JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 1.18.2022 — DeSantis's Map Ticks off Democrats—COVID Cases Dropping—More...

JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 1.18.2022 — DeSantis's Map Ticks off Democrats—COVID Cases Dropping—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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January 18, 2022

I'll Take DeSantis's map for $800

I don’t remember the last time a sitting Florida governor has weighed into the redistricting process (at least not in my lifetime) and submitted his own map.

Well, Gov. Ron DeSantis may have broken the mold with his General Counsel Ryan Newman having filed a congressional map this past Sunday night.

If you are wondering if this changes the whole redistricting process the Florida Legislature has been tip-toeing around over the past several months, well, it has.

DeSantis’s map is not etched in stone, but it sure does put the pressure on the Republican-led legislature to get as close to the congressional map the governor has submitted.

This is a redistricting blueprint that DeSantis has put out.

Republican legislators like Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson will most likely submit maps that appease Gov. DeSantis’s wishes.

It’s going to be a really bad year of Florida Democrats. READ MORE

 

 COVID Update

Good news is being reported about the recent spike in Omicron cases. Eastern U.S. states that saw a spike earlier this month are now seeing a sharp decline, and medical experts believe that by mid-February to mid-March, the cases of Omicron will be all but gone.

In addition, the same accounting shows that over 40 percent of those diagnosed with COVID, who has been hospitalized, were in the hospital for other illnesses or injuries, not because of COVID.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -Giving a shoutout to our amazing @PeoplePowerFLAteam (including @4thRaymer !!) who helped to register voters across Florida for #MLKDayh weekend — what a powerful way to honor the legacy of Dr. King e

Nikki Fried-It was an honor and joy to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Miami today. We celebrate how far we have come, and continue on with our service and action in pursuit of a dream that inspired millions.

Ron DeSantis=Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the principles of liberty codified in the Declaration of Independence. We honor him today for his tireless efforts on behalf of freedom.

Nick DiCeglie-As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,“The time is always right to do what is right.” Today we remember his incredible impact during the civil rights movement and his lasting legacy in the fight for peace and equality for all.

Rep. Val Demings-We fight this week for #VotingRights in honor of Dr. King. We cannot go backwards.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy-Today we honor Dr. King’s legacy through his own words-

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.

Byron Donalds-While @PamBondi was the top cop in FL, she fought endlessly to stop the opioid pandemic, human trafficking, & the rise in crime in our state. AG Bondi always backed the blue, protected our cities, & prioritized victims, not criminals. I’m looking forward to tonight’s interview!

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"Florida Jewish Lawmakers Respond to Synagogue Attack" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—On Saturday, a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas faced a hostage situation after three hostages were held for almost 11 hours. The hostages were unharmed, and the perpetrator was killed after a rescue team breached the synagogue. However, there is no word as to whether the perpetrator was killed from a self-inflicted shot or if the perpetrator was shot by law enforcement. In response, prominent Jewish lawmakers in South Florida are responding to the synagogue attack.

"Rubio Vows to 'Restore the American Dream'" by. The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) directed a message to supporters, vowing to “restore the American Dream.”

"DeSantis Offers Up Prospective Redistricting Congressional Map" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gov. Ron DeSantis has weighed in the redistricting process on Sunday as his general counsel, Ryan Newman, submitted a plan that appears to mirror the most-recent House plan that Democrats have called a gerrymandered map.

"Gov. DeSantis Outpaces Democratic Field in Donations Ahead of 2022" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With the 2022 midterm elections less than a year away, Florida's gubernatorial election is poised to be the most hotly contested election this midterm cycle. However, donor data is showing a reality starkly contrasted to the media's portrayal of a tight race. Currently,  Governor DeSantis (R-FL) is outpacing the Democrat gubernatorial field in donations by tens of millions of dollars.

"Nikki Fried Reasserts Comparing DeSantis to Hitler" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Less than two days after comparing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to Nazi Adolf Hitler, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) appears to reassert her controversial remarks from last Friday.

