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Senate prez keeps budget chair, makes RPOF head rules chief

by Dara Kam | November 10th, 2010

Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island

Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos tapped John Thrasher, head of the Republican Party of Florida, as chairman of the powerful Senate Rules committee and is keeping J.D. Alexander as budget chief.

Haridopolos, who officially takes over the helm on Tuesday, also assigned Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, to lead the chamber’s reapportionment efforts.

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville

Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, called Gaetz’s assignment perhaps “the most challenging committee chairmanship of all” because he’ll have to operate under the new reapportionment system approved by voters on Election Day that prohibits drawing districts that favor incumbents or political parties. One of the two constitutional amendments revamping reapportionment is now being challenged in federal court.

Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine

Thrasher, a St. Augustine lawyer and lobbyist who also served as House Speaker, took over the troubled state GOP earlier this year but has said he would step down as chairman after the November elections.

Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales

Alexander, R-Lake Wales, has been in charge of the Senate’s budget for the past two years.

Alexander’s task isn’t an easy one either. He’s expected to have a $2.9 billion spending gap to manage, a new governor – Rick Scott – who wants to slash spending on state government and prisons, and no more federal stimulus funds to help plug the budget hole as he has for the past two years.

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2 Responses to “Senate prez keeps budget chair, makes RPOF head rules chief”

  1. unreal Says:

    So the same people who were in charge are still in charge. Putting the biggest partisan in the state in charge of the budget. Great choice Mike. Glad you didn’t get the message from.the election that we don’t want business as usual. What a tragedy. Maybe Palmy will buck the CW that she is a brainless partisan hack, and launch some investigations into the corruption in Tally.
    I wont hold my breath.

  2. Mike Says:

    Makes me want to vomit.

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