Meet the Candidates: Michael Calabrese

Sep 2, 2020
Michael Calabrese

In The Moment … September 2, 2020 Show 894 Hour 1

In his first run for public office, Michael Calabrese is running for the State Senate in District 32. Calabrese is running as a Democrat in the district that includes Rapid City's south side and central business district. Calabrese is a business owner and works in business development. 


Meet the Candidates: Doug Barthel

Jul 15, 2020

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Doug Barthel is a former police chief with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is now a community relations specialist at Sanford Health. He's also a candidate for South Dakota's House of Representatives representing District 10 which includes parts of Minnehaha county. He joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.


On The Other Hand With Kevin Woster

May 28, 2020

In The Moment … May 28, 2020 Show 826 Hour 1

A record number of South Dakotans have already mailed in their votes for the state primary election. Primary day is Tuesday, June 2. Because of the threat of COVID-19, people who have never considered the prospect of early voting are weighing their options. SDPB's Kevin Woster joins us for an update. You can find his reporting at 



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Voting For The Arts

Oct 30, 2018
SDPB/Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 30, 2018 Show 450 Hour 2

As a service to their statewide membership and constituents, Arts South Dakota is conducting a survey of candidates for the South Dakota Legislature, Governor and the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to understand their positions on arts related issues.

Arts South Dakota Executive Director Jim Speirs explains the survey.

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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some people are ready for this election to be over. They’re tired of hearing about candidates and ballot measures. They want the political ads to cease, they want campaign signs torn down, and they want the whole thing to go away. But a few local high school students say voters shouldn’t rush the process - and they aren't even old enough to vote. 

She can count the number of days until the 2016 election on one hand, and Kaitlyn Friedrich recoils at the idea that some voters are disinterested in politics.

US Attorney Names Point Person For Election Fraud Complaints

Oct 24, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The US Attorney’s office in South Dakota is naming a District Election Officer to field any complaints of election fraud this year.

The district officer works with other federal agencies to insure a fair election.  

Kent Osborne / SDPB

If you’re voting in South Dakota, it’s best to leave your selfie sticks at home when you go to the ballot box.

That poignant advice comes from Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. She says ballot selfies are illegal.

“We don’t want anyone out there taking a picture with their ballot with them, or taking a picture of what they marked on the ballot and posting it on Twitter or Facebook or Tweeting it out. So, we want to remind folks that selfies are not allowed in state law,” Krebs says.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Political parties court different demographics, and one crucial group of voters includes young people. Many have the chance to vote in their first presidential election this year. College students studying media at the University of Sioux Falls are watching the presidential race, and they’re learning to balance their journalism training with their Constitutional rights. 


As a top industry in the state, agriculture is on the minds of many South Dakotan voters. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem visits Midday to provide her insight on agriculture as she represents local farmers and producers in Washington, D.C. She also discusses the ongoing search for a compromise regarding Country of Origin Labeling, the importance of food supply to national security, and how South Dakotans consistently farm beyond next year’s crop.

Fortis Publishing

Coming from a lower class family in a small town, one politician wants to inspire young people to pursue opportunities and improve current democracy.  Former Senator Larry Pressler has published a new book, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. He says today's democracy is poisonous and voters are apathetic. Pressler wants to rediscover America's ethical core through education, journalism and self-esteem. He also touches on his background in Vietnam and his diverse philosophical and religious views.

Secretary Of State At Black Hills Forum And Press Club

May 31, 2016
Kenzie Wagner / SDPB

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she wants to make her office more transparent for taxpayers.

She addressed the Black Hills Press Club and Forum to outline some of her goals.  Krebs says she recognizes many people no longer trust their government.

Primary Voting Registration Deadline May 23

May 11, 2016
SD Secretary of State

South Dakota voters head to the polls on June 7th for the primary election.  

But to vote you must be registered before the deadline to qualify for the primaries.

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs reminds citizens to keep the deadline in mind in the coming weeks.

“Our voter registration deadline in South Dakota is May 23rd, so in order to vote, for the June 7th primary for South Dakota your registration for your voter registration has to be in to you county auditor’s office by 5 pm on that May 23rd date,” says Krebs.

Thune: South Dakota Could Swing US Presidential Nomination

Apr 14, 2016

U-S Senator John Thune says South Dakota could play a role in the presidential nomination process.
The state’s small population means primary delegates rarely make up a swing vote.  But Thune says it could be a tight primary race this year for either party.

Pennington County Voters Consider Wheel Tax

Jan 4, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

Voters in Pennington County head to the polls on Tuesday, January 5th to decide on a county wide wheel tax.  

The tax adds to the fees paid during vehicle registration.  Motorists would see an increase of three to five dollars per wheel depending on the weight of the vehicle.

ACLU leaders have filed a federal lawsuit over a new election deadline for third-party candidates. The lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota says an earlier date for new parties to get on the ballot violates Constitutional rights. The case is filed Libertarian Party of South Dakota versus Krebs.

South Dakota lawmakers approved a measure that sets the date a candidate must turn in signed petitions a month earlier than it used to be. In January Secretary of State Shantel Krebs explained to lawmakers that an earlier deadline offers more time for scrutiny. 

Federal Judge Moves Wanblee Voting Case Forward

May 4, 2015

A federal judge has ruled in favor of some Pine Ridge residents who allege unequal access to the polls in Jackson County.
In 2014, early in-person voting opened at the county courthouse in Kadoka. A similar office did not open in Wanblee and some community members cried foul.
Voting rights groups say they want to ensure that in 2016 residents of Wanblee have the same easy access to the ballot box as residents in the county seat of Kadoka.

Wanblee To Get Early Voting Office

Oct 15, 2014

Voting rights advocates say a satellite polling place is coming to the town of Wanblee. 

The small town on the Pine Ridge Reservation has become a contention point over equal access to the polls for Native Americans in this election.

Federal Case Filed Over Voting Rights On Pine Ridge

Sep 18, 2014

A voting rights group is filing a federal court case alleging unequal access to the polls in Jackson County, South Dakota.

The county covers the northeast corner of the Pine Ridge Reservation and is home to both the towns of Kadoka and Wanblee.   

In the county seat of Kadoka, the public can register and vote early in person.   But in Wanblee, the county’s largest town that sits on the Pine Ridge Reservation, early voting in person is not an option.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 17, 2012

Kevin Woster of the Rapid City Journal and Denise Ross of the Mitchell Daily Republic talk about former Senator George McGovern who has been admitted into hospice care.  They also discuss last Friday's debate between Representative Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek, a judge's order that Secretary of State Jason Gant include an opposition statement from Senator Stan Adelstein in the ballot issues guide among other topics.

Dakota Political Junkies

Oct 10, 2012

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter of the Madison Daily Leader and David Montgomery of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader talk about the latest television ads in South Dakota's U.S. House race between first-term Republican Kristi Noem and Democrat Matt Varilek.  They also preview tomorrow's Vice Presidential debate and comment on former Senator Larry Pressler's endorsement of President Obama.

By Victoria Wicks

Voters in a number of states have to produce some form of identification when they go to the polls, a requirement opposed by those who say the law disenfranchises specific groups. South Dakota requires a government-issued photo ID but allows people without the document to vote after signing an affidavit. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks explores these issues and other state laws that affect voters.

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