JUICE – Florida’s Juicy Political Read – 12.11.19 – Nikki Fried’s Big Announcement – House Dems File Impeachment Stuff – Book Looks To Throw The Book At Child Abusers – USMCA Win For Trump
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JUICE – Florida’s Juicy Political Read – 12.11.19 – Nikki Fried’s Big Announcement – House Dems File Impeachment Stuff – Book Looks To Throw The Book At Child Abusers – USMCA Win For Trump

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HO! HO! HO! Yeah, We’re All Sick of the Impeachment Talk

Just in time for Christmas, House Democrats finally announced they would be filing two articles of impeachment against President Trump, a move that will seal their fate in the 2020 elections.

We all knew it was coming but hoped that it wouldn’t.

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“House Democrats announce (2) Articles of Impeachment” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D), alongside fellow Democrats Reps. Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and Maxine Waters held a press conference to announce that the House Judiciary Committee led by Rep. Nadler has introduced (2) articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. House Judiciary Committee has introduced two articles of impeachment, charging Trump with “committing high crimes and misdemeanors.” Rep. Nadler said that “in service to our country” his committee has charged President Trump with “committing high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Wait, speaking of Christmas, we couldn’t help but have to mention Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith’s holiday gig of narrating the Orlando Gay Chorus’ “Sleigh Queen” play this coming weekend.

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Tying the Hemp Knot

With all the negativity surrounding politics, its always good to mention those good moments that make us all smile, even if it’s just for a few moments.

Congratulations to Florida AG Commissioner Nikki Fried, one Florida’s biggest proponents of legalized marijuana and hemp. She has just announced that she and her boyfriend Jake Bergmann, who started one of the state’s largest medical marijuana companies, are officially engaged. Hemp! Hemp! Hoorayyyyyy!

Hemp cigars for all!

“Book files bill to reopen old child sexual abuse cases” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – In her latest effort to combat address sexual assault, Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) has just introduced SB 1184, a bill that would allow child sexual abuse cases, whose statute of limitations has expired, be reopened for a period of one year. Sen. Book’s bill also eliminates the existing statute of limitations for sex crimes against children at the civil level. “Fear, guilt, confusion, and shame often keep victims of child sexual abuse silent for years – and the scars last a lifetime,” says Senator Book, a survivor and accomplished sexual assault prevention advocate. “When these survivors find their voices, they deserve to be heard – whatever the timeline.”

“Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried engaged to medical marijuana company founder” By Sun Sentinel’s Skyler – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is now engaged to her boyfriend, Jake Bergmann, the founder of a company that is one of the state’s biggest suppliers of medical marijuana. Fried was the only Democrat elected to a statewide position last year. She made improving access to medical marijuana the signature issue of her campaign. Bergmann stepped down as the CEO of Surterra Wellness on Nov. 5, 2018, a day before Fried was elected agriculture commissioner, according to a company news release. He founded the Atlanta-based company in 2014. Bergmann still has an ownership stake in Surterra Wellness but not a controlling stake, said Eric Johnson, the chairman of Fried’s political committee. Surterra Wellness recently changed its name to Parallel.

“Florida sheriff’s captain heard telling deputy to act like ‘white supremacist’ in audio recording: reports” By Fox News’s Robert Gearty – A Florida law enforcement supervisor officer is heard in an audio recording telling a deputy to act like a “white supremacist cop” and a “neo-Nazi” to get a black suspect’s thumbprints and photo, according to reports. “We want it to look like you’re the grumpy old man,” says Capt. Penny Phelps, with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, in the recording, The Washington Post reported. “You have nothing better to do than, you’re the white supremacist, you’re messing with the black guy who’s riding his bike.” Phelps oversaw Monroe deputies assigned to the Major Crimes Unit and the Narcotics Unit. She was relieved of those commands last week after the recording surfaced, according to the paper.

First Lady Casey DeSantis continues to pave the road for a possible run of office down the road. She has to raise the little rug rats first, but it appears as if future run of office (if she would ever want to pursue one) is set in Florida sunshine.

Mrs. DeSantis ‘held a listening session with Florida’s first responder leaders to discuss the need to provide better emotional support to law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical responders due to the growing crisis of depression, PTSD, and suicide in their ranks’.

The Other DeSantis

The much bigger and less attractive male version of the DeSantis team, Gov. Ron DeSantis (sorry Ron, just call it like I see it) has also been busy making the rounds around the state, and making some more appointments.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Craig Cates to the Monroe County Commission,” per his office’s press release. Cates was appointed to District 1, a seat vacated by Danny Kolhage, for the remainder of the term ending November 17th, 2020.

