JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.5.2022 — Replacing Charlie Crist — DeSantis Suspends Controversial State Attorney— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.5.2022 — Replacing Charlie Crist — DeSantis Suspends Controversial State Attorney— More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
August 5, 2022


Replacing Charlie Crist in Congress

One of the most closely-watch Republican congressional races in Florida is the contest in the 13th District between Anna Paulina Luna, Amanda Makki, and Kevin Hayslett, to replace Rep. Charlie Crist.

This race has gotten ugly.

While her popularity among voters continues to grow, Luna is the target.

Hayslett has been bashing Luna for her past support of President Barack Obama, and now Makki is accusing her of not voting for Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Did Luna skip voting in the 2018 midterm elections?


Nikki Fried Bashes DeSantis, Backs Suspended State Attorney

According to AG Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Fried suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren was unjustly booted from his job, and it was because did not align himself ideologically with Gov. Ron DeSantis READ MORE

First Lady Casey DeSantis will be in Miami this morning at Everglades Airboat Expeditions, where she will most likely talk about water preservation, and maybe do a little python hunting?



Debbie Wasserman Schultz-When despots repress citizens, they abuse executive powers to do it. @GovRonDeSantis will apparently stop at nothing to take away your rights and control your body.

Rep. Lois Frankel-Too many members of our community are struggling to keep up with rising housing costs. If you need help keeping a roof over your head, please visit the Palm Beach County rental assistance program, which just reopened.

Andrew Warren-Today’s political stunt is an illegal overreach that continues a dangerous pattern by Ron DeSantis of using his office to further his own political ambition. It spits in the face of the voters of Hillsborough County who have twice elected me to serve *them*, not Ron DeSantis...

Rep. Brian Mast-The Taliban “claims” it didn’t know the head of al Qaeda was in Kabul. Just like they “claimed” they would let people get to the airport. Just like they “claimed” girls would still go to school.

Reminder: the White House “claimed” the US would be able to work with the Taliban.


Senator Marco Rubio socialism
Senator Marco Rubio

"DeSantis Says Florida's 'America's Beachhead of Freedom' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Amidst criticism from Democrats for suspending Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is directing criticism back to both Democrats and the Biden administration. DeSantis has not responded to Democrat's concerns, arguing instead that under his leadership Florida has remained "America's Beachhead of Freedom."

"Byron Donalds Introduces Resolution Calling for Focus on Nuclear Energy," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—While the world has searched for new ways to create clean sources of energy, we have seen the rise of companies like Tesla, the introduction of windmills, and the usage of hydroelectric power, such as the technology used in Hoover Dam. A growing number of people believe that the only ways to produce energy are fossil fuels and natural gas, wind, solar, electric, and hydroelectric. However, possibly the most underutilized source of energy is one that is clean and effective is nuclear energy.

"Nikki Fried Defends Suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After Governor DeSantis (R-FL) announced the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, gubernatorial candidate Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) came out in defense of the embattled prosecutor.

"Makki Accuses Luna of Not Voting for DeSantis in 2018," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Governor DeSantis (R-FL) announced the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, gubernatorial candidate Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) came out in defense of the embattled prosecutor.

"Laura Loomer Maintains Ilhan Omar is a 'Jihadist' who Supports ISIS," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In an interview with The Floridian, conservative journalist and Florida Congressional candidate Laura Loomerdoubled-down on her assertion that Rep. Ilhan Omar is supportive of the ISIS terror groupand is a "jihadist."

"Historic Inflation Continues to hit Everyday Americans," —OPINION

"Demings Champions Anti-Terror Bill," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Scott Announces Bipartisan Bill Combating Fentanyl," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The introduction of Fentanyl to America – primarily through drug trafficking via the southern border – is one of the greatest crises the nation is facing today. It seems as though everyone has heard a horror story in which the extremely addictive, and more importantly, fatal substance has crept into their community one way or another. On Wednesday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) announced bipartisan legislation looking to reduce the infiltration of the opioid to the country.

"Chet Stokes Smears DeSantis Endorsed 'Angel Mom' Kiyan Michael," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Kiyan Michael (R), an "Angel Mom "who has recently been endorsed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the State House District 16 race, is being antagonized for her past membership with the Democrat party by her Republican primary opponent, Chet Stokes.

"Rubio Called 'Driving Force' for Veterans Burn pit Care," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Team Calls for Voters to 'Reject COVID Theater' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Democrat Supervisor of Elections Appears to Violate DeSantis Election Integrity Law," by The Floridian's Jim McCool and Javier Manjarres—Since the 2020 presidential election, election integrity has become a paramount issue for conservative voters across the nation. Now, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections is under fire for allegedly violating Florida's election integrity laws.

