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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

Winner of the week (Tie)
Will Weatherford. Not that the Florida House Speaker sounds at all open-minded about using federal money to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida, but the Obama administration’s decision to delay penalizing companies that fail to offer health insurance to employees should at least ease some of the pressure on him from businesses wary of having to insure workers who otherwise would be covered under Medicaid. Winner 2: Matt Gaetz. The Fort Walton Beach Republican state representative looks likely to waltz into the Florida Senate seat of his pops, Florida Senate president Don Gaetz, now that state Rep. Jimmy Patronis has withdrawn his candidacy.
Loser of the week
Maria Sachs, D-??. The South Florida Democratic state senator is generating loads of awful publicity lately over whether she actually lives in her district, as legally required, or is merely renting a tiny condo from a lobbyist pal to pretend she lives there.

[Last modified: Sunday, July 7, 2013 1:20pm]


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