The chatter in Tallahassee now has begun to turn from the combative 2017 Legislative session to the 2018 race for governor.
But several power players from the region, outside of bills and political maneuvers, scored some big wins in the recently ended session: a mention on the positive side of prominent political blogger Peter Schorsch's session wrap up winners and losers column. Schorsch, on Floridapolitics.com, cites Florida Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes; State Rep. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers; and State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg in the win column, among other officials and lobbyists.
State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, the 2018-20 president-designate, also got a big shout out.
“(Galvano) has shown leadership, even when the current president (Joe Negron) seemed timid,” writes Schorsch in the May 8 post. “Who walked former Sen. Frank Artiles to Sen. Audrey Gibson's office to make sure he apologized? Galvano. Who helped broker Artiles' eventual resignation, sparing the Senate more embarrassment? Galvano. And the Bradenton Republican held firm on the Senate's position that counties, where voters approved slot machines by referendum, should be allowed to have slots, even if that meant giving up the hope of a gambling bill for another year.”