Al Sharpton en Senate GOP Leader dampens expectations on progressive bills <p>New York state Senate Republicans dampened expectations that their new governing coalition would move quickly on progressive issues championed by Democrats, including a minimum wage increase and public financing of campaigns. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:02:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30425 at New state Senate co-leader says coalition is not exclusive <p>The new governing coalition of the New York state Senate has received some criticism that it is leaving out minorities. But one of the two co-leaders of the Senate is defending the coalition, which includes five Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:39:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30247 at