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#1420: Women In The West: Political Office In Utah And Horse Rescue In California

On this week’s 51%, we learn how one state is working to get more women political candidates. We meet a mother who gave birth during treatment for heroin addiction and find out why a California woman rescues horses. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Hillary Clinton as the first woman presidential candidate from a major political party has turned up the volume on the discussion of women political candidates in general, which brings us to Utah. There aren’t many women serving in Utah’s legislature, but a new law this election year gives hopeful political candidates a new way to get on their party’s primary ballot. Reporter Jennifer Pemberton looked into whether the new alternative to Utah’s caucus-convention system might help more women get elected.

This story is part of the series Women Run The West – a public radio collaboration exploring the role of women in western politics. You can hear more stories at womenrunthewest.org. 

It’s hard to take care of a new baby, especially if you’re trying to get sober from heroin addiction. We’re about to meet a mom – Marisa - who had one daughter when she was using and another while she was in treatment. Marisa asked that we not use her last name. The Innovation Trail’s Monica Sandreczki met Marisa at the rehab in Delaware County, New York, where she recovered and gave birth to her second daughter, Scarlett. 

Reporting by the Innovation Trail is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more, visit innovationtrail.org. 

We bring you another installment of the 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in Napa Valley, California. She regularly blogs for The Huffington Post. This week, she interviews Anne Houghton, who has been riding horses since she was 4 years old.  Houghton began rescuing horses from local auctions more than a decade ago and founded the Aureole Ranch Horse Rescue, which is based in Napa Valley with four locations. That means Houghton, in addition to her full-time job, has to go around to the different locations to check on and feed the horses, among other things. Ufberg asks Houghton how she became involved in horse rescue. 

Force of Nature is recorded at the InnerVoice Network.

The Veterans Administration is still working to shorten wait times for patients to get medical care, but one of its latest proposals, for which the comment period has closed, has some doctors upset. It would allow specially trained nurses to treat patients in some specialties without a doctor's oversight. Patricia Murphy reports. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio  

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