SDPB will present Dakota Decisions ’98

SDPB will present Dakota Decisions '98 As November approaches, the weather may be getting cooler, but the campaign rhetoric is heating up!

Now's your chance to see and hear the contenders in action. South Dakotans will get a chance to ask questions and listen to the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, as well as hear representatives from both sides of the Amendment E issue during a series of four debates to be broadcast live this month. These live forums will feature the leading candidates head-to-head.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air the sessions live on both Public TV and Radio, and rebroadcast the debates on Public Television the next day. SDPB is joining with four partners to bring the election issues to the people: KSFY TV, the ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls; the Argus Leader, the state's largest newspaper, based in Sioux Falls; KOTA TV, the ABC affiliate in Rapid City; and KWSN-AM radio in Sioux Falls. The television and radio stations also will carry the forums live.

Mitch Krebs, a television anchor for KSFY, will be the moderator for the U.S. House and gubernatorial debates. Helene Duhamel, television anchor for KOTA, will lead the U.S. Senate and Amendment E debates.

Audience members will have a chance to ask questions. A three-member media panel will help keep things on track by asking related and follow-up questions.

All of the forums will air at 7 p.m. CT/6 MT on Saturdays. Residents who want to attend in person are advised to arrive early. All audience members must be seated by the time the debates begin.

* Oct. 3: U.S. Rep. John Thune, R-Pierre, and challenger Jeff Moser, D-Pierre. The contenders for South Dakota's only seat in the U.S. House will meet in Vermillion in the SDPB studio in the Telecommunications Building at The University of South Dakota.

* Oct. 10: U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-Aberdeen, and challenger Ron Schmidt, R-Pierre. The Senate Minority leader and his GOP foe will speak at the School of Mines in the Lecture Hall of the Classroom Building.

* Oct. 17: Gov. William Janklow, R-Pierre, and challenger Bernie Hunhoff, D-Yankton. The sparks may fly as these foes meet at Roosevelt High School Auditorium in Sioux Falls.

* Oct. 24: Amendment E. This controversial agricultural regulation will be the focus as proponents and detractors meet at Riggs High School Auditorium in Pierre.

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