DeSantis is also bringing home the bacon in regards to much needed federal assistance to natural disaster relief. DeSantis announced that President Trump granted his request to add Volusia & Broward counties to the Hurricane Dorian Major Disaster Declaration. The two counties are now eligible for a combined federal reimbursement on hurricane costs to the tune of about $13 million.

Not So Fast Ron

Florida Democrats are not happy with DeSantis’ (when are they ever happy with DeSantis). decision to allow a Texas oil company to drill in the Apalachicola River because of Climate Change.”

“Climate change is killing people today and will kill many more people if we fail to fully combat it in every possible way at every possible level,” said John Capece, PhD., science officer Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, and director of Campus Climate Corps. 

“Bill requiring parental consent for abortion clears first Senate committee” By Miami Herald’s Elizabeth Koh – A key Florida Senate committee voted Tuesday, along party lines, to advance a bill that would require parental consent for abortion, overcoming a procedural hurdle by Democrats last month to stall the legislation. The 6-3 vote also begins moving what is likely to be one of the legislative session’s most controversial bills through the more moderate Senate, which looks likelier this year to pass the proposal. Florida law requires parents or guardians be notified before minors can obtain an abortion — or that those minors secure a judicial waiver to bypass that requirement in cases like medical emergencies. SB 404, sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, would add a requirement that minors must also obtain a parent or guardian’s consent, not just notify them. Opponents have decried the bill as a “Trojan horse” that would erode access to abortions and is meant to put the issue — protected in Florida by a constitutional right to privacy — before a more conservative state Supreme Court. But supporters of the bill said Tuesday the bill is meant to protect families and involve parents or guardians in a minor’s decision.

“Consulting firm allows Buttigieg to release names of clients” By Associated Press’s Thomas Beaumont – The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm said Monday that it will allow Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago while the Democratic presidential contender also pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers. The moves reflect the growing pressure Buttigieg is under as his campaign gains traction in early voting states, particularly Iowa, less than two months before the Democratic contest begins. He’s working to avoid losing his momentum as rivals, especially Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, step up their criticism of him for not being forthright about how he raises money and the type of corporate work he undertook more than a decade ago. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is one of the party’s most successful fundraisers this year — collecting more than $50 million so far in 2019 — in part by tapping the resources of big donors. That’s set him apart from Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have pleased the party’s progressive base by rejecting traditional fundraising techniques and instead relying largely on small dollar donations.

We Almost Told Ya So

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R) officially announced that he would not be seeking a 5th term to the House. Yoho told The Floridian of Tuesday’s announcement last week in D.C. and asked us to keep it under wraps until after Tuesday, letting other outlets first report the news. Well, its Wednesday, and now you know.

Meanwhile, another potential GOP replacement for Yoho is about to get into the race.

Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn announced that he is in the “final stages of formalizing” his congressional campaign in Florida’s 3rd district.

“Congressman Ted Yoho will not run for reelection” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Rep. Ted Yoho (R) has officially announced that he will not seek a fifth term to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Yoho reminded The Floridian several years back that he would only serve 4 years, a promise he made when first elected to office. Just last week in Washington, D.C. Yoho told The Floridian the when and where of his announcement, so we decided to let it play out instead of breaking our word to him of not announcing his decision before he actually made it. Yoho’s Deputy Chief of Staff Kat Cammack is expected to announce a run for her boss’s seat, as will Gavin Rollins, a Clay County County Commissioner. Rollins recently told us that he was inching towards an announcement. Businesswoman Amy Pope Wells was the first to announce her candidacy, followed by businessman Judson Sapp, who many consider the frontrunner in the race due to his fundraising efforts.

“Florida Senate Committee Gives Green Light To Statewide Office Of Resiliency” by News Service of Florida – Plans for a statewide office focused on rising sea levels and more electronic-vehicle charging stations along Florida highways are moving forward in the Senate, as Republicans have become more open to addressing climate change and emissions issues. The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee approved proposals Monday that would establish a Statewide Office of Resiliency under the governor (SPB 7016) and direct the Public Service Commission to work with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on electric-vehicle charging station infrastructure (SPB 7018). Committee Chairman Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican who put the bills forward, said the state needs to know where the coastline will be as sea-level rise occurs and as plans advance for roads, bridges, residential developments and other infrastructure.

Cracking the Whip

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody continues to hold criminals responsible for their actions:

“More than $1 million is available to repay businesses that bought into what the Florida attorney general called a “government imposter scheme.”

