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NY Senate Vote Against Gay Marriage Cost New Yorkers $210,000,000




Protestor at Thursday's Union Square Rally In NYC.

This past Wednesday, in yet another “extraordinary session” – that’s where the Governor tells the Legislature they haven’t done their job and they need to come back to work – the New York State Senate, after finally looking at the huge budget shortfalls the state is facing, took on the issue of same sex marriage.

Of course, we all know the outcome.

Thirty-eight Senators, including thirty Republicans, and eight Democrats – now known collectively as the “Hate 38” – voted against gay marriage. They voted against fairness, equality, and reason.

The New York Assembly, the night before, and for the third time, in an effort to encourage and speed up the Senate’s passage of the bill, voted to allow same sex couples the right to marry. The hope was that, having passed the bill, the Senate would too, and the Governor would sign it into law immediately.

That didn’t happen.

The Senate, in the face of mounting debt and budget cuts, voted against gay marriage, and with it, the two hundred ten million dollars (over three years) that would have come to the state in revenue. That’s right. The New York State Senate, after finally addressing the huge budget shortfalls the state is facing, looked $210,000,000 in the face and said, “No thanks.”

To understand the immense short-sightedness of their decision, it’s important to look at the facts. Let’s start with geography.


As you can see, the state of New York is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. And further east, New Hampshire. All states where same sex couples can marry. Not to mention, Canada to the north borders New York, and same sex couples can marry there as well. In addition to that, the New York Senate knew that (and some say actually had a deal with) New Jersey would be voting on gay marriage right after the November elections.

So, after working for weeks on the budget the Senate went and threw out a guaranteed $210,000,000.

They let $210,000,000 go out the window – and across the border to Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, over to New Hampshire, and probably, after next week, over to New Jersey.

(By the way, gay marriage will bring $500,000,000 to the coffers of New Jersey.)

And here’s the even more ridiculous piece: gay marriage is legally recognized in New York State.

That’s right. Any same sex couple can travel across the state line, get married, and have their marriage legally recognized by the very same state that refuses to allow them to marry within the borders of their home state.

What’s the point?

If you look at it logically, there’s only one conclusion you can draw: ignorance, hatred, and bigotry. OK, that’s three. But they all add up to the same thing: No marriage equality for same sex couples because thirty eight elected officials in New York are motivated by fear and hatred. Or, their ties to special interest groups, like Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage (NOM,) which spent a reported $600,000 in New York to fight the gay marriage bill.

Their fear and hatred of New York’s LGBTQ community has now spread over and impacted all New Yorkers – by depriving them of a state where equality, integrity, and fairness are the law of the land, and where an additional $210,000,000 could have been used to support the state’s failing economy. Increased taxes, reduced public services, teacher layoffs, education cutbacks, delayed service improvements: these are the result of budget shortfalls. What could $210,000,000 have prevented?

All this means they are the wrong people to represent us.

While I don’t believe in “majority rules,” it bears keeping in mind that the same day the New York State Senate voted to kill the gay marriage bill, Marist released a poll stating fifty-one percent of New Yorkers approved of the bill – and same sex marriage.

That’s right folks: A majority of New Yorkers favor allowing same sex couples the right to wed.

The message is simple. It’s time to vote out of office the “Hate 38.”

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‘Can Be Used Against You’: Trump Took Big Risk Pleading the Fifth 400 Times in Deposition Says Legal Expert



A newly released video shows Donald Trump pleading the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times in a deposition, and a legal expert explained how that could be used against him in court.

The former president was finally hauled in to testify last year in the $25 million fraud lawsuit filed against the Trump Organization by New York attorney Letitia James, and he exercised his constitutional right against self-incrimination nearly 450 times — but MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann said the move carried potential risk in a civil case.

“I agree with him on the point of taking the Fifth,” Weissmann said. “It’s important to remember everyone has a right to the Fifth if a truthful answer would tend to incriminate you. In a civil case, it can be used against you, unlike in a criminal case.”

“One other thing I would disagree is when he is saying there’s this witch hunt, he left out jurors,” Weissmann added. “The Trump Organizations went to trial, they had their day in court. They could present all of their evidence, [and] 12 jurors, that’s everyday citizens, found beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a multi-year tax conspiracy that his organizations were involved in, and there was evidence he knew about it as would make sense. That’s one more reason for him to be asserting the Fifth Amendment.”

