MONDAY, AUGUST 5.
PROGRAM # 7034 12:00 PM PT
DEMS USING SUPERMAJORITY POWER After years of budget woes that resulted in massive spending cuts to education and social programs, California is finally enjoying a surplus and has some fiscal stability. At the same time, Democrats for the first time in years have unrestrained power to approve bills in the state legislature. How are Democrats using their newly-acquired supermajority power? Are they united in their plans to increase jobs, roll back spending cuts to education and health, and prevent future fiscal shortcomings?
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6.
PROGRAM # 7035 12:00 PM PT
IMMIGRATION EDITION: CRUCIAL MONTH. The U.S. House of Representatives closed for its August recess without taking action on immigration reform. While in their districts, representatives are holding forums and town hall meetings to gauge their constituents’ views on immigration reform. Republican leaders are still reluctant to have a vote on any proposal that would include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Is it still possible to get a Republican majority for comprehensive immigration reform in the House? What are Republican reformers doing to force a vote in the House?
GUESTS: Héctor Barreto Jr, former White House cabinet member, Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Irvine, CA, www.thelatinocoalition.com; Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, D.C.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7.
PROGRAM # 7036 12:00 PM PT
STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS UNDER ATTACK. Florida was the first state in the nation to approve stand-your-ground laws, which allow individuals to defend themselves by force without first retreating from a dangerous situation. Critics say that in too many incidents where gun violence results in the death of Latinos or African Americans such as Trayvon Martin, shooters are shielded by these laws and remain free without justice. In addition, a Latina state senator faces a recall election over her support for stronger gun control laws in Colorado, where in 2012, a gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a movie theater. These and other topics will be discussed in this program.
GUESTS: Dana Sánchez –Quist, Spokesperson, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, www.bradycampaign.org; Angela Giron, Colorado State Senator, Denver, CO, http://www.angelagiron.com/
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8.
PROGRAM # 7037 12:00 PM PT
“YOUNG INVINCIBLES.” Millions of young adults currently lack health insurance. Many of these 19 to 25 year olds are called the “young invincibles” because they may feel that they do not need insurance because they are less likely to get sick than older Americans. Yet, a recent poll says that young adults do worry about paying medical bills and the risk of being uninsured. Their participation in the health insurance market will be critical for the success of the Affordable Care Act. What new protections do young adults have under the new health reform law? How are the promoters of the law trying to overcome the reluctance of “young invincibles” to seek health insurance?
GUESTS: Mayra Álvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, http://www.hhs.gov/; Aurora García, California Outreach Coordinator, Young Invincibles, Los Angeles, CA, younginvincibles.org/; César Díaz, resident, Oakland, CA.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9.
PROGRAM # 7038 12:00 PM PT
Mexico Edition. The Mexican government is concealing from society the great oil wealth recently discovered in the Chicontepec region, say energy sector specialists. They add that the federal government allows for contracts with foreign consortiums under which private companies may receive a portion of Mexican crude oil, in addition to receiving payment for their services. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts Voz Pública from Mexico City.
GUEST: Francisco Garaicochea Petrirena, President, Grupo de Ingenieros Pemex, Mexico City.