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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



aclu.jpgWinner of the week: Luis Lebron and the ACLU. The Navy vet and civil rights group persuaded a fedluisledron.jpgeral judge to block Florida's new requirement of mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants, saying it may violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches.

Loser of the week: Marco Rubio. “Marco Rubio on national ticket could be risky bet for Republican Party," was the Washington Post headline following revelations that, contrary to rubio.jpghis official bio, Rubio's parents left Cuba before Fidel Castro took power. "Is Marco Rubio still VP material?" asked the headline of a POLITICO forum. After a year of gushing coverage, the Beltway's conventional wisdom is shifting to whether Florida's junior senator is vetted enough for the national stage.


[Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:41pm]


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