"Florida Democrats go Silent as 'Ghost Candidate' Controversy Unfolds" by The Floridiain's Javier Manjarres—Outspoken Florida Democrats protesting “Write-In” or so-called “Ghost Candidates” are suddenly silent about their own apparent ghosts of elections past.

"Iarossi Says DeSantis's 'Free State of Florida' Speech Rallied Floridians" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 Florida legislative session is now underway, and while Governor Ron DeSantis’s “State of the State” or "Free State of Florida" address invigorated Republican legislators and voters, and Independent voters, Florida Democrats were quick to criticize the yearly address as a mere political play to appease his voting base of support.

"Florida Gov. DeSantis Compared to Hitler by Democrat Nikki Fried" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running for governor in the Democratic gubernatorial primary race, recently compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to Nazi Adolf Hitler.

"Wasserman Schultz Says 'SCOTUS Ruling Sets Back our Fight'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Brian Mast
Brian Mast

Mast Calls for Controversial Federal Takeover of State Water Rights" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"House Takes Up Ballot Initiative Restriction" by Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida—& Elections Committee is scheduled Tuesday to take up the proposal (HJR 1127), filed by Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Lithia.

"Murphy Secures More than $245M to Rebuild Bridges" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Before her time ends in office, having announced that she would not run for reelection, Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) has secured almost $245 million for the Sunshine State. The effort, a result of a bipartisan infrastructure law, will help repair and build bridges.

"Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Backs Health Worker Rule" by Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida

Former Rubio Legislative Aide Alina Garcia to Run for Florida Senate" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Florida Republicans Continue Registering More Voters Than Democrats" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The Republican Party of Florida is taking another victory lap around the Florida Democratic Party, celebrating that they have a 45,153 registered voter advantage. This doesn't look good for Florida Democrats.

"Rubio: I Won’t let Biden Hijack Florida’s Elections" by Senator Marco Rubio—Florida Republicans continue to criticize President Joe Biden (D), taking issue with rising inflation among other concerns. Lawmakers like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) are further hinting that this could lead to the President being voted out of office. Citing reports from the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Rubio said that the findings show that “most Americans think Biden is a disaster.”

"Rubio: 'Americans Think Biden is a Disaster'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Republicans continue to criticize President Joe Biden (D), taking issue with rising inflation among other concerns. Lawmakers like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) are further hinting that this could lead to the President being voted out of office. Citing reports from the most recent Quinnipiac poll, Rubio said that the findings show that “most Americans think Biden is a disaster.”

"Justices Order New Trials for Death Row Inmates" by News Service of Florida's JIm Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered new trials for two Death Row inmates, including for a man convicted in the murders of a Broward County couple after his mother provided key testimony.

"Associated Industries of Florida Unveils 2022 Legislative Priorities" by Jim McCool

"Moody Unveils Initiative Tackling Human Trafficking" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) announced a new human trafficking initiative. Most recently, the AG Moody addressed rising smash-and-grab robberies, but now the new initiative invites business owners to train staff, so they can report instances of human trafficking. Calling it an effort to have “partners in the community,” Moody was joined by several other political figures in unveiling the initiative.

"Casey DeSantis: ‘Freedom is Prevailing in Florida’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida’s First Lady, Casey DeSantis, released a message to supporters, praising Florida and affirming that “freedom is prevailing in Florida.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been fighting several controversies while also facing three gubernatorial challengers. However, Casey DeSantis assured that the state is moving forward, arguing that “Florida is the freest state in the United States.”

"Annette Taddeo Reveals Plans for Florida's Pre-K Programs" by The Floridian's Jim McCool and Javier Manjarres—Tallahassee, FL - Gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-40) revealed her ambitious plans for pre-K programs in Florida ahead of the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday in a press conference to discuss her newly-file SB 1922.

"Consumer Inflation Jumps At Fastest Pace In Nearly 40 Years" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Inflation jumped at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years in December, as the surging costs continues to eat into Americans' wages and indicating that inflationary price pressure is showing no sign of easing.

"Democrat Cruises to Win in Hastings District" by News Service of Florida's Jim Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — More than nine months after the death of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, South Florida voters Tuesday elected Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick to succeed him.

