JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.13.2022 — DeSantis Wins: Florida #1 in Education—Florida's Diaper Tax Circles the Pooper—Scott, Eskamani, DeSantis, Cava—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.13.2022 — DeSantis Wins: Florida #1 in Education—Florida's Diaper Tax Circles the Pooper—Scott, Eskamani, DeSantis, Cava—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 13, 2022


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Florida Keeps Winning: #1 in Parental Envolved Education

The State of Florida has just been ranked #1 in the nation for parent-involved education.

For Gov. Ron DeSantis, its another feather-to-hat moment.

Florida scored at 94.6% ranking, highest of all states.

“Parental involvement is important to a child’s success both in school and in life, and in Florida we are proud to protect parents’ right to be involved in a child’s education,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This recognition continues to show that Florida is a national leader in school choice, parent empowerment, and education as a whole.”

Earlier this year, Gov. DeSantis signed into law the Parental Rights in Education legislative measure.

"In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved," said DeSantis

Florida to Flush Diapers Tax Down the Pooper

Only parents can understand the the significance of  Diaper Sales Tax relief, especially when the U.S. economy is literally is circling the pooper drain.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a Diaper Sales Tax relief measure last legislative cycle, and now State Rep. Anna Eskamani wants to make sure that parents not have to pays sales tax on diapers, permanently.

This is welcome news to parents, who would know how much they pay every week diapers.

Depending on whether your kiddo has a stomach bug or just likes to stuff his or her face with just about piece of food within reach, the amount of dirty doodie diapers increase dramatically on a daily basis.

The average cost of a box of diapers at Publix Supermarkets is about $30 for 60 or so diapers.

When parents are going through 10 diapers a day, well, do the math. READ MORE


Kat Cammack -Florida’s producers were hit hard by Hurricane Ian, and with citrus being one of our state's leading economic drivers, disaster relief funding is needed now more than ever. As the only Florida Republican on @HouseAgGOP , I'm proud to support this effort along with my colleagues..

Angie Nixon-You know. I’ve had a pretty shitty week personally with deaths and hospitalizations in the family. Only to be met with dumb ass antics. But I’m expected to sit down, shut up and stay in my place. It’s totally wild how speaking up for my community, I get ostracized.

Maria Elvira Salazar -It's Monday here in Washington! These are the last days of session in Congress for 2022. There is much to do for District 27! Have a great week everyone!

Kathy Castor-When @SpeakerPelosi asked me to lead @ClimateCrisis, my hope was to help build the coalition needed to pass the most ambitious climate action in the history of Congress. And with your help, we were able to deliver.

anna eskamani
anna eskamani

"Eskamani Files Bill to Permanently axe Diaper Sales Tax" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D) announced that she has refiled HB 29, a bill that would ensure parents are not charged sales tax when purchasing diapers and adult incontinence products.

"Levine Cava Warns of ‘Skyrocketing’ Insurance Premiums"  by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Mami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has issued a letter to Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R) and Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R), addressing insurance premium concerns.

"Scott Says 87,000 New IRS Agents Will Monitor Personal Retail Transactions by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In August, President Joe Biden (D) and his administration announced their intention to hire 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents to the government agency At the time and currently, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is vehemently opposed to that idea as are just about every single Republican lawmaker in Washington, D.C.

"Moskowitz to Have Important Bipartisan Role in New Congress" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Incoming freshman Congressman, Representative-Elect Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) will have an interesting job ahead of him as he attempts to navigate not only the D.C. landscape but the intrapersonal politics of the Democratic Party.

"Donalds Says House Republicans Should Make no Major Deals With Democrats" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With Congress in its lame-duck session period, presumptive House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says this time Republicans will gear up for January and be limiting their work across the aisle with Democrats. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) appeared on MSNBC's The Beat to explain the Republican position, while also discussing his opinion on why Herschel Walker lost the Senate seat in Georgia.

"Could Elon Musk's Twitter Move to Florida?"  by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Florida has been more than welcoming to those seeking to benefit from not having a state income tax. In a recent appearance on Newsmax's Spicer & Co., Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26) suggested that Elon Musk's Twitter move their headquarters to Miami-Dade, Florida.

"Mills Calls for Investigation into Biden Administration" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk has vowed to unearth the inner workings of Twitter. Republican lawmakers have long held a rivalry with networks like Twitter and Facebook, accusing the social media giants of unfairly treating conservatives and conservative views. Musk appears to be corroborating this.

stephanie murphy
Stephanie Murphy

"Murphy's Voting Record Iced her Potential 2024 Senate run?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Rep. Murphy, who was seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate before the redistricting process appears to have left the “moderate” congresswoman from Central Florida with no other option but to leave her now-Republican-safe congressional seat, appears to be considering a senate run in 2024.

"Nelson Says US Will win Space Race Against China"by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Tension continues to rise between the United States and China, and as U.S. lawmakers warn of the threat China poses regarding national security, the race to the moon has captivated the national conversation.

"Gaetz Travelled to Qatar to Watch U.S. World Cup Match Against Iran" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) is arguably one of the most popular and feared Republican congressmen in the House of Representatives. While he is a veteran at mixing it up with Democrats on the political playing field, Rep. Gaetz is also a huge sports fan and recently traveled as far as Qatar to watch the Nov. 29 U.S. Men’s Soccer World Cup game against Iran.

"At Scott's Urging, Biden Calls for Release of Cuban Prisoners"by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Earlier this week, President Joe Biden (D) successfully secured the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner. However, Republican lawmakers say that the trade for notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout was at at great cost. Republicans heavily criticize this move, but Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is able to make an opportunity out of it.

"Rep. Dan Webster Supports New Defense Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023. Since its passage in the House of Representatives, Florida legislators such as Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) have rationalized their differing opinions. Rep. Waltz supported the bill and Rep. Bilirakis did not. However, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) has come out in support of it as well.

"Florida's Congressional Caucus Leads Bipartisan Request for Citrus Hurricane Relief" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The state of Florida continues to recover from the destruction left after Hurricane Ian made landfall several months ago.  In a bipartisan move, Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL-15) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9) have teamed up to request disaster relief funds from the House Appropriations Committee to help the citrus industry, which took a big hit after the hurricane came through.

"Bilirakis Votes Against Bipartisan Defense Bill to Preserve gun Rights"by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Steube Discusses Twitter's Censorship of Conservatives"by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

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 o

f 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.



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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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