Ashley Moody said Thomas Henry Fred, Jr., and his affiliated businesses targeted thousands of small businesses by sending letters designed to look like an invoice from a government agency, demanding payment for labor law posters. “(WEAR TV)

“Rep “Christmas Carlos” Smith debuts in Gay Christmas Play” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – If you happen to be in Central Florida this weekend and are sick of going to see dwarfs and princesses ever time you travel to Orlando, then maybe you should go say hello to Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), aka “Christmas Carlos,” who will be narrating that timeless Christmas classic play, the “Sleigh Queen.” According to Rep. Smith, who will serve as the play’s narrator for the Orlando Gay Chorus production of the “Sleigh Queen,” which is the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We can only imagine how Rudolph will be spun in this “GAY holiday tale.” In this video promotion he put out on Twitter (we don’t know what he is really drinking in that mug if you know what I mean), Smith seems elated to have been cast in the role.

“Rubio, Other Senators To Look At Athlete Compensation” By WLRN’s Bill Bortxfield – With legislators in Florida and other states looking at allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsements, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate said Monday they want to work on the issue nationally. Rubio is one of five senators who announced a bipartisan “working group” to delve into the issue. “I look forward to continuing our work to ensure both athletes and college sports can continue to thrive,” Rubio said in a prepared statement. “Having 50 different state laws for compensating student athletes on their name, image, likeness would result in chaos and endless litigation. This bipartisan working group has a tough task ahead of us, but it is clear Congress must address this important issue.” The group also includes U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah; U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.; and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. In Florida, four proposals have been filed for consideration during the 2020 legislative session that would allow college athletes to be compensated through endorsement deals for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Gov. Ron DeSantis also has backed the concept.

“Senate Education Panel Votes To Kill ‘Best & Brightest’ Teacher Bonus Program” by WLRN’s Lynn Hatter – It’s been the subject of derision and lawsuits. Even Gov. Ron DeSantis has been critical of the program. Now the lights could be dimming on Florida’s Best & Brightest teacher bonus program. A Florida Senate education panel got started on a repeal Monday. Republican lawmakers say they had good intentions when they created the Best & Brightest program, but the execution may have been a bit flawed. “I think it’s unfortunate…we couldn’t find a process that guaranteed funds went directly into the hands of teachers and that’s what the Best & Brightest process was intended to do,” said Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland. She went on note the legisalture is limited in what it can do when it comes to salaries. Pay is negotiated beween individual school districts and their local union representatives. When the program was created in 2015, it tied bonuses to teacher evaluations and SAT and ACT scores. A lawsuit over the program ensued, with a judge finding it discriminated against older and minority teachers. Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed to revamp the program and the legislature dropped the SAT and ACT requirement. It also opened the bonuses up to school principals but added a requirement tying awards to school improvement.  

Impeaching Trump (Shhhh…He’s not going to be removed)

“House Democrats announce (2) Articles of Impeachment,” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D), alongside fellow Democrats Reps. Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and Maxine Waters held a press conference to announce that the House Judiciary Committee led by Rep. Nadler has introduced (2) articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. House Judiciary Committee has introduced two articles of impeachment, charging Trump with “committing high crimes and misdemeanors.” Rep. Nadler said that “in service to our country” his committee has charged President Trump with “committing high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Article of Impeachment #1- Abuse of Power

Article of Impeachment #2- Obstruction of Congress

“The framers of the Constitution prescribed a clear remedy for presidents who so violate their oath of office,” said Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. “No one, not even the president, is above the law.”

“Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against Trump” by CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Manu Raju and Lauren Fox – House Democratic leaders announced Tuesday they will bring two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to set in motion the third impeachment of a US president in history. The announcement of impeachment articles marks the culmination of an intense, fast-moving investigation into the President’s dealings with Ukraine and represents a historic choice for lawmakers with less than a year before the next election. The six House Democratic chairs who have led the investigations against the President this year unveiled the impeachment articles on Tuesday morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and they were formally introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler. “Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the President of the United States Donald J. Trump with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nadler said.

“Steube Says Trump Denied Due Process That Terrorists Receive” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – This week, Florida Rep. Greg Steube (R) joined Neil Cavuto on his Fox News show to discuss the current impeachment inquiry and how he believes that “terrorists in Iraq were given more due process than President Trump.” In his interview, Rep. Steube further commented that “the goal was to prosecute detainees who attacked our servicemembers… and those detainees had defense councils present at these hearings, they had the opportunity to offer evidence – exculpatory evidence, they had the opportunity to call witnesses, all of which has been denied to our President in these closed-door hearings in the Intelligence Committee.” These comments come at a time when Democrats have drafted two articles of impeachment against the President, and they are set on removing the President from office.

