JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.10.2023 — Florida Democrats' Chairman Quits — Republicans Introduce Born-Alive Bill— Frost, Cammack, Scott, Rubio —More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.10.2023 — Florida Democrats' Chairman Quits — Republicans Introduce Born-Alive Bill— Frost, Cammack, Scott, Rubio —More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 10, 2023


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It was expected, and couldn’t come fast enough for many Florida Democrats.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz has said “A Dios” to his fellow Democrats, quitting his post.

Who is going to fill the void over at Democratic headquarters?

Former AG Commissioner Nikki Fried has told The Floridan that she considered the post for about a second but realized that she didn’t want to go down with a ship that was already taking in water.

No one has stepped up to fill the void, but could the unemployed former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith consider taking the job?

Why not? It’s not like he is doing much besides trolling Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans on Twitter.

Smith is more than capable of doing it, but then Democrats would be saddled with having a Progressive at the helm of their sunken ship.

The Progressive ideology Democrats embraced over the past two election cycles helped Gov. DeSantis, President Donald Trump, and statewide Republicans win, or as Rep. Jared Moskowitz put it, Democrats got “crushed.”

It goes without saying that Florida Democrats have hit rock bottom with no hope in sight, so whoever takes over for Diaz will have a very heavy lift on his or her hands.;

Maybe Rep. Allison Tant can be persuaded into taking back her old job?

Why not?

Republicans Sens. Joe Gruters and Blaise Ingoglia have led Republicans and held elected office.

And then there is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is arguably the most qualified to lead her state party.

Oh, let’s not forget about former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Mucarsel-Powell would be a great leader, but does she want it?

Born Alive

House Republicans will be forcing their Democratic colleagues to vote on legislation that could put their minority in the lower chamber in a very uncomfortable position.

All House Democrats, except for Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, recently voted against defunding 87,000 new IRS employees, and now it appears as if they will have to vote on the controversial abortion bill that makes everyone's skin crawl



Rep. Anna V. Eskamani-January 22nd was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year, it'll be a day for national protests and marches to protect abortion access.

Paul Renner-On this #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay, we honor those who have answered the call to serve and protect our communities.

Congressman Maxwell Alejandro Frost-Florida should not be a place where we give safe refuge to fascist leaders. Bolsonaro should be sent to Brazil immediately and face the consequences of his actions.

US Rep Kathy Castor-Our neighbors deserve a govt that works for them without unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles or costly red tape.

Yet the GOP’s first act in the majority shields the wealthy & stifles taxpayer fairness. Under GOP rule, the rich & well-connected win again

Mario Diaz-Balart-Tonight, I voted to rescind funding to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to monitor middle-class families & small businesses. As the American people continue to suffer from the Biden Admin’s inflationary policies, the last thing they need is their government working against them.

Dr. Neal Dunn-Right-to-Repair will save Americans money, increase consumer choice, and help our economy get back on track. It will work for the farming industry and the auto industry!

Rep. Matt Gaetz-As I said in September, America has bigger problems than library disputes.

The only reason criminality appends to paperwork kerfuffles is because they thought they could get Trump.

Laurel Lee-I am grateful every day for our law enforcement and the sacrifices they make to keep our communities safe, but I am especially grateful today, as we take a moment for our brave men & women in blue on National #LawEnforcement Appreciation Day.

Rep. Cammack-House Republicans have worked to shed light on House Democrats' disastrous policies, including one of the most egregious. Tonight, we fired 87,000 IRS agents.

We're working to deliver and we're just getting started

Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Out of the gate, House Republicans want to provide relief for wealthy tax cheats and add to the deficit.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Gus Bilirakis

"House Republicans Pass Bill to Defund 87,000 IRS 'Agents'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—By a vote count of 221-210, House Republicans made good on their campaign promise to defund the 87,000 IRS “agents” President Biden vowed to employ through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

"Kat Cammack Reintroduces Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After the leadership debacle on Capitol Hill, where it took 15 votes to seat Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, Republicans are already undoing what the Biden administration has done.  US Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) is now reintroducing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

"FL Legislators Highlight National Law Enforcement Day" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With January 9th being national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, some Florida legislators such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), and others have showcased different types of press releases concerning the holiday.

"Scott Sends Twitter Firestorm at Biden over Border" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) sent out a political firestorm towards President Joe Biden (D) after his appearance at the southern border. Republicans have criticized President both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) for their lack of attentiveness to the illegal immigration issue, thus calling out the fact that neither has taken trips to the border until now.

"Florida House Republicans All In on Defunding IRS" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"DeSantis Highlights his 2022 'Free State of Florida' Victories" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Luna Slams MSNBC Journalist Calling Her a "White Supremacist" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—There was a higher number of Latin Americans that were voted into the U.S. Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. Among them is Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL-13), a Trump-backed rising star among Republicans.

"Waltz and Abbott call for action against the Mexican cartels" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R- TX) and Rep. Mike Waltz (R- FL), like most Republican lawmakers, have shared dissatisfaction over the Biden Administration's handling of the ongoing border crisis. Both Gov. Abbott and Rep. Waltz want President Biden to take a harder stance on the Mexican cartels.

