JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 2.22.2022 —GOP Lawmakers Turn on Sabatini—Russia Invades Ukraine—More...

JUICE — Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 2.22.2022 —GOP Lawmakers Turn on Sabatini—Russia Invades Ukraine—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 22, 2022

Republicans Take Issue with Rep. Anthony "Absentini"

Republican State Rep. and firebrand Anthony Sabatini is catching heat from Republicans and his congressional opponent for being the only Republican legislator to side with Rep. Anna Eskamani and other Progressive Democrats in voting against last week’s House budget bill.

It’s getting ugly in the Republican-led legislature as GOP lawmakers are ostracizing Rep. Sabatini as Republican congressmen have done to Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger in the U.S. Congress.

Sabatini, who has taken a scorched earth/everyone is a RINO Republican approach to campaigning, has already been banished to the basement of the Capitol and none of his bills are being considered.  READ MORE


Russia’s Threat to the World

Republican and Democratic lawmakers don’t agree on many things nowadays, but when it comes to the threat Russia poses to America, the world, they unify against Putin.

Now, they first have to take jabs at each other by casting blame on who is at fault for Putin’s aggression, but when they have nothing more to say against one another, they sing kumbaya and rail against Vlad. READ MORE

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani-Inspirational to see kids testify against the anti-net metering bill, emphasizing how we can't let fossil fuel companies dictate the future of our state, country, and planet.

Lauren Book-Today, for the second time, Republicans in the FL Senate rejected my amendment to ensure victims of rape, incest, & human trafficking are not forced to carry pregnancies resulting from their assaults. Taking choice away, revictimizing victims — this is NOT the will of the people.

Chris Sprowls-This might have been one of the most impactful days of my time in the Florida House. HB 7065 will send shockwaves throughout our state for generations to come as we reclaim fatherhood for Florida’s future.

Michael Grieco-The US is on the brink of war while I have colleagues pushing bills that force Florida schools to out gay kids and erase black history. And it’s only Monday…

Chip LaMarca️-Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day. In 1968 the holiday was adapted to also honor the birthday President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and moved to the third Monday in February.

Rep. Anthony Sabatini-I said it once and I’ll say it again.THERE SHOULD BE NO AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN UKRAINE

Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella)-As if the Don’t Say Gay Bill wasn’t bad enough - Republicans have amended it to further target LGBTQ+ students. Kids need a safe learning environment, not teachers being mandated to out them. This will lead to more LGBTQ+ youth homeless, particularly in black & brown communities.


Brian Mast China
Brian Mast China

"Mills, Republican Legislators Slam Sabatini Over Missed Votes, Voting Against Wounded Veterans" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Mast Shares Support for 'Freedom Convoy'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—News of the Canadian Trucker Convoy has spread across the United States like wildfire, and it has added to the divided country. Republicans like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) have voiced their support of the convoy, selling shirts sporting “Truck Yeah” in the front.

"Laura Loomer Secures Top Republican Operative on Campaign Team" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—In her campaign for the US Congress, Laura Loomer (R), who is running in Florida's 11th District against incumbent Rep. Daniel Webster (R), has seen many milestones achieved, but none like this. The Loomer campaign has secured a top Florida GOP operative, MaryAnn Pistilli as its new campaign manager.

"Gaetz Continues to Oppose McCarthy's Potential House Speakership" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is persistent in his efforts to ruffle House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s political feathers as the “firebrand” legislator continues pushing the idea that former President Donald Trump should be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, if and when House Republicans take control of that chamber of Congress.

"Demings Irked by Defund the Police Narrative Against Democrats" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—One issue that Republicans and Democrats have differed on is law enforcement and the funding of police since the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Florida Rep. Val Demings (D), who’s vying to unseat Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), took to social media to slam Republicans, arguing that they attempted to “shamefully… sabotage” the argument against “Democrats defunding the police.”

"Russia's Aggression in Ukraine Threatens the Western Hemisphere" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Russia’s threat of war against Ukraine, and possibly against NATO, is a powerplay that President Vladimir Putin has been nurturing for years. Now, with an unthinkable but convenient alliance with China, he is striving to undermine U.S. national security in the Western Hemisphere, cozying up to anti-democratic regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

"Poll Indicates a "Red Wave" Could Happen in November" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Republicans are expecting a “red wave” in the upcoming midterm election, and a new poll might indicate that Republicans could pick up seat in November. A recent battleground survey conducted shows that there is “a deep dive on a key target group: Hispanic voters.”

"Mucarsel-Powell Opts Out From Seeking A Rematch Against Giménez" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) announced Friday that she wouldn't run for Congress, opting not to seek a 2022 rematch for her old south Florida House seat, further exacerbating just how badly Democrats are facing in recruiting Hispanic as they look to remain in control during a difficult midterm election year.

