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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week 1

Political establishment -- Insurgent candidates for chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties were overwhelingly shot down Saturday, as Republicans re-elected Blaise Ingoglia and Democrats elected top fundraiser Stephen Bittel. About the only time the establishment lost such an election in modern history? When Ingoglia won his first term over the wishes of Rick Scott.

Winner of the week 2

Marco Rubio. Florida's junior senator lived up to his vow months ago to be a check on whoever won the presidency with his tough questioning of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. We'll see whether Rubio reverts to his normal play-it-safe mode and votes Tillerson out of committee, setting up a decision for the full Senate.

Loser of the week

Cuban migrants. President Barack Obama ended the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy that enabled Cubans to stay and become legal residents of America far easier than people from other countries. Reversing the order could be tough for Donald Trump given his calls for tougher immigration policies.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:13am]


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