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VOL. 125 | NO. 244 | Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fitzhugh Elected to Lead House Democrats

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NASHVILLE (AP) – House Democrats have made a change in leadership after losing 14 seats in November's elections.

The caucus on Wednesday elected House Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley as minority leader. He defeated Rep. Gary Odom of Nashville, who had served as Democratic leader the previous two legislative sessions.

Memphis Rep. John Deberry was seeking to become the first African-American to hold the top position, but was eliminated from contention after placing third in the first round of voting.

The vote breakdown for the secret ballot was not announced.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Memphis was re-elected to the No. 2 post without opposition.

Republicans hold a 64-34 advantage over Democrats in the chamber.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 76 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 83 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 190 277 3,028
BANKRUPTCIES 39 73 691
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 22 298
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0