Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Charter school advocates. Rick Scott signed into a law a controversial education bill that will divert local school district tax dollars to private charter school operators -- a policy we’re sure to hear about in 2018’s campaigns.
Loser of the week
Adam Putnam. Two ominous developments for the 2018 Republican gubernatorial frontrunner: A wealthy donor dropped $500,000 into a new political committee for potential GOP rival, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis; And Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial primary showed how vulnerable establishment Republicans like Putnam seem to be, as heavy favorite Ed Gillespie barely beat a challenger from the Donald Trump wing of the party who focused on protecting Confederate monuments.