Winner of the Week
The Florida Panhandle. It’s hard to call the part of the state ravaged by Hurricane Michael a “winner,” but you can’t exaggerate just what a relief it was that Congress finally approved the $19.1 billion disaster aid package. Panhandle residents had to wait 237 days after the hurricane for the approval, but the aid sure will help once it arrives. From the $1.5 billion to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base to money to help recover $1.3 billion in timber losses, it was always a head-scratcher that the package kept getting delayed. Aside from two no votes in Florida’s congressional delegation (looking at you Greg Steube and Francis Rooney), everyone else supported it. That makes the relief package look, dare we say, positively bipartisan.
Loser of the Week
Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola. An asinine question about legalizing the execution of gay people should have been shut down on the spot last month by this Pensacola state lawmaker. Instead, Hill laughed, and when colleagues from the House speaker on down called out his callous behavior a week ago, he feigned apology. In the wake of questions on the abhorrent episode, Hill has doubled down, blocking fellow lawmakers, Equality Florida and a Pulse survivor on Twitter. A full apology is in order.