Best Politician
Stian Roenning

We'll admit up-front that a lot of state Sen. José Javier Rodríguez's bills don't have a chance in hell of passing through the Florida Legislature. But that's because "JJR," as he's informally known, is one of the only true, unabashed progressives in all of Tallahassee. In previous interviews with New Times, Rodríguez has stressed that his goals are a bit grander than simply building a few extra roads in Miami-Dade County or bringing a bit of extra cash home for his district. He'd like to see a sea-change in GOP-dominated Tally — which is why he's consistently allied himself with civil rights leaders, activist groups, and other folks fighting for equal rights across Florida.

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