JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.09.2022 — FL Lawmaker Harding Resigns After Fraud Indictment —Congresswoman Literally Trashes American Flag — Donalds, Jackson, Salazar, Gimenez—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.09.2022 — FL Lawmaker Harding Resigns After Fraud Indictment —Congresswoman Literally Trashes American Flag — Donalds, Jackson, Salazar, Gimenez—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 9, 2022


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Rep. Harding Resigns

A day or so after being indicted on federal fraud charges, State Rep. Joe Harding has resigned from the Florida House of Representatives.

Rep. Harding sent the incoming Speaker of the House Paul Renner this letter:

“Thank you for your leadership and your commitment to principle. The Florida House is going to accomplish great things with you at the helm.

It has been a great honor to serve the people of this state and more specifically the people of Levy and Marion Counties.

However, due to legal issues that require my complete focus, it is my opinion that now is the time to allow someone else to serve my district.

Today, effective immediately, I am resigning from my position as the State Representative of House District 24.

Thank you, and may God bless you and the state of Florida.

It’s in the can. Literally in the can

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D), like many other lawmakers in DC, is moving offices.

However, someone forgot to tell her staff that when you are moving, never place the American flag in a garbage bin.

You can’t make this up.

Florida Rep. Brian Mast stumbled upon Rep. Jackson Lee’s flag folly on Thursday and captured the incident on video. READ MORE


Rep. Darren Soto-Our sinkhole mapping bill just passed @NRDems! It will allow @USGS to map dangerous sinkholes & give community planners access to vital info regarding where sinkholes are likely to form. This bill is key to protecting our constituents and their homes.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost-Just applied to an apartment in DC where I told the guy that my credit was really bad. He said I’d be fine. Got denied, lost the apartment, and the application fee. This ain’t meant for people who don’t already have money.

Cory Mills -Biden clearly showed his priority is celebrities over veterans. I guess Brittany’s basketball career in WNBA was more important than Paul Whelan’s service to our nation as a Marine.

Maria Elvira Salazar
Maria Elvira Salazar

"Texas Congresswoman Puts American Flag in Garbage bin" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Republican Lawmakers Question Biden's Prisoner Swap Between Arms Dealer and WNBA Star" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Congressional Republicans and Democrats appear to be somewhat at odds over the prisoner swap President Joe Biden negotiated between WNBA player Brittney Griner and arms dealer Viktor Bout.

"Florida Democrats Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Respect for Marriage Act has been sent to President Joe Biden’s (D) desk, and the President is expected to sign it soon.

"Byron Donalds Says House Oversight Committed to Ramping up Investigations" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) told The Floridian Publisher Javier Manjarrés what the American people can expect from the House Oversight Committee he sits on come January 3rd when Hosue Republicans take control of the 118th Congress.

"U.S. Supreme Court Eyes Social Media Law" by News Service of Florida

"Florida House Republicans Divided Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The historic Respect for Marriage Act or same-sex marriage bill has passed in the House of Representatives by a vote margin of 258-169.

Rep. Joe Harding
Rep. Joe Harding

"Rep. Harding Indicted on Fraud Charges" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Celebrates 15th Anniversary as Cancer Survivor" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—While December 7th is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it is also the anniversary for something that millions of Americans can relate to.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-23) is breast cancer free as of December 7th.

"Mast Skewers Biden's Dismissal of Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Rubio Questions the Lack of Leadership Change in the Senate".by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Since the disappointing election returns for Republicans in November, there have been intraparty debates between the established leaders and those who are looking for a more conservative approach. For example, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have been calling for change within the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is questioning the lack of Republican Party leadership in the upper chamber.

"Border Crisis Causing High Rate of Border Patrol Agent Suicides" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Washington—The massive influx of illegal immigrants that has created the crisis along the US southern border has led to the suicides of 14 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in 2022. Border Patrol agents now appear endangered.

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"Rubio Accuses China of Interfering in Midterms Through TikTok" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Rubio Leads Bipartisan Antisemitic Task Force in Senate" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Recently, Ye, or the artist formally known as Kanye West, has provided a flurry of antisemitic comments and questionable positions, including his admiration for Hitler, Nazis, and a disdain for those who rush to criticize him for doing so. The national outrage prompted President Joe Biden (D) to release a statement condemning the rapper’s utterances, going as far as saying that “Silence is complicity” in a tweet.

"Biden Dismisses Southern Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—President Joe Biden on a trip to Arizona this week managed to infuriate Republicans again which when he was asked if he would be visiting the border while he was in the state. President Biden shrugged off the thought, arguing that "there are more important things going on."

"Gaetz Introduces Bill for 3rd Anniversary of Pensacola NAS Attack" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Rubio Endorses Barnett for Palm Beach GOP Chair" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden on a trip to Arizona this week managed to infuriate Republicans again which when he was asked if he would be visiting the border while he was in the state. President Biden shrugged off the thought, arguing that "there are more important things going on."

