Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
University of Florida. Not only did UF end Florida Gulf Coast University's Cinderella run in the NCAA basketball tournament, it is poised to receive millions in extra funding from the Legislature. After years of cuts, university funding could rise by more than $100 million this year in addition to a restoration of $300 million in cuts last year. Plus, UF and Florida State could get even more through proposed legislation.
Loser of the week
Bill Nelson. The senator is part of a dying breed: Democrats who do not support gay marriage. He objects on religious grounds and says he supports civil unions. Still, the 70-year-old Nelson looks increasingly out of step with his party, and growing public sentiment, and his stance is a reminder of how cautious he can be.