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  • Bill McCollum: Familiar face angling for big breakthrough

    TALLAHASSEE — He's virtually a household name in Florida politics. Attorney General Bill McCollum's current stint as Florida's top lawyer is the latest stop in a three-decade political career that began with his 1980 election to Congress from...
  • Mel Martinez leaves legacy of a quitter

    My daughter was practicing her violin last week and getting frustrated. Her bow was wobbling off the A string, occasionally scratching the high-pitched E. And "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" was a bit flat. She sounded exactly like what she is —...
  • Sen. Mel Martinez to resign early

    Sen. Mel Martinez to resign early
    U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez said Friday he was stepping aside to spend more time with his family, but he would stay involved in Republican politics and continue to be active in Cuban-American affairs. Martinez told reporters in a press conference at Orlando...
  • Crist names LeMieux to U.S. Senate

    Crist names LeMieux to U.S. Senate
    Turning away more seasoned candidates, Gov. Charlie Crist took a political gamble Friday and named his closest confidant and self-described campaign "maestro" to the U.S. Senate: Fort Lauderdale native George LeMieux. The decision trigged charges of...
  • Florida's new U.S. senator eager to begin serving

    WASHINGTON The nation's newest and youngest senator-to-be came to the Capitol this week determined "to fight for the people of Florida." Sen. George LeMieux will represent the state on some of the biggest issues of our time. He said he is elated to be...
  • Sen. Mel Martinez's exit kicks ball to Crist

    Sen. Mel Martinez's exit kicks ball to Crist
    U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez ended months of speculation that he wouldn't finish his term and abruptly announced his resignation Friday — opening the door for Gov. Charlie Crist to name a replacement to the seat he is seeking in 2010. "My priorities have...
  • Martinez, our accidental senator, wasn't cut out for D.C.

    I first met Mel Martinez in 1992 during a Little League draft. He was one of four coaches picking kids. In Little League, this can be as cutthroat as recruiting in the SEC. One of the coaches pulled a fast one, bringing the mother of a top prospect with...
  • Florida's next senator

    The announcement Friday by Mel Martinez that he won't finish his Senate term has turned Florida politics on its head. But it can easily right itself — and, in the process, do right by the residents of Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist holds the cards...
  • 2007 Most Powerful People in Central Florida

    As we have worked our way up the year's list of "The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida," we passed CEOs, philanthropists, political players and rising stars. But now we've reached the top and find five people who have control over the roads on...
  • 2006 Most Powerful People in Central Florida

    Who makes things happen here in Central Florida? Today, Taking Names columnist Scott Maxwell concludes the list of the 25 most powerful people. We are down to five -- three politicians, the head of the region's largest work force and the leader of one of...
  • 25 most powerful people in Central Florida 2008

    There's a new No. 1 this year. But before we get to him, let's first reveal the others who topped this year's list of "The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida." The top 10 includes three business executives, two mayors, two members of Congress, one...