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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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December 3, 2021

More Turmoil in Tallahassee

The RPOF (Florida GOP) is at it again and this time Chairman Joe Gruters was hit with a grievance complaint about endorsing in a contested Republican primary race.

We are all scratching our heads today. Why would he do that? READ MORE

‘Book’-em Danno!

Senator Lauren Book was extorted by a Broward County man last month and now the details of the arrest have come to light. Sen. Book put out a lengthy statement about the incident where 19-year-old Jeremy Kamperveen tried to extort $5,000 from her. READ MORE

 

Marco Rubio-They aren’t blocking my #China anti-slavery bill from being part of the defense bill because of some House rule They are blocking it because major American corporations benefit from factories that use slave labor

Rep. Val Demings=We have come such a long way in the past 20 months, but it’s crucial to keep yourself safe from the #Omicron variant. #GetVaccinated if you haven’t yet, and get your booster.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis: Biden’s ‘Trying to Impose More Restrictions’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Plot to Extort Florida State Sen. Lauren Book Leads to Arrest" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Florida GOP Boss Joe Gruters hit With Grievance for Endorsing in a Contested Primary Race" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Mast Backs Nehls’s Bipartisan Police Funding Bill" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Matt Gaetz Calls Out CNN’s ‘Fredo’ Cuomo Over Ethics" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Longest Serving Florida AG Butterworth Endorses Crist" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, Florida state Senator Ileana Garcia (R) filed Public Records/Statewide Council on Human Trafficking (SB 294), a measure that aims to “increase the effectiveness of the work performed by the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking and protect the identity of individuals that support efforts to end human trafficking in Florida.” In reference to stopping human trafficking, the Florida lawmaker asserted that she became an elected official in order “to help defend and protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

Nikki Fried and Shevrin Jones
Nikki Fried and Shevrin Jones

"Fried Says DeSantis Needs to ‘pay Close Attention’ to new COVID Cases" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) is calling for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) to pay close attention to COVID cases and hospitalizations after the first omicron variant case was reported in California. Commissioner Fried has been a vocal critic of the Governor’s response to the COVID pandemic in Florida while the state experiences the lowest cases and hospitalizations in the country.

"Gaetz Says “National Stand Your Ground Bill” to be Filed any day" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) has told The Floridian that the “National Stand Your Ground” legislative measure he recently proposed would be filed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, but no later than the end of the month.

"Rubio: Demings has ‘Commitment to Opening our Borders’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The Rubio campaign is once taking political jabs at Florida Rep. Val Demings (D). This time it’s over the Florida Democrat’s vote in favor of the “Build Back Better” social spending bill. Dubbed a “socialist agenda” by prominent GOP members, the bill also received opposition from some Democrats. However, in reference to the bill’s response to immigration in the country, the Rubio team argues that Demings’s voting in favor of it is just another example of “her commitment to opening our borders.”

"Wasserman-Schultz Accuses Fox News of Spreading ‘Anti-Vax Propaganda’ by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Almost 2 years into the pandemic, and the world is still learning about COVID-19 every single day. Some however, would blame the slow progress of eradicating the coronavirus on those who peddle misinformation. Especially US Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) who is accusing Fox News of spreading “anti-vax propaganda.”

"Garcia Files Bill to end Human Trafficking" by The Floridian's—This week, Florida state Senator Ileana Garcia (R) filed Public Records/Statewide Council on Human Trafficking (SB 294), a measure that aims to “increase the effectiveness of the work performed by the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking and protect the identity of individuals that support efforts to end human trafficking in Florida.” In reference to stopping human trafficking, the Florida lawmaker asserted that she became an elected official in order “to help defend and protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

"Biden Urged to Address Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis After Sham Elections" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—This past weekend, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro dismissed as “spies” members of a European Union electoral observation mission sent to observe the recent regional elections.

"The New Saudi Arabian Golf League Threatens The PGA Tour, Florida Jobs, and the Sport of Golf" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Biden

"Federal Court Strikes Down Biden’s Vaccine Mandate" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Annette Taddeo Takes Aim at ‘Little Ronnie’s Regime’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) has been vocal in her opposition to the State Department delisting FARC from its list of terrorist organizations. However, when questioned about her political beliefs, the Florida lawmaker took issue with DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw questioning her membership as a Democrat. Criticizing “little Ronnie’s regime,” the gubernatorial hopeful slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), accusing him of being a Governor that wants to “emulate dictators.”

