The latest Dakota Free Press Podcast is ready for your earbuds! In Episode #15, we talk to Pierre political activist Roxanne Weber, organizer of protests, a ballot measure, and a couple of fall forums to promote civil discourse.
But first, co-host Spencer Dobson and I talk about how the richer and poorer perceive their sickness and health (and how the ACA is helping and Trumpublicans are not), the great China–U.S. chicken for beef trade (I think the Chinese are getting the better deal), the Aberdeen library’s effort to help new Americans, and, so we can practice our new favorite word, the big nonmeandered waters bill passed by the Legislature on Monday.
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Here are this week’s notes and links to our topics:
Health Care Perceptions and the Rich/Poor Gap [1:20]:
- Olga Khazan, “American’s Health-Inequality Problem,” The Atlantic, 2017.06.05.
- Original Harvard research comparing rich/poor health perceptions in various countries.
- Maryalice Parks, Ali Rogan, and Mariam Khan, “President Trump Says House Health Care Bill Was ‘Mean’,” ABC News, 2017.06.13
China Buys Our Beef, We Buy Their Chicken [6:45]:
- CAH, “Chop-Mooey: China Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef,” Dakota Free Press, 2017.06.13.
- Spencer’s background on concerns about Chinese chicken: Maria Godoy, “Chinese Chicken Is Headed to America, But It’s Really All About the Beef,” NPR: The Salt, 2017.05.12
New Aberdeen Library Helping New Americans [12:30]:
- CAH, “Aberdeen Library Gets Grant to Fund Resources for New Americans,” Dakota Free Press, 2017.06.12.
Legislature Sort of Resolves Nonmeandered Waters Conflict [16:10]:
- Read House Bill 1001, the nonmeandered waters legislation passed by the South Dakota Legislature in special session Monday.
- DFP coverage of nonmeandered waters
Interview: Roxanne Weber [28:35]:
- SD Forward: http://southdakotaforward.org/
- LEAD (Leaders Engaged and Determined!): https://leadsouthdakota.org/
- Indivisible 605: https://www.indivisible605.com/
- Voter Initiative Protection Amendment: http://sdvoterprotection.info/
- Rep. David Lust’s comment on I&R needing to be reined in, in Lee Strubinger, “Lawmakers, Petitioners Examine SD Ballot Measure Process,” SDPB Radio, 2017.06.08
- Agendas for meetings of Legislature’s Initiative and Referendum Interim Task Force (including June 21 public testimony!)
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That poor woman, Roxanne Weber, is she the only Democrat watch dog in Pierre? I wouldn’t be surprised ;)
Hey, she said she had more people than herself show up at the Women’s March in Pierre, so she’s evidently not alone!
Also awfully convenient to be coordinating a ballot question from Pierre—much easier to drop by the Secretary of State’s office to get and submit documents.
Great podcast. Thanks for introducing us to the mind, temperament and energy of Ms. Weber.