Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. The former state GOP chairman accomplished what some of his fellow Republicans in the Legislature have failed to do: enact sweeping pension reform that puts new city employees into a 401(k)-style retirement savings system. Barely two years in office, and Curry's already eyeing a promotion to CFO. This big victory could help improve his shot at an appointment by Gov. Rick Scott.
Loser of the week
Transparency. So much for Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran's boast that he is leading a process that is the "best in the nation for transparency and openness." He and Senate President Joe Negron went behind closed doors to hammer out a budget deal last week, and Corcoran fast-tracked a bill that radically alters Florida's tradition of open government by letting local elected officials hold private meetings.