Government At Work?

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Today's New York Post has an article further explaining what happened in the New York State Senate yesterday.  The Republicans, at least temporarily, have taken control and restored Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos (R-LI) to the post of majority leader.  According to the article:

"The action throws the fate of nearly every item on Paterson's agenda -- from same-sex marriage to ethics reform to mayoral control in schools -- in doubt just two weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to begin its summer recess.

Without a clear Senate leader, all action in the chamber will grind to a halt. Paterson defiantly said he would continue to recognize Smith as majority leader until the issue is resolved in the courts."

I don't know enough about the Senate rules to know if this is legal, but it sure is interesting!  The article states:

"While they controlled the floor, the Republicans quickly pushed through a package of rules that would, among other things, submit legislative leaders to term limits and require fair distribution of member items and legislative staff.

Even Mayor Bloomberg, a longtime ally of the Senate GOP, was stunned.

"I talked to the governor for two seconds earlier," Bloomberg told reporters. "He was as floored as I was; he didn't know any more then I did.""

I will admit I like the term limits part.

According to yesterday's New York Times:

"One source of contention among Democrats recently has been Mr. Smith's support for same-sex marriage. Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx, has been outspoken in his insistence that legislation allowing gay couples to marry not be allowed to come to a vote. Some had speculated he might leave the Democratic Party if Mr. Smith were to allow a vote.

But Mr. Díaz did not join Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate in the leadership vote on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the same-sex marriage legislation played any role in the leadership dispute."

Hmmm.  I do have one observation on this.  The Democratic Party is made up of a lot of different groups with varying ideas.  Historically the southern Democrats  are more conservative than northern Republicans.  In New York State, Democrats have traditionally been more conservative than Republicans--contrast Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan with Republican John Lindsey.  Obviously, that is not always the case, but I wonder if the liberal agenda of Governor Paterson was a problem for the two Senators who joined with the Republicans.

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