The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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Brad Davis & Jack Hasegawa (Executive Director from Aeurfarm)

Prof. EDWARD "ED" TURZANSKI (Senior Fellow with The Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Professor of Political Science and History at La Salle University in Philadelphia. During the Reagan Administration, he served with the U.S. Intelligence Community with postings in the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.) SECRETARY CARTER SAYS US WILL PROVIDE WEAPONS, AIRCRAFT, FORCES FOR NATO. The U.S. will contribute weapons, aircraft and forces, including commandos, for NATO's rapid reaction force, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday, to help Europe defend against security threats, including Russia from the east and violent extremists from the south. Under the plan, the U.S. will contribute intelligence and surveillance capabilities, special operations forces, logistics, transport aircraft, and a range of weapons support that could include bombers, fighters and ship-based missiles. It would not provide a large ground force. Carter announced the new details about the U.S. contribution after meeting with defense ministers from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. Those countries had agreed to provide the initial troops for the so-called very high readiness task force, which was announced last year at the NATO summit in Wales. The U.S. had pledged to support the task force, but NATO has been waiting to hear specifically what America was willing to provide. U.S. officials said there have been no final decisions on the number of troops that could participate, or where they could come from. The officials said many of the forces could come from those already stationed in Europe. But the plan could result in a temporary increase in US forces in Europe in the event of a crisis, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss details of the agreement publicly. No U.S. troops or equipment will move immediately, but instead they would be made available if requested, and approved by American leaders, in response to a crisis. Officials said the top U.S. commander in Europe, currently Gen. Phil Breedlove, would make the request for any troops or equipment needed.

 

TIM PHELAN (Head of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association) Tim talked about many states making overtures to Connecticut, commonly known as "job poaching" and if it is good or bad for the state's retailers.


Fox News Radio's EBEN BROWN - live from Miami CONFEDERATE FLAG CONTROVERSIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND NOW IN MISSISSIPPI. A top Mississippi lawmaker said Monday that the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. House Speaker Philip Gunn became the first top-tier Republican to call for a change in the flag, which has had the Confederate symbol in the upper left corner since Reconstruction. "We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us," Gunn, a leader in his local Baptist church, said in a statement. "As a Christian, I believe our state's flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi's flag." Mississippi and Tennessee officials are grappling with whether to retain Old South symbols, even as South Carolina leaders are pushing to remove a Confederate battle flag that flies outside the statehouse there. Mississippi voters decided by a 2-to-1 margin in 2001 to keep the state flag that has been used since 1894. It features the Confederate battle emblem — a blue X with 13 stars, over a red field. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday repeated his long-held position that the state should keep the flag as is. "A vast majority of Mississippians voted to keep the state's flag, and I don't believe the Mississippi Legislature will act to supersede the will of the people on this issue," Bryant said in a statement.

 

KATRINA PEARSON (Political analyst and spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC) OBAMA POLICY FAILURES ALLOWING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO DISAPPEAR INTO SOCIETY. Despite efforts by the Obama administration to stop the wave of illegal immigrant women and children that flooded across the US-Mexican border last summer, data obtained by Fox News shows the flow continuing - while an overwhelming majority have 'melted into the larger illegal population and have no fear of immigration enforcement.' Tens of thousands of illegal immigrant women and children streamed across the U.S. border last year seeking asylum and protected status, claiming a "credible fear" of going home to the violence in Central America. President Obama addressed the crisis through increased border enforcement, more detention beds, more immigration judges and pressure on political leaders in their home countries. But a year later, new data obtained exclusively by Fox News shows the policy isn't stopping the influx. Not only are illegal immigrant women and children continuing to cross the border in large numbers, but the majority charged with crimes aren't even showing up for court.

 

ARTHUR J. "ART" RENNER (Executive director of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants) Art talked about some of the current tax increases and changes contained in the budget that Governor Dannel Malloy has yet to sign. Some additional changes might take place next week in a special session. WEBSITE: Connecticut Society of CPAs: CTCPA

 

JACK HASEGAWA (Executive Director of Auerfarm in Bloomfield, CT) Aeurfarm is dedicated to preserving farm land, promoting sustainability and growing food exclusively for Food Share. Jack talked about the 4-H education center at Aeurfarm which offers educational programs to area schools so children can enjoy hands-on science enriched by being outdoors on a big farm. The farm also has some new developments in the works which include a new educational center that will be unveiled during their "Summer Fun at the Farm" celebration this Saturday, June 27th from 10am to 4pm to include family friendly farm activities. Contact Information: 158 Auer Farm Road Bloomfield, CT 06002 (860) 242-7144 WEBSITE: Auerfarm

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