First Day at School in the Capitol
Newly-elected congressmen and congresswomen were on Capitol Hill going through freshman orientation this week, and from the looks on their faces, they look like a bunch of kids in a candy store.
Cory Mills, who won his CD 7 seat, posted pics of him grinning ear to ear on the floor of the House of Representatives (Psss! You are not allowed to take pictures on the House floor).
Jared Moskowitz and Maxwell Frost were in the Rotunda living it up with other Democratic freshmen during a dinner put on by House Democratic leadership.
This morning, the group of freshmen will pose for the class picture. Stay tuned. We will have it for you.
Republicans ‘Missed the Mark’
Rep. Byron Donalds may have a point. The Floridian spoke to Rep. Donalds Monday night after votes and he told us that he was disappointed in the outcome of the 2022 elections. He said Republicans really missed the mark on abortion. READ MORE
Appreciating What Goes into Your Mouth
How big of a threat is the US food supply under? READ MORE
"Donalds Says Republicans 'Missed Mark' on Abortion in 2022" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Waltz Discusses Full Extent of Wokeness in Military" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The forces of "wokeness" know no bounds in the American culture wars, and the armed forces are no exception. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL-6) spoke of how this focus on cultural issues within the military is affecting its readiness, while China prioritizes research and buildup.
"Mills Raises Concerns of Threats to U.S. Food Supply, Sugar Policy" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—It seems as though, for the past two years, every facet of American society is under attack. Agriculture and the nation's food supply are critical targets, and an important product of that food supply is sugar. Environmental policies can end up doing more harm than good, as a recent comment by Congressman-elect Cory Mills (R-FL-7) suggests.
"Who Will Lead the Sunken Florida Democratic Party?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—While Democrats were able to stave off the weak Republican “Red Wave” of 2022 by holding on to their majority in the U.S. Senate, their expected crash and burn in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have been more of a cushioned emergency landing. Republicans were expecting to do better across the country during the 2022 midterm elections but didn’t, except in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis walloped Florida Democrats statewide.
"Rubio Says Revamped GOP can win big in Elections" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Over last weekend, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) joined the Ingraham Angle to discuss Florida’s midterm elections. Florida voters decidedly voted in favor of Republicans on November 8th, and Sen. Rubio says a revamped GOP will be a force to be reckoned with in upcoming elections.
"Republicans Blame Trump for Midterm Losses" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Republican infighting seems to be heating up as President Donald Trump (R) takes shot at potential 2024 rivals. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) have not announced their intention to run for the White House, but President Trump has already directed choice comments at both.
"Byron Donalds Calls Republican Positioning him Against Trump a 'Liar'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As a 2024 presidential primary race between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to heat up with speculation of a potential face-off between the two men, Rep. Byron Donalds has been thrown into the political pot of stew and accused of backing Gov. DeSantis over Trump.
"Manjarrés Says DeSantis's Massive Win Will Never be Repeated" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—During an appearance on the StoneZone podcast hosted by veteran Republican political strategist Roger Stone, Javier Manjarrés, publisher of The Floridian, praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's 2020 midterm election night efforts, saying that he doesn’t believe we will see such a decisive victory ever again.
"Steube Discusses Veterans' True Choice Bill on Veterans Day" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Today is Veterans Day, and we honor those who served in our armed forces. To celebrate, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17), a veteran himself, appeared on Fox to discuss his Veterans' True Choice Act. The bill, first introduced in 2021, allows former service members to receive coverage from TRICARE Select, part of the Dept. of Defense. Steube tweets that "I’ll continue to fight for our veterans in Congress every step of the way. I joined @FoxFriendsFirst to discuss why it’s critical Congress pass my Veterans’ True Choice Act. Thank you to all who served!"
"DeSantis Commits Additional $1.5 Million in Honor of FL's 1.5 Million Veterans" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) demonstrated Florida’s obligation to serve the sunshine state’s 1.5 million veterans through “state programs and initiatives that provide resources and opportunities that help build the future success of Florida’s veterans,” while looking to be the nation’s most “veteran-friendly state.”
"Rubio Calls for Ban of TikTok in U.S." by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Throughout the past few years, the social media app TikTok as has taken the world by storm. On this app, users can post comedic, informative, or persuasive content that is then thrown into an algorithm that attempts to provide videos for each individual based on their content likes, interactions, and other factors that make up an individual’s “For You” page.
