Dave Roetman

South Dakota’s View on Tariffs, Trump and the Impact on Agriculture

Political pundits Dave Roetman and Aaron Matson weigh in on the bigger issues plaguing South Dakota and the nation

What sort of a lasting impact will the President’s threat of a tariff on Mexico have on trade and the future flow of immigration? Our local political pundits, Dave Roetman with the South Dakota GOP and Aaron Matson with the state Democratic Party, understandably do not agree on an answer. Matson believes the President hasn’t done much new to negotiate,…

South Dakota Political Insiders Weigh In on Tariffs, State Tribal Relations

With Sam Parkinson, the former Executive Director of the State Democratic Party off to Washington, D.C. for a new role there, the Dems current Communications Director, Aaron Matson joined his Republican counterpart, Dave Roetman on KDLT News Today to weigh in on current events dominating the political landscape. The two discussed briefly, local party reaction to the escalating trade war with…

State Dems, GOP Debate 2020 Presidential Outlook

Sam Parkinson and Dave Roetman also address allegations of improper tactics by a South Dakota Congressman

Sam Parkinson, the Executive Director of the State Democratic Party, joined us on the KDLT News Today set one last time before leaving for a new position in Washington, D.C.. He and his counterpart with the state GOP, Dave Roetman, State Finance Director for the State Republican Party, offered insight this week into some of the political news making both…

Pushback – or No Problems for Noem?

Political pundits weigh in the Governor's latest initiatives and first few months in office

When it comes to pheasant habitat, or movement on the Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota, there are frustrations that perhaps not everyone that should have been at the table on those conversations, was. At least that’s opinion of Sam Parkinson, Executive Director for the State Democratic Party, based on what he’s hearing from others in state government and the…

2019 Legislative Wins and Losses for South Dakota

GOP and Dem pundits weigh in on what lawmakers got done

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up early this past week, due in part, to a massive winter storm bearing down on the state. With the weather dominating the headlines since, we’ve heard little about the biggest and perhaps most interesting legislation to come out of this year’s assembly. Dave Roetman with the South Dakota Republican Party and Sam Parkinson with…

What to Expect During the Last Days of the 2019 Legislative Session

GOP and Democratic strategists outline the biggest opportunities to come out of the 2019 Legislative Session, and the biggest disappointments. Dave Roetman and Sam Parkinson touch on hemp, the budget, and what to watch for in the coming weeks as South Dakota legislators get set to wrap up their work for another year. Categories: KDLT News Today, Local News, News…

GOP, Dems Talk Empty Bills, Free Speech on Campus

Vehicle bills, or bills without any meaningful content, are introduced each year in the state legislature, so seeing some in the annual line-up is not out of the ordinary in Pierre. But are there more this year than usual? And what might be behind what is essentially considered, common practice? Former Democratic state legislator, Dan Ahlers and South Dakota GOP…

Political Insiders Preview Week Four of South Dakota State Legislature

South Dakota state legislators are just starting to wade through dozens of new bills introduced earlier this week. Among the proposed legislation catching the collective eye of our pundits – drivers licensing in another language, early childhood education and a committee to look at the tax exemptions offered in South Dakota. While these new bills have yet to be taken…

Bills to Watch as Legislators Return to Pierre

Legislators are back in Pierre for the 2019 Legislative Session and Tuesday’s State of the State is the first of several big speeches to come. Wednesday is the State of the Judiciary and Thursday, the State of the Tribes. Lawmakers will just begin to look at some of the bills before them – including presumptive probation, nursing home funding, a…

SD Political Pundits Preview 2019 National, State Legislative Sessions

Two of the communities we may see really start to struggle as the government shut down drags on

“Until it really bites or hurts (the general public), things aren’t going to change,” Dave Roetman, a spokesperson for the South Dakota Republican Party, told KDLT News Today Friday morning. Roetman, the County Chair and State Finance Director for the SDRP, was referring to the partial government shutdown, now in its 14th day. Despite a measure passed overnight by the…