JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —7.18.2022 — Nikki Fried Blisters Charlie Crist at Democrat Gala — Gaetz Teams up With AOC— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —7.18.2022 — Nikki Fried Blisters Charlie Crist at Democrat Gala — Gaetz Teams up With AOC— More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
July 18, 2022


Nikki vs Charlie

Absentee ballots are in the mail across most of Florida, and Democrats are voting for whom they feel will best mount a successful campaign against Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. Rep. Charlie Crist and AG Commissioner Nikki Fried have been at each other throats in their hotly contested gubernatorial primary election, and this past weekend in Tampa at the Florida Democrats' annual state meeting was more of the same.

Fried received a standing ovation after concluding her speech and later landed a body blow to Rep. Crist in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, saying that the former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, “can’t mobilize” the Democratic electorate.

Fried even predicted that if Crist were to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Democrats would endure the biggest “loss in Florida’s history if Charlie’s the top of the ticket.”

“Republicans hate Charlie, independents don’t trust Charlie, and Charlie can’t mobilize our base. We will actually see the largest Democratic loss in Florida’s history if Charlie’s the top of the ticket, and he’ll pull down everybody else,” Fried warned in an interview with the Times/Herald. “The fact that he says, ‘Don’t worry about my past record. I’ve got Black friends,’ tells you that he is not ready for this moment, that he hasn’t evolved that he doesn’t understand what he did.”

Polls show that Crist is in the lead but going into the home stretch of the primary season, Fried appears to have a good bit of steam behind her campaign. All bets are off in this primary race.

As for Gov. Ron DeSantis, he is sitting back changing diapers and watching "Cocomelon" with his little whippersnappers.



Red Wave Could hit low Tied in Parts of Florida

Republicans are expected to crush Democrats statewide in the 2022 midterm elections, but Democrats will not lose every state or federal race across the state. One of the congressional races that Democrats feel they will retain is Rep. Ted Deutch’s seat in CD 23.

Jared Moskowitz, the apparent frontrunner in the race just crossed over the $1 million campaign cash threshold, besting all of the Republicans and Democrats in the race by more than $750,000. READ MORE


Florida Democrats-“The strong, diverse, brave members standing alongside me tonight are here to defend our rights and freedoms to truly create the free state of Florida!” - Sen. Lauren Book

Debbie Wasserman Schultz- I'm proud to represent a #FLA district filled with beautiful parks. I recently secured $3M for Thomas Park in @DaniaBeachFL to rebuild a recreational community center, and I'll work to deliver projects that make all our lives

Congresswoman Kat Cammack-67 percent of the country is dissatisfied with Biden's job performance. From the botched withdrawal of Afghanistan to soaring inflation to the border crisis and beyond, there's plenty to disappoint us.

Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez-If you or a veteran you love is struggling with mental health, the 988 Veteran’s Crisis Line goes live today.

Text “vet” to 988 or call 9-8-8 and press 1 to be connected to someone ready to help. They are available 24/7, 7 days/week.

Anthony Sabatini
Anthony Sabatini/ The Floridian


"Republican Congressional Debate—District 7," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—On Wednesday, August 10, The Floridian and the Seminole Republican Women, Federated Club, will be hosting a debate between the qualified Republican congressional candidates in Florida's District 7.

"Fried: ‘Let’s Make History Together!’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Democrats gathered in Tampa for the Leadership Blue Gala hosted by Blue Shift Florida. Democrats like Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) and Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) took the stage to fire up members of the party and their respective campaigns.

"Florida CD 7 GOP Race: Duke Leads in Money Raised, Mill Leads in the Polls," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—U.S. Navy Seal Brady Duke has once again topped the field of Republican congressional candidates in money raised in the District 7 primary race.

"Moskowitz Raises Whopping $1 Million in Congressional Race," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Democrat Jared Moskowitz has surpassed the $1 million threshold for his congressional campaign in Florida's 23rd District

"Rubio and Demings Trade Blows Through Press Releases," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Gaetz, Crenshaw, and AOC Champion Therapies for Veterans in National Defense Act," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives,  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have partnered with prominent congressional Democrat on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). No, it wasn’t Reps. Charlie Crist (D-FL) or Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), but none other than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

"DeSantis Endorses 'Pro-parent' School Board Candidates,

by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Education and parental rights has become the forefront of concern for many Florida Republicans. Now, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has released a new batch of school board endorsements for, "Pro-parent," candidates.