“Mucarsel-Powell Accuses Trump of Dictatorial Tendencies” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – In a week of Florida Republicans blasting Nicolas Maduro and the communist regime holding power over Venezuela, Florida Democrats have been hard at work as articles of impeachment seem to come to fruition against the President. Freshman Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) took part in the impeachment inquiry today, saying that the greatest threat the United States has faced in recent years is foreign intervention in the election. Although the investigation into President Trump’s win showed that there was no foreign intervention, the Florida congresswoman commented that “there’s every indication that they’re trying to do the same thing right now” when speaking about Russia. No fan of the President, Mucarsel-Powell argued that “our elected officials are elected by the people, but President Trump doesn’t share these ideas. He has and continues to demand foreign interference into our elections.” Taking to Twitter to share an excerpt of her comments during the impeachment inquiry, the Mucarsel-Powell detailed that “the continuing pattern of behavior we have seen from President Trump is a warning to the American people.”

More Winning…

“House Democrats hand Trump a big win, approve USMCA trade deal” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – An hour after House Democrats announced that they would be filing two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a large group of Democratic legislators held a press conference to announce that they had agreed on the president’s USMCA trade proposal. Republicans are saying that the bipartisan USMCA trade deal had been held up by Democrats who were completely focused on the impeachment inquiry, and did not want to give Trump a win. Pelosi’s move to approve the USMCA appears to have watered-down a bit the impeachment news, and gave Trump exactly what he has been looking for, a huge win. Trump campaigned on scrapping and renegotiated all of the existing U.S. trade deals, in particularly NAFTA. The USMCA is Trump’s replacement for NAFTA. “Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA,” stated Trump “That would be great for our Country!”

“Vern Buchanan applauds passage of USMCA” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – In a time of political turbulence, President Trump and Democrats gained a win for the American people as world leaders reached a deal regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With this new agreement that has been signed but not ratified, it strengthens the trade deal’s protections for workers. In response, Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan (R), the lead Republican of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, released a statement today. In his statement, Buchanan expressed that “international trade is critical to my home state of Florida, where exports and imports support 2.3 million jobs.” Buchanan added that “leveling the playing field for Florida and the rest of the nation, as well as increasing access to foreign markets is critical to growing the U.S. economy and creating good-paying jobs.”

And Some Losing…

“Federal Judge blocks Trump’s use of military funds to pay for border wall” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Federal Judge David Briones of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has ruled in a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration’s initiative to use billions of military dollars to help pay for the border security wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico. Briones, who was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, stated that “After due consideration, the Court is of the opinion that a declaratory judgment and permanent injunction shall be granted in Plaintiffs’ favor.” According to the Hill, “Briones’s ruling does not apply to other funds that have been designated for wall construction, including counter-drug and Treasury Forfeiture funds.” As you can imagine, Democrats were elated to hear of the court’s decision to hand President Trump another immigration setback. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) tweeted that “the real winners” in the court’s decision were “military families, national security, and the rule of law.”

“Federal judge blocks use of billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build border wall” by CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez and Caroline Kelly – A federal judge in Texas blocked the Trump administration from using billions of dollars in Pentagon funds for the construction of the border wall. Judge David Briones of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas said Tuesday that the administration cannot use military construction funds to build additional barriers on the southern border.

The ruling is a setback for the administration, which has sought to shore up money for the President’s signature campaign promise of a border wall, and marks yet another high-profile blow the courts have dealt Trump of late on key issues, including his immigration policies and his fight to not turn his tax returns over to Congress. It targets only one set of Pentagon funds, however, leaving in place the money the Supreme Court allowed to be used earlier this year. In September, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized diverting of $3.6 billion in military construction funds for 11 wall projects on the southern border with Mexico. The Pentagon said at the time that half the money was coming from deferred projects overseas, and the other half was planned for projects in the US.

She Said What!? Que!?

One Democratic Congresswoman, who we will not mention her name, is exhausted and frustrated with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez (R) and the words that keep coming out of her mouth. AOC is making it difficult for her own people to stomach her.

“AOC invokes dog breeding practices in debate about paid family leave” by Fox News’s Sam Dorman – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made a puzzling argument on Tuesday in order to counter a conservative nonprofit’s argument about free markets providing paid family leave.

“Do we know how long puppies are allowed to stay with their mothers after a dog has given birth?” she asked during a House Oversight Committee hearing on paid leave. “Uh, eight weeks. So, the market has decided that women and people who give birth deserve less time with their children than a dog,” she added. Ocasio-Cortez seemed to be referring to the practice of breeders keeping puppies until they reach 8 weeks of age, at which point they’re sold and likely never see their parents again. Paid family leave generally refers to a limited period of time in which human parents can leave work to take care of a new child. The parent is still able to live with the child after that paid period ends.

