JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —11.22.2022 — New GOP Congress Targets Biden, Focuses on Veterans Affairs —Fighting Cancer—McCormick, Mast, Wilson, World Cup—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —11.22.2022 — New GOP Congress Targets Biden, Focuses on Veterans Affairs —Fighting Cancer—McCormick, Mast, Wilson, World Cup—More...

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Javier Manjarres
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November 22, 2022

 

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New Congress, New Focuses

Besides promising to hold the Biden administration accountable, the incoming House Republican Majority will also be putting a heavy emphasis on Veterans Affairs.

Rep. Brian Mast, who lost two legs and a digit while serving in Afghanistan, may file legislation that could change the complexion of veteran homestead exemptions.

This has never been proposed before, and Rep. Mast gave The Floridian an inside look at what his potential legislation could look like. READ MORE

 

Speaking of those investigating President Biden and House Democrats…READ MORE

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Rep. Frederica Wilson-I am heartbroken by the deadly shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. From Pulse to Colorado the lives of so many have been tragically stolen due to LGBTQ+ hate. These horrific hate crimes and the rise in gun violence are creating a horrifying reality for our LGBTQ+ community.

Rep. Darren Soto-Our Orlando community is with you, Colorado Springs. This tragic incident is one of many our country has experienced as a result of guns. It is time to do more to prevent senseless violence against the LGBTQ+ community while condemning all forms of hate.

Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez-President Biden's intentional open border policies brought us the crisis we have today. We need to secure our border, so we can have a conversation about a comprehensive immigration reform that our country desperately needs.

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"Republican Senators Condemn Possible Revamp of Disinformation Board" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Earlier this year, the Biden administration received major pushback after considering the implementation of the “Disinformation Governance Board.” The institution’s main goal was to stop the spread of false information online, but many believe that it would be heavily politicized. With rumors of the board being reinstated, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other Republican Senators have come out against the establishment of it once again.

"AmeriHealth Caritas Florida Still Helping Victims of Hurricane Ian" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"McCormick Commends Sylvester Cancer Center, Promotes Cervical Cancer Elimination" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"If Russia is Banned from the World Cup, Why Not Iran?" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar kicked off this past weekend, it was hard not to ask why the Islamic Republic of Iran was not banned from the sporting event.

"Steube Discusses House Investigation Into Democrats; Biden" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives looks to engage in a multitude of investigations. For starters, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) announces the launching of a probe into Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17) appeared on Newsmax's John Bachman Now to discuss the full extent of investigations House Republicans intend to begin in January.

"Florida Congressman Looks to Revamp VA Home Loan Program" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Brian Mast, who served in the U.S. Army and was wounded in Afghanistan, is drafting legislation that could change the Veteran Affairs Home Loan program by allowing veterans to buy farmland.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Gus Bilirakis

"Bilirakis Leads Bipartisan Push for INFORM Act" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With the rise of online retail, the government has been slow to catch up to the changing pace of the internet, which often invites a lot of problems.  US Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) has applauded a recent bill that protects consumers from counterfeit, stolen products online.

"Florida Lawmaker Interested in Heading up State Republican Party" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who was crushed in the 2022 Republican primary congressional race in Florida’s 7th District by now Congressman-elect Cory Mills, appears to be desperately trying to keep his political dreams alive and is said to be eyeing the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF).

"Garcia Sets 2024 Path for Miami-Dade County" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Though the topic of a “red wave” is still up for debate, one thing is clear – Florida decidedly voted Republican. Moreso, Miami-Dade County, a county that is still blue regardless of the election results, voted in favor of Republican leadership for the first time in many elections.

"Mast Applauds Passage of PAST Act in House" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich–Just weeks following Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) demanding answers concerning inhumane dog experiments that were approved by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Florida Congressman is now looking to take action against another form of animal cruelty.

"Donalds, House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation into Joe Biden" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Now that the Republicans have officially retaken the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, they now control various committees and have the ability to launch investigations on a Congressional scale. And despite their slim majority, the failure of Republicans to take back the Senate puts them in a position to scrutinize the Biden administration through the House Oversight Committee much like Democrats did the Trump administration between 2018-2020.

"Florida Sees 30th Straight Month of Job Creation in October" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Perhaps Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) should modify his campaign slogan to "Keep Florida Free and Thriving." A recent economic data update shows October is Florida's 30th month straight in job creation, even when accounting for Hurricane Ian. Not only that, but Florida remains a leader in job growth and in reducing unemployment levels.

"Fox News Moving To DeSantis's Free State of Florida?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Mills Demands Audit of Ukraine Funds in First Congressional Press Conference" by The Floridian's Grayson BakichThe soon-to-be Republican majority in the House of Representatives is on the warpath. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has introduced a bill demanding an audit of the funds sent to aid Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia. In a press conference introducing the bill, Rep. Greene introduced Congressman-elect Cory Mills (R-FL-7), who has extensive knowledge in international affairs.

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.

"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 (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.

"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.

 

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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