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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 28, 2022

Politics is a funny business and quite dirty at times.

Florida politics' top gun lobbyist Marion Hammer has put out an email condemning a “fake” political mailing that the National Association for Gun Rights sent out to voters last week.

Hammer contends that the mailing was created to mimic the NRA’s “orange postcard” and used to attack Florida State Rep. Chuck Brannan (R).

The controversial mailing allegedly attacks Rep. Brannan for not allowing Rep. Anthony Sabatini’s “Constitutional Carry” bill to be heard in committee.

The group that put out the mailer has endorsed Rep. Sabatini in his congressional campaign for the U.S. Congress. READ MORE

Rubio's Warning About Russia

"This is the most dangerous moment in 60 years

#Putin’s is facing a humiliating military fiasco & he has triggered extraordinary consequences on #Russia’s economy & people that will not be easy to reverse

And his only options to reset this imbalance are catastrophic ones"

Marco Rubio-I will be filing a bill to sanction & issue a lifetime visa ban for any govt official in #Ukraine who collaborates with #Russia to govern any part of the country And I hope the EU & every NATO nation will do the same

Rep. Val Demings-Good. Let's hold the oligarchs accountable and #SeizeTheYachts

Byron Donalds-America, this is a joke. Green energy CANNOT fulfill our energy needs. @JoeBiden knows this.

Rep. Brian Mast-The world is going to be facing an enormous humanitarian and refugee crisis in the coming weeks. Grateful for the generosity of Floridians who are stepping up to help.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy-To those Ukrainians fighting to defend your homeland: we will support you. To those Ukrainians, including families with young children, forced to leave your homeland due to Putin’s savagery: we will support you. Either way, we will support you.


"Scott: Biden 'Pushed America to a Dangerous Dependence on Russia'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) directed criticism at President Joe Biden (D), arguing that the President has been counterproductive regarding energy independence in the United States. Amidst the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, the former Governor of Florida has expressed his support for Ukraine while sharing his disappointment that Biden has “pushed America to a dangerous dependence on Russia & other foreign energy.”

"Levine Cava Endorses Judge Brown Jackson" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida is expected to be the host of a number of important midterm election races, including the gubernatorial race and the senatorial race. Last week, President Joe Biden’s (D) announcement of his pick for the Supreme Court added more focus to Florida when the President nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

"Former Florida NRA President Warns Floridians About 'Bogus' Political Mailing" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—The former president of the Florida chapter of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Marion Hammer, has issued an email warning Floridians of an alleged mailing that imitates the “orange” alert postcard that the NRA is known to send out.

"Rubio Predicts Ukraine Will Become a Russian Puppet Government" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Many U.S. politicians have contributed their two cents to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Now, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is anticipating a "puppet Russian installed government" in Ukraine.

"Grieco Scores Long List of Democratic Endorsements" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Rick Scott Touts 'Rescue America' Plan at CPAC 2022 Stage" by The Floridian's Mona Salama

"Rubio at CPAC 2022: Infusion Of Marxism Influence Has 'Reinvigoration' Americans To Fight Back For Freedom and Liberty" by The Floridian's Mona Salama—ORLANDO, Florida — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) kicked off the second day at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) warning how the infusion of Marxism influences has threatened American freedom and culture but remarked how Americans are fighting back, saying it is a sign of a "pendulum swing back" in the right direction.

Michael Waltz
Michael Waltz

"Waltz: Invasion 'Violates... Fabric of International Norms'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) commented on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, saying that the invasion “violates the very fabric of international norms and is a direct threat to our Western values.” With mounting sanctions against Russia and NATO discussing a proper response to the invasion, the Florida Republican directed blame to the President while assessing the global implications of the invasion.

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.

Dan Daley
Dan Daley

"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.

Michelle Salzman
Michelle Salzman

"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.

"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).

The JUICE is squeezed by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres, Daniel Molina, and Jim McCool

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 [email protected]

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