JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —9.30.2022 — THE DAY AFTER THE STORM: DeSantis Assesses SW Florida — EXCLUSIVE HURRICANE IMAGES— More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —9.30.2022 — THE DAY AFTER THE STORM: DeSantis Assesses SW Florida — EXCLUSIVE HURRICANE IMAGES— More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian: The Day After

Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida, Florida Rescue & Recovery teams were on the ground, as was Gov. Ron DeSantis, accessing the widespread destruction left by the monster Category 4 storm.

Thus far, 11 deaths have been reported. Unfortunately, the deaths appear to be of people who refused to evacuate and lived in storm surge-prone areas.

Gov. DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis flew into Punta Gorda airport early Thursday afternoon and then held a press conference at the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center before heading to the Lee EOC. Read More

Senator Marco Rubio, CFO Jimmy Patronis, and FL EMEC Director Jeff Guthrie were all in attendance. The Floridian also spoke to both Patronis and Guthrie about the state’s hurricane relief efforts, both telling us that everyone and everything was in place to help Floridians in the affected areas recover.

FPL also added that their power infrastructure was not completely compromised.

The Floridian spoke to Gov. DeSantis shortly after concluding his Punta Gorda tour. READ MORE HERE

Once he concluded his Lee County EOC briefing, the DeSantis and Mrs. DeSantis boarded a Lee County Sheriff’s helicopter to get an aerial view of the damage in that county.

 

 The Floridian's Extensive Hurricane Coverage

 

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Ron DeSantis-After #HurricaneIan passes, be careful going outside. Make sure to avoid downed power lines, avoid standing water, stay clear of trees, do not drive in standing water and keep generators 20 feet outside of your home.

Jimmy Patronis-Last night I met up with some of the members of @FLTF2USAR at Fort Myers Beach to thank these heroes and assess damage. Long days are ahead, but we’ll keep at it until the mission is complete. #HurricaneIan

Commissioner Nikki Fried-Just leaving the state emergency operations center in Tallahassee. As teams begin to assess the damage done to property and agricultural lands, I want to remind Floridians that they can call 1-800-621-3362

AG Ashley Moody-If you want donate to the #HurricaneIan recovery efforts, make sure you are giving to a legitimate charity—like the Florida Disaster Fund—and not a fake organization set up to steal from generous donors.

Marco Rubio-It is not yet clear how many people remained on Ft.Myers Beach, Sanibel or Pine Island during the storm Several have been rescued by air as rescue teams are working feverishly to get on the ground and conduct a full search #IanHurricane

Kathleen Passidomo-Please remain safe & calm. If you need to request a wellness check or assistance, there are many non-emergency contacts you may utilize. ONLY dial 911 in an EMERGENCY. Our first responders & local authorities are on the ground working through the devastation from #HurricaneIan.

charlie crist
charlie crist

"MSNBC Wrongfully Claims Crist was Governor During Hurricane Matthew in 2016" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—While being interviewed on MSNBC (considered by most a left-leaning network), news host Hallie Jackson spoke to gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL) to talk about Hurricane Ian. At the beginning of the interview, Jackson mentions to the audience that Crist was Governor of Florida during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 (he was Governor from 2007-2011). Interestingly enough, Crist doesn't make an attempt to correct her, essentially taking credit for the clean-up efforts from the aftermath of that storm.

"Exclusive: DeSantis Assesses Hurricane Damage in Southwest Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Gov. DeSantis Announces Search and Rescue Missions Across Florida" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After Hurricane Ian destroyed large parts of Southwest Florida, leaders in Tallahassee, Florida are responding quickly. Today, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced the thorough search and rescue missions that have been underway since early Thursday morning.

"DeSantis Issues Hurricane Update in Punta Gorda" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has joined others to provide an update on Hurricane Ian. The update was delivered in Punta Gorda as the hurricane continues to affect Floridians, and joining him in speaking were First Lady Casey DeSantis (R) and Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis (R) among others.

"Harris Mistakenly Says US Allied with North Korea" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Vice President Kamala Harris's speaking style has gained notoriety and has become a favorite point of mockery for Republicans and Conservatives. In the most recent instance, Harris says the United States "has a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea."

"Miami Resuming Operation as State Recovers" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida lawmakers are responding to the devastation of Hurricane Ian as the winds have subsided to 65 mph. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that the City of Miami would be resuming its normal operations, while also providing an update on what the city would be doing to ensure the safety of its citizens. At the state level, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) provided an update, discussing power outages and flooding affecting Floridians throughout the state.

