Best Of 2005

BEST COURAGEOUS ACT (POLITICIAN): Republican lawmakers who voted against intervening in Terri Schiavo’s life

Nine members of the Florida Senate. Nine in the Florida House of Representatives. Five in the U.S. House. Those are the numbers of Republican lawmakers who stood on principle against their own party and smear attacks from the wingnuts fighting to keep Terri Schiavo alive against her will. Those with courage from the Bay area included U.S. Congresswoman Ginny Browne-Waite; state Sens. Nancy Argenziano of Dunnellon and Dennis Jones of Treasure Island; and state Reps. Everett Rice of Treasure Island, Charlie Dean of Inverness, David Russell of Spring Hill, Tom Anderson of Dunedin and Leslie Waters of Seminole.