JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 9.9.2021 — Nikki Fried Favored To Beat Crist—Taddeo, Rubio, Jones, Stone—More...

JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 9.9.2021 — Nikki Fried Favored To Beat Crist—Taddeo, Rubio, Jones, Stone—More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
September 9, 2021


It’s Nikki

JUICE—Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is said to be the frontrunner in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary race.

No offense to Rep. Charlie Crist, but she is much easier on the eyes to just about everyone in the state than he is, but this race is not all about aesthetics.

While Rep. Crist comes off as more substantive, Commissioner Fried’s campaign gimmicks like her daily rundown on COVID appear to be helping her with the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

You need the crazies to be in your corner to win, and it appears that those crazies are backing Fried.

Now, if Sen. Annette Taddeo finally (apurate!) decides to enter the race, then the final vote could be split enough that Crist cruises to victory.

How so?

Well, Sen. Taddeo is also trying to win over the Progressives in her party. After all, not only is she checking off all the right boxes, but she actually goes by pronouns on her Twitter handle.

Taddeo is the “Pronoun candidate.” I’m getting ahead of myself. She hasn’t announced yet.

But with all that said, even some veteran Republican politicos and strategists believe that Fried is the safe bet in this race. READ MORE


—Marco Rubio-Joe Biden and his State Department continue to disgrace themselves by not only leaving Americans stranded in Afghanistan but now blocking at least 6 planes from evacuating many of them

Rick Scott-This is inexcusable & infuriating. First, Biden stranded Americans in Afghanistan and now his administration won’t do the bare minimum required to get them home. Do your job, Mr. President. Bring them home.

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-You're built to handle the pressure that comes with walking in your purpose

—Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -When are rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!

Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella)-Florida deserves a Governor who would actually “be” governor. Today we have a Governor who is more interested in being President than he is running Florida, more worried about Republican primary voters in Iowa than he is of families here in Florida.

Roger Stone
Roger Stone

Roger Stone: ‘Don’t Underestimate Nikki Fried’ by The Floridian's Jim McCool—While the 2022 election will more or less serve as a referendum of the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate , local elections are just as important, if not more so. One race of particular importance this cycle is the Florida gubernatorial race where Democrats will try to unseat Governor DeSantis (R-FL). But first, Democrats must get through a polarizing midterm which veteran GOP strategist Roger Stone thinks will go to Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL)."Audrey Henson of Pinellas County Runs for Congress" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Local businesswoman, nonprofit founder, and conservative Audrey Henson today launched her campaign for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Henson is a Florida native and grew up in St. Petersburg. Henson is now running for the 13th US Congressional district in the South Florida community.

"Rep. Guillermo Smith Wants Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood Lifted" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The movement to “overturn the decades-long ban on gay/bi men donating blood” continues to grow as Florida State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), an openly gay man, is promoting what he says is the “groundbreaking” ADVANCE organizations study to help flip the ban preventing gay men from donating blood.

"Scott: Democrats ‘Shamefully Silent’ on Afghanistan" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Filing ‘Emergency Motion’ After Enduring Another Mask Mandate Political Blow" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has received another political blow as Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper ruled in favor of mask mandates, removing the automatic stay measure from the previous order. In response, the DeSantis Administration announced that it would be filing an “emergency motion to reinstate the stay.”

"Gold Star Mom Invites Trump NOT Biden To Fallen Marine Son’s Funeral" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—A Gold Star mother whose Marine son was one of the 13 U.S service members killed in last month’s ISIS suicide terror attack outside Kabul’s international airport invited former President Trump — not the current commander-in-chief —President Biden to her child’s funeral.

"Ron DeSantis has Shown the ‘Backbone to Fight Over Certain Core Values’" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—“I think he’s doing exceptionally well,” said Veteran Republican strategist Roger Stone of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a sitdown interview with The Floridian. The always colorful and animated Stone said that he believes Gov. DeSantis is “very able and very courageous in his decision making and he showed the backbone to fight over certain core values.”

DeSantis Dismisses 2024 President Talk as ‘Manufactured’ and ‘Nonsense’" byThe Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Byron Donalds Censored Over COVID-19 Opinion" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Censorship has been a crucial talking point for Republicans since Twitter and Facebook’s infamous ban of former President Trump (R) on all the major social media platforms. Now the practice is starting to become less foreign for many Conservative officials, such as US Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who has been censored by Youtube for simply giving his opinion on COVID-19.