"President Biden Looks for Deceased Congresswoman at White House Conference" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

"DeSantis Requests Biden Approve Major Disaster Declaration, Pledge Full Federal Cost Share for Hurricane Ian's Damages" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamonte—Governor Ron DeSantis’ Press Office has officially requested President Biden approve Major Disaster Declaration and commit himself to 100 Percent Federal Cost Share for Hurricane Ian’s disastrous consequences.

"Democrat Alan Cohn Deletes Radical Views from Congressional Campaign Website" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Election Day is getting closer by the minute and congressional candidates are making strides to get every last vote they can, whether that means going door-to-door, sending out mail, or completely erasing former views on your campaign website.

"Democrat Bagga Responds to Attack Mailer Put Out by Fred Hawkins" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —Despite Hurricane Ian being the biggest news in Florida this week, there is still time for midterm election coverage. District 35 for the Florida House has just generated its own share of news. On Monday, Democratic nominee Rishi Bagga tweeted a response to an attack mailer put out by his Republican opponent Rep.Fred Hawkins. Bagga calls the allegations "so bad we got a good laugh." The mailer calls Bagga "really radical" and claims he is in favor of allowing non-citizens to vote, in favor of releasing criminals, and is against term limits.

"DeSantis Activates Florida's Critical Disaster Relief Fundraising Effort" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Democrat Charlie Crist Fundraises Hours Before Deadly Storm Hits Florida" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis Shuts Down Reporter Trying to Politicize Ian at Press Conference" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —Politico has seemingly politicized Hurricane Ian as it closed in on Florida. A few short hours after the post was published, a reporter at Gov. DeSantis' press conference last night decided to politicize it again. The journalist says concern raises over Florida's supposedly "lax" hurricane response, which DeSantis immediately shuts down. "Stop politicizing it," he demands from the journalist.

"Hurricane Stirs up Political Storm as Democrats Attempt to Harness it to Attack DeSantis" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamonte—As Hurricane Ian makes landfall on the Western Coast of Florida, Democrats throughout the state have used the impending catastrophe to criticize Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration.

"Christina Pushaw and Rep. Andrade Accuse POLITICO of Politicizing Hurricane Ian" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Rene Garcia Pushes Cashless Zones Legislation" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Residents Urged to Evacuate From 'Vulnerable' Areas" by News Service of Florida's Jim Turner

"DeSantis Warns Floridians to 'Prepare for Impact' From Monster Hurricane" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Wednesday live updates: Hurricane Ian, now a Category 4, will hit Florida today" by The Tampa Bay Times' Christopher Spata

"Florida Democrats Expected to Support Cuba's Legalizing of Same-Sex Marriage" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Florida Elected Officials Unite in Preparation for Hurricane Ian" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Hurricane Ian is blowing its way to Florida, expecting to make landfall this mid-to-late this week. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has already declared a state of emergency for all 67 Counties and called for the deployment of 2,500 National Guard. Monday morning, Gov. DeSantis tweeted a reminder to Floridians to have proper preparation and supplies ready for the coming days.

"Progressive Carlos Smith Voted for DeSantis's Budget While Voting Against Anti-Socialism Bill" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—In one of Florida’s most competitive swing State House seats in the 2020 midterm election (HD 37), Progressive Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) has come out swinging against his Republican opponent Susan Placensia over accusations she has made against him in a campaign mailer.

"Gallego Calls Salazar "Hypocritical" Despite Lacking Evidence" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Hispanic and Latino community is becoming contentious voting demographic in the 2022 midterms. Thursday, Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27) tweeted that "Hispanics are law-abiding, God-fearing, hardworking people" who are "rejecting the extremist, socialist policies of the radical Democrats."

"Joe Biden Alleges Congressional Republicans Will Jail Doctors for Doing Their Jobs" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Last week, Charlie Crist's pick for Lieutenant Governor Karla Hernandez-Mats mockingly compared the Florida legislature to special education students. She describes herself as trained to work with emotionally handicapped students, thus is qualified to deal with the "dysfunctional" legislature.

"Kat Cammack Introduced JASON Act, Looks to Curb Illegal Immigration" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the nation debates whether the southern border is secure, a Republican member of Congress from Florida has brought forth legislation in hopes to curb entry of undocumented immigrants in the case of a mass influx scenario.  Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) introduced the Justified Action for Securing Our Nation (JASON) Act.

