Winner of the Week
Bill Galvano: Credit Florida’s Senate President with being one of the first major Republicans to respond to last weekend’s mass shootings with more than just thoughts and prayers. He correctly identified white nationalism as a factor in the surge of mass shootings. Perhaps most importantly, the Bradenton lawmaker suggested he’d consider pushing legislation that would address the real issue: access to powerful, military-style guns. Sure, it’s an election year, so politics might be part of Galvano’s calculations. But when compared to the response from José Oliva, his counterpart in the Florida House, Galvano at least sees a role for government to play in this public health crisis. We are adding a caveat. If nothing has been done on guns by March 13 we’ll take this one back.
Loser of the Week
Scott Maddox: Just how much further can the former chairman of Florida’s Democratic Party fall? Maddox, Tallahassee’s former mayor, admitted guilt Tuesday to three fraud charges in a “pay-to-play” bribery probe. Maddox, along with his longtime aide and former business partner, Paige Carter-Smith, faces a maximum of 45 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines. Now, one of the only things stopping the once rising star from spending the rest of his life in jail is how much he cooperates and gives up names, a prospect that could further damage the Democratic party he once led.