"Rubio Wants Senate Leadership Vote Postponed, Questions McConnell's Commitment to Americ" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"FANA Encourages Veterans Become CRNAs" by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"Never Trumper TV Host Claims DeSantis Won by 'Gaming the System' or Racism" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) utterly smashed Charlie Crist (D) in the midterms, a 20-point blowout that is easily the biggest win for Republicans nationwide. Part of it lies in DeSantis' popularity and smart handling of various issues. The other reason is the relative unpopularity and alienating rhetoric espoused by Crist. However, CNN political commentator Ana Navarro asserts a third, more nefarious reason, in that DeSantis somehow "gamed the system."
"Donalds Officially Announces Run for House GOP Conference Chair" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —Though the midterms are over in Florida, bringing with it an astounding victory for Republicans, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) is just getting started. In a recent tweet, Donalds officially announces his intention to run for GOP House Conference Chairman. He says in his tweet that he is "championing Conservative Principles and Ushering In a New Republican Perspective to GOP House Leadership. I have an announcement."
"Rick Scott Blasts Biden for October Inflation Numbers" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich —At the beginning of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the numbers concerning the economy’s growth (or lack thereof). More often than not, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee, does not have good things to say the most recent numbers that have come out during President Joe Biden’s (D) time in office.
"NRSC Chairman Scott Sends Out Memo to Help Herschel in Runoff" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich —With the 2022 midterms slowly coming to a close, the nation is still in store for a dramatic ending. Florida’s neighbor to the north, Georgia, is once again going to have the eyes of the country glued to TV screens, similar to the end of the 2020 election. U.S. Senator and Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) alongside Herschel Walker (R) sent out a memo concerning the runoff in the Peach State.
"Gaetz Blisters Republican Leadership, Calls Them a 'McFailure'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —As Republicans around the nation process the head-scratching results given to them on election night, some are calling into question Republican leadership. In Florida, Rep. Matt Gaetz (
"Rubio Defeats Demings, Retains Senate Seat" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The polls have closed, and the U.S. Senate race has been called in favor of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with a solid percentage total. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) was looking to flip a Senate seat in favor of the Democrats, as they are attempting to maintain their majority in the chamber. This is Rubio’s 3rd time winning this seat
"Cory Mills Flips Key Congressional Seat in Florida" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The congressional race between combat veteran Cory Mills and Florida Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Karen Green was over before it even started the moment the primary election was over.
"DeSantis Crushes Crist by 20 Points" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich
"Salazar Beats Taddeo in Contentious Congressional Race" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has prevailed against State Sen. Annette Taddeo (D) in one of the most contentious congressional races of the 2020 midterm election cycle.
"Democrats Face Tough Losses on Election Night" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Luna Wins District 13" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The race for Florida's Congressional District 13 has been nothing short of fierce. Based on the results, Anna Paulina Luna (R) wins against Eric Lynn (D). Final tally according to the New York Times shows Luna with 53.4% of the vote ahead of Lynn's 44.8%. The race has been between a staunch liberal and a staunch conservative, with Luna backed by former President Donald Trump and Lynn receiving the endorsement of former President Barack Obama, although Lynn describes himself as "moderate."
"Laurel Lee Defeats Alan Cohn, Will Serve in House" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In Florida’s 15th Congressional District, Laurel Lee (R-FL) has defeated Alan Cohn (D) and will serve in the United States House of Representatives. Lee was the former Secretary of State appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
"Aaron Bean Defeats LaShonda Holloway, Will Serve in U.S. House" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In Florida’s 4th Congressional District, Aaron Bean (R-FL) has defeated LaShonda Holloway (D) and will serve in the United States House of Representatives. Bean had served in the Florida state legislature for 8 years prior to running for this seat.
"DeSantis Pushes Back Against Biden DOJ Monitors Interfering in Florida's Election" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"DeSantis Reminds Floridians of State's New Holiday" by The Floridians Jackson Bakich
"DeSantis Issues Emergency Declaration for 34 Counties" by The Floridians Daniel Molina
"Democrats Warn of low Early Voting Support" by The Floridians Daniel Molina
"Bovo Holds Victims of Communism Day Press Conference" by The Floridians Daniel Molina
"Waltz Energizes Voters in Volusia" by The Floridians Grayson Bakich
"President Trump Rallies For Rubio in Miami, Sets the Stage for Reelection Bid" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres–MIAMI—As expected at one of his trademark campaign rallies, thousands of Trump faithful came to see former President Donald Trump campaign for Senator Marco Rubio just days before the 2022 midterm elections.
"Biden's $1 Billion in Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan 'Unaccounted' For" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The first year of Biden's presidency saw the infamously disastrous pull-out of US troops from Afghanistan. Now the issue is re-surging as the Biden Administration has given $1 Billion to the Taliban-controlled government, and US agencies are refusing to explain how the money was spent.