"Rubio Sends Letter to Blinken, Yellen Demanding Sanctions on North Korea" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the world watches statesmen navigate the geopolitical issues that concern the United States such as our relations (or lack thereof) between nations such as China and Russia, many forget to include North Korea and the threat it poses to countries around the globe. However, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) alongside Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) sent a letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken as well as the Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen...

"Republican Leaders Appear to Side with DeSantis over Trump in Potential 2024 Matchup" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rick Scott Demands Biden Prosecute Iranian President Raisi for Assassination Plots Against US Citizens" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government continues cracking down on protestors, killing many demonstrators for denouncing the regime’s recent killing of Mahsa Amini, Florida Senator Rick Scott has called on President Joe Biden to prosecute Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi “horrific crimes” committed and for planning assassinations.

Greg Steube
Greg Steube

"Greg Steube Champions 'Commitment to America' Policy" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Karla Hernandez-Mats Doubles Down on Comparing Legislature to Special Education Students" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Last week, Charlie Crist's pick for Lieutenant Governor Karla Hernandez-Mats mockingly compared the Florida legislature to special education students. She describes herself as trained to work with emotionally handicapped students, thus is qualified to deal with the "dysfunctional" legislature.

"Scott, Steube Condemn New 'Woke' Air Force Academy Diversity Training" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the United States appears to become more and more “woke” and commonly used words and phrases are changed on a regular basis, many Americans fear when the wokeness creeps into our armed forces. Recently, Fox News has reported that the Air Force Academy has instructed their cadets to use more gender-neutral language such as “parent or caregiver” rather than mom and dad. “Color conscious” is now preferred over colorblind as well.

"Rubio Team Says Demings is in ‘Hiding’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since the midterm general election is fast approaching, Democrats across the country are vying to campaign with President Joe Biden (D). However, the Rubio campaign is warning that Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) is avoiding campaign stops with the president. Saying that Rep. Demings will be “hiding in her office in Washington,” the Rubio campaign inferred that her voting record could come back to haunt her in November.

"Taddeo Challenges Salazar to 4 Debates" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Moves to Prohibit Communist China From Buying Farmland, Land Around Military Bases" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rep. Stephanie Murphy Endorses Ultra-Progressive Karen Green" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With just under two months until voters head to the polls, retiring Rep. Stephanie Murphy's (D) will not be facing the Republican congressional nominee Cory Mills .

"Senator Rick Scott joins Senator Roger Marshall to Introduce the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Washington – U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS) and Rick Scott (FL) introduced the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act to formally designate certain drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

"Wasserman Schultz Slams Tlaib over Antisemitic Remark" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) recently spoke at an event saying "that you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel’s apartheid government." Rep. Tlaib further added, "we will continue to push back and not accept this idea that you are progressive except for Philistine [sic] any longer."

"Rubio Defends DeSantis, Outlines Media Hypocrisy After Martha's Vineyard Illegal Immigrants sue" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Democratic senatorial nominee and Rep. Val Demings is accusing Senator Marco Rubio of pulling a “shameless and cynical stunt” for posting a video outlining the fact that illegal immigrants from Venezuela are now suing because they were flown to Martha’s Vineyard after breaking U.S. immigration law.

"Waltz, Ernst Introduces the PUNISH Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has introduced the Preventing Underhanded and Nefarious Iranian Supported Homicide (PUNISH) Act. The bill would enact stricter sanctions against the Iranian Regime.

"New Polling Suggests Most Americans Support Banning Late-term Abortions" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Novel polling recently published by the Trafalgar Group demonstrates that most Americans do not agree with late-term abortions.

"Florida Democrat Accuses Crist of Supporting Defunding Police" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist aka "Chain gang Charlie" continues to work hard in displaying his progressive credentials in the weeks leading up to the 2022 midterm elections. In August, the Republican Party of Florida posted a video from a May 2022 interview conducted by the podcast "Your Brother John," where Crist says he is in favor of St. Pete police chief Anthony Holloway's initiative to reallocate funds for policing to creating a unit of social workers to respond to nonviolent calls.

"Tennessee Transgender Health Clinic Sparks National Outrage" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Last Tuesday, political figure Matt Walsh published investigative results regarding gender-transition surgeries performed on minors.

"DeSantis Proves Relocation to Martha's Vineyard was Voluntary" by The Floridian's—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has introduced the Preventing Underhanded and Nefarious Iranian Supported Homicide (PUNISH) Act. The bill would enact stricter sanctions against the Iranian Regime.

