It was 8:52 on a Saturday night when the bill died. The legislative session was barreling towards a close, constrained by the 120-day limit enshrined in the state’s constitution, and there was more business to get through.
A promising political career unraveled this spring when New York’s lieutenant governor Brian Benjamin was arrested. Benjamin, only 45 years-old, was an up and comer in state Democratic politics, having served four years in the state Senate before rising to the position of lieutenant governor in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s downfall.
Politics in Colorado have a reputation as being clean and corruption-free. An ongoing investigation by the Colorado Times Recorder into the personal financial disclosures of the state legislature, however, calls this reputation into question.