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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Marco Rubio. And the student becomes the master. Rubio effortlessly brushed off an attack by Jeb Bush during the televised debate Wednesday, and overall looked much more ready for prime time than the former titan of GOP politics in Florida.

Loser of the week

Andy Gardiner. The Senate president does not appear to have much control over a bitterly divided Senate. As if tensions weren't already festering over the ongoing battle between Sens. Jack Latvala and Joe Negron to succeed Gardiner as Senate president, Sen. Don Gaetz fanned the animosity with a 17-minute rebuke of Latvala over redistricting. "One of the lowest points I can ever recall," Sen. Tom Lee said of the upper chamber's divide

[Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2015 1:43pm]


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