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    06/09/2009 5:06:34 AM PDT · by pabianice · 4 replies · 706+ views
    . . . Republicans have retaken control of the New York Senate after at least two Democrats, Senators Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) and Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), crossed party lines to caucus with the GOP. The Albany Times-Union has reported that Dean Skelos (R), former minority leader, has been elected majority leader and Espada has been elected Senate president. What this political change portends for the firearms microstamping bill (S.4397) is unknown; however, the legislation has been removed from today's schedule. The NSSF government relations team is on the ground in Albany monitoring this situation. NSSF would like to thank the thousands...
  • CHAOS IN ALBANY: GOP Coup Upsets Balance In Senate

    06/09/2009 4:21:33 AM PDT · by rightwingextremist1776 · 23 replies · 1,332+ views
    wcbstv ^ | Jun 9, 2009 | wcbstv
    CHAOS IN ALBANY: GOP Coup Upsets Balance In Senate Malcolm Smith Ousted As Senate Majority Leader; Dems Turn Off Lights, Cut Internet Power In Attempt To Stop Coup Paterson Goes Ballistic: I'm Here To Stand Up For DemocracyALBANY (CBS) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 Sens. Dean Skelos (l) and Pedro Espada (r) are sworn in in the New York Senate chambers on June 8, 2009. CBS Republicans, who lost control of the New York State Senate last November have apparently regained control, and without an election! The GOP power play involves two renegade Democrats and a billionaire businessman. Welcome...
  • New York: Status of Anti-Gun Bills Uncertain as Balance of Power Changes in Albany

    06/09/2009 12:09:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 687+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | June 08, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   New York: Status of Anti-Gun Bills Uncertain as Balance of Power Changes in Albany   Monday, June 08, 2009   Please Continue Checking Your Email and for UpdatesOn Monday, June 8 two Democrats, State Senators Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) and Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), switched parties to caucus with the Republicans.  This change allows the Republicans to take control of the New York State Senate.  As of now, the legislature is in upheaval and we are unsure of the status of firearm related bills, including the micro-stamping bill (Senate Bill 4397A). Please hold your calls and...
  • COUP IN ALBANY: GOP Takes Over NY State Senate

    06/08/2009 11:48:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,984+ views ^ | Jun 9, 2009 | Marcia Kramer
    Malcolm Smith Ousted As Senate Majority Leader; Dems Turn Off Lights, Cut Internet Power In Attempt To Stop Coup Paterson Goes Ballistic: I'm Here To Stand Up For Democracy That was the big question Monday night following a political standoff in Albany. The Republicans said they pulled off a coup, snatching power away from the Senate majority, but the Democrats said it was illegal and that they're still in control of the Legislature. And the whole thing has Gov. David Paterson lashing out at lawmakers. It was a carefully crafted coup -- five weeks in the making, with independent Tom...
  • Video: Republicans Taking Over NY Senate in Coup Today

    06/08/2009 8:57:54 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 28 replies · 1,785+ views
    You Tube ^ | June 8, 2009 | Senator Tom Libous
    Democracy in action. A great few minutes of drama. Here is clip one: Here is clip #2
  • How Today's Circus in the New York Senate Affects Gay Marriage (No Gay Marriage for NY)

    06/08/2009 5:02:55 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 10 replies · 826+ views ^ | Jun 8, 2009 |
    After four decades of Republican control, the New York State Senate's Democrats scored a coup in January, finally securing the chamber. Five months later, they may have lost it after a riotous affair went down this afternoon, with two Democrats abandoning their party to join hands with Republicans — who promptly demanded a new roll call vote to find new leadership and oust Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. What's this mean for the fractious effort to beat the legislative session's ticking clock to pass same-sex marriage legislation? In a stunning turn of events, Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and...
  • Two Dems defect to GOP in NYS.

