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Is Mike Haridopolos' Senate flip-flopping on budget?

Senate budget chief JD Alexander's decision to tee off on House Speaker Dean Cannon could blow up -- on Mike Haridopolos, the Senate president and candidate for U.S. Senate.

First, the budget impasse makes on on-time finish less likely. And that's bad news for a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who wants to hit the campaign trail and have voters judge him on his record.

Secondly, the House has released a detail of the negotiations that suggest Alexander is over-riding Haridopolos. That could make the Senate president subject to claims that he's not running his chamber, etc. Here's the sheet: Download Most Recent Allocation Offers[1]

Here's the House version of what's happening and what has happened. It was sent by email to House members by Appropriations Chair Denise Grimsley:

I wanted to take a few moments to update you on the budget process. At this point, we have been unable to reach common allocations with the Senate.

Attached you will find spreadsheets that detail the recent series of offers and counter offers between the chambers. There remain a number of outstanding issues including the degree of higher education funding and the scope of the reduction to the Florida Retirement System.

Prior to the start of the Senate’s week-long recess, the House made an offer that had the two chambers only $155 million apart. We were optimistic that this offer would put us in striking distance of starting budget conference this week. Unfortunately, in each subsequent offer we have received, the Senate opened up previously agreed on issues and moved further and further away to the point where the last Senate offer places the House and Senate $425 million apart.

I fully embrace the need to be flexible and work toward a mutually beneficial outcome. However, while I am serving as the Appropriations Chair, the House will not engage in a one-sided conversation that leaves us negotiating against ourselves.

I am hopeful that we will bring this process to a close, but I am committed to ensuring that we do not allow deadlines to influence our policymaking. The House will continue to advocate for a responsible budget that balances critical needs and ensures adequate reserves. We will also continue to insist that the budget be balanced on real, provable reductions and actuarially sound policies.

I will continue to update you as the process unfolds.


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Can't Take It Anymore

Lil Hari knows JD can easily kick his butt, both literally and politically. JD and others in the Senate may be tiring of Hari's spineless whining and sole focus on his 2012 campaign for the US Senate. Cannon is desperate for something to run on for his anticipated run for a new Central Florida Congressional seat. Shades of the crooked Tom Feeney.

Bill W.

I think J.D. has serve beyond his useful capacity and needs to be replaced. NOW! If Haridopolos wants to show true leadership, he would show him the door.


Li'l Mikey is using J.D. superbly, and they both know it, and it is the right approach.

Ultimately, whether there is a Congressional district suitable for Dean to run in, depends on what Mikey will allow with redistricting.

Both Mikey and J.D. understand this. What Dean wants to think is that he can hive that redistricting off from this budget negotiation.

Dean's dreaming.


Seems then J.D.,Dean, and Hari - all spineless harlots - no excuse to restrict rights of Floridians on behalf of their minority - that is right minority and the other idiots that voted these pigs in.

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