Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: Bill McCollum. Now that he and Republican gubernatorial rival Rick Scott have agreed to debates Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 (Scott has not yet agreed to an Aug. 11 Leadership Florida debate), McCollum has probably his best opportunity to outshine Scott, who tends to be much more impressive on his ubiquitous TV ads than in person.
Losers of the week Senate president-to-be Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker-to-be Dean Cannon. In a huge victory for those hoping to ban gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts, a judge threw out the sneaky and confusing ballot initiative Republican legislative leaders had proposed to essentially void two other proposed amendments to reform the redistricting process.