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Weighing Jim Norman's re-election chances



For months, the headlines were about the lakefront house in Arkansas. The $500,000 check from a political benefactor that went undisclosed. The FBI investigation. The ethics charges.

Then a fellow senator took a run at the University of South Florida, threatening to slash its state funding. And there was Jim Norman, morphing from goat to golden boy by standing up to the powerful budget chairman and beating back the worst of the cuts.

With the legislative session winding down, election season for state leaders will start in earnest in the coming weeks. The question for Norman, R-Tampa, as he seeks re-election to the state Senate: Has the USF debate immunized him against more than a year of withering scrutiny?

Read more here from Times staff writer Bill Varian.

[Last modified: Monday, March 5, 2012 3:52pm]


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