"Rubio Questions ‘Tight-Lipped’ Demings on Biden’s FARC Decision" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—After the Biden Administration announced it would be delisting the Colombian-based Marxist terrorist group FARC from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, a number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle raised furor over the decision.

"Florida Democrats Paint Marco Rubio as a Failure" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The 2022 midterm election is expected to be one of the most consequential of this generation. One race that is poised to be one of the most contentious contests this election cycle is Florida’s U.S. Senate race where Democrats are painting incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as a failure.

"Scott: Biden Administration is ‘out of Touch With Reality’ by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), the current Secretary of Transportation, is facing heavy scrutiny for urging Americans to buy electric cars amidst rising gas prices. Earlier, the Biden Administration announced that to combat the prices, it would be releasing barrels of oil from the United States’ strategic oil reserve.

"Republican Rep. Caruso Endorses Progressive Democrat Over Trump Candidate" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 midterm elections could turn out to be the most consequential election to date, and Republicans who are expected to trounce Democrats next year, are all lining up behind to support fellow Republican legislators and candidates, except for State Rep. Michael Caruso (R).

"Florida Reports Lowest Daily Coronavirus Cases Per Capita" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Undoubtedly, Florida has taken the least orthodox route in combating the Coronavirus Pandemic for almost 2 years. But now, the data is starting to show that this open policy might have paid off, as Florida now reports the lowest daily coronavirus cases per capita in the nation.

"Gaetz to File ‘National Stand Your Ground’ Legislative Measure" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Days after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of murder for defending himself against armed assailants, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) announced on his “Firebrand” podcast that he would be filing a “National Stand Your Ground” measure in the U.S. Congress.

"Combat Veteran to Launch Investigation into Biden’s Arming of Terrorist Groups" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After President Joe Biden’s botched military retreat in Afghanistan that lead to deaths of 13 U.S. Servicemen and women, and unreported American citizens being killed during a suicide terrorist attack at the Kabul international airport, it was only a matter of time before China, Russia, and Pakistan, would gain access to billions of dollars in U.S. military equipment the administration abandoned in Afghanistan

"Five Moderate Democrats Oppose Biden’s ‘Radical’ Pick For Top Bank Regulator" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Scientists Confirm New Variant of COVID in Africa" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Democrats Want Trump To Run in 2024" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—President Joe Biden (D) has made waves this week after confirming he will seek re-election in 2024, but what about former President Donald Trump (R)? A concerning number of Democrats now want to see Trump run in 2024.

"Kamala Harris Announces $1.5B for Healthcare Industry" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Americans are still feeling the effects of the Pandemic such as shortages in healthcare supplies and frontline workers. Now, Vice President Kamala Harris (D), has announced $1.5 billion invested in the healthcare industry.

"DeSantis ‘Will Fully Fund’ gas tax Holiday, Increase Teacher and First Responder Pay" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Democratic lawmakers expressed their support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’s $1 billion gas tax holiday proposal, many of these same Democrats hoped that the money used to help relieve the burden at the pump would not come from funds allocated for other infrastructure programs.

"Biden To Release Emergency Oil From Strategic Reserves To Fight Surging Gas Prices" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—President Biden ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a bid to combat the surging gas prices ahead of the holiday season, but the relief will take weeks to hit the market.

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"Marco Rubio Praised for Constituency Services" by. The Floridian's Daniel Molina—After the United States withdrew its soldiers from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration received a considerable amount of criticism regarding the strategy used. Subsequently, various stories made headlines regarding people that were not evacuated in time. In the latest development, 220 Afghan nationals have been rescued and granted asylum in Portugal, thanks to Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

"White House Confirms Biden Intends To Run For Reelection In 2024 Despite Old Age" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Monday that President Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024, amid reports of Democrats worrying about his plummeting approval ratings and widespread concern about his physical and mental health as the country’s oldest president.

"Rick Scott Keeps Fighting for a Florida Olympics" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—For years now, many Florida officials have insisted that China not be allowed to host the upcoming Olympic Games and better yet, move it to Florida. Now, US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) is continuing pushback on Bejing hosting the Olympic games alongside athletes who harbor human rights concerns.

"Trump-Backed Sean Parnell Suspends Pennsylvania Senate bid" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Scott and Rubio Pass Bipartisan Bill for Veterans" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"DeSantis’s $1 Billion gas tax Holiday Receives Bipartisan Support" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During press conferences at the Buc-ee’s service station in Daytona Beach and at Daily’s service station in Jacksonville, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he will attempt to alleviate gas prices for Floridian by proposing a $1 billion gas tax holiday.

