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New York State Senate Crisis Continues To Embarrass Nation

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Time for a post about the New York Senate coup! QUICK BACKGROUND: Two Democratic state Senators made a “deal” ($$$$$?) to switch to the Republican side, giving the Republicans a majority, hastily. The Democrats then locked the Senate and claimed this was illegal, and it has been locked — as in, physically locked –for days, and the Republicans are threatening to hold session in a field or something if the Senate sergeant-at-arms doesn’t let them in, even though they have their own set of keys now. There was no (intended) simplification in this post. Oh, and the gays caused all of this, by wanting to get married. [Daily Intelligencer, NYT]

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  • bitchincamaro

    This thing’s got “Hit Broadway Musical” written all over it.

  • TJBeck

    You missed the part about them flicking the lights.

  • Rush

    Except for the Gay Pride parade and “Magic Titty”, can we send all of NY to N. Korea in exchange for the “journalists”.

  • dennymcden

    [re=336039]bitchincamaro[/re]: The problem being that that would involve gays in some way/shape/form/wedding. We know how them state sens feel about teh gehz.

  • elburrito

    Albany Spring!

  • magic titty

    I had been wondering why the Republicans didn’t have keys of their own…
    Anyway, this fucking story … it’s the worst thing to happen in New York politics in at least the last eighteen hours.

    Someone please kill them all. Where’s an 89 year-old supremacist when you need him?

  • mrsixinch

    Feh. Swap our idiots in Sacramento for your idiots in Albany and nobody would notice the difference.

  • rereridiculous

    You see gay people what happens when you want to get married? The stability of the state goes to hell. Just look at California’s situation because you can… wait a second.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    [re=336053]magic titty[/re]:
    I’ll trade you all of them for Michelle Bachmann.

  • elburrito

    Hiram Monserrate, one of two Dems who made this all happen is so concerned about family values that he (allegedly) slashed his girlfriend’s face with a broken glass. The other one represents the Bronx from his home in Westchester County.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Is it true that a Dick Cheney’s unblinking eye appeared on a giant column of fire over Albany the moment the Republicans took power?

  • dsdrane

    Thank God I live in Illinois now. Oh wait….

  • bofm

    You missed the best part. This whole crisis was precipitated when Tom Golisano, a very rich man, left NY state for FL because all the Dems he put into Albany refused to roll back taxes on the Very rich (like over $1B rich). So he, ahem, persuades a coupla Dem NY Senators to join the Repubs “over the gay marriage controversy” basically to say don’t mess with TG. If this sounds like Tammany Hall, there is a reason for this….

  • magic titty

    [re=336059]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: How vile an offer.

  • Rush

    [re=336067]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]:

    Must get “the precious”.

  • Joshua Norton

    I’ve been there before. Ugly building in an ugly city. They should have picked someplace more chic and upscale for their capitol, like Buffalo.

  • sati demise

    [re=336063]elburrito[/re]: ugh, that gave me gas and bloating.
    [re=336073]bofm[/re]: gack, that gave me an ulcer. Golisano, hmmm, what kind of name is that?

  • getoffmylawn

    This would never have happened under the regime of Malcom Wilson. Client #9 must be laughing his ass off right now…or fondling someone else’s.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Hey, Texans — now’s your chance — go to town.

  • magic titty

    [re=336063]elburrito[/re]: yer point?

  • gurukalehuru

    Why a field? That’s just melodrama. There weren’t any bars or restaurants open where you could reconvene? No fucking imagination.

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    Ha! This same exact thing happened in Malaysia a few months back…

    Way to represent the first fucking world, New York!

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    [re=336077]Rush[/re]: Giuliani is going to run for Gov?

  • answerbird

    Bet you Paterson never saw this coming … sorry I can’t mention his name without doing a bad blind pun. Hey Obama, can NY borrow Rahm for a week or so; he would straighten this shit out lickety split. Dems are out of power in the Senate for forty years, gain in back and lose it again in six months. As my ex-boss used to say .. you gotta be dicking me!

