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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



leg.jpgWinner of the week: The GOP Legislature. It effortlessly overrode two bills vetoed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. Legislative leaders can now get massive campaign donations directly given to their "leadership funds" rather than launder them through the state party. Prosecutor Willie Meggs had his hat handed to him in trying to convict the former House speaker of doing what many legislators thought was merely standard operating procedure. Sure is nice to legislate without checks and balances.

Losers of the week: Willie Meggs. The state attorney from Tallahassee, w/dog, wasted time and public money thinking it's a crime for arichburg.jpg williemeggs.jpglegislator to funnel $6 million of taxpayer money into the state budget for a secret airplane hangar for a major political
supporter. And Bob Richburg. The former community college president sold out his friends, agreeing to snitch and testify against Ray Sansom and Jay Odom to save his own hide. Turned out he didn't need to because Meggs' case fell apart before he even testified. Ouch.

[Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:28am]


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