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Looking back to a friendlier Florida Senate



610x.jpgLucy Morgan reflects on the loss of Sen. Jim King and the "spirit of meanness" that exists in his wake.

King spent more than 20 years of his life helping Republicans gain control of the Legislature, but he never adopted the extreme positions of either camp.

He was the last of a breed that could swing votes with a heartfelt speech made on the floor in the midst of battle. He always displayed a self-deprecating sense of humor.

And he is sorely missed.

It is hard to believe that the departure of one senator — just one man out of 160 legislators — could so radically change the place.

Her column is here.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2011 5:52pm]


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