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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Bill Nelson. Florida's senior U.S. senator showed some backbone, calling out CentCom in Tampa over allegations that intelligence officials there presented an excessively rosy picture of America's progress in defeating the Islamic State. "If the inspector general finds out that the New York Times report is true, then people ought to be fired. Immediately," the Florida Democrat told the Buzz.

Loser of the week

Gov. Rick Scott's budget. The governor's spending plan looks dead on arrival in the Legislature, but that hasn't stopped a river of complaints: Not enough money to clear a backlog of 10,000 untested rape kits. No raises for state workers. Just half the new prison guards the Department of Corrections asked for. And after a Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigation highlighted violence in understaffed state mental hospitals, Scott included no money for additional workers. His alternative? Security cameras.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 29, 2015 5:16pm]


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