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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Tea party. Last week, while tea party hero Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was infuriating GOP leaders in Washington over Obamacare funding — and rising to the top of one national GOP poll on 2016 presidential prospects — Gov. Rick Scott blew a big kiss to the tea party by calling for a review of the Common Core education standards and railing against federal "intrusion" into Florida education policy.

Loser of the week

Darryl Rouson. The Florida House member from St. Petersburg had been pulling in as much as $565,000 annually from Morgan & Morgan until the law firm let him go earlier this year, citing the amount of time the Florida House Democrats' incoming leader had to spend on legislative races. Last week, Democrats in the House canned him from that position after Rouson secretly set up his own fundraising committee because he feared (accurately) that state party leaders were hostile to him.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 5:19pm]


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