JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.13.2022 —DeSantis Gets His way During Special Session

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.13.2022 —DeSantis Gets His way During Special Session

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
April 14, 2022



The redistricting special session is just days away and as we expected to happen, the Republican-led state legislature finally saw the light and is backing Gov. Ron DeSantis’s newly-introduced congressional redistricting map.


There aren’t coincidences in politics, so when the State Senate releases a statement of support for DeSantis’s map less than an hour after it was introduced, it shows that DeSantis was always going to get his way.

We are still all driving and flying up to Tallahassee next week to cover the special session, but just how long will this session really last? READ MORE



While he won’t say it (he doesn’t speak Espanol) out loud, Gov DeSantis is telling illegal immigrants in plain English that they are not welcomed in Florida. READ MORE

Rick Scott-I was proud to sign this important bill into law as governor of Florida and I’m glad to see it upheld by the court. Life begins at conception and every child, including the vulnerable unborn, must be protected.


U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy-On National Borinqueneers Day, we recognize the 65th Infantry Regiment, a mostly Puerto Rican unit that distinguished itself for valor in the Korean War & earned the Congressional Gold Medal. Proud @RepJenniffer & I co-led the effort to establish this day of recognition.


Byron Donalds-Inflation soaring to 8.5% is the highest in most Americans’ lifetimes. The last time it was this high, Jimmy Carter had just left office. This is disgraceful


Annette Taddeo
Annette Taddeo


"Taddeo Calls for Democrats to 'Sit out' Special Session" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina


"DeSantis to New Immigrants: "Do not come to Florida" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) declared that the state of Florida will enforce the law of the land when it comes to immigration on Wednesday. These comments come after immigrants were bussed from Texas to Washington D.C. by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-FL). Some of those immigrants have expressed desires to journey to Miami.

"Book Launches New Campaign Ad, but Faces Competition" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—State Sen. Lauren Book (D-FL) is currently seeking reelection in District 35, and she’s just released her first digital advertisement proclaiming her record as a “Democratic leader and fighter for families” according to her press release regarding the ad.


"Progressive Groups Challenge Family First Alimony Reform Bill" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Just as national Conservative and Christian organizations support SB 1796, the Alimony Reform bill that will be landing on Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk for signing, Progressive groups are expressing their opposition to the measure.


"Republican Vennia Francois Campaign on a Roll" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Vennia Francois (R-FL), who filed for State House 44 (currently proposed HD 45) four months ago, has seen massive gains in her campaign after making her way on the ballot. This includes $110,000 in total fundraising, with $30,000 alone from a December event.


"One Lawsuit Dropped As Redistricting Session Near" by News Service of Florida


"Gas Prices Drop in Florida" by News Service of Florida


"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
Sen. Rick Scott

"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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"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.


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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