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Cozy sine die inside Senate chambers

by Dara Kam | April 30th, 2010

It looked for a while like the session would end without the ceremonial sine die hankie drop.

Not to worry, traditionalists.

House Speaker Larry Cretul shut down shop about two hours before his counterpart Jeff Atwater, in his final turn as President and as a senator, unhurriedly guided his chamber to a conclusion.

About 8:30 p.m., Cretul and a bipartisan contingent of House GOP leaders and Democrats entered the Senate and lined the center aisle as the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms prepared to drop the white hankies.

At 8:47 p.m., the hankies fell.

It lacked the pageantry but was a much more intimate affair than in prior years, and there was no chance that newly-non-partisan Gov. Charlie Crist could drop in out on the rotunda floor. (He couldn’t have anyway; he was en route to Miami).

“It took us a while, but we finally got the House to come around to the Senate position,” Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, joked later.

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4 Responses to “Cozy sine die inside Senate chambers”

  1. Breaking News Says:

    Cretul. you have had your 15 monnths of fame. go home and sell real estate. Your corruption and BS will follow you. Feds have your home address.

  2. Cindy Graves Says:

    Regardless of Party, Crist is a disgrace to the Florida tradition as governor. Shame on him for not facing the music.

    Cindy Graves, President of thr Florida Federation of Republican Women

  3. Harry Houdini Says:

    Can it get any worse for Florida Politics? And why would a self proclaimed conservative and anti-tax legislator like Connie Mack rip Arizona’s new anti illegal, yes illegal bill when the illegal population is causing states to tax their legals( you and me) for increased medicaid and education costs.

    Give me a f in break Mack. You are a real disgrace to the cause of conservative politics!

  4. s. tring Says:


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