Charter Schools
Charter Schools

"Report Targets Funding Shift to Private Schools" by News Service of Florida

"DeSantis Jabs at Crist's Running Mate for Opposing U.S. Embassy Moving to Jerusalem" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke to several hundred supporters at an “Education Freedom Event” hosted by Florida’s Jewish and Faith Communities, where he took a solid jab at Democratic gubernatorial Lt. Governor nominee, Karl Hernandez-Mats. In a video captured by South Florida activist Chris Nelson, Gov. DeSantis needles Hernandez-Mats for her show of sympathy for the late Dictator Fidel Castro, and for her opposition to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in Israel.

"DeSantis Takes Victory lap, Lands Endorsement from Key Democratic Elected Official" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the American electorate progresses deeper and deeper into election season, endorsements are becoming more and more apparent to Election Day hopefuls. However, major endorsements usually don't come from politicians across the aisle. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has just secured one of those endorsements. While former President Donald Trump (R) won the state of Florida by about 3%, it was now-President Joe Biden (D) that claimed Palm Beach County by about 13 points in 2020.

"Jay Collins' Senate Bid Endorsed by Ashley Moody" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Wounded combat veteran Jay Collins (R-14) who is running for Florida state Senate, has just solidified his campaign even further after receiving the endorsement from Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) today.

"Embattled Progressive Texas Sheriff Investigates DeSantis Over Immigration Flights, Promotes Open Borders" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Embattled Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar’s recent declaration that he is criminally investigating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for flying 48 illegal immigrants or aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, appears to be politically motivated.

"Florida Appears to see Drop in Veteran Suicides, But Number is Still Tragically High" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Fight Over Suspended Prosecutor Andrew Warren Headed to Trial" by News Service of Florida

"Rubio Questions USAID About Wuhan Practices" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is being accused by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) of paying the EcoHelath Alliance in taxpayer dollars in order facilitate funds (including federal grants) to foreign researchers such as the Wuhan Institute for Virology. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research activities at the Wuhan Institute were “serious bio-safety concerns.”

"Texas Authorities Open Criminal Investigation into DeSantis" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"30+ GOP Senators Call for Special Counsel Investigation into Hunter Biden" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Monday, over 30 Senate Republicans called for the investigation of President Joe Biden’s (D) son, Hunter Biden, due to his documented nefarious actions including alleged felonious offenses. The GOP members, including Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland asserting that U.S. Attorney David Weiss be given “special counsel protections and authorities to conduct the investigation into Hunter Biden.”

"New DeSantis ad Tackles Illegal Immigration" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—A new advertisement supporting the reelection effort of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been released. The advertisement titled Protecting Florida discusses the issue of illegal immigration.

"Salazar Calls Biden Hypocrite on Immigration" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has issued a letter to President Joe Biden (D), calling him a hypocrite on the issue of immigration. The Florida Republican alleged that the president is “pointing fingers at others on immigration,” adding that Biden has not provided any solutions.

"DeSantis fed and Housed Homeless Illegal Immigrants Before Flying Them to Martha's Vineyard" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—New details surrounding Gov. DeSantis' moving of 50 illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard continue to emerge. Democrats nationwide furiously allege DeSantis engaged in "human trafficking" and "kidnapping" of these migrants, and, as we reported earlier, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) sought to press charges against the Florida Governor. The DeSantis administration denies these accusations and has provided some context to the decision that refutes Democratic talking points.

"Vicki Lopez Endorsed by Coral Gables Mayor Lago" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Cammack Claims Gov. Newsom is "Jealous" of DeSantis While Discussing Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Governor Ron DeSantis's decision to send 50 illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard last week continues to stir up emotions. Monday morning, Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL-3) tweeted her segment on Fox News' Faulkner Focus discussing the fallout of the move, specifically how California Governor Gavin Newsom sought to press kidnapping charges against DeSantis. Rep. Cammack points out that Newsom seems to be focused more on getting back at DeSantis than he is on fixing California's myriad of problems.

"DeSantis Opponent Charlie Crist Loaded up With 'Special Interest' Cash" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Left vs Right: The Congressional Race Between Progressive Eric Lynn and Conservative Anna Paulina Luna" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The congressional contest between Air Force Veteran Anna Paulina Luna and former President Barack Obama advisor Eric Lynn (pictured) will be one of the most closely-watched races in the country, and will arguably become one of the most ideologically-driven races of the year.

Dr. Drew Montez Clark
Dr. Drew Montez Clark

"PART 2: Exclusive Interview With Montez Clark Concerning BLM, CRT, and More" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the general election draws nearer and nearer, Americans are starting to pay more and more attention to their local races and how they are going to use their vote at the ballot box this year. That is why we sat down with Dr. Drew Montez Clark (R), the District 20 Republican congressional nominee challenging incumbent Rep. Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) in November.

