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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Fracking foes. A bill that would have prevented local governments from banning hydraulic fracking died as Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, failed to ease the concerns of enough fellow Republicans.

Loser of the week

Marco Rubio. He took a shellacking on Super Tuesday and another one Saturday. He lags in all public polls of his fellow Florida Republicans heading to our March 15 primary, and was responsible for introducing penis jokes into the Republican presidential primary. "I don't want to do anything for example that Jesus wouldn't be proud of," Rubio, straight-faced, said of his campaign standards. At least he excels at making absurdly upbeat victory speeches after election loss and after loss after election loss.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2016 11:57am]


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