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Crist sends GOP lawmaker to bench

Gov. Charlie Crist today named Rep. Mark Mahon, a Jacksonville Republican, to a vacant judgeship on the Fourth Judicial Circuit, which covers Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. Mahon's term will start tomorrow.

Mahon was first elected to the Legislature in 2000, but one of his most memorable moments came in the waning moments of the 2006 session. That was when the legislator started debating against a prescription drug bill that had come over from the Florida Senate. By speaking out, however, Mahon prevented the House from taking up a bill that would have given a $60 million tax subsidy to the Florida Marlins. More here: Download miami_herald_library_archive.htm .