JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —7.20.2022 — Florida Man Charlie Crist — Countering the Russia Threat in Latin America— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —7.20.2022 — Florida Man Charlie Crist — Countering the Russia Threat in Latin America— More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
July 20, 2022


Charlie Crist, Today's Karma Chameleon?

Former Republican Governor and current Rep. Charlie Crist is by far the best retail politician to ever walk across the waters of the Everglades and set foot on Florida’s sandy beaches.

Do you disagree?

Of course, you don’t.

The highly-likable Rep. Crist never turns it off. He is always campaigning.

Whether as a hardcore “chain gang” and “pro-gun, pro-choice” Republican, to an Independent, and finally to a staunch Democrat, Crist has always been a fixture in Florida Politics.

Now (again) Republicans are branding him the “Joe Biden of Florida.” Before he was the Ronald Reagan of Florida, then the Barack Obama of Florida, and now he’s the “Joe Biden of Florida.”

Charlie is Florida. The epitome of the Florida Man. READ MORE

The Russian Threat

We here at The Floridian have been sounding this alarm for months, years: Russia is a huge threat to America.

Russia's move into Latin America (outside of Cuba) is a direct threat to the Western Hemisphere. Putin is raising his Iron Curtain.

But Americans are finally getting it. Democrats like Rep.Stephanie Murphy have all been pointing to Russian threat, as have Reps. Michael Waltz, Byron Donalds, and Brian Mast. READ MORE


The Campaign Trail...

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini is pushing out a poll that shows him 7 points ahead of combat veteran Cory Mills. A Recent RPOF poll shows Mills leading Sabatini by 2, while another poll shows Mills leading by as many as 9 points.

This 8-person GOP primary race has become one of the ugliest in the nation. Not only have candidates taken shots at one another on stage, but campaign signs have been vandalized and stolen, campaign workers have been intimidated, and there has even been an arrest for Burglary with Assault.

Fun times.

Republican frontrunner in FL CD 13 Anna Paulina Luna has been mixing it up with Democrat Eric Lynn. A recent poll shows the two in a virtual tie, but Lynn is pushing out his own poll (no data backing it) that shows he is up by 10-points.

Meanwhile, in Broward County, Jared Moskowitz could be on a winning path to Congress. Moskowitz has more cash than anyone else in the race, but a recent loss in a straw poll to Ben Sorensen could make him reevaluate his current campaign position.


Rep. Frederica Wilson-Today, I’ll vote to protect #EqualMarriage and for the Respect for Marriage Act, which enshrines marriage equality and prevents this radical court from overturning every American’s right to same-sex and interracial marriage.

Rep. Brian Mast-#OnThisDay in 2021, @POTUS claimed that inflation would be “temporary.” He’s yet to even apologize for gaslighting the American people, let alone take meaningful action to lower prices on the goods that families depend on.

US Rep Kathy Castor-All Americans deserve the right to marry who they love and live without fear that their lives will be upended through a rollback of rights.

We just passed bipartisan legislation to provide critical protections for same-sex &interracial marriages - now it's the Senate's turn.

Jared Moskowitz
Jared Moskowitz/ The Floridian

"RNC Tags Crist as the 'Joe Biden of Florida'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Republican National Committee (RNC) has recently sent out a press release calling Florida gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) the “Joe Biden of Florida.” Rep.Crist, who has a longer political career than his Democratic primary opponent Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL),  is known by most as the establishment candidate. Crist also served as Governor of Florida (as a Republican) and has been in politics since becoming a state senator in 1993.

"Protect Our Future PAC Endorses Moskowitz," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Crist Unveils ‘Freedom to Learn’ Education Plan," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) has released his education plan, affirming that he will make Florida a place where there’s “freedom to learn.” This contrasts with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) claim that Florida is the freest state in the country, but Democrats like Crist and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) disagree.

"Bilirakis: 'This is the Highest Rate of Inflation We’ve Seen in More Than 40 years'" by Rep. Gus Bilirakis

"Scotty Moore Back on Ballot with Crucial Endorsements," by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Murphy Champions NDAA Provisions to Counter Russian Influence in Latin America," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Late last week, the House passed the bipartisan defense bill, which includes provisions that were included by Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D). the provisions address potential threats from Russia and China, and Florida lawmakers have warned of the national security threat that Russia poses to both the United States and Latin America given its relationship with Venezuela.

"Rubio ad Highlights Law Enforcement Support, Calls Demings "Radical Rubberstamp' by The Floridian's —Senator Marco Rubio has released his first advertisement for the 2022 midterm election, highlighting the support that he has received from the law enforcement community. Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) has touted her previous time in law enforcement while recounting her time as Orlando's police chief. However, the Rubio campaign ad argues that "Val Demings turned her back on law enforcement."

"DeSantis Says Misleading Fundraising 'Wrong,'" by News Service of Florida

"Anthony Sabatini Falsely Claims he and DeSantis Helped Pass 'Constitutional Carry,'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Jake Hoffman
Jake Hoffman

"Jake Hoffman Crushes 'Fake News' Blog and Gonzalez Pittman's Bogus Attacks," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—On Friday, the Karen Gonzalez Pittman Campaign launched attacks on her main opponent Jake Hoffman. The substance of her allegation is that Hoffman applied for PPP loans and then used them for a spending spree. Her “evidence” for this attack included a hazy line of innuendo based on Facebook posts and misinterpreted financial disclosures.

"Casey DeSantis Counters Gavin Newsom's Attack Ads," The Floridian's Jim McCool—California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has made headlines for running controversial attack ads in Florida, targeting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) after he threatened to fine the Special Olympics over its vaccine mandate. Now First Lady Casey DeSantis is pushing back against Gov. Newsom.

"DeSantis Signs Curriculum Transparency Bill into Law," by The Floridian's —The DeSantis Administration has prided Florida in being dubbed the, "Education State." Now, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has signed yet another education bill into law, this time to improve curriculum transparency for Florida parents.

"Gimenez Looks to Codify Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Immigration Policy, Calls Biden 'Weak and Gutless' by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Carlos Gimenez along with fellow Floridians, Reps. Kat Cammack and John Rutherford (co-sponsors), have introduced a legislative measure to codify former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Late last week, Rep. Gimenez introduced his “Migrant Protection Protocols Act, which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, calling the Biden Administration's move to end the Trump-era immigration policy as "weak and gutless."

"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.

Nikki Fried
Nikki Fried

"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.

Sen. Annette Taddeo
Sen. Annette Taddeo

"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).

"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.





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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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