Albany has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. I'm referring to the Senate of the great state of New York, whose members have apparently lost their minds.
In a show of partisanship at its worst, the Democrats and Republicans decided to have their own legislative sessions - in the same chamber, at the same time. That's right. Separate podiums, gavels and votes on bills. The Hatfields and McCoys blood feud was reenacted on the Senate floor complete with arguing, yelling and almost fisticuffs. Even Governor David A. Paterson, who has pulled some questionable stunts during his time in office, thought this display of juvenile behavior was beyond the pale.
The question is, are any of the bills that were passed by the Democrats (14) and the Republicans (85) during their "separate but equal" quorums, valid? Nobody, including the Governor knows for sure.
Hopefully, calmer heads will prevail and these legislators can get back to doing the "peoples business" that they were elected to office to do in the first place. Can you imagine how the debate will be later this week when the Governor wants them to vote on legislation legalizing same sex marriage?
Did You Know:
Fact: In 1920, The Republican National Convention declared that African-Americans must be admitted to all state and district conventions.
Fact: In 1960, Jackie Robinson, the first Black Major League baseball player, endorsed Richard Nixon for President.
(Source: Meck GOP, Timeline of Black Republican History)