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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 25, 2022

"F" Faucism in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took the stage at the annual CPAC convention in Orlando, and

“Let me welcome you to the freest state in these United States,” said Gov. DeSantis is his open remarks.

Gov. DeSantis came out swinging, bringing with him a whole bag of red meat talking points to serve up to the Conservative faithful. Arguably the most beloved Republican legislator in the state, Gov. DeSantis touched on all the bases.

From Faucism to railing against President Joe Biden’s apparent disdain and hatred for Floridians, Gov. DeSantis brought home the political bacon.

Here are just a few of the highlights from his 10-minute speech that ran over to a 20-minutes speech.

—“We refused to let this state descend into some type of Faucism dystopia, where people's freedoms are curtailed and their livelihoods are destroyed.”

—“We Banned vaccine passports and mandates.”

—“Florida has defeated Faucism. Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State.”

—“My duty is to stand up and protect the freedoms and th jobs of the people I represent.”

—“He (Biden) has the worse first year of any president since the 1800s.”

—“I replace three liberal justices, with conservative justices. Now, we have the most conservative Supreme Court in the country.”

‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ or ‘Don’t Say Gay?’

The “controversial” Parental Rights in Education bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Harding (R) passed in the Florida House, but the bill lacked the support of a few key Republican legislators. These legislators are expected to defend their centrist legislative seats in South Florida. We get it. READ MORE

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani —"State Rep. @CarlosGSmith, D-Orlando, led the charge against the bill, surrounded by the Democratic delegation. Smith is openly gay and a vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues. He said he wore his Pride lapel pin upside down to indicate a community in distress."

Rick Scott-The same day that Putin ordered Russia's invasion of Ukraine, he also postponed $2.3 BILLION in debt repayments owed by the illegitimate communist Cuban regime. This is no coincidence. As threats to democracy rise across the world, our commitment to freedom cannot waver.

Congresswoman Kat Cammack-This unprovoked, unjustified invasion of a sovereign nation is sickening. Putin and his cronies have chosen an extreme, aggressive path and will pay a significant price. We pray for Ukraine and their God-given right to freedom.

Rep. Val Demings-The ordinary Russian citizens who are risking their lives and freedom to protest their own authoritarian government’s criminal war are demonstrating extraordinary bravery. Praying for their safety tonight as well as the safety of the people of Ukraine.

Congressman Byron Donalds-While Ukraine stands in peril, John Kerry is more concerned that the first ground war in Europe since WWII is getting more media attention than his liberal green agenda. This tone-deaf response to Russia’s unprovoked military aggression is a slap in the face to every Ukrainian


Ronna McDaniel
Ronna McDaniel

"Op-Ed: As Democrats Overlook Florida, Republicans See Opportunity" by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel—For generations, Democrats have taken the Black vote for granted while failing to deliver. That strategy doesn’t work anymore. This week, the Republican National Committee is cutting the ribbon on our first Black American Community Center in Florida. It’s a symbol of our commitment to reaching new voters and showing they have a home in the Republican Party.

"GOP Parental Rights Bill Passes, Few Republicans Jump Ship" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - Today, the nationally recognized Parental Rights in Education, or "Don't Say Gay" bill, as Democrats have branded it, has passed the Florida House of Representatives.

"Russia Launches 'Full-Scale' Invasion Across Ukraine, Warns Of 'Consequences' If West Intervenes" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"DeSantis: Margaritas Won't Cure Bidenflation" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, Republicans directed criticism at the Biden Administration and Democrats, highlighting “Bidenflation” and those accused of contributing to it. With the Sunshine State hosting high profile political races in the upcoming 2022 November midterm election, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) released a video on social media, enjoying a margarita but lamenting that it won't cure "Bidenflation."

"Florida Senate Confirms Dr. Joseph Ladapo as Surgeon General" by News Service of Florida

"We Cannot Let Fatherlessness Stain Black History" OPINION by Jack Brewer—It is a problem many recognize, too few discuss, and even fewer know how to address, but the problem is persistent and leading to a generation of failed children. Too many children do not grow up with a father in their home. Thankfully this week leaders in the State of Florida stepped up to begin addressing the fatherless crisis.

"Oil Company Pulls Back Permit Requests for Drilling in Everglades" by Javier Manjarres and News Service of Florida

"Biden Unveils 'First Tranche' Of Russia Sanctions" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—President Biden announced new sanctions aimed at punishing Russia, the "first tranche" of sanctions targeting the country's financial markets in response to Moscow's actions that he characterized as the "beginning of an invasion of Ukraine."

"FL GOP Responds to Carlos Smith's Failed Amendment on 'Don't Say Gay' Bill" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The "Don't Say Gay" bill in the Florida legislature has managed to stir national controversy among parental rights advocates and LGBTQ allies.


"COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop Below 4,000" by News Service of Florida—The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 has dropped below 4,000 after a surge in late December and early January caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

"Rep. Daley's HB 1269 Approaches Last Committee" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Having a background in horses, South Florida State Rep. Dan Daley (D-97) has successfully passed HB 1269 through its second committee. The bill intends to bring back standardbred racing in Florida.

"Rick Scott Unveils Republican Post-Election 11-Point 'Plan To Rescue America'" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) unveiled a sweeping 11-point blueprint plan, jam-packed with 128 specific policy ideas to "rescue America" that Republicans should enact once they retake control of both chambers this midterm election.

"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

"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.

Senator Marco Rubio socialism
Senator Marco Rubio

"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.

The JUICE is squeezed by The Floridian's 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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