"Waltz Says U.S. Faces Mineral Crisis Against China" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has announced legislation that looks to “Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable” for the terrorist attack on the Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) which left 3 Navy sailors dead. Gaetz is the Representative of the district.

"Latest Hit Piece Reason why DeSantis Avoids 'Fake News' Media Outlets" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gov. Ron DeSantis avoids progressive or “legacy media” outlets like the plague with good reason, and the latest hit piece put out by “reporter” Maxwell Tani for the Left-wing publication Semafor, all but makes his case.

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court"Diaz Balart Pivots, Opposes Senate Version of Same-sex Marriage Bill" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"DeSantis on Time 'Person of the Year' Shortlist" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"AG Moody Files Action Against Miami Robocall Enabler" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Few would disagree that robocalls are a plague. According to Scientific American, 8 billion messages were sent out in 2018 alone. In Florida, Smartbiz Telecom, located in Miami, is enabling foreign robocalls to be routed into the country. As such, Attorney General Ashley Moody is filing a court action against them.

"Lesson Learned From Hurricane Ian—Let's Embrace Nuclear" —OPINION by Rep. Byron Donalds—On September 28th, 2022, life in Florida’s 19th District changed forever. After rapidly intensifying over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the infamous eye of Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s shoreline.

"Cammack Leads Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military Women's Memorial" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The contributions our nation's military women make to national defense are no less valuable than those of men. They too lose their lives in the line of duty, and it is the responsibility of Military Women's Memorial to ensure their memory survives. This past week, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-3) teamed up with Women's Caucus Chair Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) to introduce a resolution honoring the Memorial's 25th anniversary.

"Gaetz, DeSantis Showcase Divide Within Republican Party" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—There is no question that former President Donald Trump's presidency and the MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement turned the political world on its head. Hillary Clinton’s loss to the former The Apprentice host will probably go down as the greatest upset in political history. However, the ripple effects – from what seemed the most improbable moment – are still being felt today within the Republican Party, and not necessarily in a good way.

"Congressional Democrats Continue Pushing for Supreme Court Term Limits" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—California Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D) is once again calling for term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices less than a month after Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brian Mast
Rep. Brian Mast

"Jacksonville City Council Candidate Raul Arias Struggles to pay his Business Sales Taxes" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Considered by some a rising star in Duval County Republican politics, the proprietor of the Mambo’s Cuban Café restaurant, Raul Arias, Jr. has decided to run for the City of Jacksonville city council.

"AmeriHealth Caritas Florida Awarded the Multicultural Healthcare Distinction" by The Floridian's Jim McCool— AmeriHealth Caritas Florida has been quite active this year, assisting in Hurricane Ian recovery efforts around the state of Florida. Now the health care plan is being recognized by the NCQA with the Multicultural Healthcare Distinction.

"Wasserman Schultz Accuses DeSantis of Complicity Concerning Antisemitism" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Recently, Ye or the artist formally known as Kanye West, has provided a flurry of antisemitic comments. These statements have included admiration for Hitler, Nazis, and a disdain for those who rush to criticize the former. The national outrage prompted President Joe Biden (D) to release a statement condemning the rapper’s utterances, going as far as saying that “silence is complicity.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is calling out Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and has accused him of being complicit due to his lack of vocalization on the matter.

"FIU Hosts U.S. Dept. of Health, Cheryl Campbell" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Elon Musk's Twitter Platform Still Censoring Conservative Congressional Lawmakers" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Elon Musk took over Twitter, full transparency into the embattled Big Tech company was expected after numerous conservatives and conservative lawmakers were reported to have been either banned from the platform or “shadow-banned.”

"Mast Disappointed in EAA Reservoir Delay" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In what most would consider disappointing news, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir has been handed an additional delay. This project is considered a top-notch concern by Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) calling it “the single-most important project when it comes to cleaning up our waterways” and that “anyone who claims to support Everglades restoration should be fighting tooth and nail to get the reservoir finished.”

"Scott and Rubio Denounce Kanye West's Antisemitic Remarks" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Rapper Kanye West breaks headlines once more, and not for the reasons anyone should. Ye, of all people, seems to have embraced Neo-Nazism. In a deranged interview with Alex Jones, a hooded Ye says "I like Hitler" and mocks Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. President Biden responds to the incident in a tweet, stating, "I just want to make a few things clear: The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a demonic figure." The tweet then insinuates that "instead of giving it a platform, our political leaders should be calling out and rejecting antisemitism wherever it hides. Silence is complicity."

