkies

Jan 8, 2014
Katie Hunhoff - South Dakota Magazine

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and Seth Tupper of the Mitchell Daily Republic previewed the 2014 legislative session.  They also discusses Larry Pressler's candidacy for the U.S. Senate and the controversy over Common Core education standards.