The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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Brad & Sean Connolly (CT Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner)

ADAM BERGMAN (Senior partner at the IRA Financial Group in New York) FINANCIAL MARKETS REACT AFTER GREECE BAILOUT PLAN REJECTED, FINANCE MINISTER QUITS Greece has been in the news over the last several years due to its financial perils and continued European Union bailouts, but the Greek debt crisis seems to have reached a climax. The country's banks and stock market have been closed since the week of June 22, 2015 and Greece could even possibly opt out of the European Union after falling into technical default on Tuesday. Global financial markets shuddered on Monday. Greece's debt crisis sent shivers through American stock markets Monday, a day after Greek voters rejected demands from international creditors for further austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras now has two days to resolve the standoff with creditors before ATMs run out of cash and civil unrest likely breaks out. But making a deal will be daunting after some 61 percent of voters rejected the austerity measures lenders were demanding.

SKIP CHURCH (Public Policy Liaison for MADD Connecticut) As of last week, July 1st all Connecticut residents who have their license suspended after being charged with operating under the influence are now required to install a breathalyzer on the ignition of their car. The device used to be required only after a second offense. The breathalyzer, known as an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), requires the driver to blow a breath sample into a tube in order for their car to start. “If they blow in and it’s under the limit that’s set, then they can start their car,” said Skip Church, who lost his 18-year-old son, Dustin, to a drunk driving accident in 2004. The car won’t start if the sample is over .025, and random samples are required while the car is operating. “We know that states that have IID’s, there’s been a 40-percent decrease in alcohol related fatalities, so we certainly expect to see that in Connecticut,” said Janice Haggie Margolis, the Executive Director of MADD Connecticut. The duration of time in which the IID must be installed is dependent on whether the offender is 21 at the time of the incident, whether they are a repeat offender, and the result or refusal of the blood alcohol test taken. This law will affect up to 6,500 first-time offenders charged with operating under the influence. The previous law did not require those who entered a diversion program to use the IDD, but the new law now requires all offenders to.

DEBBIE GEORGATOS (Political Strategist and the Author of "Ladies, Can We Talk? America Needs Our Vote!") FEDS FIRE BACK AT SAN FRANCISCO, POINT FINGER AT CITY FOR RELEASING SUSPECTED KILLER San Francisco and its liberal policy toward people in the U.S. illegally were thrust into the national political debate this weekend after the fatal shooting of a woman at a popular tourist destination, allegedly by a man with a criminal record who had been deported to Mexico several times. The Board of Supervisors adopted a law in 2013 that limited the conditions under which those arrested could be placed in federal immigration holds. Since then, dozens of cities and counties across the country have stopped complying with immigration "detainer" requests after a federal judge ruled that an Oregon county violated one woman's 4th Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause. Francisco Sanchez, the suspected murderer of Kate Steinle, admitted to firing the fatal shots and said he kept coming back to the US and returned to San Francisco because he knew it was a sanctuary city in an interview released on Sunday. Sanchez, who answered some questions in Spanish and others in English, after admitting to shooting Steinle (although, he did say he didn't have a clear recollection of events because of the sleeping pills he took), was asked, "Why did you keep coming back to the US, why did you come back to San Francisco?" He answered, "Because I was looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction." Sanchez also said he considered going to Oregon for work and lived in both Oregon and Washington state. He further mentioned working in Phoenix, AZ. He also said, that he would receive calls from his employers looking for work and that is why he kept coming back to the US.

SEAN CONNOLLY (CT Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner) THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ON JULY 11 & 12 “CONNECTICUT’S VIETNAM 50th CELEBRATION WEEKEND" All parking at UTAS (Hamilton Sundstrand) at One Hamilton Rd. South in Windsor Locks. This coming weekend, the public is invited to a special two-day event that will recognize and honor New England’s Vietnam veterans and remember those who did not return. Connecticut’s Vietnam 50th Celebration Weekend events and activities will take place on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Connecticut Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn. In addition, other static air displays will be at the New England Air Museum at 36 Perimeter Rd. in Windsor Locks. The weekend will feature many vehicle and aircraft displays, rare helicopter rides in the famous UH-1D “Huey,” nationally renowned speakers and authors, and a live concert performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Band. WEBSITE: Connecticut’s Vietnam 50th Celebration Weekend

KAREN DAWSON (Travel Expert) U.S. PROBING WHETHER AIRLINES COLLUDE TO KEEP AIRFARES HIGH The Justice Department said it is investigating whether U.S. airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by signaling plans to limit flights. The Justice Department wrote to major U.S. air carriers demanding that they detail decisions to limit the number of seats they offer, and what they've said about those plans to investors, securities analysts and the public. Airlines contacted have been asked to provide "available seat miles on a regional and system wide basis" back to January 2010 and a raft of other data. The top four U.S. carriers American Airline, Delta, United and Southwest control some 80 percent of the domestic air travel market. The four confirmed receipt of the regulator's letter and said they are cooperating fully with the investigation. News of the probe sent the Dow Jones U.S. airlines index down two-percent. Shares of the U.S. carriers have gyrated in recent weeks as investors questioned whether they were planning to add capacity at a pace faster than overall economic growth, which could put downward pressure on fares. If this is true and the airlines were conspiring with each other to keep fares high, how far back does this go? How would the airlines signal each other? How much it did it add to the average ticket?

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