Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 3.8.2022 —Catfight in Tallahassee

Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 3.8.2022 —Catfight in Tallahassee

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
March 8, 2022

NO MAS! NO MAS! U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Aren't Working

Russia is invading Ukraine and threatens to move on past that country and take over other nations. Putin has huge influence and control in Venezuela and Cuba. Could one of these two banana republicans serve as a launching pad for more Russian military aggression closer to home?

The Trump sanctions worked, but now they don't, and Latino voters want them to end because they are causing more harm than good. READ MORE

Oh Carlitos, the Drama you Cause...

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) is not only a good orator and messenger for his Progressive followers, the Orlando-area legislator is also all about the drama. The Drama! Rep. Smith played the "Gay Card" on Twitter with Gov. Ron DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw, and accused her of attacking him in a libelous way because she called him "A hit dog" that will "holler."

It got so tense that it appeared as if Pushaw and Smith could get into an actual "mano a mano" physical struggle if they were to be placed face to face.

My money would be on Pushaw in a 1st Round knock-out. READ MORE

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Bloody Sunday took place 57 years ago today, and nearly 2 years ago we lost John Lewis, the civil rights giant and one of the brave Selma to Montgomery marchers. I'll honor them by fighting to protect and expand voting and civil rights. The struggle for social justice continues.

Rick Scott-@SenSchumer has again recklessly delayed action on @Ukraine aid in the Senate. How many more Russian shells have to fall? How many more Ukrainian lives lost before you let us vote? I #StandWithUkraine, Sen. Schumer, do you?

Marco Rubio-This isn’t the war #Russia planned for #Putin envisioned air dominance in first 24 hrs,taking #Kyiv in 72hrs & installing a puppet govt within a week Instead he is in a quagmire & his best possible outcome now is a costly victory & a long military occupation battling insurgents

Rep. Val Demings-I am proud of the leadership and courage of our youth and all who are participating in the #ProudToSayGay rally against the #DontSayGay bill. We have no need to fear each other. Love is a gift and every child and educator deserves dignity and respect.


Carlos Guillermo Smith
Carlos Guillermo Smith

"POLL: Latino Voters Say U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela Have failed" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"DeSantis Spokeswoman Pushaw Triggers Progressive Democratic Lawmaker" by The Floridian's James McCool

"Lawmakers Pushes Anti-Small Business, pro-Tax Audit bills in Florida Legislature" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres— As the Florida Legislature enters the final week of the 2022 legislative session, two bill that will be up for debate and possibly a vote—SB1382 and HB 1041—pose a fiduciary threat to small businesses around the state.

"Senate Passes Controversial Immigration Plan" by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- The Florida Senate late Thursday approved a measure aimed at boosting immigration enforcement that critics maintain could have far-reaching implications for migrants in the state, such as people seeking asylum from Communist regimes and children awaiting reunification with their families.

"SNL Trashes DeSantis and 'Don't Say Gay' Bill" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The now infamous, "Don't Say Gay" bill that has passed in the Florida Legislature, managed to get the attention of individuals at the federal level of government. Now, Saturday Night Live (SNL) trashed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and the Parental Rights in Education bill in a satirical sketch this past weekend

"Rubio Wages War Against Mexico's Unfair Tomatoes Trade Practice" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"POLL: Biden Continues Losing Hispanic Voters in Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Flexes, Vows to Veto Republican Redistricting Maps" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn a line in the sand against the Republican-led Florida Legislature, vowing to “veto” the congressional redistricting map that was submitted after it passed in both the Senate and House chambers.

"Demings Blasts Rubio, Alleges He Supports Tax Plan" by The Floridian's Jim Mccool—US Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) blasted US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for supporting Senator Rick Scott's new tax plan that could potentially raise taxes on lower-income Americans.

"FL Republicans Call to Ignore Graham, Unite Behind Trump" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Overnight, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) received bipartisan backlash for violent threats made against Russia, calling for Russians to take out President Putin. In response, many prominent Florida Republicans have called out Sen. Graham and echoed President Trump.

15-Week Abortion Limit Headed to DeSantis" by News Service of Florida

"Sayfie Review Hosts Miami Tech Summit" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"First Lady DeSantis Officially Cancer Free" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Late last year, Floridians were saddened to hear that First Lady Casey DeSantis was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, the First Lady is officially cancer free.

"'Don't Say Gay' School Children Protest in Florida Capitol" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Shortly before the Florida Legislature convened for their afternoon session on Thursday, a group of about 150 school-age kids put together an emotionally-charged protest against the "Don't Say Gay" bill in the Capitol Rotunda.

"Chris Sprowls Grills Press Over 'Baiting Him' on Abortion Questions" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Tallahassee, FL - The newest abortion ban has made its way through the Florida legislature, but Democrats are still not happy with the 15 week time limit on the bill. Yesterday Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-66) grilled the press over "baiting him," on abortion questions.

"Scott Warns of Iran’s Support of Russia" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Although Americans find themselves politically divided at home, Republicans and Democrats both applauded President Joe Biden’s (D) comments on Ukraine in his State of the Union address. After the United Nation’s General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 141 countries voted in favor of condemning Russia while 35 countries abstained. In response, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) criticized Iran, calling to attention the relationship the support Iran has shown towards Russia.

Charlie Crist for Governor
Charlie Crist for Governor

"Crist Slams ‘Egotistical’ DeSantis for Mask Comments" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) has embarked on another bid for Florida Governor and has commented on a recent exchange ‘egotistical’ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) shared with University of Southern Florida Students. In a video posted on social media, Governor DeSantis was preparing to give a speech, and masked students were standing behind him before he spoke. Just as he was to begin speaking, Governor DeSantis tells the students to remove the masks if they’d like, arguing that “we gotta stop with this COVID theater.”

"Democrat Moskowitz Frontrunner to Replace Deutch" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rep. Smith: 'Florida's People are Losing" With Biden's Russian Oil Buys" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Broward County Schools Accept Defeat, Installs Bleeding Control Packs" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, that left 17 innocent teachers and students dead, Broward County Schools has taken measures to ensure there isn't another school shooting in the county.

"Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Bill Advances in Senate" by News Service of Florida's Ryan Dailey—TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate is poised to consider a controversial measure that would prohibit school instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grade levels, as one Republican called on lawmakers to “soften” the bill when it is heard on the Senate floor.

"Brian Mast Calls Out Biden Over Border Crisis Hypocrisy" by The Floridian's Jim McCoo—US Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) has called out President Biden (D) for securing the Capitol with fencing and national guard units in preparation for the State of the Union Address, but won't look to secure the Southern Border with Mexico with fencing and military troops.

"Florida Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize Outdated Waste Technology" OPINION—In 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a first-of-its-kind ambitious goal under the Trump Administration to achieve a 50 percent national recycling rate by 2030. This goal was not only a much-celebrated environmental win by the vast array of diverse states and stakeholders, including Florida, it was also the culmination of coordinated support by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Even on Capitol Hill, 2020 saw the most recycling-related legislative activity ever.

"Fried Calls DeSantis 'Unpatriotic' for Refusing to Send National Guard to DC" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a gubernatorial campaign Twitter “Live” event Monday night where she took issue with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s recent refusal to send the Florida National Guard to Washington, D.C. for the State of the Union Address.

"Florida GOP Leaders Call for Maintaining State Control Over Water, Support for SB 2508" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"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.”

Daniella Levine Cava
Daniella Levine Cava

"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.

"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

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

"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.


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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