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petegz28
06-08-2009, 11:39 PM
http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/malcolm.smith.senate.2.1036194.html

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 Golisano in on the plotting.

And when it was over Republican Sen. Dean Skelos of Rockville Center was back in power as Senate Majority Leader. Dumped was former Democratic leader Malcolm Smith.

"I want to thank Pedro and Hiram," Skelos said. "I know the difficult votes you did today. But they did the right thing and I want to thank Tom Golisano, who certainly has been a leader."

The thank yous to Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate were because the two controversial Democrats crossed party lines and voted for Skelos to lead the Senate. The flip of the senators give Republicans a 32-30 edge in the chamber.

During the coup, Democrats fled the chamber, turned out the lights, and cut off the Internet feed of chamber proceedings, leaving Republicans and their two Democratic friends to take the vote in the dark.

A media advisory released by Mark Hansen, a spokesman for the Senate's GOP conference, foreshadowed the shake-up: "An historic change in leadership is taking place at this moment and a new bipartisan, coalition is being established that is bringing real reform to the Senate RIGHT NOW."

Smith was elected Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate in January of 2009, becoming the first African-American Majority Leader in New York State history and the first Democratic leader in almost 40 years.

Conversely, Monserrate was recently indicted for beating his girlfriend. And who can forget Espada, who represents the Bronx and lives in Mamaroneck. He put on an orange ski hat when CBS 2 HD confronted him outside his home.

And then when we went to Albany to get answers from Espada all he could do was laugh off our questions and then accuse us of behaving inappropriately.

This is what Espada had to say about the coup and his decision to join:

"At the end of the day what you witnessed today may be characterized as a power grab – a coup. But please understand this is a new beginning for New York state, a new beginning of bipartisan government," Espada said.

Smith didn't see it that way. He said the coup was illegal and he was still the majority leader, although he only has about two dozen Democrats with him not the 32 he claims to have.

"Let's just be real clear. The Senate Democrats are still in the majority. Senator Malcolm Smith is still the majority leader," Smith said.

Paterson addressed the issue Monday night at a news conference and made it clear he's furious.

"I should be standing here talking to you about the issues that the people need Albany to address. Once again Albany's dysfunction has raised its ugly head," Paterson said. "I came here today to stand up for everyone in this state who still believes in a democracy -- that there are perimeters in which we govern, that Albany can be more than the dysfunctional wreck it has become over the years. And I don't care if the only one standing, but someone has got to stand up and say that this is wrong.

"The last two weeks of session is not the time when we conduct campaigns. It is not the time when we elect leaders. It is not the time for politics. It is the time for governance."

Right now we have a real standoff.

Skelos and Espada took their oaths of office -- and get this: if something happens to Gov. Paterson, Espada, as president pro tempore of the Senate, fills in.

Both sides will contest the other, with the Democrats saying the move is illegal because the session was already gaveled out.

In the end it will likely end up in the courts.

Stay with WCBSTV.com for more on this developing story.

Cut the power? Turned off the lights? What fucking cry baby bullshit

MadMax
06-08-2009, 11:53 PM
http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/malcolm.smith.senate.2.1036194.html



Cut the power? Turned off the lights? What ****ing cry baby bullshit




It is what they are. Sadly it applies to both parties IMO. Kinda like that one dickweed on here that always say " nananana " we won get over it. :) Sad isn't it? What is truly sad is these arrogant greedy assholes run this country, and the retards that continually vote them into office without question.

SBK
06-09-2009, 12:32 AM
And folks wonder why New York is in such a mess.

alanm
06-09-2009, 12:49 AM
And folks wonder why New York is in such a mess.Their constituents need to recall every last one of them.
Both sides. Term limits people. National as well as at state level.

Ultra Peanut
06-09-2009, 12:58 AM
Take that, homos! Will of the people!

*beats wife*

SBK
06-09-2009, 01:18 AM
UP is strange.

J Diddy
06-09-2009, 01:33 AM
UP is strange.


People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange



You remembered her name.

SBK
06-09-2009, 01:34 AM
People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange



You remembered her name.

I scrolled up when I was done beating my wife.

J Diddy
06-09-2009, 01:37 AM
I scrolled up when I was done beating my wife.


sorry

I'm watching the doors. Also recouping from her licks wife is here too. she likes the doors....And she better or I'm gonna Ike turner her ass.

SBK
06-09-2009, 01:43 AM
sorry

I'm watching the doors. Also recouping from her licks wife is here too. she likes the doors....And she better or I'm gonna Ike turner her ass.

Never watched the movie, but I do enjoy their music.

DenverChief
06-09-2009, 02:49 AM
It was a carefully crafted coup -- five weeks in the making, with independent Tom Golisano in on the plotting.

And when it was over Republican Sen. Dean Skelos of Rockville Center was back in power as Senate Majority Leader. Dumped was former Democratic leader Malcolm Smith.

"I want to thank Pedro and Hiram," Skelos said. "I know the difficult votes you did today. But they did the right thing and I want to thank Tom Golisano, who certainly has been a leader."

The thank yous to Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate were because the two controversial Democrats crossed party lines and voted for Skelos to lead the Senate. The flip of the senators give Republicans a 32-30 edge in the chamber.

Conversely, Monserrate was recently indicted for beating his girlfriend. And who can forget Espada, who represents the Bronx and lives in Mamaroneck. He put on an orange ski hat when CBS 2 HD confronted him outside his home.


sounds about right for a republican

Ultra Peanut
06-09-2009, 03:00 AM
I scrolled up when I was done beating my wife.That was a reference to Monserrate, but that's so not shocking.

blaise
06-09-2009, 09:03 AM
sounds about right for a republican

It;s weird how his beating his girlfriend story has made a resurgence since he switched parties. And he didn't just beat her, from what I remember he smashed her face with a bottle and she needed 20 stitches. He was a Democrat when that happened by the way.

HonestChieffan
06-09-2009, 09:08 AM
Did the girlfriend change parties?

blaise
06-09-2009, 09:11 AM
The whole thing is pretty scummy on both sides, When Monserrate sliashed his girlfriends you had Democrats supporting him. One even accused the police of trying to humiliate him because he had a history of trying to promote police reform. You had republicans saying he should resign on the other side. Now both sides will bascially just switch their positions. It's the total hypocrisy of both sides on display.

Radar Chief
06-09-2009, 09:13 AM
Did the girlfriend change parties?

Sounds like she’d better, or else….

jiveturkey
06-09-2009, 09:35 AM
The whole thing is pretty scummy on both sides, When Monserrate sliashed his girlfriends you had Democrats supporting him. One even accused the police of trying to humiliate him because he had a history of trying to promote police reform. You had republicans saying he should resign on the other side. Now both sides will bascially just switch their positions. It's the total hypocrisy of both sides on display.The switching of positions has been a weird phenomenon this year. I knew it would happen but it's really interesting to watch.

I just starting paying attention online when Bush became president and I caught the tail end of position reversal. Now I'm seeing the full brunt of it.

SBK
06-09-2009, 10:14 AM
sounds about right for a republican

Except they're democrats. LMAO