"Gaetz Holds the 'High Ground,' Votes in Favor of the National Defense Authorization Act," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) sent out a press release showcasing his approval for the House’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a measure that includes $525 million to Rep. Gaetz’s congressional district in North Florida.

"January 6th Commission Lawmakers Receive," Capitol Police Security Detail," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—WASHINGTON – The January 6th Committee members are now being escorted around the U.S. Capitol by armed Capitol Police security detail.

"Taddeo Asserts Salazar 'Doesn't Care' to Keep Communities Safe," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, the Florida House passed the Active Shooter Alert Act, which creates an Amber-alert-like system for a situation involving an active shooter. The legislation was passed with a vote of 260-169. 43 Republicans voted against the legislation, and one of those voters is Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R).

debbie wasseman schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"Wasserman Schultz Says Crisis Pregnancy Centers are 'Preying on Women' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Amidst discussion of states banning abortions, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) released a video on social media, providing information about abortion care in the state of Florida. Highlighting that Florida is still "one of the last bastions of safe abortion care in the south," Rep. Wasserman Schultz condemned "fake 'crisis pregnancy centers" that are "preying on women during their most desperate hour."

"DeSantis Says 'Democrats are Scared' Heading Into 2022 Midterm Election," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Former Mayor of New York City and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg (D) is entering Florida politics. He’s not running for office in the state, but reports indicate that the political figure has donated $1 million to the Florida Democrat Party. With important races on the line in the upcoming midterm election, both sides of the aisle are doing as much as they can to expand their legislative ground. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has criticized the effort, saying that it shows that "Democrats are scared."

"The U.S. Capitol and the 'Dog' House of Representatives," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—During these long ‘Dog Days of Summer,’ it appears as if the U.S. House of Representatives has gone to the dogs, not the Rep. Stephanie Murphy-led Blue Dog Democrats, but to actual furry friends.

"Ivana Trump has Passed Away," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Ocasio-Cortez Says U.S. Capitol not 'Designed to Protect Women' [VIDEO]," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Florida Republican Poll Shows Mills Leading Sabatini," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—According to the word on the street that State Rep. Anthony Sabatini is putting out, Rep. Sabatini has a commanding double-digit lead in his contested Republican congressional primary race. Republican pollster Ryan Tyson, who recently conducted a poll for the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) in four closely-watched congressional primary races, shows that Rep. Sabatini is actually losing to combat veteran Cory Mills.

"Inflation Rises, Biden Poll Numbers Fall," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Labor Department has released job numbers concerning the Consumer Price Index. The CPI is a general statistic that factors in everyday goods that Americans purchase on a regular basis (gas, housing, groceries). The numbers showed that in one year, prices (and therefore inflation) have risen 9.1%, and 1.3% from May 2022 to June 2022, alone.

"Trump's Potential Presidential Announcement Keeps 2024 Republicans on ice," by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Donalds Say Republicans Could not get Away With Making 'Breakfast Tacos' Remark," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rick Scott: Biden 'Broke promise' to Not Raise Taxes," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Two years ago, then-presidential candidate Biden promised his tax plan and fiscal agenda would not raise taxes on Americans making under $400,ooo per year. Today, US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) is asserting that the president has officially broken this promise.

"Rubio Calls for U.S. to Support Cuban Freedom Following 1 Year Anniversary of Demonstrations," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—After one year of Cubans demonstrating in the streets demanding freedom and economic resolve, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement regarding the anniversary of the event. Within the Rubio press release, the Florida Senator calls out the Biden administration for watching “this oppression play out” and calls upon the U.S. Government to “act to keep the spirit of the courageous 11J (11th of July) protestors alive.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis: California is a 'Woke Tyranny,'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is now engaging in a war of words with California Governor Gavin Newsom (D). Gov. DeSantis's latest comments come after Governor Newsom ran an anti-DeSantis advertisement in Florida last week. In a message to supporters, DeSantis declared that Florida has answered the call to be the "freest" state in the country while trying to be the antithesis of California, a "woke tyranny."

"Florida Rep. Kat Cammack Receives Flurry of Endorsements," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays Accused of 'Illegal Electioneering,'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Former Republican State Senator and Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays is being accused of overstepping his authority and expressing biased support for Rep. Daniel Webster over his Republican congressional opponent, Conservative Journalist Laura Loomer.

