JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.13.2022 —Another Special Session in Tallahassee?

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.13.2022 —Another Special Session in Tallahassee?

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
April 13, 2022


Florida Rep. Channels his inner Miami Vice

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) has been called many things, and now Floridians can say that the gay progressive activist could have a future on Broadway.

Little Carlitos, who dressed up as a shorter Hispanic version of Detective Sonny Crocket from the 1980s television series “Miami Vice,” appeared at the Renaissance Theatre Company in Orlando this week where he took the stage and surprised the audience with a pretty good performance.

Next time you see ‘Little G’ take up the microphone on the House floor of the Florida Legislature, remember that at any moment he could transform himself into a Broadway performer.

Wait, doesn’t he already bring the drama?
Carlos Guillermo Smith
Carlos Guillermo Smith


Special Session, Part Deux?

We are one week away from the special legislative session to address redistricting, and now it appears as if a second legislative session could be just around the corner.

A bipartisan group of legislators wants to head back to Tallahassee to address property insurance, an issue that is stinging Floridians and was not addressed during the 2022 legislative session. READ MORE

Jimmy Patronis-BREAKING#Bidenflation sets new records in March jumping to 8.5 percent. A new 4-decade high. Still no plan from @JoeBiden and no end in sight for the middle class. Sad day for American families and businesses. Especially bad with taxes due soon.

Rep. Carlos G Smith-Republican lawmakers should have rejected #DeSantis' overt attack on Black representation in our democracy. Instead, they’re fully capitulating to 100% of his demands out of fear of retribution.

Sen. Dennis Baxley-My honor to attend the ceremonies for the 2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida hosted by our @AGAshleyMoody Each year, over 5,000 officers participate in the Torch Run to raise funds for Special Olympics Florida.

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-Families are feeling the pinch of rising costs on everyday necessities, from groceries & gas, to diapers. Meanwhile big corporations are price gouging on the backs of working people and enjoying record profits. That’s corporate greed, NOT ⁦@JoeBiden
Mario Diaz-Balart-Today’s astronomical inflation numbers are not just because gas prices are high.
Food is up 8.8%
Electricity is up 13.5%
Transportation is up 7.7%
Shelter cost are up 5%- biggest increase since 1991
Household furnishings is up 10.1%- the biggest jump since 1975.


Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio

"DeSantis Seeks to end 'Fatherhood Crisis'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed HB7065, known as the Fatherhood bill. With the legislation, it would direct around $70 million in funding that would promote involved fatherhood in the state. In supporting the bill, the Governor provided further comments to his supporters, discussing the “fatherhood crisis” and how his bill will allegedly respond to the concern.

"Rubio, Mast Blame Biden for Record Inflation Numbers" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakish—Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) is contradicting President Biden’s (D) claim that the rising inflation that America faces today is caused by war Putin’s war in Ukraine. By providing a chart in a tweet, Rep. Mast shows that the inflation problem was formulated prior to the war starting in late February.

"Rick Scott Calls Out Biden Over Inflation" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Former Governor and now Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) called out President Biden (D) today in a press release regarding the nation’s record-level inflation.

"Scott Introduces Antisemitism Measure in Senate" by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg—Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Mike Braun (R) have introduced a bill to prohibit Amnesty International from receiving any funds from the United States Government after allegations of antisemitism.

"Senate Democrats Call for Special Session Over Property Insurance Laws" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—While a special session is being called in order to address congressional redistricting maps in the state of Florida, we may see a second special session this year in the coming weeks.

"Bars Lose Appeal Over COVID-19 Shutdown—by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court has rejected arguments that bars should receive money from the state and Orange County because they were forced to shut down or significantly scale back early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Florida Legislature to Entertain DeSantis's Congressional Map" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The Florida legislature has granted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) the chance to provide a draft of the redistricting map, which has angered Democrats statewide. Both the House and the Senate released a joint memorandum, which informed that the governor’s office will provide congress a map.

"Crist Denounces DeSantis for Millions in tax Rebates" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) joined a number of House Democrats in denouncing $624 million in corporate tax refunds that he believes should be directed to address rising housing costs in Florida. In a Zoom news conference, Crist joined Florida Reps. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Anna V. Eskamani, and Angie Nixon in calling for an end to the tax rebates.

"Thompson Gonzalez Challenging LaMarca Opposes Pro-Business Legislation" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Fort Lauderdale – Florida State Rep. Chip LaMarca (R) appears set for another showdown against Linda Thompson Gonzalez (D) in defense of his District 93 state legislative seat.
"DeSantis Signs Fatherhood Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed HB 7065 on Monday, a measure that includes approximately $70 million in funding to promote involved fatherhood in the Sunshine State. The funding is allotted to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

"Murphy Says Republicans 'Dismantling Democracy'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After dressing down her Democratic Party for abandoning “moderate” lawmakers like herself, subsequently pushing her out of office, Rep. Stephanie Murphy recently appears on Showtime’s “The Circus” to opine on the state of the House of Representatives, while accusing House Republicans of “dismantling Democracy” and House Progressives of trying to “dismantle Capitalism.”

