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How pink became sine die tradition in Tallahassee

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Pink is what distinguishes the last day of Florida’s Legislative Sessions. Lobbyists, consultants, former lawmakers and observers, clad in pink outfits, roam the Capitol hallways during the session’s final hours. Pink is the tradition for Capitol veterans to pay tribute to the late lobbyist Marvin Arrington. “Marvin was here for a long time, and he had a tradition of wearing a pink sports coat on the last day of Session,” said Wayne Malaney, who lobbies for newspaper publishers. In 2002, Arrington succumbed…

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June 1 is ‘Risky Business’ for Florida lawmakers

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So lawmakers are supposed to come back to Tallahassee on June 1. Sounds logical. The state Constitution requires them to have a budget done by the end of the sixth month and what better time to get started than at its beginning? But there is this one itty bitty little problem: for the vast majority of members, there simply won’t be anything for them to do. What could possibly go wrong? As of today, we are no closer to getting a…

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How pink became a Sine Die tradition in Tallahassee

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Pink is what distingusihes the last day of Florida’s legislative sessions. Lobbyists, consultants, former lawmakers and observers, clad in pink outfits, roam the Capitol hallways during the session’s final hours. Pink is the tradition for Capitol veterans to pay tribute to the late lobbyist Marvin Arrington. “Marvin was here for a long time and he had a tradition of wearing a pink sports coat on the last day of session,” said Wayne Malaney, who lobbies for newspaper publishers. In 2002, Arrington succumbed to a…

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Gary Fineout: 10 things in the state budget you may not know about

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Completely wonky, but still a must-read from Gary Fineout: Gov. Charlie Crist could act sometime Thursday on the $70.4 billion budget that state lawmakers adopted during their spring session. Many salient facts about the budget have been reported including that it’s bigger than what Crist himself proposed, that it includes money for items only if Congress kicks in extra federal help, and that it contains many projects pushed by the two budget chiefs in the Legislature. But there’s always some…

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