"DeSantis Spokeswoman Backs Parent Who Challenged School Board Over 'Pornographic' Books," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The Clay County School District has come under national scrutiny for silencing a concerned parent over his concerns about the district allowing children to read sexually charged and "pornographic" books in school.

"Protections Extended for Venezuelans in U.S.," by News Service of Florida

"Anna Paulina Luna Says 'Breakfast Tacos' Comment Will Lead to 'Latin Exit' From Democratic Party," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Republican lawmakers and candidates for elected office are sounding the alarm on the recent "Breakfast Tacos" comment First Lady Dr. Jill Biden (D) made at a rally. While giving a speech in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Biden said that attendees are "as unique as... breakfast tacos." The comment has angered Latino groups and Republicans like Anna Paulina Luna, who argue that it could lead to a "Latin-Exit of the DNC this November."

"Joe Biden Continues Struggling With Hispanics, or 'Breakfast Tacos,'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—First Lady of United States, Dr. Jill Biden, has been chastised by those in the media, specifically Hispanic media, for mentioning and equivocating the Latino community to “breakfast tacos” in San Antonio. This incident has garnered a lot of attention from conservatives as well; Marco Rubio changed his profile picture on Twitter to a taco in response:

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

"Biden pays Chinese-backed school $50 million to house illegals," by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg—First Lady of United States, Dr. Jill Biden, has been chastised by those in the media, specifically Hispanic media, for mentioning and equivocating the Latino community to “breakfast tacos” in San Antonio. This incident has garnered a lot of attention from conservatives as well; Marco Rubio changed his profile picture on Twitter to a taco in response:

"Charlie Crist Says 'Cuba Should be Free.'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Team DeSantis: 'Brandon Fails... DeSantis Leads,'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) continue to amass support as they inch closer to the August 23rd primary. While both candidates have sharply rejected the DeSantis administration, Governor DeSantis has remained largely mum over his Democratic rivals.

"Lauren Book Launches Explosive Reelection Ad," The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Marco Rubio Endorses Jimmy Patronis' Reelection Bid," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—"Jimmy Patronis is a dedicated public servant who is committed to putting more money back in the pockets of Floridians," said Senator Rubio, "He took on the challenges our state faced during the pandemic, working to reopen Florida safely to keep our economy moving. Jimmy is a strong advocate for Florida's first responders and is dedicated to keeping our communities safe. I’m proud to call Jimmy a friend and endorse his re-election as Florida's CFO!"

"Pruden Says Moskowitz 'Unsuitable' for Congress After Hillary Clinton Endorsement," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—In Florida’s Congressional District 23, Republican candidate James (“Jim”) Pruden reacted to the recent Hillary Clinton endorsement of Democratic congressional candidate Jared Moskowitz, who Pruden expects to be his ultimate contender in the 2022 general election.

"Police Benevolent Society Endorses Rhonda Rebman Lopez," by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Murphy: Trump Breached 'Democratic Will of' Americans," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) is set to co-lead the next hearing in the January 6th investigation. Ahead of the next hearing, Rep. Murphy took part in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" to discuss the future of the investigation, arguing that President Donald Trump (R) was going against "the democratic will of the people."

"Rubio Says 'Pelosi Puppet' Val Demings Will 'Follow the line' in Voting," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) is set to co-lead the next hearing in the January 6th investigation. Ahead of the next hearing, Rep. Murphy took part in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd to "Meet the Press" o discuss the future of the investigation, arguing that President Donald Trump (R) was going against "the democratic will of the people."

"Val Demings, Democrats Continue Blaming Inflation on Corporate Price Gouging," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) attributing inflation to corporate price gouging, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) continues to warn that Demings and the Democratic Party have been detrimental to the United States' growth. In an interview with News4Jax over the weekend, Senator Rubio criticized Demings' voting record as one that will "follow the line with the most radical elements."

"Ex-trans Teen Supports FL Ban of Medicaid Funds for Transgender Medical Treatment," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The prevalence of transgenderism among children has forced the policy debate on services like Medicaid to consider what must be done in regard to gender reassignment treatments. Making waves in the news is a Californian ex-transgender teenager who opposes Medicaid funds for transgender medical interventions.


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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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