"State Department Taking Credit For Rescue Of 4 Americans In Afghanistan" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—The State Department is attempting to steal full credit for the United States “facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens” from Afghanistan,” but a private team of military veterans involved in the rescue effort is disputing this claim, arguing that the Biden administration deserves little to no credit for the dangerous operation.

"STOCK Act Complaint Filed Against Wasserman Schultz" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Two lawmakers that have recently been embroiled in controversy over possible ethical violations are Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D). The violations in question could be in direct offense to the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, also known as the STOCK Act.

"Waltz Makes ‘Paramount’ Plea for Afghanistan Evacuations" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Roger Stone Credits God for Being Spared by Trump in Witch Hunt [Video]" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Gwen Graham Tries to Deflate FSU Football on Opening Night" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Scott Slams Biden’s ‘Shameless Appeasement’ to Cuba" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since protests against the Cuban dictatorship began on the island earlier this year, Florida Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden (D) for his response. An uprising in protests also coincided with the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, which as subsequently led to tension increasing between the United States and Afghanistan. In turn, the U.S. embassy was evacuated along with soldiers and interpreters that have been serving in the country. Now, the President has signaled that staffing should be increased at the U.S. embassy, and Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) is calling the move “shameless appeasement.”

"McCaul: 6 Planes Carrying Americans Being Held ‘Hostage’ By Taliban" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) said that six airplanes carrying American citizens and Afghan allies are sitting at an airport in Afghanistan trying to depart, but the Taliban is currently “holding them hostage for demands.”

"Kathy Castor Champions Removal of Confederate Statue from Congress" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—As statue removal has become normalized over the past few years, the practice was taken to the U.S. Capitol this week. According to reports, US Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) has championed the removal of a Confederate General statue from the US Capitol building.

VP Kamala Harris Pushes Biden’s Failed Foreign Policy to Address Human Rights" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Roger Stone: Capitol Police Civil Suit a ‘Political Hit Case’" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Roger Stone sat down with The Floridian to go over some recent revelations in national politics, including the Capitol Police Civil Suit that named him as a defendant. Stone previously pledged to “disbar” the lawyers who filed the Capitol Police suit, and now he is calling the government’s complaints a “political hit case.”

"CNN Reporter Calls Taliban ‘Friendly’ As Kabul Falls" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Israel and Hamas Exchange Rocket Fire Amid Afghanistan Demise" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Wasserman Schultz Supports $3Trillion Pathway to Citizenship Effort in Senate" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) shared an NPR, interview segment discussing a plan from Democrats to provide “a path to citizenship in their budget framework.” The interview explored the option of a $3.5 trillion spending bill that would tackle immigration reform, and discussed the effort that includes “permanent residency for qualified immigrants in the bill through a process called budget reconciliation.” The Florida lawmaker praised “reconciliation,” calling it “essential” in the process to move forward.

"Liz Cheney: Trump Bears ‘Very Significant Responsibility’ For ‘Catastrophic’ Afghan Withdrawal" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) blasted both Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump for the “catastrophic real-time” situation unfolding in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the government Sunday, arguing that the bulk of the blame should be towards the former president who bears “significant responsibility” over the current Democrat botched handling of withdrawal of troops.

"Florida Democrats Quiet Over Afghanistan as Taliban Takes Over" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With President Joe Biden having asserted that he takes full responsibility for the chaos, death, and human rights atrocities being committed by the Taliban after his decision to hastily pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, very few Florida Democrats are lending their support for the president’s “the buck stops with me” decision.

"Biden ‘Stands Squarely’ Behind Chaotic Withdrawal From Afghanistan" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—President Biden addressed the nation Monday on the Afghanistan crisis for the first time since the rapid collapse of the Afghan government amid the Taliban seizing power in Kabul, staunchly defending his hastily decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country while blaming everyone besides himself for the chaos that unfolded over the last few days.

Rick Scott china
Rick Scott

"Rick Scott Calls For Probe Into Biden’s Failed Afghanistan Withdrawal" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Biden Returning To White House To Speak On Afghanistan Crisis For First Time" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"CNN Reporter Quickly Adjusts to Taliban Rule" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Wasserman Schultz Calls Florida a ‘Do Not Travel’ State" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—As the mainstream media furthers their tirade of bad press on Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL)criticisms of his job as governor have not only been tied to COVID-19 but now economics.  US Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) has called Florida under DeSantis a “Do Not Travel” state.

