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Man bites dog: TBTimes Editorial editor gushes over Fla legislative leaders



per_weatherford_020_258137c.jpgFrom Tim Nickens' Sunday column"

...There is reason to be optimistic that Weatherford and Gaetz can help the Legislature's approval rating. In recent separate meetings with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board and in a joint appearance last week in Tallahassee, they sounded serious, thoughtful and engaged. They think before they speak, listen to different points of view and have a vision for Florida that stretches beyond next year. They can discuss complicated issues with some authority, yet they are careful to avoid straying too far beyond what they know.

Gaetz and Weatherford are a significant improvement over their immediate predecessors, who were more interested in their own futures, ideological purity and settling political scores. To be sure, they are conservative Republicans who are not going to embrace broad tax reform, gun control or other progressive positions. But they are a breath of fresh air and sound more interested in making positive change than waging ideological warfare....

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