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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:26 AM

Florida Democrats chip away at GOP power in Tallahassee

Source: Tampa Bay Times

TALLAHASSEE Before Tuesday, Florida Republicans had the wind at their back record amounts of special interest money, a veto-proof majority in the Legislature and unbridled power all over the state.

But the muscle flexing appeared to backfire and the special interest money, this time, did not translate into landslide victories. Voters delivered a series of election night losses for Florida's power party. President Barack Obama holds a lead over Mitt Romney. Legislature-backed amendments were mostly defeated. The GOP drive to remake the Supreme Court failed, and the Republicans lost their supermajority in the House and Senate.

Even the projected future speaker of the House one of the most moneyed and powerful Republicans in the state is in danger of losing his seat to an underfunded political neophyte.

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Controversial measures like privatizing state prisons and flipping public schools into charter schools failed last year in razor-thin votes in the 40-seat Senate. With more Democrats now in that chamber, these proposals could face more hurdles next year.

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Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/article1260501.ece



As explained later in the article, that's Chris Dorworth of Lake Mary who would be the Republican House Speaker if he'd won, but he lost narrowly to Democrat Mike Clelland (there will be a recount).

Those "controversial measures" the article mentions are backed by ALEC.

Dorworth is known for introducing ALEC bills:

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/11603/

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-08-14/news/os-ed-alec-081411-20110812_1_alec-legislators-teachers-unions

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Reply Florida Democrats chip away at GOP power in Tallahassee (Original post)
highplainsdem Nov 2012 OP
demo dutch Nov 2012 #1
LisaL Nov 2012 #2
valerief Nov 2012 #7
JPK Nov 2012 #8
MsFlorida Nov 2012 #3
classykaren Nov 2012 #4
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #5
Mojorabbit Nov 2012 #6

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:28 AM

1. Next stop the Gov's office

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Response to demo dutch (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:30 AM

2. Yep.

He has to go. Hopefully people remember when he is up for re-election how he tried to make it so difficult for them to vote.

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Response to demo dutch (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:08 PM

7. He belongs in one of his prisons. nt

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Response to demo dutch (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:46 PM

8. Ick Ott.......

Better enjoy his time at the govenor's mansion in Tally. He will be gone in 2014. He is hated here.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:58 AM

3. governor voldemort is next!!!

n/t

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:13 AM

4. From your mouth to God's ear.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:27 AM

5. Best news ever is that Dorworth is being challenged by a Democrat who ran

in a red, red county. That means that Republicans don't like corruption much, either.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:41 AM

6. I hope this is the beginning of a turnaround for this state.

It has been so alarming to watch.

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