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Dr. Ken Blanchard

Political Columnist

Dr. Ken Blanchard grew up in Arkansas and attended graduate school in southern California. He has taught political science and philosophy at Northern State University since 1989. Dr. Blanchard's field of research is Biopolitics, the intersection of biology and political theory. He recently edited a book, Darwinian Conservatism, and he writes a regular column for the Aberdeen American News and a blog called South Dakota Politics

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In Obamacare’s Wake

October 8, 2014
Health care could influence the November elections.

A Second for the Rattlesnake

August 14, 2014
More support for the serpent as our state animal.

Religious Freedom in the Corporate World

July 14, 2014
Interpreting the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

The Man Who Wasn’t There

June 9, 2014
President Obama has been absent when the country needs him most.

Money Talks

April 15, 2014
When the Supreme Court lifted the ban on campaign contributions, it had your First Amendment rights in mind.

Dumb and Dumber

March 10, 2014
Exploring the foibles of our two major political parties.

It's Time for Keystone

February 12, 2014
Hemming and hawing over studies are simply delaying its inevitable construction.

Deconstructing Christiegate

January 15, 2014
How political judgments are made in the statehouse and the White House.

The Affordable Care Act vs Religious Freedom

December 2, 2013
Hobby Lobby is battling the government over birth control.

Obama's Scarlet Sound Bite

November 7, 2013
"If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it" may be the phrase President Obama is remembered by.

Noem and the Budget Crisis

October 22, 2013
The Aberdeen American News has lost patience with South Dakota's lone representative in the U.S. House.

Recalls and Responsibility

September 25, 2013
Politicians ignore the popular will at their peril — that's the lesson we can take from Colorado's recent recall election.

The Situation in Syria

September 9, 2013
What policy should the Obama administration pursue in Syria?

NPR vs. South Dakota Foster Care

August 26, 2013
Let's revisit NPR's scathing critique of South Dakota's child protection policies.

Deep in Denial

August 12, 2013
The Army and FBI's inability to recognize a ticking time bomb made Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's rampage at Ft. Hood possible.

Keeping Our Fiscal House in Order

July 30, 2013
The Motor City's money woes highlight the good sense of South Dakota's fiscal policy. 

The Zimmerman Trial

July 15, 2013
Ken Blanchard examines Florida's recent high-profile murder trial.

Wind turbines near Elkton.

When the Feathers Hit the Fan

July 1, 2013
How many birds and bats should be sacrificed on the altar of Clean Energy?

Illiberal Liberals

June 18, 2013
The Obama administration's IRS scandal seems motivated by a desire to chill dissenting opinions.

The retirement of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson makes South Dakota s 2014 Senate race a key one.

Looking Ahead to 2014

June 3, 2013
Who will replace Tim Johnson when he vacates his U.S. Senate seat?

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