"Rubio Says Biden Ignored His Afghanistan Pullout Warning" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The Taliban have taken control of the Afghan government, and both the President and Vice President of the country have fled. Subsequently, video footage showed Taliban members celebrating from inside the presidential palace in Kabul. With a number of people rushing to airports and their cars to flee the country, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has taken to Twitter to criticize President Joe Biden (D) and his foreign policy.

"Democrats, World Leaders Turn on Biden for Afghanistan Debacle" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Only 3 weeks after US troops were pulled from Afghanistan to hopefully end a 20-year war, the Taliban have officially seized control over the nation of Afghanistan, even pushing the Afghanistani President out of the country and turning over weapons, prisoners, and land. Now, former President Donald Trump, Democrats, and world leaders are blaming President Biden (D) for the Afganistan debacle.

‘No one should die.’ Tampa Bay doctors, nurses exhausted by COVID surge' by Tampa Bay Times' Christopher O'Donnell—LUTZ — The COVID-19 patients arrive with depressing frequency to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital North. The sickest have a similar complaint: “I can’t breathe. I feel like I’m drowning.” Everyone is assessed as soon as possible, but the community hospital has only 40 treatment rooms in its ER. Some patients are returned to the waiting room, where, even with an area divided off for those infected, they put others at risk.

"Florida Democrat’s Targeting of Chick-Fil-A Could Be Political Motivated" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A recent story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the traffic back up at the only Chick-Fil-A store in Fort Lauderdale was accurately written about the popular store’s congestion. The congestion in question occurs in the far-right northbound lane on US 1 just south of Oakland Park Blvd.

"White House Praises DeSantis, Says he’s ‘Following the Science” With COVID," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—There isn’t much love loss between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and President Joe Biden, but the White House needs to be given credit for putting differences aside and commending Gov. DeSantis for his statewide efforts of “following the Science” as he continues to deploy more Monoclonal antibody treatments to those with COVID-19.

"Biden ‘Hamstringing our own Energy Sector’ by Texas Politics' Daniel MolinaThis week, the Biden Administration called on OPEC and others “to increase oil production to alleviate rising gas prices felt across the nation.” In the statement, the Administration also discourages “oil and natural gas production in the United States.” The White House issued a warning that “higher gasoline costs, if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global recovery.” In response, Todd Staples, the President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, slammed the Biden Administration, arguing that Biden is “hamstringing our own energy sector.”

"Taliban Now Controls Over Two Thirds of Afghanistan as Biden Pulls Out" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Senator Simpson Pushes for Transparent Redistricting" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Everglades Foundation Received $566K PPP Loan After Raising $11 Million in 2020" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarresl

"Biden Must Establish Clear, Decisive US Latin American Policy — Now" OPINION by Luis Fleischman—The recently inaugurated Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo, is a Marxist. Castillo has declared that he will call for a national referendum to approve a constitutional assembly to draft a new constitution.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis Dubs President ‘Forgetful Biden’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) and Governor Ron DeSantis (R) have been on opposing sides regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Governor has already vowed that the state will not be locking down, the state will not be requiring a mask mandate, and the state will not be requiring vaccine passports. When asked about the potential problem Governor DeSantis could be encouraging, President Biden questioned, “Governor who?” In response, DeSantis has dubbed the President “Forgetful Biden,” questioning “what else has he forgotten?”

"Ron DeSantis: The $40 Million Governor" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Biden Accused of Siding With Cuban Regime, Turning Back on the Oppressed" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Members of Florida’s Republican congressional delegation, namely Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Maria Elvira Salazar, are calling out President Joe Biden for not doing enough to help the Cuban people after the protests that broke out over a month ago. Republicans, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, have called on the Biden administration to send an internet signal into the island so that oppressed Cubans can communicate with the outside world and relay information about the Cuban regime.

"Sen. Rand Paul Endorses Anthony Sabatini for Congress" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Lauren Book ‘Pleased’ with Cuomo Resignation" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Although Republicans nationwide have celebrated the long-awaited resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), the condemnation of Cuomo by his fellow Democrats was crucial in pushing him out of office. In Florida, state Senator Lauren Book (D-32) has already called for the prosecution of the New York Governor. Now, Book says she is “pleased” with Cuomo’s resignation.

