Coup in Review: "Bipartisan" Meeting in Albany (UPDATE: Meeting Fails, Dems Go to Court)
But now there may be some movement. Today's planned senate session didn't start as planned, and Liz Benjamin says a "bipartisan and members-only negotiating session" has been held outside the chamber. It is thought that getting Espada out of the presidency would go a long way toward placating the Democrats. More as it develops.
Update 2: After the meeting, Espada says negotiations with the Democrats will continue, and that he is about to peel off yet another Democrat, unnamed, for his coalition with the Republicans. The Albany Times-Union says the Democrats are going back to court to head off any attempt by Espada to test his bizarre two-votes-for-the-leader theory in the senate.
Update 3: The rumored Dem defector is Darrel Aubertine, which just seems weird to us -- though conservative, he plays well with Kirsten Gillibrand and is rumored to be on tap to contend as a Democrat for the House seat vacated by John McHugh. Besides, he denies it.