"Rep. Salzman Under Fire for Opposing A Vote for Constitutional Carry" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Anna Paulina Luna
Anna Paulina Luna

"Republican Primary Race in Florida's 13th Congressional District Up for Grabs" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The congressional race to replace Rep. Charlie Crist (D) in Florida’s 13th District will undoubtedly be one of the most closely watched races in the country, as Republicans position themselves to win back the “toss-up” seat former Rep. David Jolly (R) lost during the 2016 presidential election.

"Progressive Group Furthers 'Whitewash' Narrative Against DeSantis's 'Stop the Woke' bill" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act” or Stop the Woke” bill in December 2021, Republican legislators are now poised to quickly get the measure passed in both chambers of the Florida Legislature, and on to Gov. DeSantis’s desk for him to sign the measure into law.

"Dental Benefits Could be Added Back Into Florida Medicaid Program" by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg— Florida House Bill 7047 —Medicaid Managed Care, which is sponsored by Rep. Shawn Harrison (R) is moving its way through the committees and it appears to be on its way to becoming a law. Sponsored by Rep. Garrison (R), HB 7074 implements several changes to the Florida Medicaid program.

"Rubio Leads Demings 49%-42% in new Poll" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres|

"Rubio Leads Effort to Allocate More National Guard Funds" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—A group of bipartisan congressional lawmakers has directed a letter to General Daniel Hokanson, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (NGB), in an effort “to allocate additional resources to the Florida National Guard (FLNG).

"Bilirakis Pens Letter Urging Cruise Travel Advisory Revision" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R) has amassed support from a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers in his effort to direct a letter to Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID Coordinator. Bilirakis' letter urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update and revise its Travel Advisory for cruise ships.

"Florida Rep. Smith Calls 'Putting Parents First' a Political Attack" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - School policy has managed to remain a hot topic in Florida politics for the past 2 years now, leading State Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49) to get into a heated exchange over school funding with State Rep. Randy Fine (R-53), where he called the "Putting Parents First" bill a political attack.

"DeSantis, State Urges Court to Reject Gun Law Case" by Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office urged the Florida Supreme Court late Monday to reject challenges to a 2011 state law that threatens stiff penalties if city and county officials pass gun-related regulations.

"Vote By Mail Changes Would Add Envelopes, ID Numbers" by News Service of Florida

"DeSantis Crushing Field of 2022 Democratic Gubernatorial Opponents (POLL)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The latest Mason-Dixon public opinion poll of the 2022 gubernatorial contest in Florida could spell disaster for Florida Democrats, as Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be crushing the field in head-to-head contests.

"'Don't Say Gay' Bill Doesn't Say 'Don't Say Gay'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Sprowls Takes Aim at ‘Fatherhood Crisis’ in State" by News Service of Florida—Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, will hold a news conference Wednesday to address what his office describes as a “fatherhood crisis” in the state, as the House prepares to take up a bill that includes an initiative to boost fathers.

"Pelosi: Defund The Police Movement is 'Not The Position Of Democratic Party'" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pushed back at the "Defund the Police" stance, declaring the progressive rhetoric as "dead" and "not the position" of the Democratic Party.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith

"Carlos G. Smith Pledges to Vote 'NO' on Abortion Bill" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Rubio Warns Russia Invasion of Ukraine Could Rapidly 'Lead To Catastrophe'" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Lt. Gov. Nunez Backs Key Lime Pie Over Strawberry Shortcake (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Republicans Censure House Rep. Mike Caruso Over Democratic Endorsement" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Bipartisanship isn’t unusual when it comes to lawmakers working together to draft legislation. However, lawmakers crossing party lines to endorse someone from the opposing political party is rare. Recently, Sens. Joe Manchin (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R) have endorsed each other, while Mike Caruso (R) has endorsed Katherine Waldron (D) for the Florida House Representative in District 89.

"Rubio: Demings Remains ‘Silent’ on Carville’s Comments" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The Rubio campaign continues to pressure Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) after James Carville’s (D) comments regarding the unvaccinated. As Demings is set to attend a “virtual grassroots rally” with the political figure, the Rubio campaign is further calling for the Democratic Congresswoman to denounce Carville’s comments and distance herself from him. Instead, the Rubio campaign is accusing Demings of remaining “silent.”

"Taddeo Slams Fried After Telemundo Interview" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary begins to unfold Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) is now slamming Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) for comments she made when asked how she engages with Hispanic voters.

"Florida House Democrats 'Dog' Republicans on Animal Issues" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—If animals like Fido the Dog and Garfield the Cat could vote for who will represent them in the U.S. Congress, they would most likely vote for House Democrats over their Republican counterparts.

"Biden Threatens Putin With 'Swift and Severe Costs' if Russia Invades Ukraine" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—President Biden threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin during a high-stakes phone call Saturday morning that the U.S and its allies will respond "decisively and impose swift and severe consequences" should Russia invades Ukraine.

"DeSantis Against Shifting Money from School Districts" by News Service of Florida—Gov. Ron DeSantis indicated Friday he does not support a House proposal that would shift $200 million away from 12 school districts that required students to wear masks last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The JUICE is squeezed 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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