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Winners & Losers 1/9/13

Winners
Alvin Wingate
The developer has been elected chairman of the One-Half Cent Sales Tax Watchdog Committee for the current school fiscal year. The committee, which is appointed by the school superintendent, is tasked with ensuring that all referendum funds are used for school capital projects, i.e., for the construction and support of Escambia County schools. Recent projects include the construction of Blue Angels Elementary School and Global Learning Academy and the reconstruction of Ernest Ward Middle School and A. K. Suter Elementary School. Wingate has been a member of the committee since its inception in 1997.

Florida Panhandle
A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers ranked the state No. 1 in in aviation manufacturing attractiveness. Greater Pensacola Chamber officials credited the statewide efforts, led by Enterprise Florida. These efforts have strengthened aviation recruitment locally and helped garner the recent commitment by ST Aerospace to formally consider a location in Greater Pensacola.

Rick Scott
Governor Scott’s Let’s Get To Work group raised more than $1 million between Dec. 2 and Dec. 17, according to its website. The political committee supports Scott’s reelection bid.  Since 2010, it has raised over $25 million, collecting $5.3 million this past November. The Charlie Crist For Florida committee, which debuted in November and raised $2.2 million that month, reported $727,700 in December contributions.

Losers
Phil Robertson
Last month the “Duck Dynasty” star was suspended by A&E for nine days for comments he made during an interview in which he condemned homosexual behavior as sinful. Now a 2009 video has surfaced that shows Robertson giving a young man advice on marriage to an underage girl. He said in Georgia during a Sportsmen’s Ministry event, “You gotta marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16, and they’ll pick your ducks.”

James “Buddy” Caldwell
The Louisiana Attorney General has accused U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of ignoring the state’s claims over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill and asked an appeals court to intervene. In a court filing this week, Caldwell’s office asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to transfer its BP claims from Barbier to a different judge. BP has continually tried to work around the judge’s rulings on its settlement related to the disaster. Caldwell’s action just adds more melodrama to the proceedings.

Troy Radel
A super PAC, Values are Vital, has formed to take out embattled Rep. Trey Radel of Fort Myers, Fla. Radel was busted last year for cocaine possession and sentenced by a D.C. judge to one year’s probation. Southwest Florida conservatives aren’t buying that Radel’s rehab has made him a changed man. A number of GOP figures have shown interest in the race, certain to the won by a Republican—just not by Radel.