A chaotic-sounding plan to avoid chaos in Albany

Jeff Klein. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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More details today about the power-sharing arrangement State Senator Jeff Klein would like to see, though not necessarily more clarity: "Under a coalition government there doesn't have to be one person in charge," he said, according to the Associated Press.

"The comments from Klein may further cloud control of the Senate," wrote Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell. "How a three-conference Senate of 63 members would work in January is unclear."

Klein, in essence, is positioning himself and his four-member bloc of dissident Democrats as gatekeepers, deciding which bills come to the floor for a vote and, perhaps, pass.

Depending on the result of one still-undecided contest, the Republicans may be able to form a majority without relying on Klein's group. Which, apparently, would be the only way they'll get a majority at all.  

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