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.
Finishing our celebration of five years of covering Florida politics and business from a conservative perspective, Sunshine State News wants to mention the political figures who fell just short of our top 20 list of the state’s movers and shakers.
When he nominated then-Gov. Al Smith, D-N.Y., for president at the 1924 Democratic National Convention, Franklin D. Roosevelt took a line from a Wordsworth poem and labeled his friend the “happy warrior.”
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.