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A sports story so big, it enters Winner/Loser of the week in Florida politics

And returning the the winner’s circle, it’s a familiar face.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, receives a high-five from Michelle Thomas, director of citizenship and public affairs, Microsoft Corporation, left, while learning programming on a Surface Pro with STEM Summer Camp student Cedric Floyd, 11 (blue shirt, at left) at a press conference Monday where DeSantis announced that the Legislature will set aside $10 million to train, recruit and retain computer science teachers. At right is Rep. Susan Valdes. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)

Winner of the Week

Ron DeSantis. Florida’s governor is barely through his first year and still enjoying a honeymoon. Between President Donald Trump’s full-of-praise visit, a budget signing that didn’t crush too many spirits and a new law that devotes $3 million a year for Red Tide research, it was a particularly good week for the Republican. No to mention, bids are in to get the governor a new plane.

Has the June 13 power outage at Tropicana Field become a metaphor for the Rays' future in Tampa Bay? MONICA HERNDON | Times

Loser of the Week

Tampa Bay Rays. For a community that fought so hard to get baseball in the first place, the announcement Thursday that Rays management had secured the permission of Major League Baseball to explore playing half their home games in Montreal was a smack in the face. The plan, which drew mockery and derision, came during a West Coast road trip and after a string of denials they would entertain such an idea. Tampa Bay deserves an honest broker. If the Rays want to move, buy out the lease and move. Don’t insult the market with a bogus idea.