"Scott Double Down Calls For Olympics To Move Out Of China ‘For Safety Of U.S. Athletes’ by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is doubling down his calls to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing, citing the “safety of U.S. athletes” is at stake following the disappearance of a Chinese tennis star after she accused a senior Chinese official of sexual assault earlier this month.

"Florida Democrat Jones Wants to Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground Laws’ by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin found Kyle Rittenhouse “Non-Guilty” of murdering 2 individuals and wounding another, Democrats have expressed their anger and disappointment in the verdict and some want to repeal “Stand Your Ground Laws.”

"DeSantis, Rubio Poll High in St. Pete Poll" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Biden to Nominate Jerome Powell for Second Term as Fed Chair" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"DOJ Backtracks Anti-Police Rhetoric, Increases Funding for Local Officers" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—While the Defund the Police narrative has floated in the political atmosphere for well over a year, the Department of Justice seems to be backtracking on their anti-police rhetoric and has announced millions of funding to hire new police officers.

"Rubio Slams Demings for Voting in Favor of ‘Socialist’ Build Back Better Bill" by The Floridian's —Support for the Build Back Better bill has been mixed in Florida, but one vocal supporter has been Florida Rep. Val Demings (D). Having championed the bill since its initial incarnation as a $3.5 trillion spending bill, the Senatorial hopeful praised the passing of the bill in a statement.

"U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela: The Double-Edge Sword" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The escalating humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is being blamed by some on the economic sanctions put in place by former President Donald Trump against dictator Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

"Brian Kilmeade Addresses Controversial Critical Race Theory During Book Tour" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—“Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade is in Florida pushing his new book, “The President and the Freedom Fighter,” which is about President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

"Rubio’s Uyghur Labor Bill Blocked by ‘Democrats & Corporations’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) unloaded on Democrats on the Senate Floor, expressing frustration after his Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was blocked in the Senate. Placing the blame of Democrats and “a bunch of these corporations lobbying against it.” The Florida Republican pointed out that about a month ago the bill received unanimous support, but now it seems the support has either dwindled or shifted.

"FOX Nation Patriot Awards Honors American Exceptionalism" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—For about two hours this past Wednesday night, the FOX Nation descended on the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, and also tuned in to watch their favorite TV personalities take to the stage during the 3rd annual Patriot Awards.

"New Poll: More Americans are Pulling for the GOP in 2022 Elections" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—It is no secret that the GOP has the upper hand going into the 2022 midterm elections, but new data shows an even more grim reality for Democrats as more Americans are pulling for the GOP to take back Congress in 2022.

Annette Taddeo
Annette Taddeo

Annette Taddeo: ‘I’m in This Race Because Both Parties Suck’ by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Annette Taddeo, who continues to traverse the state after formally announcing her intentions to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022, believes that both political parties “suck.”

"Demings Accused of ‘Dismissing… Sky-High Inflation’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) warned that this holiday season would be “expensive” for Americans because of a number of issues, including a supply shortage and rising inflation. Along with his colleague, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), Sen Scott ahas directed criticism at President Joe Biden (D) over his administration’s handling of the economy.

"DeSantis Mocks Biden, Will Sign Anti-Mandate Bills in City of ‘Brandon’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—After OSHA’s announcement that it would be suspending the enforcement of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate directed at large private businesses, the Special Session concluded with the Florida House passing the “Keep Florida Free” joint agenda. In turn, four bills will be sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who will be signing the bills in Brandon, Florida as a political jab to President Joe Biden (R).

"Anna Paulina Luna’s Dog Bites 9-Year-old Boy" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A police report obtained by The Floridian details how Anna Paulina Luna, who is currently running for Congress in Florida’s 13th district (an open seat currently held by gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist), and her husband Andrew Gambersky knowingly brought their dog to a park where canines are not allowed, and where the dog attacked a 9-year-old badly enough that the child had to be hospitalized.

"Trump Will Host Fundraiser for Anna Paulina Luna" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The race for Florida’s 13th Congressional seat continues to make headlines as Amanda Makki (R) has picked up an endorsement from Belleair Mayor Mike Wilkinson (R) and Anna Paulina Luna (R) will be joined by President Donald Trump (R) in an upcoming fundraiser for her campaign.

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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]

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