JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.8.2022 — 'Dark Money' Influences Florida Elections — Suspended State Attorney Fundraises off Firing— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —8.8.2022 — 'Dark Money' Influences Florida Elections — Suspended State Attorney Fundraises off Firing— More...

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August 8, 2022

 

Heck, why not Fundraise off of my Firing?

Suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren is not trying to make the most out of a bad situation—he’s now raising cash from this suspension.

Why not?

What does he have to lose?

The suspension Gov. Ron DeSantis levied on Warren must first go through the State Senate before it can be etched in stone, so, why not try to raise cash on it for a future run for office, if the firing gets overturned? READ MORE

“Dark Money” Makes the Political World go Round

Politics is shady business, but a necessary one nonetheless

Outside groups, PACs that dabble in federal campaigns oftentimes influence the elections they inject themselves in. That the money they raise to use in any federal election is referred to as “Dark Money” because the source of that money cannot be traced back to anyone (usually).

This “Dark Money” is pouring into Florida (of course it is) READ MORE

On the Campaign Trail…

Republican congressional candidates Joe Budd was seen out this past weekend putting in the work for his campaign in FL CD 23.

Budd, the state committeeman in Palm Beach County, was out digging holes and putting out his large campaign signs in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

Squeezers

 

Rep. Ted Deutch-Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a terrorist organization funded by Iran. They’ve fired at least 80 rockets at Israel tonight. And they’re targeting civilians.

America supports Iron Dome because it saves lives.

We condemn these terror attacks.

America stands with Israel.

Rep. Brian Mast-When it comes to poisonous chemicals in our community, we deserve answers. That’s why I voted in favor of the Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act.

Charlie Crist-DeSantis will keep pushing the limits of our democracy with his authoritarian tactics. If we want to save our democracy, we must vote him out.

If you want to help me defeat him, give me a follow to help me reach 150k followers by the end of the day!

Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella)-Today, I am retracting my endorsement of Naomi Blemur for Commissioner of Agriculture. Recently, Facebook posts from Naomi have surfaced which have brought to light some of her past anti-choice and anti-lgbtq views, contrary to my strong position on these issues

Lauren Book-As a mother and a senator, I made it my mission to help other mothers keep more money in their pockets. That's why I led the effort to eliminate sales tax for diapers in Florida.

We got it done for this year, and when I am re-elected, we will do it again.

Annette Taddeo
Annette Taddeo

 

"Taddeo Rescinds Naomi Blemur Endorsement," by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since announcing her run for the U.S. Congress, Florida state Senator Annette Taddeo (D) has risen to the forefront of the Democratic primary race. Polls indicate that she is leading Commissioner Ken Russell (D) in the race, and Taddeo has expanded her influence by sharing a number of endorsements. However, Taddeo is now rescinding...

"DeSantis Says Biden’s U.S. is ‘Disastrous’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) Team continues to criticize the “trajectory” of the country, calling it 'disastrous.' While Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) challenge each other for their political party's nomination, criticizing DeSantis, the Florida Governor has remained a vocal critic of the president.

"Suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren Fundraises off of his Suspension," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Former Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren is campaigning for his job back and asking for donations.

'Dark Money' Rains Down on Florida Republican Primary Races," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Candidates for elected office, particularly congressional and senatorial candidates, like to moan and groan about “Dark Money” being spent against them in their respective campaigns, but are quick to show their elation when an independent expenditure is spent to help them.

"Bilirakis Discusses Election Integrity Act with Rep. Davis and Local Leaders," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich –The midterms are three months away. Election integrity is an issue under the current radar that will become more apparent the closer to November. Friday, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) met with Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL) about the American Confidence in Elections (ACE) Act.

"Scott Outlines Alternative Taiwan Strategy, Criticizes Biden's Approach in National Review Op-Ed," by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Tensions between the United States and China remain high after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) visit to Taiwan this past week. In retaliation, China has placed sanctions on the island and has conducted live-fire drills near its coasts. In an op-ed for National Review, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) outlines his strategy for the region.

"Rubio and Others Pen Letter to Mayorkas Requesting Tighter Border Security," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Republican Senators such as Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others, have penned a letter to notify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the dangers of an open southern border and the potential national security risks because of it. The letter argues that the United States has completely lost control of the border crisis, and that terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda could become a beneficiary to that circumstance.

"Donalds Introduces Bill Expanding Veteran's Assistance Beyond Education, Into Private Sector," by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—While many consider education to be priceless, some have already acquired the education they want or need in order to make a living and enjoy their life as an American. Rather than constrict the commonly known G.I. bill to just education, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has taken a step to account for servicemen and servicewomen in more ways than just one.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis Appoints new Florida Supreme Court Justice, Defends 'Rule of Law' by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"DeSantis-Endorsed Combat Veteran Jay Collins Vows to Stand for American Families," by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The 2022 midterm election inches closer every day, and Florida has been a hotspot of activity, to say the least. Speaking with The Floridian this week, State Senate candidate Jay Collins (R) describes himself as "a big fan" of Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and of his own commitment to stand with American families. Collins, a former U.S. Army Green Beret who has received the Purple Heart, lost a leg in combat, is endorsed by DeSantis and is running against incumbent State Senator Janet Cruz (D)Florida's 14th District.

"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

Val Demings
Val Demings/ The Floridian

"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

"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

Brian Mast
Brian Mast

"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.

 

 

 

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

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