Crisis at the Statehouse and Comic Relief

The first part of today’s program began with an in depth look at the controversy surrounding Senate File 2, a bill to shift the responsibility for women’s health clinics to the state, thus blocking Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. We included this in our Wednesday “around the counties” show because we believed that our listeners throughout the area would be affected by something as basic as the availablity of basic medical care and how it will be funded. We had interviews with Janet Petersen (D), member of the Judiciary Committee; a recording from the League of Women Voters legislative coffee held in Nevada January 28, including a question by citizen Jodi O’Donnell and the responses of Representatives David Deyoe (R) and Lisa Heddens (D) as well as State Senator Herman Quirmbach (D). Then Victoria Skopinski gave us a first-hand report of the hearing at the Iowa State Capital yesterday and the colorful struggles outside the chambers.

The second half of the program was a shift to the weekend’s entertainment. We heard from Christopher Levi and Jim Riordan, actors in Boone Community Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, opening as dinner theatre Feburary 11 & 12. We also featured Ankeny Community Theatre’s production of The Fantastics playing February 3 though 18. The show closed out with Thomas P. Florek and Doug Gentile singing a couple of their original songs and giving us a sense of this weekends Lots of Laughs review.

Originally broadcast 02/01/2017
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