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Steve Bousquet column: Medicaid creates House divided



From Times Tallahassee Bureau Chief Steve Bousquet, a column on Will Weatherford, Democrats and lack of bipartisanship:


House Speaker Will Weatherford can't have it both ways.

The Wesley Chapel Republican's role model is his father-in-law, Allan Bense, who set the modern standard for bipartisanship as speaker.

Much in the mold of Bense, Weatherford has sought to work cooperatively with Democrats with a minimum of partisanship.

But Weatherford also likes to fire up a CPAC conference or an Americans for Prosperity rally with red-meat talk about why Florida should not take federal billions to expand Medicaid and cover a million more uninsured Floridians.

That two-sided approach simply won't work, as Weatherford discovered last week in a quick end to the kumbaya moments of his first session as speaker.


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:37am]


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