Kicking and Screaming Media
The highly anticipated 2022 Sunshine Summit came and went this past weekend, but it didn’t conclude without a little media meltdown/controversy.
The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) handpicked which media outlets were to be credentialed to cover the event, leaving many within the mainstream or “legacy media,” as Gov. Ron DeSantis calls them, fuming mad.
Those uninvited media outlet, which included POLITICO, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, and Washington Post, shared their frustration on Twitter.
The bitching and moaning was led by none other than Florida’s “fake news” petulant child, Peter Schorsch, aka, The Hamburglar, and his small group of liberal crybaby bloggers.
The Floridian was on the invited list (of course we were) as well as few other mainstream outlets like the Sun-Sentinel, News Service of Florida, and one reporter from the Tampa Bay Times.
As The Hamburglar, who never misses an opportunity to try to dress down Gov. DeSantis, and others tried to care for the wounded egos, Republicans were far too happy and willing to pour a ton of salt into that wound.
Team DeSantis’ Lindsey Curnutte, the RPOF’s Helen Aguirre Ferre, and none other than super-duper secret agent and pariah to legacy media types, and 'Defender of DeSantis,' Christina Pushaw, took to Twitter each armed with a bag of Kosher salt.
Here is The Floridian’s coverage of the Summit:
Say Gay, Please Say Gay
The Florida LGBTQ Democratic Caucus also held an event this past weekend and the who’s who of Progressive “Say Gay” politics was in attendance.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Rep. Charlie Crist, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, and many more Democrats, including Rep. Jared Moskowitz, were in attendance in Tampa.
In case you were wondering, Moskowitz, who is running for Congress in CD 23, was wearing a suit and not his usual, everyday t-shirt and shorts garb. See below.
Nikki Fried-I'm Nikki Fried, the first Jewish woman elected statewide in Florida. Yesterday, Nazis were standing here. Today, I was — to reject, condemn, and call for a united Florida against antisemitism.
Stand united with me.
Ron DeSantis-We have a fatherhood crisis in our nation.
Here in Florida, we are investing in programs to support fathers and families.
Sen. Jason Pizzo-I don’t discount how well DeSantis resonates with Republicans, globally.
However, the Republicans have held control of the Florida Executive and Legislative branches for 20+ years - if he’s talking about battles and armor, he’s not speaking to millions of Floridians who aren’t.
Rep. Val Demings-My father was a hunter. My husband was a sheriff. I was police chief. Guns have always been in my life. As a former law enforcement officer and now as a lawmaker, it is still my responsibility and the responsibility of elected leaders to protect innocent people from gun violence.
Byron Donalds-Make America Florida!
"Waltz Meets With Zelenskyy in Ukraine Meeting," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Members of the House Armed Services Committee issued a statement this weekend after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov during their visit to Ukraine. Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R), a member of the delegation, also shared images of the meeting with Zelenskyy on social media, affirming the United States' support.
"Democrats Call on DeSantis to Denounce Tampa Nazis," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has garnered more criticism after his appearance at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa. Numerous conservative speakers took to the stage, but the event gained controversy because a group of Neo-Nazis waved flags outside of the event. In response, a slew of Democrats have called on Gov. DeSantis to denounce the nazis.
"Jimmy Patronis Praises DeSantis for Economic Success in FL," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Hollywood, FL - The latest economic numbers have once again set Florida apart from the rest of the country as the state's jobless rates continued to decline. While at the Sunshine Summit CFO Jimmy Patronis (R-FL) praised the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and bashed Washington's handling of inflation.
"DeSantis and Mark Levin Moderate CD 7 GOP Congressional Debate," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—HOLLYWOOD, FL— The highly anticipated debate in Florida’s Republican congressional District 7 race was the first order of business at the Sunshine Summit that was hosted by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for the debates and even sat in on two of the debates to help Conservative TV Host Mark Levin moderate the events.