"DeSantis Announces Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Program," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

nikki fried
Nikki Fried

"Fried Says Florida Voters Want 'Pro-Choice Governor' by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With Kansas voters resoundingly voting to protect abortion rights in the state, Florida Democrats are championing the vote and welcoming the same surge to Florida. The upcoming midterm election will host several high-profile races in Florida, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) responded to the Kansas vote by saying that “Voters in Florida want a pro-choice governor.”

"Rubio Introduces Bill Easing Federal Funding Applications for Religious Charities," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Mast's Bill Honoring Benghazi Passes in House," by The Floridian's —We are approaching the 10-year anniversary mark of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which left 4 Americans dead after Islamic extremists ambushed the American consulate. This attack, which took place on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, left many Americans puzzled as to why the U.S. failed to protect its people in a government-protected space.

"VP Harris Says Resiliency Money Coming to South Florida" by News Service of Florida—Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday that $50 million is headed to South Florida to help protect low-lying neighborhoods from sea-level rise and storm surge. Harris said the money is part of addressing a growing “climate crisis,” with Kentucky in recent days hit by deadly flooding and California battling wildfires. “The climate crisis is here.

"Gaetz Plans Select Committee on Hunter Biden After Midterms," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Last week as reported by the Floridian, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) debated with Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen in the House Judiciary Committee over Hunter Biden's alleged corrupt business dealings and the FBI's negligence in investigating it. Rep. Gaetz vows that his questions will have answers sooner rather than later, and now has just begun the process.

"Scott and Rubio Introduce Resolution Commending Cuba Protestors," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—For over sixty years, Cuba has been under Communist rule. Last July, thousands of protestors peacefully assembled to demand change. The Cuban government predictably cracked down hard, detaining hundreds and subjecting them to torture. On Monday, Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a resolution commemorating the protestors and condemning the Communist regime. Two other Senators feature on the resolution, those being Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Braun (R-IN)

"The Hypocrisy Behind the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, and Florida's Entire Press Corps," OPINION—When the Miami Herald devotes its entire front page to a photo of the CEO of Florida Power and Light with the headline “How Florida Power & Light executives surreptitiously took over and used it to bash its opponents,” we can only assume this is going to be a blockbuster of a story.

"American Lawmakers Praised Targeted Killing of 9/11 Terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With the announcement that Ayman al-Zawahiri had been killed in a CIA drone strike over the weekend, lawmakers immediately took to social media to comment on the news. Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) released a statement, praising the strike that ensured “Ayman al-Zawahiri has met a deserved justice."

"DeSantis Targeting Drag Clubs Over Legislative Opposition?," by The Floridian's Jim McCool Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has recently criticized drag queen clubs for patronizing children. Now, certain political commentators are starting to think drag clubs are being, "targeted," for their owners' opposition to DeSantis' latest bills, like the Parental Rights in Education bill.

Gov Ron DeSantis
Gov Ron DeSantis

"Progressive Lawmaker Blames DeSantis, Republicans for Unaffordable Housing in Florida," by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Florida, by some measures, has now become the most expensive state to live in the country. However, politicians in Tallahassee are at a loss on who to blame.  State Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49) has blamed the Florida Republican Party and Gov. Ron DeSantis for the unaffordable housing market.

"Rubio, Senate Republicans Introduce Bill Banning Energy Imports from Iran, Venezuela," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With the Biden administration’s hesitancy to give the nod of approval for renewed American oil production, conservatives have called out the President for going to international energy in order to satiate the nation’s demands. Conservatives like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other Republican lawmakers have just introduced a bill that would ban oil and natural gas from authoritarian regimes such as Iran and Venezuela.

"Fox: Senate Republicans Introduce Lend-Lease Program with Taiwan," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Wasserman Schultz Chides Gun Manufacturers for 'Targeting Youngsters," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Democrats are committed to ensuring that President Joe Biden (D) sign stricter gun control legislation, which has only increased tensions between Republicans and Democrats. Over the weekend, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), a staunch gun control supporter, shared an exchange with a gun manufacturer, commenting that "gun companies target youngsters" and that the Federal Government should do more to stop this.

"Crist Calls DeSantis 'Dictator of the Universe' and Argues Florida Isn't "Deep red," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Appearing this past weekend on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” with Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running for governor of Florida, stated that Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to be “Dictator of the Universe” and is intoxicated with running for President.

"Bilirakis' Cybersecurity and Ransomware Bill Passes House," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich




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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 [email protected]

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