JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —11.18.2022 — FL Lawmaker Push to Audit Ukraine Funding —Pelosi Steps Down—Wasserman Schultz, Scott, DeSantis—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —11.18.2022 — FL Lawmaker Push to Audit Ukraine Funding —Pelosi Steps Down—Wasserman Schultz, Scott, DeSantis—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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November 18, 2022

 

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Defunding Ukraine

Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Thomas Massie, and new guy, Congressman-elect Cory Mills, held a press conference Thursday in the Capitol to announce a bill to audit the recent funding for Ukraine.

Rep. Greene's bill was straightforward and had the blessing of House Republican Leadership Stay tuned for a complete write-up at The Floridian.

Interestingly enough, this was Congressman-elect Mills’ very first congressional press conference. He hasn’t even been sworn in and is already being asked to participate in member activities.

Mills, a foreign policies guru, was sitting in the peanut gallery (press area) watching when Rep. Greene’s aides noticed him and plucked him out.

Mills stepped up and eased right into the role.

Pelosi Steps Done From Leadership

With Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing that she was stepping down from leadership, it marked the end of a very long successful, yet controversial, hold on to power by the Democratic Party.

Some, actually many Democrats were caught off guard by Speaker Pelosi’s decision this week to step down.

Rep. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is the senior member of the Florida Democratic Congressional Caucus, called Speaker Pelosi her “hero” and a “courageous pioneer.”

Newer members like Rep. Sheila Cherfilus McCormick and Congressman-elect Jared Moskowitz also praised the iconic leader moments after she addressed the Congress of her intentions to hang it up. READ MORE

Squeezers

Rick Scott-Feeding your family is more expensive this Thanksgiving than ever, thanks to #Bidenflation. I'm fighting every day to end Democrats' out-of-control spending to cut these crazy costs and give Americans much-needed relief.

Lauren Book-Thank you, Madame Speaker, for paving the way for women and girls everywhere. You have served us well.

Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio

"Rubio, Cruz Introduce 'Restoring Military Focus Act'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With the threats of China and Russia on the horizon, many have worried about America's ability to keep politics out of the armed forces and maintain the mission of preparing an ultimate fighting force. Within the military, progressive initiatives such as diversity training have been implemented on a broad scale. Rep. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as well as other Senators have introduced a bill to combat the spending of taxpayer dollars towards woke approaches.

"Waltz Chairs Panel Looking to Address Military Recruitment" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) took part as the chair of the Heritage Foundation meeting for its National Independent Panel on Military Service and Readiness (NIPSMR). Especially with tensions rising all throughout the world right now, military readiness is a major concern.

"Judge Blocks DeSantis' Stop WOKE Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R) Stop WOKE Act has been blocked after receiving opposition through two lawsuits. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, who’s previously blocked portions of the Stop WOKE Act in different cases, announced the ruling.

"Florida Congressional Democrats Praise Pelosi's Leadership as she Steps Down" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With Republicans securing a slight majority in the House, and with California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) being elected the new Speaker of the House, previous Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) has announced that she will no longer serve in a leadership role for Democrats. Pelosi will however still serve as a member of Congress.

"Tavares City Council Candidate Reports Mistake in Election Administration" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Waltz Leads Congressional Military Readiness Panel" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R), who easily won reelection on November 8th chaired the Heritage Foundation meeting of its National Independent Panel on Military Service and Readiness (NIPMSR). The panel Waltz chairs, which was created last month, is focused on examining concerns related to military recruitment and retention.

"Lawsuit on Guns, Pot Going to Appeals Court" by News Service of Florida—Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and other plaintiffs will appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying and possessing guns, according to a court notice filed Wednesday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"Why DeSantis Shouldn't run for President" —OPINION

"Mast Adds His Support to Mayorkas' Impeachment"

by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With Republicans expected to take back the House of Representatives, curbing the Biden administration's agenda is a big priority. Of note is that the border crisis looks like it will come to a head. Earlier this week, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-3) grilled Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about the border.

"McConnell Defeats Scott for GOP Senate Leadership" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Despite opposition from some Republican Senators, Mitch McConnell (R) has been reelected as the GOP Senate leader. His reelection comes the same week that Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) announced that he would challenge McConnell for the position.

"Trump Quickly Snags Endorsements, Future of GOP Not So Black and White" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Former US President Donald Trump (R) made history last night by announcing that he will be running for the Presidency of the United States once again. Now that the news is official, the former President has already picked up many endorsements.

"Rubio Scathes Biden for Lackluster Meeting With Xi" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Just days after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came forward and said that the social media giant TikTok should be banned in the United States due to personal and national security risks, the Florida Senator is also giving his thoughts about the recent meeting between President Joe Biden (D) and the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), General Secretary Xi Jinping.

"Gimenez Latest to Demand Mayorkas' Resignation" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

kat cammack
kat cammack

"Kat Cammack Ignites Fiery Immigration Exchange with Mayorkas" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The border crisis, which started in early 2021, has remained a tense political issue even after the 2022 midterm elections. During a House Homeland Security Committee meeting this week,  US Congresswoman Kat Cammack (R-FL) confronted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the 1.4 million illegal immigrants who have entered the country this fiscal year alone.

"President Donald Trump: 'America's Comeback Starts Right now'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—And just like that, former President Donald Trump has officially filed paperwork to run for president and announced his intentions to run for reelection.

"DeSantis to Trump: Look at the 'Scoreboard'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The tension between President Donald Trump (R) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to brew as Gov. DeSantis has responded to Trump's choice words.

"Scott Challenging McConnell for GOP Senate Leadership" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The Floridian initially reported that Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) would not be challenging Senator Mitch McConnell (R). However, Senator Scott has now confirmed that he is challenging McConnell for the top Republican leadership position as Republicans look to new leadership after the November election.

"Gaetz Speaks on GOP Leadership, New Majority" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—WASHINGTON, D.C. – There is breaking news in the nation’s capital: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will become the next Speaker of the House, maybe. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said before the decision was made final that he wanted change in leadership. He also stated that he voted for Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a member of the freedom caucus.

"FBI Director Wray Says Border not Secure, Mayorkas Says it is" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As drug-related crimes continue to steadily flow across the U.S. southern border and permeate throughout the nation, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continues to insist that the border is secure, but law enforcement is his assessment of the situation along the border

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"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.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"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

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"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 (R-FL) isn't sold on current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) being voted in as Speaker of the House, if Republicans win the majority in the lower chamber.

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

 

"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.

 

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

 

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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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