Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
Winner of the week: Pam Bondi. The attorney general on Friday hailed a federal appeals court ruling striking down the "individual mandate" in the federal health care law. That victory, along with her lawsuit against Bank of New York Mellon for alleging overcharging the state pension fund, may help deflect attention from questions swirling from her recent firing of mortgage fraud investigators.
Loser of the week: Alex Sink. She fell barely shy of beating Rick Scott in last year's governor's race, but she clearly has a perception with Florida's chattering class. Among nearly 100 experienced politicos participating in a Florida Insider Poll, most viewed Charlie Crist, Rod Smith and Pam Iorio as stronger nominees in 2014 than Sink.