JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.18.2022 —Republican Candidates Raising Big Bucks in FL

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read — 4.18.2022 —Republican Candidates Raising Big Bucks in FL

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
April 18, 2022


Show me the Money!


Republicans are raising big bucks in Central Orlando in hopes to replace Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D), who announced that she would not seek reelection to Congress.

So far, $4 million has been raised by Republicans. After the dust settles, there could be at least $9 million raised and spent in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

The winner of the GOP primary will all but be assured a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. READ MORE

Democrat Moskowitz raising big cash, a clear frontrunner in his congressional race. READ MORE


Family First

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues his Florida Family First push with a hefty fund allocation to bolster the state’s foster care system.

DeSantis is next expected to sign the pro-family Alimony Reform bill into law in the coming weeks. READ MORE

Kat Cammack-Currently, you have eight Democrats in the U.S. Senate who are opposed to ending Title 42. Is the President listening to these people at all? Is he taking their opinion into account because there is a genuine bipartisan sentiment against getting rid of this policy.

Rep. Ted Deutch-Americans must have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The Constitution gives women the right to make their own healthcare decisions. Respect those rights. Respect women

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-The Black community will not be @GovRonDeSantis’ political punching bag. He calls his maps “race neutral,” we call it a racist tactic at its core.

The community is coming together to push back

Rep. Andrew Learned-Florida GOP still refuses to divest our Retiree's $300m in Russian investments.

Make no mistake, they are speaking with their (and your) $$$ and siding with Putin and not #Ukraine️



"Time for the PGA Tour to Get a Tax Bill" by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg—With their least favorite day of the year right around the corner, Americans are scrambling to track down receipts, decipher IRS forms, and crossing their fingers that they don’t owe Uncle Sam. Certain businesses like S corporations or LLCs already filed weeks ago. Not sweating Tax Day? Certain billionaires who pay little or no federal income tax—and the PGA Tour.

"Rubio Exposes Media's Obsession With China's Ineffective Covid Policies" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went on a Twitter tirade against China and the media’s praise of the Communist regime’s handling of the Coronavirus response in comparison to the United States. In most cases, the Senator was pointing out the fact that the media was fawning over China’s decision to be more authoritarian (naturally) in terms of public health (more lockdowns, more restrictions) compared to former President Trump’s (R) approach of balancing liberty and safety.

"Florida's Congressional Delegation Raises Over $60 Million" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Q1 Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings are in and all of the most up-to-date financials reports are in for members of Florida's congressional delegation.


"Russia Sanctions 398 U.S. Lawmakers" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Amidst the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, the United States has maintained that it will continue to support Ukraine in its defense efforts. As a result, Russia has sanctioned 398 members of Congress. The sanctions come after the United States has sanctioned both Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.


"Patronis Wants to ‘Fight’ Washington in Reelection bid" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina


"DeSantis Financial Bolsters Foster Care System" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Along with signing legislation that would ban abortions after 15 weeks, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) also announced an effort to invest in foster care. Over the weekend, the Governor’s team reaffirmed its commitment to bolster foster care in Florida. The Governor’s announcement included $385 millions that would stimulate Florida’s foster care system.


"Republicans Poised to win Back Charlie Crist's

Congressional Seat" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Republicans are salivating over the prospect of winning Florida’s 13th Congressional District back from Democrats and Rep. Charlie Crist during the 2022 midterm election cycle.


"Moskowitz Raises $665K, Solidifies Congressional Frontrunner Status" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When Rep. Ted Deutch (D) announced that he would not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress, all eyes looked on Broward County Commissioner Jared Moskowitz as being his natural successor. Moskowitz, a former state legislator, and DeSantis Administration official, has just elevated himself to frontrunner status by raising $665,641 for his congressional campaign


Matt Gaetz and Anthony Sabatini
Matt Gaetz and Anthony Sabatini

"Republicans Raise $4 Million in Florida Congressional Primary Race" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 Q1 Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising numbers are out and the Republican congressional candidates vying to replace retiring Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) (pictured) have combined to raise $4 million.

"Donalds, Sabatini Both Approve of Term Limits" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Brady Duke Supports DeSantis's Newly-Signed Abortion law" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Demings Leads Rubio in Campaign Funding, but not in Polls" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senate hopeful Rep. Val Demings (D-FL)  has outraised incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for the fourth consecutive quarter according to her campaign. In the second quarter of 2021 when Demings first entered the race, the former Orlando Chief of Police outraised Rubio by $500,000. In the first quarter of 2022, she outraised him by $4.2 million.

"RNC Votes to Withdraw From 'Biased' Debate Commission" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—In fallout from the 2020 presidential election, Republicans are responding to the upcoming election in 2024 by calling the Commission on Presidential Debates "biased."

"Crist: ‘Florida Deserves Better’ Than DeSantis" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina‚—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) has responded to a report from The Floridian, discussing his thoughts on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) of corporations receiving tax rebates. The former Governor of Florida argued that DeSantis’ “tough-on-big-business rhetoric… couldn’t be further from the truth.” Instead, Crist argues that DeSantis should be voted out of office because “Florida deserves better.”

"DeSantis Signs Abortion Bill, Says Democrats Advocating for Late-Term Abortions" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres —After the Republican-led state legislature voted and passed the controversial Reducing Fetal and Infant Mortality Act (HB 5) during the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis followed through with his pledge to sign the anti-abortion bill into law.

"DeSantis in Position to Sign SB 2508 Into Law" by The Floridian's Jim McCool


Sen. Annette Taddeo
Sen. 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.

"Rubio: Demings 'Enabling... Border Crisis'

Republican Legislature Signals Support for DeSantis's New Congressional Map" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"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
Rick Scott/ The Floridian

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

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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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