Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Brian Ballard. The top dog lobbyist and Republican fundraiser has a magic touch for ingratiating himself to Republican candidates who can be helpful to his clients, from Charlie Crist to Rick Scott to longtime lobbying client Donald Trump. Now he’s opening a shop in Washington to capitalize on his Trump ties.
Loser of the week
Rick Scott. The governor is getting seriously dissed by fellow Republicans in the Florida House. Not only is House Speaker Richard Corcoran unwilling to budget money for economic development incentives -- a top priority of Gov. Scott -- but House members filed bills to eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida that rely on public money to attract businesses and tourists.