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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Women in Florida politics. Female lawmakers, lobbyists and legislative aides made a powerful statement on the first day of the 2018 legislative session, sporting black to express solidarity with the national #MeToo movement. Here's hoping the recent spate of stories about predatory workplace behavior will spark meaningful change.

Loser of the week I

Immigrants. Monday, 4500 Salvadoran immigrants in Florida learned that the Trump administration would force them to leave the country by September 2019. Tuesday, some 50,000 Florida DACA recipients saw their futures become political bargaining chips as President Trump and a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers wrangled over immigration policy. Then Thursday, Trump turned the callousness toward immigrants up to an 11, reportedly calling Haiti — the home country of hundreds of thousands of Floridians — and some African nations "s—hole countries."

Loser of the week II

Voyeurs. The anonymous dirtbag funding surveillance of legislators to catch them doing things they wouldn't want their families or constituents to know about deserves our scorn and derision. If this is a new method for special interests to influence or manipulate Florida legislators, Sunshine State residents have almost no hope of their voices being heard in Tallahassee.

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