Watch video below or at this link.

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Stefanik Was Once ‘Laser Focused on Electing Santos’ – Now She Blames Voters for Electing Him as She Backs Away



One of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), used her reputation and geographic proximity to help get fellow New York Republican George Santos elected to Congress. But now, as her donors and his express anger at being misled and lied to, and ahead of what appears to be a likely federal investigation and possible prosecution against the freshman GOP lawmaker, Stefanik is blaming voters for electing him to Congress: “Ultimately voters make this decision,” she said Tuesday.

Stefanik is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a role she was first elected to when the now former Congresswoman, Liz Cheney, was thrown out of GOP leadership for telling the truth about the January 6 insurrection and Donald Trump. Stefanik was re-elected to her role after the November election.

Amid Santos announcing on Tuesday he is temporarily recusing himself from the two committees he was appointed to, Stefanik was asked if she regretted supporting his candidacy.

Indeed, one of the top reasons Santos was elected was Stefanik’s endorsement – and all the donor money that came with it.

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“Stefanik’s team was laser focused on electing Santos to Congress – more than just about any other race in the country,” a senior Republican strategist involved in campaigns before the midterms told CNN. “Another donor, who attended a fundraising luncheon with Stefanik and Santos, confirmed to CNN through a representative that ‘he donated to George Santos because of Elise Stefanik’s endorsement.'”

It wasn’t just her endorsements. It appears Stefanik took great interest in getting Santos elected. CNN also reported that a source “said that a top political aide for Stefanik was involved in campaigning for Santos. Multiple sources told CNN that aide was closely advising Santos’ campaign and involved in hiring people.”

Stefanik’s spokesperson denied the allegations.

In July, Santos tweeted that Stefanik “has been one of my strongest backers and closest friends. I fully stand with her vote today as she stood up for civil rights. I look forward to serving alongside her when I’m elected to Congress in November.”

In fact, this was the banner atop Santos’ Twitter account for a very long time, up until recently:

Here is Stefanik tweeting her “major announcement” – her endorsement of Santos – on August 11, 2001, more than a year before Election Day.

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“Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03. @Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support!”

And in May of last year: “WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress! We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 George has my complete and total endorsement and come November, New Yorkers will send George to Congress! #SaveNewYork #SaveAmerica”

She literally told voters that electing George Santos to Congress will “Save New York” and “Save America.”

On Tuesday, Stefanik told voters something very different: it’s their fault they voted for him, she said, taking no responsibility for her endorsements.

“Like all of my colleagues, particularly in New York State, I supported George Santos as the nominee, and the people of his district voted to elect him,” she told reporters – not once mentioning there was no Republican primary and Santos automatically became the Republican party’s nominee.

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“Ultimately voters make this decision about who they elect to Congress,” Stefanik declared, wholly removing herself, her endorsements, and any possible assistance she or her campaign may have given to Santos or his campaign.

See the tweets and video above or at this link.

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Santos Recuses Himself From Committees Amid Possible Criminal Investigation



Embattled freshman U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), in what is the first time he has taken any steps to acknowledge the depths of political and now possibly criminal challenges he faces, says he will recuse himself from his committee assignments until his ethics issues have been resolved.

Santos also told his Republican colleagues of his plans on Tuesday, NBC News reports. Santos is on the Science and Small Business committees.

The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, who has provided extensive reporting on the Republican frequently called a “serial liar,” adds that the Santos’ announcement came after a meeting with Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“With all signs pointing to an active federal criminal investigation into his campaign finance activity, Santos has ‘voluntarily’ declined—after meeting last night with Kevin McCarthy—to stay off of committees, as Republicans try to sideline Ilhan Omar,” Sollenberger reports.

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Sollenberger broke the news that Santos, or his campaign, amended his FEC filing to indicate $625,000 in “personal” loans to his campaign were not actually from his personal funds.

Republicans are trying to keep U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of their regular, prime targets, from taking her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Speaker McCarthy has already blocked Democratic Congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee, invoking his ability to do so because it is a Select committee and subject to the Speaker’s decisions.

MSNBC reported the breaking news on-air. Watch below or at this link.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.

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