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Chris Hand: Jim King’s legacy still holding court

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After Jim King became Florida Senate President in late 2002, he did something that today might seem radical on both sides of the aisle: He elevated members of the other party. Just a few weeks earlier, Florida Republicans had reached a new zenith in their political ascendancy. For the first time in modern history, not a single Democrat would serve in the governorship, Cabinet, or legislative majority. Though Democrats had won the last two U.S. Senate elections, and had battled…

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Personnel note: Fatima Perez joins Koch Industries to lead regional state gov’t affairs

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Fatima Perez, most recently chief of staff for Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, will become the new state government affairs regional manager for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC. With more than 15 years’ experience in state government, Perez has been a senior adviser to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and a senior legislative aide in the Florida Legislature, working for members of both chambers, including former Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell and former State Rep. Annie Betancourt. Perez also worked as an…

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Bill Foster targeted in new mailer

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From the Bay Buzz, which doled out hat tip to me for the image I gave the Times: Bill Foster is the target of a mailer criticizing his tax record while on the City Council. The mailer, which is apparently paid for by a group that calls itself the Committee for Responsible Representation, says Foster voted to increase city property taxes 64 percent from 1999 to 2006. The mailer also says Foster accepted a 40 percent pay raise in 2005…

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