“Jewish Democrats denounce Trump, but fail to denounce Ilhan Omar’s anti-Israel remarks” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – The Florida Democratic Party joined several Jewish groups in denouncing President Donald Trump’s alleged “deeply offensive” remarks about Jews that they say have historically targeted Jews. The Jewish groups that denounce the president’s comments this past Saturday at the Israeli-American Council dinner in Hollywood, Florida, were the “left-leaning” Jewish Democratic Council and J Street. So what did Trump say that was so “anti-Semitic” in nature? “A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well,” said Trump “You’re brutal killers, not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice,” he continued. “We have to get them to love Israel more because you have people that are Jewish people, that are great people — they don’t love Israel enough,” Trump said. Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council, called the president’s remarks “vile and bigoted.” Soifer also stated that the remarks were “anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.

@realDonaldTrumpAfter years of rebuilding OTHER NATIONS, we are finally rebuilding OUR NATION. In everything we do, we are putting AMERICA FIRST! #KAG2020

(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler – In service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, I, along with @HouseJudiciary, am introducing two articles of impeachment charging the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high Crimes and Misdemeanors. No one is above the law.

 

 

 

Rick Scott @SenRickScott – Today, I spoke with Amb. @rbalsaud

regarding the terrorist attack in Pensacola. Glad to learn of the Kingdom’s commitment to cooperate fully in the investigation.

I was also assured that all Saudi students at NAS Pensacola will remain here until the investigation is concluded.

Marco Rubio @marcorubio – Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. Isaiah 40:28

Rep. Ted Deutch @RepTedDeutch – Does @senatemajldr

need reminding that the Democratic House has passed 275+ bipartisan bills?But, as the self-appointed “grim reaper,”he refused to even allow a debate on life-saving bills like universal background checks.He may not believe in facts,but they speak for themselves.nd transparent cooperation with this investigation.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell @RepDMP – We just passed #OceanClimateAction bills to protect Americans from sea level rise and chronic flooding. The bills included my amendment to protect the coral reefs that guard our coastlines in #SoFla. We must continue to fight #ClimateChange from all angles.

Ron DeSantis @GovRonDeSantis – ’m excited about the impact this initiative will have on classrooms and school campuses across our state as we look to build a bolder, brighter and better education system in Florida.

CFO Jimmy Patronis @Jimmypatronis – Proud to reappoint Sophia Eccleston today to the @fcswomen. Her military & public service experience will continue to be an asset to the commission and the women of Florida.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani @AnnaForFlorida -Yikes— with teachers needing raises and people with disabilities on long wait lists, one has to ask why a private for-profit theme park deserves (or needs!) public money.

 

“MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING CHILD, SHARING ‘LEWD PHOTO’ TO RUSSIAN WEBSITE, POLICE SAY,” by Newsweek’s Jason Murdock – A man in Florida has been arrested after being accused of sexually molesting a child under the age of 12 and storing a collection of child abuse images, police say. Jesse Austin Millis-Dwyer, 25, of St. Petersburg, was detained by local police last Friday and hit with more than a dozen charges, according to a report published by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

“Man Accused of Rape and Battery,” by Ocala.com’s Andy Fillmore – Robert Michael Klum, 39, was arrested Saturday night and charged with sexual battery, lewd and lascivious exhibition and battery causing bodily harm,

MARION COUNTY — A 39-year-old man is accused of battering and raping a woman in front of their four-year-old child at a northeast Ocala residence on Saturday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Robert Michael Klum was arrested Saturday night and charged with sexual battery, lewd and lascivious exhibition and battery causing bodily harm, the report states.

The child repeatedly said “don’t hurt my mommy” during the alleged attack, according to the report.

Deputies Ann Marie Larocque and Lane Jacobs responded to find Klum closed up in the residence and the victim “hiding behind a tree” nearby, according to the report.

Larocque made contact with the victim who said Klum, with whom she had the child, had moved in with her and the child about a month ago, according to the report.

The victim told the deputy on Saturday afternoon Klum had accused her of cheating on him and “jumped over a couch and attacked her” pulling her to the floor by her hair and punching her, according to the report.

The victim told Larocque that during one part of the attack, Klum tried to force oral sex and reportedly stated “I’m going to get five years so I might as well get it before I go,” the report states.

A search of Florida Department of Correction inmate records show a Robert M. Klum II with a birth date of July 18, 1980 and a residential address the same as listed on the report, was placed on two years of community supervision for a Marion County “domestic battery , strangle” offense on in March 7.

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Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking.Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics.Learn more at www.brownpeople.orgEmail him at [email protected]