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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week: Rick Scott. The anti-"stand your ground" Dream Defenders parked at his office for a month have finally left. Governor, you can return to the office you avoided from practically the moment the sit-in started.

Loser of the week: Mitch Needelman. The Republican former state representative from Melbourne was arrested last week on bribery and bid-tampering charges related to a contract with a scanning company, BlueWare, that moved to the Space Coast in 2012 after receiving more than $1.3 million in taxpayer incentives. "A testament to the strength of our business climate and the result of a common vision for economic growth by local, regional, business and government partners," Scott said in 2012 of the move by BlueWare, whose CEO is now wanted for arrest

[Last modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 2:00pm]


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