The brief dustup in the Judiciary Committee regarding the nomination of Jenny Rivera for the Court of Appeals is just the latest piece of evidence that Republicans, with their Independent Democrat coalition partners, are presiding in the Senate but not governing through it. Read more »
Liz Benjamin, blogger for State of Politics and television host of Capital Tonight wrote yesterday about the meaning of "shall" in the context of the New York State Constitution. In the context of the uncertianty of control of the State Senate, the question has been posed as to if the Senate might be able to function without a majority leader. The Constitution says: “A majority of each house shall constitute a quorum to do business. Read more »
The Republicans in the New York State Senate these days are like Wile E. Coyote, just after he runs over the edge of the cliff. By moving their legs as fast as they can they may remain suspended in mid-air for a while. But they better not look down.
The decennial redistricting in New York in 2012 resulted in the usual bi-partisan gerrymander. Years of reform planning, advocacy and pressure had little effect. Majority Assembly Democrats drew the Assembly lines. Majority Senate Republicans drew those for the Senate. And the governor found a way to go along. Read more »