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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week 1: 'Liquor wall’ proponents. Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill to allow Walmart, Target and other big box stores to sell liquor was a victory for an array of groups, from smaller merchants and Publix (which has stand-alone booze shops near its stores) to those who feel the hard stuff should be harder to access. Bonus: Scott got to stick it to Speaker Corcoran, who supported breaking down the wall and whose brother is a lobbyist for Walmart. Winner II: Florida women. Say goodbye to sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins, among the package of tax cuts Gov. Scott signed last week.

Loser of the week 1: John Morgan. The trial lawyer flirting with running for for governor had insisted he led the campaign to legalize medical marijuana for altruistic reasons. But he's now  poised to invest up to $100 million in the industry. For the People? Smells more more like may have been mainly For John Morgan's all along. Loser of the week II: Early voting. Body slamming Montana Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte's election won election last week, his anger eruption over a reporter's policy question coming after most of the votes already had been cast. The incident highlighted the serious downside of casting votes early - as most Floridians now do - before you may have all the information needed to assess a candidate.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:56am]


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