Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Sen. Joe Negron. The Stuart Republican is a legislative workhorse who could well be a future Senate president, and this session he's keeping his eye on the interests of everyday Floridians. Negron is working to roll back driver fees hiked a few years ago and to expand health insurance access in the face of Florida House leaders who would rather turn back federal support.
LOSER OF THE WEEK: Will Weatherford. The 33-year-old Wesley Chapel Republican could never live up to the extraordinary bipartisan optimism and enthusiasm for his speakership. But Weatherford has managed to scrape off the sheen awfully fast, starting with painfully misleading personal anecdotes about why he opposes Medicaid expansion in Florida. Weatherford also flies in style aboard a lobbyist's plane, and between his preening before right-wing party activists in Washington last weekend and his approach on overhauling Florida pensions, he's in danger of looking more like an ideologue than a leader.