"Rubio Campaign Calls Demings ‘Politically Convenient by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Florida can use those 1 million expired COVID-19 tests, after all ” by Tampa Bay Times’ Kirby Wilson— “At the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie ran into Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. He had news for her. The federal government has agreed to give Florida another three-month extension to use the nearly 1 million rapid COVID-19 test kits that expired in a state warehouse at the end of December, Guthrie said. Fried,

"Waltz Accuses Olympics Committee of ‘Hypocrisy by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) has penned an op-ed for Fox News, discussing the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The Florida Republican, taking issue with the International Olympic Committee, accused the committee of “hypocrisy,” arguing that “China will use Olympics to camouflage, distort and hide their oppressive authoritarian regime.

 “Florida Republicans craft restrictive abortion law Democrats have little power to stop” by POLITICO’s Arek Sarkissian— Republicans who control the Florida Legislature have spent months crafting the proposal after Texas lawmakers in May banned all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and opened up abortion providers to lawsuits from private individuals.

"Democrat Fried Says "Free State of Florida" a DeSantis Dog Whistle" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Tallahassee—In response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s State of the State address, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a press conference to pan all of Gov. DeSantis talking points, especially his use of the terms “Freedom” and “the Free State of Florida,” which she refers to as a “dog whistle.”

DeSantis: Freedom is good, COVID mandates, lockdowns are bad” by The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington

"Ron DeSantis Reinforces Florida's Ban On CRT" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - Florida has easily been one of the most proactive in shooting down Critical Race theory education almost one year ago.  Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) kicked off his State of the State Address further reinforced the state's ban on CRT in the classrooms.

"DeSantis Takes Shots at Fauci in State of the State Address" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - Today's State of the State Address before the Florida House, was always poised to be a politically-charge speech.  Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) delivered, opening up his State of the State Address by taking shots at Dr. Anthony Fauci and the federal government.

"RNC Sues NYC Election Officials To Block Law Allowing Noncitizens To Vote" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

 “Florida Senate panel backs bill to overhaul students’ annual testing” by Miami Herald’s Ana Ceballos and Tampa Bay Times’ Jeffrey S. Solochek

Both Republicans and Democrats use 'Ghost Candidates" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Two of Florida’s most progressive state legislators, Reps. Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith, have joined fellow Democratic legislators, Angie Nixon and Tavaris McCurdy, to pen a letter to the Florida Public Service Commission asking them to conduct an audit into Florida Power & Light (FPL) “to determine whether ratepayer money was used, directly or indirectly, to finance the fake candidate schemes,” or "ghost candidates."

"GOP Immigration Proposal Emerges" by the News Service of Florida's Jim Saunders—TALLAHASSEE — In one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ priorities for this year’s legislative session, two Republican lawmakers have filed a proposal that seeks to ratchet up immigration enforcement. In the state.

"Implementation is Key to Make Progress Monitoring Work for Students" OPINION—When COVID-19 caused the cancellation of state assessments in 2020, it created a rare opportunity to re-evaluate what parts of our public education system were working and which needed changes.

"Progressive Supervisor of Elections in Florida Asks GOP Candidate if He's With 'Proud Boys' (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Progressive Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott has recently been caught on camera appearing to take sides in the contentious special congressional election in Florida’s 20th District by asking Republican congressional nominee Jason Mariner if he was a member of the Proud Boys and if he had “thrown up” hand signs that could be portrayed as racist.

"Senate 2022 Field Officially Set: Thune and Johnson To Run for Reelection" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"DeSantis Blames Federal Gov. Failures on Lack of Therapeutic COVID-19 Treatment" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Amid controversial accusations of stockpiling COVID-19 tests, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has publicly come blaming the federal government's failures on a lack of monoclonal and therapeutic treatments for COVID-19.

(Exclusive to the Floridian) "Rubio: Biden ‘Doesn’t Enforce the law’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As President Joe Biden’s (D) Administration nears its first year in office, the President is touting accomplishments while GOP lawmakers are raising concerns. Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), who’s currently running a reelection campaign against Florida Rep. Val Demings (R) , spoke to The Floridian about the Biden Administration’s response to illegal immigration and the border

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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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