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One Year After The January 6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol, How Have American Democracy And Elections Changed?

Trump Supporters Hold "Stop The Steal" Rally In DC Amid Ratification Of Presidential Election
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A U.S. flag flies over the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.

COVID-19 AMA: U.S. Sets Record With 1 Million New Cases Monday, L.A. Unified Requires Testing Before Classes Resume, And More

COVID Update 1.4.22

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the department of emergency medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Topics today include:

  • L.A. County COVID hospitalizations near 2,000 mark as surge rages on
    • New coronavirus cases nearly double in Riverside County, hitting 11,639 in past week
    • Why so many vaccinated people are getting infected
    • OC’s COVID-19 cases up, hospitals busy – but we’re in better shape than earlier surges, experts say
  • L.A. Unified orders COVID testing before school resumes amid high Omicron anxiety
  • U.S. sets COVID global daily record of over 1 million new cases on Monday
  • The unique, ambitious study that the California Public Health Department hopes will beef up its antibody database
  • Starbucks imposes COVID-19 vaccination, testing requirements for U.S. workers
  • Omicron evades immunity better than Delta, per Danish study
  • The Atlantic: “Stop wasting COVID tests, people”

Assessing The State Of Legal Marijuana In California As Cannabis Companies Urge Governor Newsom To Address ‘Collapsing’ Industry

Legal Pot Taxes 1.4.22

Leading California cannabis companies warned Gov. Gavin Newsom last month that the state’s legal industry was on the verge of collapse and needed immediate tax cuts and a rapid expansion of retail outlets to steady the shaky marketplace.

The letter signed by more than two dozen executives, industry officials and legalization advocates followed years of complaints that the heavily taxed and regulated industry was unable to compete with the widespread illegal economy, where consumer prices are far lower and sales are double or triple the legal business. Four years after broad legal sales began, “our industry is collapsing,” said the letter, which also was sent to legislative leaders in Sacramento. The industry leaders asked for an immediate lifting of the cultivation tax placed on growers, a three-year holiday from the excise tax and an expansion of retail shops throughout much of the state. It’s estimated that about two-thirds of California cities remain without dispensaries, since it’s up to local governments to authorize sales and production.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll speak with Los Angeles-based dispensary owner Virgil Grant and California Department of Cannabis Control Director Nicole Elliott about the state of the cannabis industry heading into 2022 and the major challenges facing dispensary owners, cultivators, manufacturers and distributors who want to get into the legal market.

With files from the Associated Press

What California’s Snowpack Boost Means For The State’s Persistent Drought 

Snowpack Check In 1.4.22

California’s mountain snow holds more than 140% of the water it normally does this time of year, state water officials announced last week, marking a strong start to the drought-stricken state’s traditionally wet winter season. Still, it’s too early to determine whether California will see enough rain and snow in the months to come to put a dent in the drought. Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with Sean de Guzman, manager of the snow surveys and water supply forecasting unit for the California Department of Water Resources and Deven Upadhyay, chief operating officer and assistant general manager at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California about what the additional water means for the state.

With files from the Associated Press 

One Year After The January 6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol, How Have American Democracy And Elections Changed? 

January 6 Democracy & Elections 1.4.22

One year ago this week, a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try and overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, based on “The Big Lie” that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Now one year later, polls show “The Big Lie” continues to take root, while seven in ten Americans say the country is at risk of failing, although why it’s at risk may depend on a person’s political party. What do those diverging views mean for American democracy, and the next presidential election in 2024? How do we avoid a repeat of 2020? Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine and co-director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center Rick Hasen.

More Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs. What Does This Say About Our Economy’s Post-Pandemic Future?

U.S. Workers Quit 1.4.22

New numbers from the Labor Department show a record 4.5 million workers quit their jobs in November 2021. This follows a pandemic trend dubbed “The Great Resignation,” with many workers in their prime leaving their current jobs in search of better opportunities, and older workers retiring earlier than anticipated.

Today on AirTalk, Larry discusses what’s behind the numbers and what it means for the future of the U.S. economy with founding partner of Beacon Economics Christopher Thornberg and UCLA research analyst Misael Galdámez. Have you quit your job recently? What made you decide to quit? Join the conversation, call us at 866-893-5722 or email us at atcomments@kpcc.org.

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