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Crist (finally) replaces FSU trustee Jim Smith

At long last and three years overdue, Gov. Charlie Crist replaced his buddy Jim Smith on the Florida State University Board of Trustees. Smith overstayed his four year term -- and sidestepped a 2005 state law prohibiting lobbyists from serving as university trustees -- because Crist didn't bother to name a successor.

But in a press release issued after 6 p.m. Friday, Crist's office made the change, appointing another Crist buddy and FSU classmate Brent W. Sembler, the son of former U.S. Ambassador Mel Sembler.


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The true tale of corruption for Florida today is Rep. Kosmas voting for the rabid, destructive, and state-destroying "so-called" health care reform - which is as far from reform as Florida is to Canada.

Deal-making, slimy, back-room, Chicago-style politics.

I liked the notice sent to the vote-changers:

SEN. TOM COBURN (R), OKLAHOMA: I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House.

If you voted no and you vote yes, and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn't going to be held in the Senate, I've got news for you. It's going to be held.

Number two is, if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I've already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every instance, and we will outline it by district, and we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now, and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn't going to happen. And be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House.

I want to see them nailed and jailed.

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