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JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 12.9.2021 — Florida GOP Ship Sinking—The Fried Fiasco—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 9, 2021

Fun and Games at the Republican Party of Florida

Since anyone can remember, the Florida GOP, like the Florida Democrats, have always been involved in some form of chicanery, which has brought shame to the political body.

The RPOF these days is weak and struggles to raise money, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has had to single-handily carry the group on his shoulders. This is a fact.

Under the leadership of Chairman Gruters, the Florida GOP is running as fast as it can but isn’t moving an inch forward.

Fundraising is almost non-existent. Personal dramas and betrayals run rampant behind closed doors as power-hungry politicos and rank-and-file members devour their own just to get ahead.

Republicans are lucky that Florida Democrats are even more dysfunctional and broke. READ MORE


Good Question ‘Carlitos’ Smith…

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) during a recent committee meeting:

CGS: If we're giving FOR-PROFIT nursing homes $100M in rate increases to deal with staff shortages, shouldn't we require it be used for increased compensation to CNAs/LPNs/RNs? So we TRUST but VERIFY that's what you're doing?

NURSING HOMES: "We don't have a position on that."


 The Kingmaker Making Moves in Florida

Former President Donald Trump is stirring his political pot of stew and dabbling in several key congressional elections in Florida.

One of those races is in the race to defeat Rep. Stephanie Murphy (R).

Trump has met with Rep. Anthony Sabatini and Combat veteran Cory Mills, and likes them both, but appears to have made up his mind on who he believes can only defeat Murphy in a head-to-head general election contest. READ MORE


Rick Scott-Today, @SenateDems blocked my resolution in support of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai & to condemn Communist China’s abuses. Instead of demanding accountability, Dems are standing with the Chinese Communist Party officials silencing Ms. Shuai. It's a sad day in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Ted Deutch-Over 100K Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in 12 months. One of them was my nephew, Eli.

Rep Frederica Wilson-Addressing the debt limit is not about future spending. It’s about meeting obligations the gov’t has already made, including to Social Security recipients, to our veterans and to the millions who have benefited from bipartisan, #COVID relief legislation. #debtceiling

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-Today Rep. @AngieNixon and I filed legislation to repeal HB 1. We should NEVER push bills that are “politically expedient”, we should push legislation that is morally just, fair, and right! Thanks to the @BLK_Collective for joining us in this fight!


"Senate Passes Resolution to Nix Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Businesses" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—The Senate passed a resolution nixing President Biden's "unconstitutional" COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 or more employees.

"Gruters and his 50 Shades of Greer" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When your accounting business is bustling and you are living off of the charity of Republican donors, and off of taxpayer dollars, life is good when you are Sen. Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Nikki Fried mired in ethics dispute over her finances,” by POLITICO’s Gary Fineout: Florida’s ethics commission voted unanimously late last week that there is probable cause that Fried, who was an attorney and lobbyist, violated state law by failing to properly disclose income from her lobbying business.

"Judge Denies Injunction in Gambling Initiative Fight" by The News Service of Florida's Dara Kam— A Leon County circuit judge on Wednesday refused to immediately halt efforts backed by the Seminole Tribe to try to block a gambling initiative from getting on next year’s ballot.

"Trump Poised to Defeat Murphy in Florida and Democrats Nationwide". by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When POLITICO reported this past weekend that Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy may not be running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, alarms rang out across Florida.

"Florida Democrats Spell Out Budget Priorities". by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"AOC Demands Senate 'Override the Parliamentarian' to Include Amnesty in Spending Bill" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

Cammack Defends Police, but her First Responder Husband Gets Punished for it" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Since President Joe Biden took office earlier this year, Progressive Democrats have been emboldened and have called for more drastic changes to the way law enforcement polices Americans.  US Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), whose husband is SWAT Medic, was recently punished by his police department after Rep. Cammack continued her crusade against the Defund The Police movement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kat Cammack
Kat Cammack

"Cammack Says Biden Administration is 'Soft on Crime' by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Recent crime numbers have shown concerning data regarding the huge increase in criminal activity across America over the past few years. Today, US Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) assigned blame to the Biden Administration for being, "soft on crime."

