Welcome to The Dean's List, an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
Over the last five years, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has risen from a former state legislative leader who was an underdog to win a U.S. Senate seat to a possible presidential contender, a phenomenal ascent over such a short period.
Over the last five years, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson continued his stint as the most consistently effective Democrat in Florida in recent years, even as he often took a supporting role on the political stage.
At the end of last month, nationally prominent pundit Fred Barnes, one of the co-founders of the Weekly Standard and a familiar face on Fox News, spoke to the Federalist Society at Walt Disney World about how Republican state attorneys general have offered the most effective opposition to President Barack Obama.