Of course, in New York, the people's business is fighting, swearing at each other and making sure that nothing gets done. There has been a legislative coup in the State House in Albany that has all but shut the State down. Republican lawmakers somehow got two Democrats to go along with a motion that would replace the Dems top two officers and hand over control of the Senate.
This story has so many bizarre parts to it. The Democrats have resorted to turning out the lights in the chambers, and locking the Republicans out of the room. The Republicans lost one of their Dem votes, and (with a 31-31 tie deadlocking everything) have taken to running a parallel session complete with their own leaders.
I haven't even mentioned that one of the turncoat Dems is facing assault charges for attacking his girlfriend (well, hopefully now his ex..), the other Dem vote is also facing campaign allegations and the Governor is trying to compel the Senate to meet, and is seeking a court order that he would enforce with state troopers if necessary.
My big question is how is this not front page news? I only randomly heard about this this morning. Essentially, the State of New York has ground to a halt, and it is not major news anywhere else in the country? You'd think something that is on the front page of the Times, could sneak it's way on to the SF Chronicles webpage. All of a sudden, I feel slightly better about California's legislature.
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