The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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The Brad Davis Show
The Talk of Connecticut

7:20 AM - KEVIN RENNIE - political blogger, Hartford Courant columnist and former GOP state legislator

Kevin checked back in with us to chat about the current political climate in the state, as well as a growing story in which the state Democratic Party is suing the State Elections Enforcement Commission to try and stop a probe into Gov. Dannel Malloy's 2014 re-election campaign. What are Democrats so afraid of?

7:50 AM - RYAN GIRDUSKY - political commentator and writer for

Republicans are struggling to address income inequality on the campaign trail as they look to connect with middle class voters.  Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are hammering Republicans over what they say is a growing gap between the rich and the poor. Polls show their calls to raise the minimum wage and improve working conditions seem to resonate with voters.  By contrast, many of the top GOP presidential candidates are finding it difficult to gain traction with a broader message of economic growth and job creation, strategists say. This disconnect could make Republican presidential candidates vulnerable to attacks from the left over income inequality that place them at odds with the average worker, according to a GOP strategist.


8:20 AM - Dr. JULIE ROWE - oncologist with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

A new summary of the science makes a strong case for occupational links to breast cancer and calls on Congress, regulators and researchers to pay more attention to chemical exposures and other risk factors.  "Working Women and Breast Cancer: The State of the Evidence," is the product of more than two years of work overseen by the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund. A panel of experts reviewed scientific studies, most published in the past 25 years, and found ties between the disease and exposures to solvents; pesticides; tobacco smoke; ionizing radiation and other toxic materials. There also was an association with night shift work.
Do some workplaces increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer? While the jury’s still out, researchers say there may be a link.


8:35 AM - HOWARD SCHWARTZ - from the CT Better Business Bureau

In his monthly call, Howard chatted about Connecticut's annual "Tax Holiday" coming up just in time for back-to-school shopping.



9:10 AM - JOHN POLLOCK - financial strategist

Gasoline prices are falling, but the best is still to come.  Prices have fallen to their lowest level since 2009 for this time of year, travel club AAA said. And they could drop 15 cents more per gallon this summer if oil prices stay at current low levels and refineries maintain their current output, AAA said. "The recent price declines are hopefully just a precursor of much bigger savings to come at the pump," AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in his weekly fuel price briefing.  "We could see many parts of the country make another run towards $2 per gallon by the end of the year, if everything keeps running smoothly," Jenkins said.  Gas prices are falling at the fastest rate since January because of lower costs for crude oil and resolution of some refinery problems in the U.S. west, AAA said.  The oil supply stands higher than last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The U.S. held a 27-day supply of crude oil as of July 24, up from 22 days last year.  U.S. oil production totaled 9.4 million barrels a day in the week ending July 24, almost a million barrels more than the year before.  Oil prices fell sharply in July for the second month in a row on concerns of oversupply. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil closed at a high of $61.43 per barrel in late June and has since slumped below $48 per barrel.  Gas prices are dropping even as a stronger U.S. economy motivates people to drive more. Americans drove 275.1 billion miles in May, the highest monthly total on record, according to the most recent report from the Federal Highway Administration.  Gas prices typically drop in the autumn, after the summer driving season and when refineries switch to less expensive winter blend gas. This winter, AAA predicts states in the southeastern and central U.S. are most likely to see a large number of gas stations offering prices around $2 per gallon
What's fueling the price plunge? What's the psychological impact of falling gas prices? Will it cause consumers to splurge a little more on other things?  Where are prices going and what does it means to overall health of the economy?

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