"Biden Holds High-Stakes Call With Putin Amid Ukraine Invasion Fears" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—In a high-stakes video call Tuesday, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would impose "strong economic and other measures" in the event of a potential invasion of Ukraine, while the Kremlin demanded guarantees that NATO would not expand further eastward, ending in neither side reporting any substantial progress happening in the summit.

"Florida Reports Omicron COVID Case" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Once A Breakaway Tour Themselves, PGA Tour Now Determined to Stifle Competition" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"DeSantis Says He'll Sign Open Carry Gun Bill Into Law" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—According to the National Association for Gun Rights, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has “pledged his support for Constitutional Carry” and would sign into law HB 103, the Constitutional Carry or open carry, measure already introduced in the Florida House of Representatives.

"FPL Bills to go up Because of Fuel Costs" by News Service of Florida's Joe Saunders

"Biden Calls for 'Diplomatic Boycott' of Beijing Olympics" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—President Joe Biden (D) Florida lawmakers are adding pressure for the United States to fully boycott the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. The bipartisan effort comes after President Biden called for a diplomatic boycott. The Communist Party of China has faced mounting criticism over human rights abuses, and it criticized President Biden’s call as being “pure grandstanding” and “political manipulation.” Still, Democrats and Republicans are hoping that the United States does not join in the Olympics.

"Florida Republican Lawmaker Believes DeSantis Would Beat Trump in Primary" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

nikki Fried is Running a Losing Campaign for Florida’s Latino Vote" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—One of Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s gubernatorial campaign’s Hispanic advisors, Evelyn Perez-Verdia, is paid to communicate the commissioner’s vision to the Latino vote, including those Republicans and Independents who may not see eye-to-eye with her or her boss.

"Biden’s Justice Department Sues To Block Texas Redistricting Maps" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—The Department of Justice (DOJ) took new aim at Texas once again Monday, filing a lawsuit seeking to block the states’ new redistricting maps by alleging the GOP-drawn maps discriminate against Black and Latino voters and violated the Voting Rights Act.

Florida Democrats already pointing fingers as they steel themselves for November,” by POLITICO’s Gary Fineout: Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz was heralded as a turnaround artist when he took the helm of the Florida Democratic Party. The big question nearly a year later is whether he’s done enough to help Democrats win in 2022.

"Democrats Equate DeSantis to FARC, Dictators Over Civilian Military Force" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Democrats continue to reel over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to re-establish the state’s civilian-military force, with even some Socialist-leaning Hispanics now equating DeSantis with Dictators Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega, and criminal paramilitary groups and drug traffickers like Colombia’s FARC.

"Injunction Denied in Health Care Vaccination Fight" by The News Service of Florida's Joe Saunders

"Murphy Says Idea That Florida is Becoming a Red State is ‘B.S. by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pouring some “Red Salt” into the gaping political wound that Florida Democrats have suffered as a result of their Socialism-minded agenda, and as Florida is now seen as a “Red State,” some Democrats like Rep. Stephanie Murphy aren’t buying the notion that their political party has lost the state to Republicans.

"DeSantis Champions ‘Historic’ GOP Voter Registration" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) celebrated what he’s calling a “Historic win in the Sunshine State.” The Biden Administration and Democrats have struggled with Florida voters in recent weeks, and a number of polls have indicated that support for either has taken a hit both in the state and nationally.

"DeSantis Likens Biden to “Corrupt Tyrants by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Biden Knows Billions in Abandoned Military Equipment Will be Used Against Americans (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Fried Approves of DeSantis Being Compared to Fidel Castro" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

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.”

"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

Covid testing

"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


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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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