My sorta-debut for WUSF: The split between Tampa Bay moderates and Florida Senate leadership

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If you have a few minutes to spare, check out my debut on WUSF. If all works out well, I’ll be a more frequent guest on their programs.

Today, I talked about how the conservative Senate leadership has lost control of a block of Tampa Bay GOP moderates:  Sens. Jack Latvala, Dennis Jones, Mike Fasano, Paula Dockery, and Ronda Storms.

“The people who are in charge in Tampa Bay are not liked in Tallahassee,” Schorsch said – and vice versa.

These moderates managed to fend off a challenge from conservative Senator John Thrasher of Jacksonville over who would be Senate President designate in 2016.

They also have allied themselves with Democrats to slow down bills they don’t agree with, he said.

And that slower pace is just fine with many conservatives in the Legislature, he said, including House Speaker Dean Cannon.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.