Gimme five, buddy: 2007 in pictures
Jan. 2: Gov. Charlie Crist gives a high five to Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp during the swearing in ceremony at Florida's Old Capitol. Times photo | Scott Keeler.
Jan. 2: Bill McCollum was sworn in as Attorney General and Alex Sink became CFO. AP photos.
Feb 13: Pruitt, Crist and House Speaker Marco Rubio before the legislative session. The smiles would soon fade. Times photo.
May 3: Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, raises her microphone to debate her abortion/parental notice bill. It passed the Senate but died in the House. Times photo | Scott Keeler.
May 17: At the Miami Dolphins training camp in Davie, Gov. Crist signs a bill mandating that all elementary school students must have at least a half-hour of daily phys-ed. AP photo.
May 22: U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about the compromised Senate-White House immigration reform bill up for debate. Photo Getty Images.
May 23: Gov. Crist hands Gina Jones, mother of boot camp victim Martin Lee Anderson, a pen after signing a claims bill that was part of a $5-million award. AP Photo.
May 30: An Israeli border police officer stands guard as Gov. Charlie Cris stands at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site during a visit to Jerusalem's Old City. AP photo.
June 12: Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue personnel listen to public testimony during the first of two special sessions on property taxes. Times photo | Chris Zuppa.
July 12: State Rep. Bob Allen declares his innocence during a news conference at his attorney's office in Titusville. Allen, charged with offering to perform oral sex for $20 on an undercover male police officer, vowed to defend himself in court and said he would not resign from office. He was later found guilty and resigned. AP photo.
Aug 24: Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters during a campaign stop at Florida A&M University. It was one of his last campaign stops in Florida. AP photo.
Sept. 23: Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller during a press conference in Pembroke Pines as Florida Democratic party leaders announced plans to move ahead with the state's January 29 presidential primary even if it means losing all delegates to the nominating convention. Photo Getty Images.
Oct. 3: House members Nick Thompson, Dan Gelber and Ellyn Bogdanoff, listen to House Speaker Marco Rubio during the first day of the special session on PIP. Bogdanoff was a leader on the issue. Times photo | Scott Keeler.
Oct. 16: Rep. Ray Sansom, chairman of the House Policy and Budget Council, talks with Rep. Jack Seiler at the end of their daylong meeting on tax cuts. Times photo | Scott Keeler.
Oct. 29: Sen. Steve Geller looks on as Senate President Ken Pruit hugs Sen. Daniel Webster after the Senate passed the property tax plan. Times photo | Scott Keeler.
Nov. 28: Republican presidential candidates stand with Gov. Charlie Crist prior to the start of the CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg. AP photo.
Dec. 19: House Speaker Marco Rubio stumps in St. Petersburg for a citizen petition to cap property taxes on all property at 1.35 percent of taxable value. The appearance came as Gov. Crist ramped up efforts to sell a different plan -- one Rubio and the Legislature approved in October -- that appears on the Jan. 29 ballot. Rubio said he supported that plan but also called it weak. "It's like giving an aspirin to a cancer patient," he said. Times photo | Martha Rial.