Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida Politics – 3.1.21

Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida Politics - 3.1.21

Before we continue our regular rant in this winners and losers space, we want to take a moment to honor Rosemary O’Hara’s career. She will be retiring as Opinion Editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Editor-in-chief Julie D. Anderson called it “an immeasurable loss to our community and the Sun-Sentinel.”

She added: “Pity the idiot who was not prepared for his editorial board meetings.”

Rosemary has stopped by the Miami Herald, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Tampa Tribune. I knew from the Trib, where she had two separate stays. She was a journalist before moving, and she later returned as the first woman to head the editorial board.

It was a seismic move at the time for the distinctly conservative Tribune. She must have looked like Karl Marx to the hard right-wing people who owned the Trib then, and she made waves.

When George W. Bush ran for re-election in 2004 against John Kerry, the Tribune refused to endorse either of these men. I always believed she was not allowed to endorse a Democrat, but I refused Bush.

Rosemary has broken many glass ceilings during her career and made her mark. She and her husband, Tom, will be retiring to Dunedin, but we hope she finds a way to stay involved. We still need his voice in this sea of ​​madness.

Rosemary is definitely a winner of a special mention.

But do you know who, alas, falls into the special mention losers category?

Hillsborough County commuters, that’s who. The traffic choke they face almost every day has a lot …

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