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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

4503.jpgRichard Corcoran. The twice-failed political candidate finally won a seat in the Florida House, and last week the Trinity Republican locked down the pledges to become the chamber's speaker in 2017-18. He'll be following his old boss, Marco Rubio.

Loser of the week

yourfile.gifMosaic Co. An employee for the fertilizer giant paid $10,000 last week for a chocolate hazelnut cake a 9-year-old girl baked and entered into a Youth Fair Auction in Polk County. The girl's father just happened to be Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam. She did not keep the money. Mosaic officials said they "initiated an aggressive investigation." At best, it was an embarrassment for all involved. At worst, it looked like a cheesy attempt to curry favor with the new ag chief, one that would have violated the state's gift ban.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:37am]


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