GOP Hoping for a Majority in Florida

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - "eto Senate Bill 6..."
It can be a governor's most powerful political weapon. With his veto pen, Charlie Crist has overruled the Republican-controlled legislature on a host of controversial bills, but if the prediciton by incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos is right, the next governor could lose the power of veto.
The Senate's going to have a two-thirds Republican majority, and that means we could override veto!
Right now, Republicans outnumber Democrats 26 to 13 in the Senate and 76 to 44 in the House.
But with two more votes in the Senate and four more in the lower chamber, they'd have what's called a veto-proof majority. Of the handful of Democratic seats in play, two of the most likely Republican pickups are in Tampa Bay. Senate District 16, where Charlie Justice is stepping down to run for congress, and house district 52, where incumbent Bill Heller is in a tight race.

Despite the term, having a veto-proof majority doesn't necessarily guarantee Republicans can overrule the governor on contentious issues.
That's because not all Republicans come from identical ideological backgrounds.

Pete Dunbar represented Pinellas County in the house in the early 1980s. Back then, *Democrats* had a veto-proof majority.
But, getting the party's members to vote in lock-step was always a challenge.

Dunbar, a Republican consultant, says, "Even though you had them in raw numbers, the philosophy of Democrats from inner-city Miami versus rural Cedar Key varies widely, and they're not all on the same page on all issues."

Which means vetoes of controversial legislation, like teacher merit pay and abortion restrictions, are likely to stand. But, in the end, the mere presence of a veto-proof republican majority. Could be enough to convince our next governor to think twice before using that pen.

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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    If you know that you already have a problem in the office. any option, even a questionable one is preferable to allowing it to continue... As for the campaign Ad's, none have been more viscious then those of Sink and Boyd. Says alot about their true character.....I changed my Party affiliation after 7 October. It won't reflect until after the election unfortunately, but this is the last time I'll goe under the stigma of belonging to a party that has completely lost touch with reality.....No more Democrat, ever...
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    Very intelligent and thought provoking post there Tomcat.
  • by ApacheeTomcat Location: perry fl 32347 on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    People, WAKE UP!The mess this country was in and trying still to come out of it,the REPLUGS CAUSED IT..
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Oct 12, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    Excellent point Susan. How does one know?
  • by Susan Location: Tallahassee on Oct 12, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    I agree wholeheartedly with The Original Bob. However, the challenge is identifying those common sense, freedom loving, fiscal conservatives. This entire political season has been fraught with muck-raking and mud-slinging. It is a sad commentary when one cannot tell who the political ad is for because it focuses only on the alleged misdeeds or faults of the other candidate.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Oct 12, 2010 at 03:41 AM
    As registered Republican, I publicly express my extreme dissatisfaction with the Republican Party. They are just as fiscally irresponsible as the Democrats are, and have allowed and enabled the many bureaucracies (FWC, Marine Fisheries Commission, Water Management, FDEP, and particularly the DCA) to flourish unchecked during their reign. These freedom squelching groups are accountable to no one, especially the voters, and that is terribly wrong. I see little difference between Republicans and Democrats. No matter who is in control, things only seems to get worse while our individual freedoms are slowly but ever so surely chipped away. Hopefully this next election will give the boot to many business as usual career politicians and replace them with common sense, freedom loving, fiscal conservatives from both parties.
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