JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.11.2023 — Florida's Freshmen House Members Settle in — Florida Democrats Push Mommy First Agenda— Luna, Moskowitz, Berman —More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.11.2023 — Florida's Freshmen House Members Settle in — Florida Democrats Push Mommy First Agenda— Luna, Moskowitz, Berman —More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 11, 2023


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Leap-frogging from the Florida Swamp to the D.C. Swamp

Florida’s newly sworn-in freshman members of Congress—Reps. Jared Moskowitz, Maxwell Frost, Cory Mills, Anna Paulina Luna, Aaron Bean, and Laurel Lee—have all kicked into gear their respective legislative offices.

In visiting all of their Washington, D.C. offices, the congressional youngsters are in desperate need of an interior designer.

The walls are bare, boxes are still stacked up, and furniture is still being moved around, as the members wait for their personal effects to be shipped up from their congressional districts.

The Floridian caught up with all of the new members.

Shortly after Tuesday’s floor vote, Rep. Maxwell Frost spoke to us about comments he recently made about former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s recent trip to Florida.

Rep. Frost equated the current rioting in Brazil to the January 6 Capitol Riot that took place two years ago.

Frost also took a shot at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


Florida Democratic Lawmakers Looking out for Mom

State Sen. Lori Berman and Rep. Ashley Gantt have filed legislation that would assure lactating rooms are available to moms at county courthouses.

The state Capitol in Tallahassee has a lactation room situated just outside of the building's lower-level cafeteria. READ MORE


Lauren Book-I am fighting to remove sales tax on diapers because Florida’s working families shouldn’t be taxed on essential health & hygiene items.

Alexis Calatayud-Proud of the service of our Florida Department of Corrections leadership - it was a wonderful evening meeting and learning from our Regional staff on the importance of inmate programming, occupational/ educational offerings, and re-entry programs.

State Rep. Angie Nixon-Not my mama trying to Deebo me for my @Jaguars tix! Ma’am. Once upon a time I used to try and get you to go. You said you ain’t want to. You wasn’t with me when I was shooting in the gym! #DTWD (She probably gon knock me out when she see this.)

Rep. Kat Cammack-“I’m incredibly proud to introduce this bill alongside my colleagues @SteveScaliseand @RepAnnWagner . Babies born alive during abortion procedures should, without question, receive lifesaving care—just as any other newborn would."

Rep. Darren Soto-Today, @POTUS announced a loan repayment plan:

Caps payments for undergraduate loans at 5% of borrowers’ pay

Ensures graduates making under $30,500/year pay $0

Lowers lifetime payments by 40% on average, saving many borrowers of nearly $2,000/year

Debbie Wasserman Schultz-When Republicans say it's time to cut entitlements, they're going after Social Security and Medicare. I'll join with @TheDemocrats to fight it every day, all day.

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.

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Florida Capitol

"New Florida Bill Could Mandate Courts to Provide 'Lactating Spaces'" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—It is no secret Democrats in the Florida legislature have acted valiantly to support women in the state of Florida. Now, Senator Lori Berman (D) and Representative Ashley Gantt (D) are working on a bill to mandate lactating spaces for women in all county courthouses.

"Frost Says House Republicans are 'Virtue Signaling' for 2024" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—Newly sworn-in Florida Rep. Maxwell Frost (D) has already made waves since being elected to U.S. Congress. As a freshman congressman, Frost is now signaling his priorities in Congress while sharing his disappointments with House Republicans.

"Donalds Responds to Biden Mishandling Classified Information" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Breaking news popped up on people’s cellphones and hit the airwaves on Monday evening with the bombshell from The New York Times which stated that President Biden’s (D) lawyers found classified evidence at one of his former offices in Washington dating back to when he was Vice President.

"House Proposal Authorizing Military Action Against Cartels Receives Bipartisan Support" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R), a retired U.S. Army Green Beret, recently endorsed former President Donald Trump’s hawkish plan to combat Mexican drug cartels and has said that he will propose legislation that would authorize direct military action against the cartels.

"Wasserman Schultz: Desantis is 'Xenophobic' for Deploying National Guard" by The Floridian's Rosella Parra

"Generation Z Congressman Calls for Deportation of Brazil" by TheFloridian's Jackson Bakich—In the past midterm elections, Floridians in the 10th District elected the very first Generation Z candidate to serve in U.S. Congress. His name is Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL).

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 G

rayson 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


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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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