JUICE — Florida Politics’ Juicy Read — 3.25.2021 — HB 1537 Ticks Off Fried and Smith — PCA Bills Press Forward — Lawsuit Reform, Harris, Deutch, Brandes — More…

JUICE — Florida Politics’ Juicy Read — 3.25.2021 — HB 1537 Ticks Off Fried and Smith — PCA Bills Press Forward — Lawsuit Reform, Harris, Deutch, Brandes — More…

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
March 25, 2021

DeSantis’ “Overt Power Grab” in Florida?

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appears distraught over Rep. Tommy Gregory’s HB 1537, a measure that she and other state Democrats call a complete power grab by Gov. Ron DeSantis to take powers away from the Cabinet, but specifically her because she is the only Democrat.

The governor’s office says that the bill would “create a more efficient and effective government, which has always been central to the governor’s mission,” but Democrats aren’t buying it.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) read a statement from Commissioner Fried’s where she refers to the bill as a “harmful power grab” that solely aims to “silence the voice of a single cabinet member and would destroy the consensus that Florida’s Constitution requires.”

Rep. Smith, an unapologetic critic of DeSantis and race-hustling member of the House, called the bill an “overt power grab and consolidation of executive authority” that was “unfolding before our eyes.”

Smith added, “we now have divided government and Florida’s cabinet with one member of Florida’s cabinet representing another political party that is not the same political party,” and that his bill is aimed to “silence” Fried and punish her dissent.


Yes, but what else can you expect from Smith?

As always, Fried made this issue about her, and only her.

Forget that AG Ashley Moody and CFO Jimmy Patronis exist, this is all about her.

Fried tweeted:

“This isn’t the first time @GovRonDeSantis has tried to limit my power as a member of the Florida Cabinet — and it won’t be the last.”

HB 1537 would allow DeSantis to take over control of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the Cabinet’s oversight of agencies they oversee.

Oy Vey.


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Exploiting a Tragedy

Head honcho at the Florida Democratic Party, Manny Diaz, has joined the national Democratic bandwagon demanding that Congress ban “assault weapons” or “weapons of war” after the deadly shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta Georgia.

“As our thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were taken in these awful tragedies in Atlanta, Boulder, and around the country, we must also insist that this time be different. Congress must pass universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. We have lost too many lives to gun violence in America. Enough is enough.”

We get it, it’s politics. Republicans are also following the Democratic lead down at the southern border. Republican congressional leaders are pouring into the border region in Texas to witness the Biden border crisis unfold. and are making a big stink about the illegal immigration problem.


Nikki Fried @nikkifried-Cannabis is bringing our farmers & entrepreneurs together to create jobs. We’re building a new green economy here in Florida!

SpencerRoach @SpencerRoachFL-Churchgoers should feel safe knowing they are able to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights in a house of worship. I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill that protects our inalienable right to self-defense

Ben Diamond @BenDiamondFL-Agreed, @POTUS.Our state legislatures must take action as well. That’s why I’m cosponsoring a bill to ban assault weapons in FL—HB 653 by @CarlosGSmith —as well as other legislation to strengthen our gun safety laws. We must take action and save lives.

Bobby DuBose @RepBobbyDuBose-Over 25 million Americans are impacted by rare diseases, my mother was one of them. HB 1373 will establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council in FL to help provide ideas on how to improve health outcomes for individuals with rare diseases.

AFP Florida @AFPFlorida#HB1063 on Administration of Vaccines by @RepJuanFBarquin passed the Health and Human Services Committee this morning. This great bill increases access to healthcare by allowing pharmacists to administer more vaccines to Floridians.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

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.org Email him at [email protected]