KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

McGovern Conference Continues On



Bookmark and Share

A week after the election, two South Dakotans who rarely see eye to eye on just about any issue, share a stage. Tony Post, Executive Director of the state's republican party and Ben Nesselfhuf, Chair of the state's democratic party, discuss partisanship in the state and in Washington.

"Moving Beyond Political Polarization" was the theme for the McGovern Conference. One hand picked by the late Senator McGovern.  

"He was concerned about the growing partisanship in this country. And we thought it incredibly fitting that the final conference that he was involved in planning which was a week after our recent election, address that topic," said Donald Simmons, The Dean and Director of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service.

With politicians worried about the upcoming fiscal cliff, a history professor at Dakota Wesleyan, one of the many titles George McGovern once had, mentioned how political figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson dealt with bi-partisanship. Something George McGovern wanted to be included in his conference.  

"He understood the role of history and helping us look backwards to look for answers to our problems of today," said Simmons.

While the message of the conference was reiterated, organizers look at this conference as the last one to be directly influenced by George McGovern.  

"It's bittersweet. It's the last conference he was involved in planning. And yet, he's not here with us to discuss the very issues that he wanted us to address in the conference," said Simmons.   

As politicians talk about coming together, they also reflect on a man who played a roll in American History.  

"His shaping of American politics will go way beyond his time here on earth,"
 
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Former Hutterites Release Second Book  story with video

They call themselves "The Nine;” a group of ex-Hutterites that made ...

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video

The number of stomachs one South Dakota food assistance program has been ...

Obama Authorizes Federal Disaster Aid For SD

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for South Dakota ...

1st Revenue Estimate Puts SD State Budget In Black  Jul. 28

SF Road Construction Season In Full Swing  story with video  Jul. 28

Grain Elevators Looking For More Trains  story with video  Jul. 28

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures  Jul. 28

Man Reported Fake Robbery At SD Verizon Store  Jul. 28

SBA Disaster Centers Closing In 3 SD Cities  Jul. 28

Education Students In SD Get State Scholarship  Jul. 28

No More Handshakes  story with video  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

Grain Storage Space A Problem In Parts Of SD  Jul. 28

SD Statehood Project Uses Soil From Each County  Jul. 28

Tornado-Stricken Nebraska Town Gets Some Iowa Help  Jul. 28

Officials Urge Crackdown On Tax Evaders At Rally  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Police Release SF Robbery Suspect Pictures

Sioux Falls Police have released surveillance pictures ...

CO Man Dies In Meade County Accident

A Colorado man died in a one-vehicle crash on the New ...

No More Handshakes  story with video

(NBC News) Our society dictates that when meeting someone new the polite ...

Court Upholds SD Man's Murder Sentence  Jul. 28

Aurora Woman Killed In Idaho Accident  Jul. 28

BackPack Program To Feed Record Amount  story with video  Jul. 28

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 billion  Jul. 28

Iowa Town Bracing For Closure Of Tyson Foods Plant  Jul. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Madison and Tabor advance to "B" Championship  story with video

Tabor won a thriller over Groton 6-5 to advance to Tuesday's State "B" Legion ...

Hejna jumps into college football at SDSU  story with video

Considering his first name it's appropriate that Yankton's J. J. ...

Vikings Sign Rudolph To Extension  story with video

Mankato, MN (July 27, 2014) – The Minnesota Vikings have announced ...

Birds Blow Chance For Sweep  story with video  Jul. 27

Madison Rolls Past Groton At Legion State B  story with video  Jul. 27

Champions Crowned At Asfora/Clayton Tournament  story with video  Jul. 27

Veteran Greenway Leader On Vikings Defense  story with video  Jul. 27

Canaries Make It Two In A Row Against X's  story with video  Jul. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top