The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Wednesday, January 6, 2015
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Prof. ALAN SAXE(University of Texas at Arlington Political Science Professor) PRESIDENT OBAMA EXECUTIVE ACTION ON GUNS TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR MORE SALES President Obama formally announced plans to expand background checks and make other changes to America's gun rules via executive action, going around Congress and fueling allegations of executive overreach. At the centerpiece of President Obama's plan is a more sweeping definition of gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks. At gun shows, websites and flea markets, sellers often skirt that requirement by declining to register as licensed dealers, but officials said new federal guidance would clarify that it applies to anyone "in the business" of selling firearms. President Obama's actions, detailed by the White House Monday, mark a renewed bid by the president to enact gun control measures with or without Congress. Republicans accused the president of going too far, and already have threatened to fight the new measures by withholding DOJ funding. The guidance, though, aims to achieve a long-time administration goal of at least narrowing the so-called gun show loophole. Under current law, only federally licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks on buyers, but many who sell guns at flea markets, on websites or in other informal settings don't register as dealers. The ATF has issued updated guidance that says the government can consider someone a gun dealer regardless of where the guns are sold. In an attempt to prevent gun purchases from falling through the cracks, the FBI will hire 230 more examiners to process background checks, the White House said.

Danbury GOP state Sen. MIKE McLACHLAN (A member of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee) Mike talked about a State Supreme Court hearing scheduled for Thursday to review its decision on Connecticut's death penalty. Last year, the Court tossed out the death penalty, even for killers already on death row, including those from the 2007 Cheshire home invasion. Democrats in the legislature and Governor Malloy all claimed that would never happen.

DR. SHAHAN CHOWDHURY (Medical expert) SURVEY: TEMPERATURE WARS ARE HEATING UP THE WORKPLACE If it seems as if the people in your office are constantly squabbling over the temperature, a new survey indicates you're far from alone. A survey by CareerBuilder shows that one in five American workers have argued with a colleague about the temperature of the office, and almost as many - 18 percent - have changed the temperature during the winter without telling anyone. "It's impossible to change the thermostat to something that pleases everybody," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resource officer at CareerBuilder. "But what you can do is look at what employees want and need to be productive and accommodate where you can." That might be easier said than done. The numbers show some serious polarization on the subject: While 23 percent of the workers surveyed said their offices were too cold, 25 percent they were too hot. The gender gap makes the problem worse. Only 13 percent of men said they were too cold at work, while 28 percent said they were too hot. Among women, 31 percent were too cold, 22 percent too hot. More than peace might be at stake, the survey finds. More than half of the workers surveyed, 53 percent, said a too-cold office has a negative effect on their productivity; 71 percent said the same goes for when the office is too warm. Again, there's a difference between the sexes: 58 percent of women are affected by cold, versus 47 percent of men. Seventy four percent of women are affected by hot environments, compared with 68 percent of men. The solution? CareerBuilder suggests discussing the temperature issue with your co-workers, and advises bosses to tweak the thermostat every couple of days until everyone's reasonably happy. Bosses also can provide space heaters and/or fans for workers who sit under vents and may be facing different temperatures than everyone else, and can make sure the windows are well-insulated so that as many workers as possible are experiencing the same temperature.

E-cigarette makers are pouring tens of millions of dollars into advertising their wares — and teenagers are getting the message loud and clear, federal health officials reported Tuesday. As advertising skyrockets, so do the number of teens seeing it. They're vaping by the millions now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The CDC says that trend threatens to derail decades of progress in helping prevent kids from taking up smoking. "The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes," said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. "What's happening is widespread marketing of e-cigarettes that kids are seeing," Frieden told reporters in a telephone briefing. "Kids should not be using e-cigarettes and yet 2/3 of kids in this country are seeing e-cigarette ads."

SCOTT WILSON (President of the Connecticut Citizen's Defense League) Scott has ties with many gun owners around Connecticut. He'll give us his thoughts about the gun law measures announced by President Obama yesterday regarding gun sales and background checks.

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