Comments made by a Troy Township supervisor were pivotal in a South Dakota Supreme Court partial reversal. The court made its opinion public on Thursday, Aug. 17.

At issue is the vacating of roads in three townships in Day County. Game, Fish & Parks appealed those vacations to the Fifth Circuit, saying the township boards were trying to cut off public access to disputed bodies of water in Day County.

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Twenty-five years ago, agreement was reached on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It’s a trade pact that gradually eliminated most tariffs and trade barriers between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Has NAFTA been good or bad for the U.S.? Has it been good or bad for South Dakota? Today we welcome Russell Green. He’s a Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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What’s the impact of war on higher education? Today we welcome University of Sioux Falls professor Stephen Jackson. He’s been at work exploring the impact of World War II on the University of Sioux Falls. Dr. Jackson’s research will appear alongside other scholars’ work in the book “Denominational Higher Education During World War II.” The book focuses on the framing of faith and war, service to the nation, and the dynamics of the denominational campus during the war years.

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While many bookworms spend their time cocooned in public libraries and bookstores searching for the next great story, George Hall had only to walk through his own front door.

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The group backing a ballot measure question similar to Initiated Measure 22 says they have over half of the signatures needed to make the ballot in next year’s election.

Initiated Measure 22 was a voter approved ethics reform package that was held up in state courts and ultimately repealed by the state legislature.

Doug Kronaizl is the spokesperson for Represent South Dakota, which is floating the constitutional amendment. He says they have just over ten thousand more signatures to gather…

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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.

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What makes a successful presidency? How soon should we judge the mark a president makes on the nation? How does a president's legacy change once viewed through the lens of history and perspective? Sean Flynn is a history and political science professor at Dakota Wesleyan University. He recently participated in the five day 20th Century Presidency seminar. He joins us to talk vision. Legislative legacy, and the hallmarks of American leadership.

Rapid City Mayor Says City Is Too Reliant On Sales Tax

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The Rapid City Common Council held the first of at least two fiscal year 2018 budget hearings last night, which calls for a three percent increase in city spending.

That increase is coupled with Mayor Steve Allender’s push for the city to diversify how it is funded. According to city documents, forty three percent of the city’s revenue comes from sales tax collections.

Allender says the city is too reliant on that funding stream, which he says is volatile.

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In February, we talked with filmmaker Matt Ornstein about his documentary "Accidental Courtesy." It follows an aging African American musician whose hobby is to befriend and convert members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in America. It's a controversial concept. Should those who preach racism and violence be treated with patience and respect? What is our moral responsibility in the shadow of hate?

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Attorney General Marty Jackley announced last week that his office is joining several other attorneys general in asking the U-S Supreme Court to hear a case on the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits the government from establishing an official religion. The case, which has made it all the way to the country's highest court, originated in Bloomfield, New Mexico, where a monument of the Ten Commandments is placed on city property. SDPB's Lee Strubinger talked with Attorney General Jackley.

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