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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



chuck-colson.jpgWinner of the week: Chuck Colson. The Naples resident, whose colleagues used to call the "evil genius" in the Nixon administration and who was said to have discussed firebombing the Brookings Institution, has found Florida to be the redemption state. In 2000, 25 years after Colson was released from prison on an obstruction of justice conviction, Jeb Bush pardoned the prison ministry leader. Last week, Governor-elect Rick Scott announced that Colson will speak at his inaugural prayer breakfast Jan. 4.

davidrivera.Loser of the week: David Rivera. The soon-to-be congressman from Miami had long insisted he never received a dime from a dog track for which he helped win voter approval for Las Vegas-style slots in Miami-Dade. The Miami Herald reports that authorities are investigating $510,000 in secret payments the track made to a firm co-managed by Rivera's 70-year-old mom. Time to call a defense lawyer, congressman.


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