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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week: Nancy Detert. The Republican state senator from Venice not only played a key role passing bills helping improve protection of foster children in Florida, but she also saw her years-long effort to ban texting while driving get approval and played a pivotal role in killing the controversial "parent trigger" bill.

Loser of the week: Will Weatherford. It was impossible for the 33-year-old House speaker from Pasco County to live up to presession hype, but it's also clear that Weatherford's image is far weaker now that the session is over. He burnished his conservative bonafides and ideological divisiveness with his main legacy — rejecting any federal money to expand health insurance coverage to lower-income Floridians. But top priorities for the well-connected golden boy died under his watch, including significant pension reform and charter school expansion under the "parent trigger" bill.

[Last modified: Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:08pm]


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