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Can't tell those new legislators without name tags

kerner.jpgIn Tallahassee, a government town that relies on personal connections more than anything else, it's a strange scene every two years.

As dozens of fresh-faced lawmakers arrive for work for the first time, most people have no clue who they are (yes, including the lobbyists who soon enough will be seeking those new members' help on issues).

As part of the organizational day festivities Tuesday, freshmen House members lined up one by one to have their official portraits taken for the House web site (, the Clerk's Manual and other publications.

Each member was asked to hold a sheet of paper bearing their name -- in the case at left, State Rep. Dave Kerner, a Democrat from Lake Worth. "Kerner," the sign says.

"It's time for the country to come together as one," Kerner said, echoing the tone of bipartisan cooperation voiced by legislative leaders. "There's a lot of pomp and circumstance, but at the end of the day, we're up here to do a job, and that's what I'm focused on doing."