"Crist Urges DeSantis to Apologize Over Anti-Semitic ad" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) released an advertisement titled "Results," which has received criticism over the appearance of Pastor Larry Jinks of the First Baptist Church of St. James City, Florida. In the advertisement, Jinks praises DeSantis for protecting the right of religious congregation, but Jinks’ appearance in the advertisements has drawn controversy over the anti-semitic views that he’s shared in the past.

"Rubio Says Democrats Will 'Destroy the Country'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) held a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida. In the rally, Rubio discussed the upcoming race, his time in the Senate, and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey also praised Senator Rubio’s efforts in office. In speaking about Democrats in the upcoming midterm election, Senator Rubio said that “they will destroy the country.”

"DeSantis Criticizes Newsom's 'Brain Function'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Breaks Fundraising Record While Crist Raises $20 Million in Just Over one Month" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

"Crist Contradicts VP Harris Regarding Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Just as Vice President Kamala Harris asserted that there was not an illegal immigration border crisis along the U.S. southern border, Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running for Governor of Florida, contracted the Vice President during a recent interview on CNN.

"DeSantis's Criticism of Rogue Media Outlets is Nothing New" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—President Donald Trump broke the mold when it comes to pushing back against rogue media outlets and reporters who tend to keep a progressive slant in their reporting. But while President Trump has famously taken on the media when he first ran for office in 2015, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was also taking shots at “Legacy media” outlets.

"Marco Rubio, Rick Scott Stand Behind Florida Sugar Industry" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Amid changes to the United States' sugar policy at the national level, the sugar industry has sat on the sidelines and waited for changes that could potentially change the landscape of the industry. In a penned letter to the US Department of Agriculture, US Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) defended Florida's sugar industry.

"Texas Sends Busloads of Illegal Immigrants to VP Harris’ Washington Domicile" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

"Mast Aims to Stop Sending Taxpayer Dollars to Anti-Israel Education" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is historically a very complex issue. For many Americans, Israel is a beacon of hope in the hostile Middle East. For other Americans, there are not the same shared emotions for the Israelis, and some even support the Palestinians. However, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) is looking to stop sending American tax dollars to the Palestinians and their anti-Israel agenda.

"DeSantis Team Slams ‘Dividin’ Biden’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) team continues to direct criticism at President Joe Biden (D), saying he’s “on a warpath against conservatives.” Gov. DeSantis finds himself embroiled in controversy this week after sending undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, home to many influential figures including the Obamas. Gov. DeSantis, calling Biden ‘Dividin’ Biden,’ further ties Crist to Biden as Florida gears up for the November election.

"Salazar Leads Passage of Trafficking Abuse Victims" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, the House passed the Senate version of a bill that would help child sex trafficking abuse victims. Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) and Philadelphia Rep. Deborah Ross (D) led the bipartisan legislation, which also included California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) and Pennsylvania Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R).

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"Rubio, Scott Look to Strengthen Sentences for Fentanyl Dealers" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Within the past month, The Floridian has done multiple stories on the introduction of fentanyl to American society and the effects that it has had.

"Rick Scott Comments on Troublesome August Inflation Report" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Florida Leads: Sunshine State Nationally Recognized for Economic and Educational Achievements" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

"DeSantis Sends Illegal Immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, but Biden Deports More" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Byron Donalds Introduces the COBALT Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Hernandez-Matz Calls Gaetz a 'sex Predator,' but Forgets she Backed a Convicted Pedophile" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rubio ad Calls Demings ‘Dangerously Liberal’ by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The Rubio campaign has released a new advertisement against Florida Rep. Val Demings (D). In the advertisement, voters are warned that Demings is “dangerously liberal.”

"Crist ‘fed up’ With DeSantis in new ad" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) has released a new advertisement, taking political digs at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). The new advertisement, exemplifying how Crist is ‘fed up’ with DeSantis, calls the Governor “divisive.”

"Lawmakers Question Biden Over Marti News Cuts" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Karla Hernandez-Mats Jokingly Compares Special Education Students to State Legislature" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

Everglades Trust Issues Congressional Endorsements" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The Everglades Trust, the influential non-profit advocacy group set up by community leaders and businesses to help protect the Everglades, has issued its 2022 midterm election congressional endorsements.

