The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Dr. GARY ROSE, PhD (Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University and author of, "Shaping a Nation: Twenty-Five Supreme Court Cases That Changed the United States") Gary chatted about the new push by some folks and state-level political parties to distance themselves from Founding Fathers and others who may have owned slaves. Here in Connecticut, the state Democratic Party is dropping any mention of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from it's annual fundraising dinner. Gary recently told the McClatchy Syndicate, "It’s extraordinary Democrats would go this far ... It’s political correctness run amok."

NED HOLSTEIN (Founder and Board Chair of the "National Parents Organization") STUDY ON WORKING MOTHERS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS UNDERSCORES NEED FOR SHARED PARENTING (Nearly 20 States Currently Considering Family Court Reform) National Parents Organization calls on family courts to order shared parenting to fit parents after separation or divorce in order to secure the benefits suggested in a recent study of working mothers from Harvard Business School's new Gender Initiative. The study found that daughters experience significant benefits when their mothers work, including being more likely to complete college, be employed in leadership positions and earn higher incomes. Yet many single mothers are unable to work, or to work to the full extent of their abilities, because they must provide the vast majority of the parenting instead of being able to share it with their former partner. The recent study underscores the need for our family courts to abandon the 1950's model of giving sole child custody following divorce or separation to just one parent, usually the mother, instead of dividing the parenting. Currently, about 30% of mothers are single mothers with sole custody of children. The study, which was highlighted in The New York Times story "Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers," comes at a time when nearly 20 state legislatures are proposing changes in law that would promote shared parenting and gender equality after divorce or separation. "At a time when 30 percent of mothers are single moms tasked with 85 percent of the parenting time, this latest evidence on the success of daughters of working mothers makes the need for shared parenting following divorce or separation all the more pressing," said Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. "For the sake of our children's futures, our family courts must embrace shared parenting in order to empower moms and dads alike in both the home and at work." Holstein also said, "The conclusions of this study call to mind the wisdom of the late, renowned activist Karen DeCrow, the first president of the National Organization for Women. DeCrow said, 'Shared parenting is not only fair to men and children. It is the best option for women. After observing women's rights and responsibilities for more than a quarter of a century of feminist activism, I conclude that shared parenting is great for women, giving time and opportunity for female parents to pursue education, training, jobs, careers, profession and leisure."

SUZANNE BATES (Policy Director at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy) Suzanne will give us her thoughts on the new 2014 State Pension Data Released on the numbers show 6,301 retired state employees receiving millionaire-sized pensions!!!

FRANK VERNUCCIO Jr. (Editor-in-Chief of the "New York Analysis of Policy and Government." He served both Republicans and Democrats on state and local levels)
TWO WEEKS TO GO: REPUBLICANS SCRAMBLE TO MAKE DEBATE STAGE The race is on for the final spots on stage for the first FOX News Republican debate. With the highly-anticipated showdown less than two weeks away, candidates with low polling numbers are in a high-stakes scramble to qualify for an event that represents their best shot at breaking out. Fox News is capping the Aug. 6 debate in Cleveland at 10 candidates based on five as-of-yet unspecified national polls released by 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. Based on five polls used by RealClearPolitics (RCP), eight candidates look like locks to make the stage, while the race for the final two slots is headed for a controversial photo finish. For the candidates currently ranked between ninth place and 14th place, the polling differential is negligible. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are separated by only 1.5 percentage points, according to the RCP national average at the end of last week.

The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push ISIS out of a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, a move that would further embroil Turkey in Syria's civil war and set up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. A U.S. official said Monday that the creation of an "Islamic State-free zone" would ensure greater security and stability in the Turkish-Syrian border region. However, the official said any joint military efforts with Turkey would not include the imposition of a no-fly zone. The U.S. has long rejected Turkish and other requests for a no-fly zone to halt Syrian government air raids, fearing it would draw U.S. forces further into the civil war. The discussions come amid a major tactical shift in Turkey's approach to ISIS. After months of reluctance, Turkish warplanes started striking militant targets in Syria last week, following a long-awaited agreement allowing the U.S. to launch its own strikes from Turkey's strategically located Incirlik Air Base. Turkey called a meeting of its NATO allies for Tuesday to discuss threats to its security, as well as its airstrikes.

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