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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
During his tour stop in Tampa at the home of Ed Golly, Florida gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with Yvette Lewis the President of the Hillsborough County NAACP chapter. Florida gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine stops by the home of Ed Golly during his ÒLive! From FloridaÕs Living Rooms Bus TourÓ to talk with supporters and potential voters in Tampa on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times During his tour stop in Tampa at the home of Ed Golly, Florida gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine talks with Yvette Lewis the President of the Hillsborough County NAACP chapter. Florida gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine stops by the home of Ed Golly during his ÒLive! From FloridaÕs Living Rooms Bus TourÓ to talk with supporters and potential voters in Tampa on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Published May 13, 2018|Updated May 14, 2018

Winner of the week

Philip Levine. While Democratic gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham are busy attacking one another — including a pro-Gillum group spending hundreds of thousands of dollars highlighting how then-Congressswoman Graham voted against some priorities of President Obama — the frontrunner for the nomination is opening fields offices (two in Tampa Bay, where his internal polling shows him leading Graham by 14 points) and spending millions of dollars promoting himself on TV.

Loser of the week

Legislative leaders' ambitions. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran's decision to abort his planned run for governor highlighted the consistent delusion of Florida's legislative leaders: They see themselves as titans in the eyes of Floridians, because so many lobbyists and junior members fawn, genuflect and boot lick. But the top dogs in Tallahassee are near nobodies outside the capitol and almost never succeed in statewide campaigns.

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