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Naughty or nice?


OUR OPINION: Some did South Florida proud; others, not so much

Thanks to the snoops at the NSA we got a sneak peek at some of the gifts for deserving officials on Santa’s list this Christmas:

• A how-to guide for computer-programming dummies for President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius for the fiasco following the unveiling of Obamacare enrollment online.

• The Ted Cruz Worst Lawmaker of the Year Award for Congress — all 435 members.

• However, a white flag for Sen. Marco Rubio, who bravely tried to bridge the partisan divide over immigration and became a prominent conservative leader in the successful effort to pass a comprehensive reform bill in the Senate. But after House leaders expressed little interest, Mr. Rubio backed off, saying support for comprehensive reform is just not there yet.

• A copy of Florida’s Constitution for Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner, with the preamble’s “All political power is inherent in the people” highlighted in yellow.

• A new veto stamp for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who may need it again in his continuing effort to keep a lid on salaries and benefits for county employees over the objections of the County Commission. Mr. Gimenez won the latest battle on Dec. 17 when the commission barely upheld his veto of the restoration of insurance benefits.

• A four-leaf clover and rabbit’s foot for the luckiest politician of the year, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. Out-funded by his main opponent, City Commissioner Francis Suarez, in his reelection bid, Mr. Regalado suddenly found himself without a serious contender when Mr. Suarez dropped out of the race after embarrassing actions by his staffers. We should all be so lucky in our endeavors next year.

• A bigger trophy case at the headquarters of the Miami-Dade School Board and for Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. In January Miami-Dade took home the state’s top awards for best assistant principal and principal of the year. This month, Mr. Carvalho completed the cycle by taking home the Superintendent of the Year award from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. And on Dec. 18, the Florida Department of Education announced that Miami-Dade’s public high schools (and those in Broward County, as well) had a far higher percentage of A scores than ever before.

• A team of mediators for the politicians in Pembroke Pines and Southwest Ranches, who cannot stop sniping at each other over disputed road closures, spillover traffic and just about everything else under the sun.

• A new rear-view mirror for University of Miami President Donna Shalala after finally putting the school’s sports scandal behind her.

• A flamingo-colored soccer ball for David Beckham as he ponders bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. Go Beckham!

• A big lump of coal to Miami Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross — which the state Legislature has already “gifted” him — after his all-out push to get lawmakers to approve funding from the state of Florida and Miami-Dade taxpayers to help renovate Sun Life Stadium fizzled big time.

• A smiley-face T-shirt for Doral Mayor Luigi Boria, who spent much of the year feuding with his hand-picked city manager, Joe Carollo, and his City Council colleagues but has lately tried to make amends.

• A shout-out to the Miami Heat for bringing home yet another NBA championship this year.

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