    06/08/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 198 replies · 13,205+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 8 2009 | Peters and Hakim
    Updated, 4:15 p.m. | ALBANY – Democrats appeared to have lost their majority in the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for a party that has controlled the chamber for barely five months.
  • GOP coup in Albany (Democrats to sue to stop GOP takeover of NY Senate)

    06/08/2009 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 24 replies · 1,692+ views
    -snip- It wasn't until Senate Republicans made a motion for Espada to be made the new temporary president that Democrats had an inkling of what was going on. After a tense several minutes, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein called to adjourn the session and Democrats stormed out even though no vote was taken. As Republicans, with their two Democratic allies, voted to install Espada and enact new rules for the house, Democrats had the lights in the chamber briefly turned off. "It's a sobering moment, it's not a jubilant moment, but it's a moment that we must have to...
  • Why the New York GOP should embrace gay marriage [McNuts alert]

    05/22/2009 5:40:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 1,116+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-05-22 | Meghan McCain
    An Open Letter to New York Republicans: As I read the news about the recent advances of marriage equality across our country, I think it is easy for many to get distracted by the politics and rhetoric on this issue and lose sight of what is really at its heart: the equality of freedom. No matter how politically charged the discussions about marriage equality may get, the question is really a simple one: Do the rights and privileges we offer citizens include everyone in our country, or only some of us? I believe that allowing gays and lesbians the freedom...
  • GOP sees lessons, silver lining in Tedisco loss

    04/26/2009 8:53:01 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 25, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    A fundamental urge for change and a subpar get out the vote program doomed Assemblyman Jim Tedisco's (R) congressional campaign... ..... About six months after President Obama won the White House, a race in which Obama's economic policies played a significant role featured Tedisco, who has been in public office for more than two decades, and Murphy, a venture capitalist who had never sought public office. "This race tended to be more of businessman versus politician," said one GOP strategist close to Tedisco's campaign when asked to offer a postmortem. "Fresh face [versus] guy who's been around for a while."Though...
  • Another GOP Defeat

    04/26/2009 5:55:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,469+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | April 26, 2009
    APRIL 27, 2009 Another GOP Defeat Albany lifers are lousy candidates. Republicans lost another Congressional race on Friday, as Democratic newcomer Scott Murphy was declared the victor by some 400 votes in the March 31 special House election in New York state. But you wouldn't know it from the response of House Minority Leader John Boehner, who declared that GOP candidate Jim Tedisco "forced the Democratic Party to invest heavily and defend a seat they should have had in the bag." I-yi-yi. New York's 20th Congressional district is precisely the kind the GOP will have to win if it wants...
  • New York Gov. Paterson defers to Senate leader on gay marriage (Homosexual loss)

    04/23/2009 5:59:39 PM PDT · by GinaLolaB · 7 replies · 804+ views
    The Syracuse Post Standard ^ | April 22, 2009 | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson says he'll go along with whatever the Senate's Democratic leader decides is the best way to win passage of legislation to legalize gay marriage. Both Paterson and Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens back the legislation. Paterson has urged putting it on the floor of the Legislature for debate and an uncertain vote. But Smith wants to wait until he secures the 32 votes needed for passage in his chamber, and he has been missing a few. Talking to reporters Wednesday, Paterson says Smith "knows the inertia of the Senate better...
  • (New York) Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

    04/15/2009 4:41:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 860+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2009 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so. Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement. The move allows him to lead on an issue that could prove defining in his governorship, which has so far been marked by political...
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg will run as Republican in bid for third term

    04/11/2009 4:48:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 145 replies · 6,066+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/11/09 | Elizabeth Benjamin
    Mayor Bloomberg will run for reelection as a Republican this fall, the Daily News has learned, after successfully courting the party to let him back on its ballot line two years after he left it. "Mayor Bloomberg and I have had healthy disagreements over issues at times, but I know he is the right person to lead this city forward," said Jay Savino, chairman of the Bronx GOP, who followed his Brooklyn and Staten Island counterparts to become the third county chairman to back the mayor. Bloomberg twice ran for mayor as a Republican, but quit the party in 2007...
  • Jim Tedisco For Congress