"DeSantis Not Backing Down on Disney" by News Service of Florida

"GOP Lawmakers Press Mayorkas on Cuban Repatriations" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Mario Diaz Balart (R) has joined his Republican colleagues to press the Biden administration on immigration concerns. Florida Reps. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) and Carlos Gimenez (R) have joined Rep. Diaz Balart in directing a letter to  Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, where they urge Biden to implement a system that would help individuals being deported because of repatriations.

"DeSantis Proposal Could aim to Restrict Protests in Capitol" by News Service of Florida

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"New Poll Suggests Georgians Would Vote DeSantis in 2024" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Georgia is the talk of the town in the political world, and now it’s causing even more of a stir. In just 5 days, Georgians will once again take to the polls to elect either Senator Raphael Warnock (D) or Herschel Walker (R).

"New Poll Shows Voters Prefer DeSantis Over Trump in 2024" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A new Marquette Law School poll shows that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is preferred by voters over former President Donald Trump to be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

"Rubio, AOC Come Together in Rare Moment of Political Harmony" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Pigs are flying. Hell has frozen over. The sky has fallen. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have agreed on something.

"Rubio Weighs in on Biden's Railroad Strike Crisis" by The Floridian's Daniel MolinaWith Christmas fast approaching and the Biden administration failing to properly negotiate the ongoing railroad labor strike, the White House is calling on Congress to step in to avert what could be an economy-cripping strike.

"U.S. Lawmakers Keep Close Watch on Honduras's Leftist President Castro, Government" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Wasserman Schultz Praises Jeffries, new Democratic Leadership" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—After her husband was attacked at home and Republicans won the Majority in the House of Representatives, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) signaled that her role as a Democratic party leader had come to a close.

Sen. Rick Scott
Sen. Rick Scott

"Scott Introduces the Afghan Vetting Accountability Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has introduced the Afghan Vetting Accountability (AVA) Act after a September report from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that they have “failed to properly vet and screen Afghan evacuees coming into the U.S.”

"Steube Pressures US Naval Academy on Vaccine Mandates" by The Floridian's Jim McCoolUS Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) is pressuring the US Navy for transparency over their denial of diplomas to US Naval Academy students over their vaccine status.

"GOP Senators Demand Senate Vote to end Military Mandated COVID-19 Vaccine" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Washington—Florida Senator Rick Scott joined Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Rob Johnson, and Mike Braun, expressing their opposition to Senate Republican leadership moving forward with the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), demanding an amendment be introduced prohibiting the discharging of U.S. military personnel simply because of their COVID-19 vaccination status is not attached to the military funding measure.

"Wildlife Officials Take Aim at Pythons" by The News Service of Florida and Floridian

"Shevrin Jones Praises Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Senate" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law, passed in the U.S. Senate this week.

"Abortion Battle Continues, Clinic Fights Waiting Period Fine" by News Serviee of Florida—In one of a series of similar cases, a Broward County abortion clinic is fighting a $56,000 state fine stemming from allegations that it did not properly comply with a law requiring 24-hour waiting periods before abortions can be performed. East Cypress Women’s Center, Inc. is challenging the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration at the state Division of Administrative Hearings, according to documents posted online Monday.

"Gimenez Slams Biden for Not Deporting Criminal Aliens" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The southern border crisis continues to bring nothing but bad news. There have been some 30,000 border crossers encountered in 2022 that have criminal records.

"Rubio Amendment Rejected by Democrats in Senate" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Democrats in the Senate have officially struck down an amendment brought forth by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) concerning religious freedoms and the Respect for Marriage (RFMA) Act. According to Rubio, the act’s vague wording does not protect religious organizations that look to make decisions through faith.

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio"Rubio Slams CCP's Zero Covid Policy, Supports Protests" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) directed choice words at the Chinese government this week during an interview on FOX News. The comments come as Chinese residents take to the streets to protest the Chinese Communist Party.

"Trial Lawyers Abusing Bad Faith Laws in Florida"— Opinion

"DeSantis Blasts China, Apple for 'Draconian' Measures During Protests" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Jacksonville – While speaking in an airplane hangar addressing infrastructure improvements, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for a few moments sidestepped the issue and brought forth a statement concerning the protests in China and the tech company Apple’s alleged nefarious actions concerning them.

"Florida Congressman Calls Apple CEO 'Apologist' for Communist China" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz has taken his wrath out on Apple CEO Tim Cook, calling him an “apologist” for Communist China, and for leading the Big Tech giant in “aiding a murderous regime.”

"Could There be Congressional Showdown Between Cory Mills and 'The Squad?'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Rep. Cammack Promises Impeachment for Mayorkas" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With a new gained majority in the House of Representatives, many Republicans have been eager to show to the country what they are going to do with the control of the lower chamber. And while Republicans have called for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign, now there are possible plans to impeach him, should the resignation not come to fruition. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) is one of those Republicans promising that circumstance.





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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 Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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