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Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: April 7 edition

Protests in Tallahassee factor in.
Students and supporters of March For Our Lives held a rally opposing HB 7093 on the Old State Capitol steps on Wednesday at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. HB 7093 proposes arming teachers. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
Students and supporters of March For Our Lives held a rally opposing HB 7093 on the Old State Capitol steps on Wednesday at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. HB 7093 proposes arming teachers. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Apr. 7, 2019

Winner of the week

March for Our Lives. One question after Parkland students mobilized last year to push gun control legislation and get out the vote, was whether their movement would last. Whether these students would buck the trend of apathy among young voters and change the course of history. The answer is still unclear, but busloads of March for Our Lives students descended on Tallahassee last week to oppose lawmakers’ plan to arm teachers. Even though lawmakers postponed a vote on the bill, these students kept up their fight.

Dr. Scott Rivkees [UF Health]
Dr. Scott Rivkees [UF Health]

Loser of the week

Surgeon general nominee. We barely heard the name Scott Rivkees as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pick for the dual role of surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health before it was tainted by a “hot tub” quote. The News Service of Florida reported that Rivkees was the subject of a sexual harassment investigation while working for the University of Florida. With the Senate saying it won’t vote on Rivkees’ confirmation this year, he looks like DeSantis’ second botched appointment. Remember Mike Ertel?

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