"Crist Says DeSantis Doesn't Want to Debate him" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Rubio Team Slams Demings and Inflation Reduction Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) celebrated the Inflation Reduction Act this week, but a gaffe in the timing of reporting has gained the president criticism from lawmakers and political pundits alike.

"Stephanie Murphy Calls on DeSantis to Distribute Funds Granted to FL" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In the last few months of Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s (D-FL) tenure (she is not seeking reelection), the Florida Congresswoman is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to distribute the funds that were appropriated to the Sunshine State in President Joe Biden’s (D) American Rescue Plan Act last year. According to the Murphy team, the Governor has only just started to distribute the $35 million given.

"Crist Asserts Bodily Autonomy for Abortion, Yet Also Supports Vaccine Passports" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist continues to differentiate himself from Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on just about every issue. The former Conservative Republican has reinvented himself into a Progressive Democrat.

"Rick Scott Cosigns School Choice Resolution" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Nunez Tells "Radical Puppet" Crist His "Pandering" to Latinos Won't Work" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In the 2022 midterms, as is with every election, candidates are seeking to gain the support of key voting demographics. There is outreach, and then there is pandering. Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez (R-FL) says Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist is performing the latter in seeking the support of Latinos in an appearance on Newsmax's National Report.

"New Poll: Nearly 50% of Seniors Oppose Inflation Reduction Act" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Ron DeSantis : Florida's Political Messiah" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Crist Compares Himself to Jesus Battling "DeSatan" in Campaign Speech" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The rhetoric employed by Democratic nominee for Governor Charlie Crist (D) continues to attract attention. In August, he called Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) a fascist whose supporters have "hate in their hearts." In September, he said he is "so damn proud" of President Biden's infamous speech calling "MAGA Republicans" enemies of democracy.

"Taddeo's Anti-Socialism Position Suspect Due to Business Ties to Goldman-Sachs" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In Florida's Congressional District 27, State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) is hoping to unseat Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) and regain the seat Democrats lost in 2020. Sen. Taddeo is running as a moderate Democrat opposed to socialism and communism. However, Taddeo's LanguageSpeak, Inc., a business which provides translation services for other businesses, has a client in Goldman Sachs, who infused billions of dollars into Venezuela's government.

"Florida Abortion Clinic Fights Fine Over Waiting Period" by News Service of Florida

 

"Karla Hernandez-Mats Calls DeSantis a "Dictator" in Online Ad" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—On Friday, The Floridian detailed a Spanish-language radio ad by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) targeting Karla Hernandez-Mats, Charlie Crist's nominee for Lt. Governor in the upcoming election. Sunday evening, Mats retaliated with an online ad of her own, calling DeSantis a "dictator."

"FL Lawmakers Spread $175 Million Across the State" by News Service of Florida

Top Florida Hospital System to Perform Genital Surgery on Minor Transgender Children" by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg

"Progressive FL Lawmaker 'Bullies Parents' For Supporting DeSantis's 'Parental Rights in Education' Law" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Republican State House nominee Susan Plasencia could be on the verge of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Florida politics this midterm election cycle by defeating arguably the most Progressive state lawmaker, Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D).

"Florida TV Station Violates DeSantis's COVID Vaccination Executive Order" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The highly-anticipated debate between State House candidate Bonnie Jackson (R) and State Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) at the WESH-2 studios in Orlando was canceled after the TV station refused Jackson entry for not providing COVID-19 vaccination information.

"Charlie Crist Called out on National Television by ABC Host for Past Political Views" by The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Speaking to ABC’s Ana Navarro on The View, Rep. Charlie Crist was questioned regarding his tendency to flip-flop on crucial, hot-button policy issues.

"FL Legislators Call Out Mexico for Dirty Trade Practices" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Alongside the Simplifying Grants Act, which was announced Thursday, Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott Tandem made another joint announcement, this time petitioning U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to “initiate a Section 301 investigation of fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico, and to secure trade relief for Florida growers.”

"Rubio Concerned by Rays' Donation to Clinic Giving Puberty Blockers to Minors" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Scott, Rubio Introduce the Simplifying Grants Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—A multitude of Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Florida’s very own Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have come together to introduce a bill looking to make life easier for local governments who are attempting to apply for federal grants.

 

"DeSantis Releases Spanish-Language Ad Targeting Karla Hernandez Mats" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With the 2022 midterm elections less than two months away, candidates are ramping up their offensives against one another. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) released a Spanish-language radio ad targeting his rival Charlie Crist's (D) pick for Lt. Governor, Karla Hernandez-Mats.

 

 

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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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