- Conflicting reports this morning on the short-term future of Senator Joe Bruno. A local Albany station reports that the Senator will not finish out his term, and will leave perhaps as soon as two weeks from now. Two weeks from tomorrow is opening day at Saratoga; gee, there's a coincidence for you!
The Times Union says that Bruno is going "on a day to day basis,” and I'm not sure if it's Bob Costas or Howie Rose who first noted that we're all living in that way. The Schenectady Gazette says the story's not true.
In any event, Bruno has come up with at least one more going away present for his constituency.
New Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos could have the shortest term of all time depending on the results of the November election. Bill Hammond reports in the NY Daily News that Skelos has executed a perfect flip-flop on property taxes in order to try and extend his reign. Seems like an interesting guy, and this is the best profile I've read about him.
- The director of Minnesota's Gambling Control Board, with apparently nothing else to do, is questioning whether Senator Barack Obama is violating state gambling laws. Obama's campaign is offering a trip to Denver for the Senator's acceptance speech to ten lucky supporters who donate $5 or more. Tom Barrett wants to know if this constitutes an illegal raffle. Oh man. I wonder what party this guy is affiliated with.
- Thanks to reader Chris for sending along word that amongst the more than 100 new words accepted by the new edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary is one which we've used many times here.
Racino (1995): racetrack at which slot machines are available for gamblers. [Newsday]