"DeSantis rakes in cash as Florida's Covid wars rage" by POLITICO'S Matt Dixon—TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has built a national political brand. Need proof? Just look at his political committee’s more than $4 million July haul.

DeSantis, who has not yet formally declared his 2022 reelection bid, last month brought in political contributions from every state in the country and several United States territories as well as from members of the military serving overseas, according to campaign finance records. DeSantis’ nearly 400-page July campaign finance report represents a massive expansion of DeSantis’ fundraising footprint, driven by his increased use of email to solicit contributions.

"DeSantis Says RSV More Concerning to Children Than COVID" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Surfside—Shortly after acknowledging a group of First Responders that took part in the rescue effort at the Champlain Tower collapse, Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed reports of increased COVID infections and hospitalizations of children around the state.

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill With 19 Republicans Giving Biden A Win" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"DeSantis threatens to withhold salaries of education officials as counties find mask workarounds" by POLITICO'S Andrew Atterbury—

TALLAHASSEE — At least two Florida school districts want students to get permission from a health care professional before opting out of wearing masks this fall through new policies that “violate” rules created by the DeSantis administration to thwart mandatory face coverings on K-12 campuses.

"NY Governor Cuomo Resigns In Wake Of Damning Sexual Harassment Scandal" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Florida Legislator ‘DENIED’ Confidential Pediatric Records Request" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), who is arguably the most flamboyant and Progressive member of the Florida House of Representatives, appears to be exploiting a COVID records request he has made to the Florida Department of Health, stating that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is “hiding the truth & muzzling county health directors” from giving him “confidential” pediatric health records of Floridians.

"Biden Defies 2nd Amendment, Says ‘No Amendment is in Fact Absolute’ [VIDEO]" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres


Senate Democrats Outline $3.5 Trillion ‘Social Welfare’ Tax Hike and Amnesty Spending Plan," by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Senate Democrats released the full text of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution Monday, in their first significant step to boost social spending by overhauling the nation’s climate, child care, health care laws, as well as immigration reform through the process of reconciliation without garnishing any Republican votes.

"DeSantis threatens to withhold salaries of education officials as counties find mask workarounds," by POLITICO's Andrew Atterbury—TALLAHASSEE — At least two Florida school districts want students to get permission from a health care professional before opting out of wearing masks this fall through new policies that “violate” rules created by the DeSantis administration to thwart mandatory face coverings on K-12 campuses.

"U.S. Lawmakers Warn of the Growing Bond Between China, Venezuela, and the Cuban regime," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After the U.S. imposed more sanctions on elements within the Communist Cuban regime, the Chinese government came out in full support of their ally in the Western Hemisphere, calling for the Biden administration to end the long-standing and decades-long sanctions put in place by past American administrations.

"Florida still breaking records for daily COVID cases. Single-day high reaches 28,317," by the Sun-Sentinel—Florida set more pandemic records for the most cases of COVID in a single day, with 28,317 new cases for Sunday and 28,316 for Saturday, the CDC said Monday.

Wasserman Schultz Says Ron DeSantis is ‘Dumb’ and ‘Deadly’ by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—According to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Gov. Ron DeSantis is “dumb” and “deadly,” and “death will be his legacy” as a result of the rapid spread and mutation of the COVID-19 virus in Florida.

"Judge Rules in Favor of Vaccine Passports on Cruises," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) boldly sued the CDC over vaccine passports being mandated by cruise liners, his actions to protect unvaccinated Americans may take a major hit after a recent court ruling. This week, a judge ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings requiring passengers to furnish a vaccine passport before boarding one of their cruise ships.

"Pediatric Wards Filling up With COVID-19 Patients at Major Hospitals," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—It seems like COVID-19 Déjà vu, as the deadly disease continues to spike and with more and more children coming down with the virus and being admitted to hospital pediatric wards, Florida Democrats are once again blaming Gov. Ron DeSantis for the skyrocketing infection rate and are calling him to implement restrictions, measures that many Floridians call ‘Draconian.’

The JUICE is juiced by Javier Manjarres, Daniel Molina, and Jim McCool.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of 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. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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