"Paul Renner Defends Parental Rights Bill at Sunshine Summit," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Hollywood, FL - Speaker Designate State Rep. Paul Renner (R-24) took the stage at this year's Sunshine Summit on Saturday where he attacked Democrats on education reform. The soon-to-be Speaker of the Florida House called to stop educating children on "woke garbage" and defended the Parental Rights Bill.
"Sunshine Summit Holds District 13 GOP Primary Race," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—At the Sunshine Summit, this Saturday, Republican congressional candidates in District 13 squared off in a debate in hopes to secure their chances of becoming the Republican nomination to replace Rep. Charlie Crist’s (D-FL) .
"Aaron Bean Calls Erick Aguilar a 'Crook' and 'Con man,'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Hollywood, FL - The Sunshine Summit this weekend hosted several key congressional debates, but none made the audience's attention perk more than the congressional District 4 debate between State Sen. Aaron Bean (R) and Dr. Erick Aguilar (R) when Bean called Aguilar a crook that stole from seniors.
"Mark Levin Says Sabatini's Foreign Policy 'Most Radical' he's Ever Heard [VIDEO]," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Ron DeSantis: 'Do you want to be in Brandon's party?' by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Hollywood, FL - At the Sunshine Summit, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was by far the most anticipated guest to take the stage. Gov. DeSantis kicked off his speech by bashing Democrats and highlighting Republican gains in the state of Florida, asking, "Do you want to be in Brandon's party?"
"DeSantis Warns Floridians About Cuban Investment Scheme," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich
"Senator Ted Cruz Enters Florida Politics, Endorses Cory Mills," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Combat veteran Cory Mills has just landed arguably the biggest congressional endorsement of them all—Senator Ted Cruz.
"Crist, Fried Duke Square off in Debate, Sparks fly," by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- With both claiming to be Florida Democrats’ best bet to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried traded barbs Thursday in their only debate before next month’s primary election.
"Jason Holloway Pulls a Charlie Crist, Swaps Political Parties to run for Office," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Jason Holloway has taken a page out of the Charlie Crist playbook and has changed his Democratic voter registration to Republican, and now he is running for State House District 58.
"Conversion Therapy’ Bans Remain Blocked," by News Service of Florida
"Demings Votes to ban 'All Semi-Automatic Rifles'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich
"Rubio, Scott Introduce the 'Turn Off The Tap Act' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Republican Senators are looking to address an issue that has involves the state-controlled Chinese companies and their business dealings with the American government. The Republicans seeking to address this issue – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – have introduced the Turn off the Tap Act, which is designed to keep federal funds out of the hands of “firms listed on several federal blacklists, including the Department of Commerce’s Entity List and the Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List.”
"DeSantis: ‘Biden is Blundering our Country’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to criticize President Joe Biden (D), saying that “Biden is blundering our country towards the abyss.”
"Deutch: ‘Climate Change is not a Partisan Issue’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Crist Unveils ‘Accessibility for All’ Plan" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Ron DeSantis: 'The Checks Are In The Mail'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—As a part of Governor Ron DeSantis' (R-FL) new "Freedom First" budget for Florida, the administration is once again placing Florida families at the front of their agenda by distributing $450 checks per child to take care of Back-To-School and family expenses. However, several Progressive Democratic state lawmakers have been critical of the move, accusing the policy of not being as altruistic as it seems.
"New Poll Shows Biden has Lost the 'Breakfast Tacos' (Hispanics) Vote" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—President Joe Biden and his administration are sinking fast into the political guacamole dip. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows that President Biden's "unique as Tacos" campaign to lure Hispanics into supporting his economic and foreign policy agendas continues to fail, and the "Breakfast Tacos" First Lady Jill Biden spoke about appears to have burned on the kitchen stove. Time could already be running out for President Biden.
"Laura Loomer Capitalizes on Rep. Webster's Absence From Recent Debate," by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"Georgia Backs Florida in Elections Law Fight" by News Service of Florida
"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."
The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina