Bush begins second term as Florida's strongest governor

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, raises his arms in response to the cheers of the crowd as he enters the stage area at his Inaugural Ball on Monday in Tallahassee. Former President George Bush, left, was also in attendance.

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Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 12:20 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush begins his second term today as the strongest governor in the state's history, with changes made during his first four years giving his office more control over education and judicial nominations and more power in Cabinet decisions.
And he'll be using the increased executive power to work with a Legislature and independently elected Cabinet that is dominated by Republicans.
Combine those factors and political observers agree that Bush will continue on his quest to create change in government and will be in an even better position to do so.
"He's got room to be creative and be inventive," said Matthew Corrigan, a University of North Florida political science professor.
"This is somewhat unprecedented to have so much increase in institutional power in such a short period of time," said Aubrey Jewett, a University of Central Florida professor. "It normally is a process that works itself out over decades. Change usually does take a long time."

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