Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Florida utility companies. The champagne corks had to be popping at the Duke Energy headquarters last week, with the announcement from one of the most vocal consumer advocates and critics of Florida's utilities: Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley of St. Petersburg won't run for reelection in November.
Loser of the week
Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Anyone seen a pulse in the U.S. Senate campaign of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera lately? He lags in money-raising, is generating little grass roots buzz, and even his boss, Gov. Rick Scott, often sounds more enthusiastic about businessman Carlos Beruff.