JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.16.2022 — DeSantis Claus Brings More Gifts to Floridian —Puerto Rico: The 51st State? — Scott, Murphy, Mills, Wasserman Schultz—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —12.16.2022 — DeSantis Claus Brings More Gifts to Floridian —Puerto Rico: The 51st State? — Scott, Murphy, Mills, Wasserman Schultz—More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 16, 2022


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Ho! Ho! Ho! Special Session is Over

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to play Santa Claus to millions of Floridians, this time signing a legislative measure to  slash toll road fees by 50% throughout 2023. Gov. DeSantis made the announcement during a press conference this week where he stated that Floridians would be saving $500 million in 2023.

That is a whole lot of “coin” as DeSantis would say.

Puerto Rico: La Isla del Encanto

House Democrats have rammed through a bill that would allow Puerto Ricans on the island to vote for statehood, an move that Republicans say is a desperate attempt to control future elections.

Republicans contend that if Puerto Ricans were to vote, they would vote Democratic and that the American territory would give Democrats  Senate and House seat advantages over Republicans.

Not all of Florida’s congressional delegation supported the measure. READ MORE


Ted Deutch -As an American Jew, having members of my community leading the administration's charge to combat antisemitism nationally is a powerful message.

Matt Gaetz-I prefer my leaders NOT owned by lobbyists! “McCarthy — the minority leader for the past four years and a member of leadership since 2009 — is also close to K Street, whose lobbyists have helped make him one of the best fundraisers in Washington.”

Tina Polsky -Thank you@POTUS for making these tests available for all. Please order yours today. This is a deadly disease, no matter what @GovRonDeSantis says.

Ashley Gantt-Today I voted NO on the property insurance bill that does NOT help policyholders. It is a billion dollar bailout for insurance companies that puts homeowners at the helm of bearing the burden of rising rates, less access to courts for recourse, and 0 accountability of companies.

Lauren Book—10 years ago today a gunman killed 26 teachers & children at Sandy Hook Elementary. I’ve witnessed gun violence in our community & worked w families to pass common sense gun laws in FL. Let us use this anniversary to expand gun safety, in honor of those lost & those left behind.

debbie wasserman Schultz
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"Wasserman Schultz Introduces Cancer Survivorship Bill" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) has filed the Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Act (CCSA). As a breast cancer survivor and advocate, Wasserman Schultz has led the charge on issues related to cancer, and she affirms the CCSA is another effort to help those .

"Rick Scott's 'END FENTANYL' Act Unanimously Passes in Senate" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The introduction of fentanyl to America, primarily through drug trafficking via the southern border and one of the greatest crises the nation is facing today. The synthetic opioid has dangerously woven itself within the social fabric of our society.

"House Passes Puerto Rico Status Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The House has voted in favor of allowing Puerto Rico to choose its political status. The decision comes after years of the island being a territory and long held discussion over its status.

"Stephanie Murphy Gives Final Remarks Before Leaving Congress" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—

US Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) shocked the political world after announcing that she would not seek re-election in 2022.  The highly anticipated midterm election resulted in Cory Mills (R-FL) being elected to the House of Representatives, flipping Rep Murphy's Democratic seat to Republican.

"Lawsuit Abuse Affecting all Floridians" by OPINION

"New Poll Shows DeSantis Outperforms Trump" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Lawmakers are now setting their sights on the 2024 presidential elections. As Democrats debate whether President Joe Biden (D) should run for reelection, Republicans are debating what their options will be in the primary.

"Mills Seeks to Criminalize Inappropriate Education Material" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Back in March, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) signed the controversial Parental Rights in Education bill, the chief tenet in hte measure was the prohibition of inappropriate sexual material in classrooms for young children.

"Wilson Files Bill Raising Teacher Pay" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) is leading the charge to raise teacher pay. This week, Rep. Wilson filed the American Teacher Act, which would give teachers "the raise they have earned and deserve."

"Donalds Introduces 'The ESG Rule Prevention Act' To Congress" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL)  has introduced legislation in an attempt to “halt the Biden administration's attempts to implement radical Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) regulations in our federal agencies.”

"Fentanyl Epidemic Does not Discriminate" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The fentanyl scourge nearly claims another victim in Florida. Disturbing footage shows Tavares police officer Courtney Bannick overdosing on the substance after discovering it on a driver whom she had stopped. Despite wearing gloves, she is exposed to fentanyl.

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"Rick Scott Calls for Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Whenever the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the economic numbers for the month, many Floridians appear to await on  Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) take on the matter; especially with the inflationary numbers that the nation has witnessed since President Joe Biden’s (D) election in November of 2020.

"DeSantis to Petition for Investigation into Sudden COVID-19 Deaths" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has led Florida conservatives in the fight against vaccine mandates.  Today, DeSantis has officially petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for a statewide grand jury on COVID-19 vaccine safety.

"Wasserman Schultz all but Blames DeSantis for 83,000 COVID Deaths in Florida" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As more information about the COVID vaccine and its possible inadequacies comes about, many Americans across the nation, including in Florida, are still searching for answers concerning its effectiveness and its side effects

"Angie Nixon Blows Up on Republicans During Twitter Rant"by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The midterm elections solidified Republicans' super majority in the Florida legislature, and prominent Democrats could not be more frustrated.   State Rep. Angie Nixon (D-14) blew up on Twitter listing a number of issues she has with Republican leadership in Florida.

"Rubio Introduces Bill to Ban TikTok Nationwide" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Throughout the past few years, the social media app TikTok 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.

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.

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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 Hur


ricane 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


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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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