Must-see TV: Noah Pransky interviews Richard Corcoran

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Richard Corcoran is the most powerful man in Tallahassee most Floridians have never heard of.

In his five years in the Florida House, the Pasco County native has earned a reputation as an outspoken, take-no-prisoners lawmaker willing to fight for what he believes to be right, regardless of how unpopular the decision may be. In fact, the lobby of his Lutz office is lined with framed headlines of critical newspaper editorials calling him names such as “immoral” for his rejection of Medicaid expansion.

“I frame those to remind myself I’m here to serve the constituents and not the press,” Corcoran told 10 News. “The point is to support…what {your constituents) want and sometimes the media doesn’t like that.”

In what was believed to be his first in-depth television interview, Corcoran discussed a number of new initiatives he hopes to introduce as his power continues to grow in the capital, including a constitutional ban on state stadium funding and an overhaul of the earmarks process to prohibit another midnight session where hundreds of millions of dollars for pet projects are slipped into the budget.

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