"Mast Continues Slamming Biden's War on Domestic Energy" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The continued kneecapping of the American energy industry by the Biden Administration is an equally-hammered on talking point by Republicans. Florida Republicans such as Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-3) and Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26) have been easily some of the most vociferous, and Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-10) is undoubtedly a persistent member of the group. A recent tweet by Mast says that "inflation is already costing American families $8000 per year and a diesel shortage is going to make it even worse. We need to unleash domestic energy production NOW."
"Rick Scott Calls Out Democrat's Policies on Crime" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Alongside inflation, one of the main issues this election cycle has been crime. Whether it has been at the border or the negation of cash bail, Republicans around the nation have been calling out Democrats for their intention to legislate loose-on-crime policies. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is one of those Republicans. He sent out a tweet regarding this notion on Saturday.
"Bryon Donalds Addresses NYC Crime Ahead of Midterms" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show, The Ingraham Angle on Fox News, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) gave his thoughts on the rising crime in New York City, and what is causing the citywide misconduct in the first place. As someone that grew up in Brooklyn, Donalds shared personal stories about the streets he walked that are now dealing with crime.
"Rick Scott Pokes Hole in Biden's Jobs Claim" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) objected to President Joe Biden’s (D) attempt to spin the job numbers that came out yesterday morning. It is indeed true that part-time jobs have increased by over 200k workers, but what the President forgot to mention is that over 400k full-time jobs have been lost.
"Demings Enlists President Donald Trump to Attack Marco Rubio" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"Rubio Warns ESG Practices Can Break Antitrust Laws" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich
"AG Moody Announces 'One Pill Can Kill' Fentanyl Education Page" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich
"Rubio Pens Op-Ed Against ‘Radical’ Demings" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—In an op-ed for Fox News, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) recounts his family’s exile from Cuba. He explains that Leftist policies drove his family and many others away, vowing to not allow the same thing to happen to the United States. As he’s done since the beginning of campaign season, Rubio calls Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) “radical,” warning of the policies she represents in Washington.
"Miami Herald Endorses Annette Taddeo" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Janet Cruz Brands Jay Collins 'Extreme' in Latest Attack Ad" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—State Senator Janet Cruz (D-18) just launched a new ad bashing her opponent, combat veteran, Jay Collins (R-18) calling him, "extreme," for featuring a January 6th riot participant in a commercial.
"Casey DeSantis Announces 1.1 Million Committed 'Mamas for DeSantis'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In June, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the Mamas for DeSantis initiative, which looks to mobilize mothers around the state to “join the movement” to reelect Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). At a recent event, the First Lady of Florida announced that over 1.1 million Mamas for DeSantis have been secured, eclipsing her original goal of 1 million.
"DeSantis Sends Out Flurry of Endorsements Before 2022 Midterms" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Over the past few days, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has been incredibly active not only on social media, but in person, stumping for Republican candidates around the nation. With the midterms just 5 days away, “America’s Governor” is looking to make an impact this election cycle.
"Rubio Teams Says he “Gets Things Done for Florida” by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—One of the most closely watched elections in the state will come to a close on November 8th, and the Rubio campaign is making a final plea for reelection. While Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) is polling ahead of his Democratic rival, the Rubio campaign is stressing just how important this election is. After President Barack Obama (D) endorsed Florida Rep. Val Demings (D), the Rubio campaign is praising the GOP Senator, calling him someone who “gets things done for Florida.”
"Rubio Questions Move to Pull Out Fighter Jets in Japan Amid China Tension" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Recently, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) announced their plan to shut down an entire fleet of F-15 fighter aircraft jets in Okinawa, Japan with no intention of replacing them. This comes at a time in which Communist China is appearing to be more and more aggressive within the region. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) along with his colleagues have written a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with their concerns.
"DeSantis Says Crist & Biden are ‘two peas in a pod’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) touched down in South Florida to extend an endorsement to Florida Reps. Charlie Crist (D) and Val Demings (D). While Crist has praised the president, welcoming his endorsement, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has warned that this will only hurt the Crist campaign. With political pundits warning of a “red wave,” DeSantis says “Joe Biden and Charlie Crist are two peas in a pod.”
"Rubio Says China Bigger Threat to U.S. Than the Former Soviet Union" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—FORT LAUDERDALE— During his address to the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), Senator Marco Rubio spoke about the importance of supporting law enforcement, the role law enforcement plays in our community, but also touched on the greatest challenge that the U.S. faces—China.
The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina