From Inside the Lines: Cannon, Saunders still disagree about Thurston's role in redistricting

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From one of my other websites, Inside the Lines:

There were conflicting reports about the status of Rep. Perry Thurston, a Plantation Democrat who is his party? informal leader on redistricting matters and is scheduled to become House minority leader after the 2012 elections. House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, left Thurston off the House Redistricting Committee; House Minority Leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, responded by saying he would not recommend a ranking member of the committee to Cannon.

Throughout the day, Thurston and Saunders said there were discussions underway with House GOP leaders that could lead to Thurston being named to the panel.

? think there? a move afoot to make some changes,?Thurston said shortly after the committee? first meeting, a largely educational session. ? do think that we certainly want to have representation from our leadership [on the committee], as do the Republicans.?

At an afternoon caucus meeting, Saunders also told members that Democrats were talking with leadership.

?hey have the next three speaker designates on their side selected,?Saunders said. ?e think it? only fair to have our next speaker designate selected as well.?/blockquote>
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