Wednesday, January 7, 2009

RIP Senate Republican Majority (1964-2008)

The Senate is 32-30, with the Republicans officially no longer in the majority. The Gang of Three buckled to Malcolm Smith and are each handed some powerful chairmanships or vice chairmanships in the Senate. Same-sex marriage, the issue Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz actively opposes, was discussed in secret, but not publicly. Smith denied these discussions occurred.

2010 will be the chance for the Republicans to recapture the majority in the upper chamber. Outgoing Deputy Senate Majority Leader Thomas Libous says that no Republican will cast a vote for Malcolm Smith for leader and that his caucus is committed to recapturing the chamber in 2010. This is very important considering New York may be losing a Congressional seat in the next census and redistribution needs to be done fairly.

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