Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Rick Scott. Florida's economic numbers keep improving, and with them so do the governor's re-election prospects. A Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll of more than 120 of Florida's savviest politicos found for the first time a majority expect Scott to win a second term.
Loser of the week
Steve Southerland. The Republican Panama City congressman, already facing a potentially tough challenge from Democrat Gwen Graham (Bob Graham's daughter), handed opponents an opportunity to cast him as more interested in currying tea party favor than representing middle-class farmers in his district. Southerland effectively killed reauthorization of the farm bill with a controversial last-minute amendment aimed at increasing work requirements for food stamp recipients.