Many had predicted 2018 would be "the Year of the Woman" in Florida. Instead, it turned into the "Year of Party Extremes" -- a year when moderates fell, when both party bases flexed their muscles, when pollsters demonstrated a surprising fallibility in a political climate dominated by technology and social media.
In a year of shock and awe -- even counting bad-tempered Irma -- men behaving badly easily topped Florida news in 2017, and most certainly they dominate the state losers list, too. Here's a list of Sunshine State News' top winners and losers:
The words "first, do no harm" should be embedded in every legislative swearing in. What a shame it's too late for the 2017 legislative session.
As legislative sessions go, 2016's came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.
In recent years, Florida Republicans have contrasted the way government is run in the Sunshine State with the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., insisting things were run smoothly in Tallahassee. That fiction was exposed Friday as the two chambers of the state Legislature were at each other’s throats over congressional redistricting.
Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham's "Apalachicola Bay Restoration Act" has attracted the support of more than 20 other members of the Florida delegation, all of whom are co-sponsoring the bill to save the oyster industry in North Florida.
On Tuesday, Democrat Graham unveiled the legislation, which mandates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “consider fresh water flow to the Apalachicola Bay in their water management plans.”