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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



disney.jpgWinner of the week: Disney. The entertainment giant and its allies have enough muscle in Tallahassee that supporters on Friday pulled the plug on a proposal to allow three $2 billion mega-casinos in South Florida. Runners up: Molly Donlin, Brett Doster, John Thrasher. There was a lot of pressure on Donlin and Doster, Romney's top Florida campaign operatives, to deliver after Gingrich's South Carolina win, and they delivered big time with help from a flood of TV ads. Sen. Thrasher was one of the first high profile elected officials tospace_591.jpg jump on board with Romney when many others went with other candidates or waited to how things played out.

Loser of the week: Space program. Maybe Newt Gingrich's moon colony idea sounded a little flaky. But did the rest of the GOP presidential field have to so zealously ridicule the notion of a bold vision and significant investment in NASA?

[Last modified: Sunday, February 5, 2012 1:09pm]


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