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Winner and Losers of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week:Jack Latvala. On the very first day of the legislative session, the Republican from Clearwater saw his sweeping elections and ethics reform bill unanimously pass the Florida Senate with only a few technical changes. An impressive feat that underscores Latvala's experience and skill.

Losers of the week: Marco Rubio. Sorry Marco, but with Jeb Bush pushing the door wide open on a presidential bid, he signalled an army of top GOP fundraisers — and prospective Rubio supporters — to keep their powder dry until Bush decides. Al Cardenas. The former Florida GOP chairman now leading the American Conservative Union has Republicans of all stripes shaking their heads over his choice of speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference later this week. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, perhaps the most popular Republican in America? Not invited. On this list? Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and America's most prominent birther, Donald Trump. Doesn't look like the future of the GOP.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 10, 2013 10:27pm]


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