This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new music from the latest Jacaszek album, Glimmer. It's a plesant blend of classical instrumentation, and ambient songstructures. Plus, it's complimented with a few electronic elements as well. We've also got a blend of different metal styles coming off the new Cormorant album, Dwellings, as well as a posthumous album from music producer Nujabes.
Governor Dannel Malloy has announced a new chief of staff. Mark Ojakian will start the job in January. Ojakian will take the place of Tim Bannon, who Malloy says is leaving as planned after a year on the job. Ojakian was the governor's point person in labor negotiations. "His work negotiating with the state employees union was critical to our plans to reinvent Connecticut state government and even more critical to our budget plans. And while it was a bruising and often frustrating endeavor, in the end, we got what we needed. And in large part we got what we needed because of his superior skills." Malloy says one of those skills proved especially useful. "Well, he's got a lot more patience than I do -- probably is the best way to put it."
If you’ve listened to this show for a while, you know I’m from Pittsburgh. And that makes me a Steelers fan. Steelers fans root for their team in good seasons and bad, and have always had a belief that their players embody the spirit of Art Rooney, one of the founders of the modern NFL. Their players are tough and gritty, without being thuggish. They play hard…and they play right.
As the U-S Supreme Court prepares to test the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care reform law, state officials across the country are trying to figure out the best ways to implement it -- even if they don't think it's the best option out there. Victoria Veltri is Connecticut's health care advocate. As the state gears up for the introduction of its private health insurance exchange, where those without insurance can buy it, Veltri told WNPR's Where We Live that she'd like to see something totally different. A public health insurance plan.
New Haven has been called a sanctuary city because its policies are welcoming to its illegal immigrant population like the Elm City resident ID card.
Now, Mayor John DeStefano now wants to see all residents above 18 have the ability to vote, including the undocumented. Click on the audio link on the left to hear his interview with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil.
There are an estimated 10,000 illegal immigrants in New Haven. And Mayor Destefano believes more than half of them would be interested in local elections.