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Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: April 14 edition

Israel hosts DeSantis and the Cabinet. José Oliva is not consistent on a key issue.

Winner of the week

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters after polls for Israel's general elections closed in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel. On the same week that Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election for his record fifth term as prime minister, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an unprecedented meeting of the Florida Cabinet next month at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. This is the embassy DeSantis fought to move from Tel Aviv when he was in Congress. The far-flung meeting is the latest indication that Israel remains at the center of Florida politics.

Loser of the week

Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes. [SCOTT KEELER | Times

José Oliva. Florida’s House Speaker champions legislation that erodes local control. He supports steering local tax revenue earmarked for teacher salaries to charter schools. He supports making it harder for local governments to raise taxes. So it’s hard to follow his logic in opposing a bill that would provide cancer coverage for firefighters. “This is an issue best dealt with at the county level,” he says in a line of reasoning he rarely adopts.