    In NY, political party labels don’t mean anything. My county executive is a Dem and his would be right at home with Michelle Bachmann, although his IQ might be a point or two higher. It funny, the one Dem that deflected is a wife beater and the other is an embezzeler. Maybe the Repubs will caucus in a jail waiting room.

  • blackarachnia

    NY’s political future as predicted by Bill Murray…

  • Min

    You know, Preston Sturges could have made this movie, only with better dialogue.

  • Guppy06

    I blame Canada. Ottawa’s influence must have rubbed off on them.

  • Guppy06

    “At least we’re not Albany!”


  • ella

    At this point, Robin Byrd could probably get elected governor.

  • lawrenceofthedesert

    “And now, Political Yoga Master, put Albany into the Defecating Dog position.” The pols sure like to posture.

  • DangerousLiberal

    [re=336056]mrsixinch[/re]: Ha! In Cali, the voters have emasculated the legislature, through your entirely bogus initiative and referendum process. If you want to get at the idiots, just look at the Cali electorate. Freaks.

    Still, the NYS legislature has been putting the fun in dysfunctional for >40 years. Only the Senate majority leader and the speaker of the assembly matter, they do deals with the governor (when the guv isn’t David Patterson), and the rest of the legisltature stands by for their per diem checks and a nap, with some occassional call to show up in the floor for some Supreme Soviet style rhythmic applause. There’s a reason the Brennan Center in NYC called the NYS legislature the nation’s most dysfunctional. It’s a joke, a national disgrace, and created the conditions under which I fled NY for sunnier climes and better-managed government. More or less.

    You want ’em–you can have ’em. But keep yours–I hear the Sacramento restaurants and hookers need all the help they can get. Besides, Albany is a booooring place.

  • Okied

    As a native, I’m gonna imbibe copious quantities of Bombers’ margaritas and see how many repubs malcolm smith can slay with his bare hands.

  • 102415

    [re=336073]bofm[/re]: Independence Party Gov candidate as I recall. I sense a something or other with our other moneybags guy Bloomberg. The Dems were just getting ready to pass some much needed tennant’s rights laws. Espada and Monserrate were on their respective ways to prison and I predict they will both have all charges against them dropped. Better than money it’s money in the bank for all concerned. Well, not me I’m sorry to say.

  • Unlearned Hand

    And now the leading (gay) advocate for the gay marriage bill is thinking of joining the Republican-Felon Coalition to get the damn thing passed. Which will be pointless if the Democrats keep boycotting the session. God, what a clusterfuck.

  • Paul Tardy

    [re=336073]bofm[/re]: I hate to tell you this but the super rich have a point. There are island nations in the Caribbean that would be willing to rename their country Golisano if he moved there. Why should he be denied anything so a teacher can retire to Fla, after abusing and non-educating for 20 yrs. At least Golisano’s life can fill out a respectable obituary.

  • Yup

    won’t someone think of the cage fighters??!!?!?!

  • answerbird

    God, it is like the blind leading the blind (oops, was that insensitive?)

  • Unlearned Hand

    More like the corrupt leading the indicted.

  • dr.giraud

    [re=336179]Min[/re]: Yeah, that line from The Great McGinty: “Without graft, you’d get a very low quality of men going into politics. Men without ambition.” The loser Democrats had been so long out of power in the NY Senate (40 years) that none of ’em know how to steal stealthily, or sell themselves in an effective way. Now the Repubs, who’ve grown fat on their skill at grabbing all they can, are back on top.

  • dr.giraud

    [re=336560]Paul Tardy[/re]: Not until he gets some good players and the Sabres make it back to the playoffs. Otherwise that whiny prick Golisano.

  • ALIVE!

    [re=336560]Paul Tardy[/re]: OK, Tard, you’re on. How much more $ did the millionaire tax cost Golisano? Can he afford it? Don’t know any teachers that retire after 20, but there are plenty right now getting laid off, and classes getting bigger. If Tom Golisano wants to move to a fucking island or to Somalia or whatever, please be my guest.

    Bhuttsecks, etc.