One view of what's happening from Tom Robbins of the Village Voice :
Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda
Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reforms
By Tom Robbins
Tuesday, June 30th 2009 at 1:13pm
The tabloid version of the Great Senate Stalemate of 2009 goes something like this: Those bozos in the State Senate—who can't be trusted even on a good day to get their lunch orders straight—brought the people's business to a screeching halt over a petty internal dispute about who got to wield the gavel at meetings.