"Nightmare Poll Numbers Plague President Biden" by The Floridian's Jim McCool–Polls have never been the friend of a president going into the midterm election cycle, and the latest CBS poll finds  President Biden (D) enduring one of his worst approval ratings ever for any sitting president.
"FL Democrats Call Rubio's Remarks on Venezuela 'Disgraceful' by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Recently, US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave his response to a group of Venezuelans who criticized him. Now, Florida Democrats are taking issue with his remarks, calling the Senator, "disgraceful."
"Scott Cosponsors Bill Limiting Biden's Authority on National Emergencies" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) recently co-sponsored the Real Emergencies Act, a measure that was introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). This bill is in response to lawmakers on the left calling on President Joe Biden (D) to use a declaration of a national emergency for political purposes.
"Scott Cosponsors Bill Limiting Biden's Authority on National Emergencies" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) recently co-sponsored the Real Emergencies Act, a measure that was introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). This bill is in response to lawmakers on the left calling on President Joe Biden (D) to use a declaration of a national emergency for political purposes.
"Florida's Alimony Reform Bill Backed by Big Conservative Groups" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Family First Senate Alimony Reform Bill 1796 is garnering unprecedented support from Conservative and Christian-based organizations across the country.
"Rubio Introduces Uyghur Policy Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R), a vocal critic of the Chinese Communist Party, has introduced the Uyghur Policy Act. The legislation would “increase U.S. support for the Uyghur diaspora in the United States and other countries” while also advocating “for improving the conditions of Uyghurs suffering human rights abuses at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

"Waltz: ‘Send Ukraine the Damn ‘MiGs’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) reaffirmed his stance that the United States should do more to help Ukraine fend against the ongoing invasion from Russia. After an exchange with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley during a hearing, Waltz penned an op-ed for FOX News discussing the ensuing war calling for the Biden Administration to “send Ukraine the damn MiGs.”

"Stopping Government Outreach, Protecting Your Medical Freedom" by Reps. Kat Cammack and Gus Biliriakis—For the last two years, the U.S. has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns, shutdowns, mandates, and public health orders. In Florida, we’re fortunate to have Governor DeSantis leading the way to keep Florida free and open, fighting back against the orders to which blue cities and states have become accustomed.

Cory Mills
Cory Mills
"Mills Vows to Donate Entire Congressional Salary to Charity" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Even as the congressional district lines across the state have yet to be finalized as a result of the dragged-out redistricting process, Republicans vying to replace retiring Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) in Florida’s 7th District continue to campaign in the district that may drastically change in the coming weeks.
"FL Parental Rights Bill Inspires Similar Legislation in Other States" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The Parental Rights in Education bill easily became the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent Florida history. Now, it appears that the legislation has inspired lawmakers in other states to take action.
"Cherfilus-McCormick Tests Positive for COVID-19" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"New Data Shows Split on Critical Race Theory" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich
"Rubio Warns About Biden's New Immigration Policy" By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced that he has spoken to “Several Central American Leaders” about Biden ending Title 42. According to the information that Rubio received, President Biden is going to allow any undocumented immigrant to stay if they claim asylum. Title 42 was a policy enacted by President Trump during March of 2020, the start of the pandemic. This policy allows the government to “prohibit, in whole or in part, the introductions of persons and property” during the time of a massive pandemic that we faced just under 2 years ago.
Sen. Shevrin Jones
Sen. Shevrin Jones
"State Senator Jones Agrees with DeSantis on New Testing Procedures" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—State Senator Shevrin Jones (D-FL) approved of Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) decision to eliminate FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) in the Sunshine State.
'Perdue Tapped to Lead Department of Transportation" by News Service of Florida—Jared Perdue, who has led the Department of Transportation’s District Five in Central Florida, was named Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as state transportation secretary.
"Rubio, Scott Call for Environmental Funding in Florida' by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) have cosigned a letter to the Army Corps insisting upon proper funding towards various Florida projects such as the Central Everglades Planning Project and the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir project before the Army Corp of Engineers finalizes their work plan.
"Shevrin Jones Calls DeSantis's Special Session a 'Waste' of Taxpayer Dollars" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—State Senator Shevrin Jones (D-35) is firing back at Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on redistricting and calling this special session a "waste" of "taxpayer dollars."
"Lauren Book Defends 'Visit Florida'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"Crist: DeSantis 'Ignoring' Rising Property Insurance" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) has amassed support in recent weeks, gaining a boost from a number of officials and union workers. This week, the former Governor of Florida had choice words for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), criticizing him for “ignoring” property insurance concerns.
"Wasserman Schultz Questions Sen. Hawley's Manhood" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is fuming mad over a recent comment that Republican senator Josh Hawley made in regard to Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson.
"Deutch ‘Horrified’ With Russia’s Continued war Efforts" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As the war between Russia and Ukraine continues, U.S. lawmakers are sharing their support for Ukraine. This week, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) expressed his disappointment in Russia’s continued war efforts, arguing that he’s “horrified” at what Russia has done to Ukrainian civilians.

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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