Rep. Cory Mills

Rep. Cory Mills"DeSantis Criticized Over Bolsonaro Staying in Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Democrats from across the country are now directing blame to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). accusing him of allowing a "far-right facist" in former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to reside in the Orlando area. Over the weekend, thousands of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva's opponents stormed the Capitol and destroyed both the Supreme Court and Congress.

"Mills' Tweet About Pelosi's Husband Paul's Underwear Sets off House Democrats" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—It took less than a day, actually, about a couple of hours after being sworn into office, for Congressman Cory Mills (R) to make House Democratic heads explode in apparent rage over a jab he threw at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Brian Mast Encourages House Republicans To Remain in Session" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With now-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) officially taking on the role he has been fighting tooth and nail for, what's next for the new Republican House majority? Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18) penned a letter where he urged his colleagues stay in the current legislative session and not recess, by calling upon his own experience as a combat veteran.

"DeSantis, FL Lawmakers Planning Partial Takeover of Disney's Governing District" by The News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- Lawmakers are moving forward with plans that would give the state more control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which Gov. Ron DeSantis targeted last year after the Walt Disney Co. criticized a controversial education law.

"Moskowitz Starts Pillow Fight with 'My Pillow' Founder Lindell" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As the probable head-to-head Republican presidential match-up between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis is just about six months away, the former President’s surrogates like "My Pillow" guy Mike Lindell, are out casting doubt on the 2022 midterm election in Florida.

"Trump Praised for Proposed Battle Plan Against Cartels" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—A plan to battle the drug cartels proposed by former President Donald Trump's campaign is making the rounds on Twitter. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL-6) praises this plan as "a serious proposal for how to take on the Cartels!"

"Eskamani Slams DeSantis' Appointment of Anti-CRT Activist to Florida College" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—What would normally sound like minor news, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) appoints six new members to the New College of Florida Board of Trustees. However, one name on the list is activist Christopher Rufo, a well-known critic of Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Matt Gaetz CPAC
Matt Gaetz CPAC

"Gaetz Nominates President Donald Trump for House Speaker" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the U.S. House of Representatives continues to decide on who will lead its 435 members, different names have been thrown around in the nation’s capital as possible successors to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Byron Donalds Responded a Second Time to Cori Bush's Racially-Charged Tweet" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) has responded a second time to Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)'s racially-charged tweet.

"DeSantis, Republicans Poised to Tackle the Prescription Drug Issue" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With the first committee week of the 2023 Florida legislative session has come to an end, there is ongoing talk among political circles in Tallahassee that the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) argument and prescription drug prices, could be one of the focal point issues lawmakers will have to address.

"Florida House Republicans Open up About Ongoing Speaker Vote" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra—After the House of Representatives failed to vote for a new Speaker, Florida Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna, and Byron Donalds, who all voted against US Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R- CA), have provided their commentary on the contentious issue.

Maria Elvira Salazar
Maria Elvira Salazar

"House Conservatives Led by Gaetz and Donalds Embarrass McCarthy" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra— As of Jan. 4, 2023, a House speaker has not been elected. 20 House Republicans, including Florida Reps. Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, and Anna Paulina Luna have voted against Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's candidacy for Speaker of the House.

"House Progressive Calls Byron Donalds 'a Prop' That Backs 'White Supremacy'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—During the votes for Speaker of the House, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) becomes a candidate due to continued division over Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

"All The President's Men" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When Florida’s political class and well-wishers arrived in Tallahassee to see Governor Ron DeSantis be sworn into office for the second time, they were met with an unprecedented inaugural effort put on by both the legislative office and the political campaign.

"Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Living in Florida" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—As native Floridians can attest, Brazilians make up a sizeable contingent of foreign-born tourists at Disney World. But controversial ex-president Jair Bolsonaro isn't staying for the theme park rides.

Matt Gaetz

"Gaetz Questions McCarthy Residing in Speaker's Office" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Byron Donalds Receives Support for Speaker of the House" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Governor Ron DeSantis: 'Florida is #1' (VIDEO)"by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

Nina West
Nina West

"Florida-Based Farm Share #1 Food Bank in America" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Long Awaited Miya's Law Takes Effect this Week" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After the tragic death of 19-year-old Miya Marcano in Orlando, Florida, Miya's Law has now gone into effect in the state of Florida.

"FL Democrats Celebrate One-Sided Victories in 2022" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With 2022 behind us, Republicans look to take majority of the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Florida Democrats continue to celebrate the "Great Eight" gains made in 2022. As Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-23) previously describes, these include the Inflation Reduction Act, Respect for Marriage Act, Safer Communities Act, and policies relating to Medicate and Social Security.

"McCormick, Eskamani, Scott Slam Southwest Airlines Over Holiday Flight Cancellations" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Proxy Voting in House Comes to an end" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With the Republican majority reentering the House of Representatives and potential soon-to-be first-time Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) taking the helm in the lower chamber, naturally, there are going to be some new rules. Due to this natural progression, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) mentioned that proxy voting will be coming to an end come January 3rd.

"DeSantis to Continue Waging Legislative War Against the Communist Chinese" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to craft his “Florida First” War on China just as he is about to be inaugurated governor, again.

"Moskowitz Sends Comical Tweets at George Santos" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich


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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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