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Crist phoning members as House beats its chest

As the House of Representatives positions itself to reject the Senate's tax plan, and therefore scuttle a tax-cut plan for voters Jan. 29, Gov. Charlie Crist is dialing furiously.

"Vote this out. Just get it done, buddy," he's purportedly telling legislators. He's reminding them they c an come back and cut more in spring and that they should remember: This is for the people. Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp is working legislators as well.

Crist has repeatedly phoned House Speaker Marco Rubio and his likely successor, Rep. Ray Sansom, who has vacillated on whether or not to vote for the plan.

If there were any question about the Senate coming back, a staffer just made it clear that it won't happen. He just removed Senate President Ken Pruitt's gavel from his podium.