    03/28/2009 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Sun · 10 replies · 533+ views ^ | March 03, 2009 | Team Huck PACS
    Huck PAC is pleased to endorse Jim Tedisco, New York Assembly Minority Leader for the 20th District Congressional Seat in New York. Jim is an outspoken conservative who has a record of standing up and fighting for the interests and values of the voters. Jim has led the fight in the New York Assembly for tax relief, a real property tax cap, a stronger economy, more jobs and a better quality of life. Jim Tedisco is a pro life candidate who has spoken out for the values he shares with his constituents and for the middle class families of New...
  • Murphy Takes 4-Point Lead Over Tedisco in Final Week

    03/28/2009 11:52:56 AM PDT · by AmericanSphinx71 · 17 replies · 997+ views
    Siena Research Institute ^ | 3-27-09 | Steven Greenberg
    Tedisco Campaign Seen as More Negative; Murphy’s More Positive But By 10-Point Margin, Voters Think Tedisco Will Win the Special Election Loudonville, NY. As the special election in the 20th C.D. enters the final weekend, Democrat Scott Murphy has reversed a four-point deficit and turned it into a four-point lead over Republican Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco. Murphy leads 47-43 percent, having trailed two weeks ago by a 45-41 percent margin, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll of likely voters. Tedisco’s campaign is viewed by voters as more negative by a 44-25 percent margin, while Murphy’s campaign...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Urges New York State to Pass Bill to Allow Gay Marriage

    03/26/2009 8:41:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 882+ views
    Daily News ^ | 3/26/09 | Adam Lisberg
    Mayor Bloomberg said Wednesday night he stands ready to ask the Legislature to allow gay marriage in New York State, but doesn't know when the time will be right. "We see that the tide is turning, that support is mounting," Bloomberg told the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. "Make no mistake, the time will come ... and we will pass this bill." Bloomberg has made similar pledges to testify in Albany for almost three years, but the GOP-run state Senate blocked any such bill. Democrats now run the Senate but have not been able...
  • GOP Demands Probe Into AIG Campaign Donations

    03/21/2009 6:07:48 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 711+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | 21 MARCH 2009 | AP
    ALBANY (AP) ― New York's Republican Party said the Democrat-controlled state government is stonewalling attempts to investigate a $100,000 donation to the Democratic Party from American International Group days before state officials initiated the bailout of AIG. State Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello accuses Democrats of a duck-and-cover response to the 2008 donation first reported Thursday by The Associated Press. AIG and the state Democratic Committee say Gov. David Paterson and his insurance superintendent knew nothing of the Aug. 29 donation by AIG before initiating marathon sessions in the first week in September to save AIG. Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball of...
  • GOP in NY Demands Probe Into AIG Campaign Donation

    03/21/2009 3:19:46 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 10 replies · 541+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 03/21/2009 | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y (AP) -- New York's Republican Party says the Democrat-controlled state government is ignoring calls for an investigation into a $100,000 donation to the state Democratic Party from American International Group days before officials initiated the bailout of the insurance giant.----snip---- Campaign finance records show AIG donated $100,000 on Aug. 29 to the Democrats, by far its largest donation to the party since at least 1999. Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo said he started negotiating with AIG and federal officials days later, but the governor hadn't been informed. On Sept. 16, Gov. David Paterson in a televised news conference announced...

    02/24/2009 2:56:42 PM PST · by rmlew · 11 replies · 586+ views
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | February 24, 2009 | Daniel Peterson
    (New York, NY) Last night, the president of the New York Young Republican Club, Daniel Peterson, sent a letter to the five Republican Party chairmen for each of the NYC boroughs asserting that the NYC GOP should not endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a third term nor permit him to run on the Republican Party line. The organization argues that Mayor Bloomberg has not demonstrated a sufficient commitment to urban Republican principles, such as fiscal responsibility and personal liberty, and has impeded the growth of the party city-wide after pledging to encourage it. According to Peterson, Republican support for Bloomberg...