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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week - State Sens. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.

Negron finally locked down the Senate presidency after Simpson persuaded Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, to give up his challenge and put the interests of the upper chamber above his own.

Loser of the week - Brian Ballard.

Saint Brian, an uber-lobbyist in Tallahassee with a knack for cozying up to politicians who can help him and his clients, was so offended by Jeb Bush questioning Marco Rubio's attendance in the U.S. Senate that he declared himself done with Bush and ready to jump to Rubio. Perish the thought that this had anything to do with Bush's fall and Rubio's rise in the polls!

[Last modified: Sunday, November 8, 2015 12:49pm]


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