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Meet the mini-governors of the Florida Legislature




Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon head into the annual spring lawmaking session with more power than any of their Republican predecessors: They both lead their respective chambers in the state's first GOP, veto-proof Legislature.

Haridopolos is teetering on a political tightrope, with his political ambitions inextricably linked to a Senate presidency dogged by controversies — from a lucrative college book deal to his failure to disclose his finances. (Story here.)

Cannon has a reservoir of power he accumulated faster than any Republican speaker before him. And he doesn't have the same campaign burdens as Haridopolos and Gov. Rick Scott. So what exactly does he want? (Story here.)

[Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 9:26am]


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