JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.18.2023 — DeSantis Doesn't Lift Foot off the gas Peddle — Gimenez, Wasserman Schultz, Scott —More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.18.2023 — DeSantis Doesn't Lift Foot off the gas Peddle — Gimenez, Wasserman Schultz, Scott —More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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January 18, 2023

 

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DeSantis not Letting up on the gas Peddle

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not let his black cowboy boot off the gas peddle since being sworn into office earlier this month.

In a press conference last week, Gov. DeSantis announced his initiative to support medical professionals, and protect their “free speech and we reject the policies that seek to manufacture “consensus” through coercion.”

The initiative is designed to permanently protect medical professionals from “coercive biomedical policies such as COVID vax passports, COVID vax & mask requirements to attend any school, any COVID mask requirements, all discrimination based on vax or booster status.

In addition, DeSantis stated the following about his views on mandates:

"You should never be discriminated against based on your NRA status, at all. It should not even be an issue.

You should also have protections about masks. You should be able to live your life without a mask and it's like they say well some businesses make you do it, it's irrational to be forcing this in any way.

Now yeah the government in Florida we don't allow government agencies to do it, but you still have these areas where people are being told to go here or there, and I just think it's a civil right to be able to breathe the fresh air and be able to live your life."

This week, DeSantis looks to put those black boots to use again and stop down on the recent “grooming” of children by “Woke society” when drag queen shows performed sexualized acts while minor children were in attendance.

The Floridian was the first to report the drag queen sexualization at the Broward County performance of “Drag Queen Christmas” and then interviewed a 12-year-old daughter and her mother at the Miami showing of the same musical the following night.

Squeezers

 

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -Earlier today we got a presentation from @MyFDOT focused on their current five year work plan, their operations and the potential impact of federal dollars coming to Florida. Many of us asked questions centered on public transit too.

Rep. Darren Soto-IMPORTANT VETERANS NEWS: Beginning today, veterans can receive no-cost emergency mental health care at VA or non-VA healthcare facilities. Veterans can use this benefit whether or not they are enrolled in the VA system. This new policy will save lives.

Mario Diaz-Balart- It's appalling that the Biden Admin would sit down & legitimize the Cuban regime that has tortured, imprisoned, & murdered activists, perpetrated the Bahia Honda massacre, & continues to harbor fugitives, such as one of the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorist" Joanne Chesimard.

Our good men & women in U.S. law enforcement have nothing in common with the thugs that oppress the Cuban people. The rot comes from the top: the Cuban regime has no respect for the rule of law or fundamental rights. To pretend otherwise is absurd.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Tomorrow, Jewish and non-Jewish student volunteers at @UF will be spending #NationalBagelDay mobilizing their community in the fight to end antisemitism. I’m grateful for @UFHillel 's extraordinary leadership and proud to be a Gator! #GoGators

Jared Moskowitz-Thank you to my friends and family for joining me at my swearing in ceremony at the @browardinfo chambers. I’m honored to represent Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Washington!

Casey DeSantis-On behalf of a grateful state, especially those who feel forced to remain silent for fear of retaliation - thank you @GovRonDeSantis for fighting against major institutions, bureaucracy, the medical establishment and the federal government & standing up for FREEDOM.

Carlos Gimenez
Carlos Gimenez

"Rep. Carlos Gimenez Selected to Serve on House Armed Services Committee" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) has announced that he has been selected to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. According to a Rep. Gimenez press release, he will be the first Congressman from Miami-Dade County to serve on the committee in modern history.

"Scott Looks to Tackle Debt Ceiling with Speaker McCarthy" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The debt ceiling has been a high priority for Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) as he is trying to maintain the original agreement made among Senate Republicans in 2021: “any action on the debt ceiling be accompanied by significant, structural spending reform,” according to a Sen. Scott press release.

Wasserman Schultz Slams McCarthy Speaker Vote" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) appeared on "Facing South Florida" with Jim DeFede to discuss the recent vote to elect California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) as Speaker of the House.

"Mario Diaz Balart Assumes Leadership Position in Appropriations Committee" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—After political theatre ensued on Capitol Hill earlier this month over the Speakers' vote, Republicans came out on top with more than fair leadership positions.

"Sen. Rick Scott criticizes Biden's Cuba agenda" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Monday, the nation celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and President Biden (D) delivered a speech where he spoke about police brutality and retraining, “assault weapons,” and the strength that the U.S. government possesses and can use on its own people.

"Biden Plans to 'Ban Assault Weapons' Again" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With recent talks of President Joe Biden (D) removing Cuba from the state sponsor of terrorism list, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) warns of the possible danger of his actions.

"Florida Representatives Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—America celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Florida representatives on both sides of the aisle take to Twitter to do their part in honoring the civil rights leader.

"Matt Gaetz Demands Release of January 6th Footage" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The so-called "Twitter Files" are providing inspiration to the House Republican majority not just to take action against Big Tech but to release footage taken during the events of January 6th, 2021. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) favors releasing the footage, explaining his stance in a recent CNN appearance tweeted by the Columbia Bugle, liked by Gaetz.

"Gov. Ron DeSantis is Catfishing America?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Venezuela china
Venezuela china

"DeSantis Responds to Winning 'Stop WOKE Act' Federal Ruling" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Progressive Democrats had hopes of seeing the “Stop WOKE Act” struck down by a federal judge, but last week, U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker sided with Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration defense, finding that it did not violate an existing court order regarding the law the governor signed in 2022.

"Communist China's Influence Fuels Honduras's Anti-Free Trade Agenda" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The Chinese-Russian “Iron Curtain” continues to rise in the Western Hemisphere, and while Brazil, Argentina, and now Colombia, have all fallen to Socialist governance, Central American nations like Honduras may soon find themselves with a socio-economic and humanitarian crisis that has befallen on Venezuela.

"Wasserman Schultz Requests Additional Funding to Fight Antisemitism" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Since December, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-25) has stepped up her efforts in combating antisemitism. According to Jewish Insider, Wasserman-Schultz and several other lawmakers, including Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL-23); are urging the White House to increase spending to fund the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

"Donalds Responds to December CPI Inflation Report" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the December data concerning the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The results show that compared to last month, inflation has declined by 0.1%, but has increased by 6.5% compared to December of 2021. Due to this fact, Speaker of the House nominee Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) released a statement concerning the numbers.

"Donalds Weighs In on Twitter Files Proving Russian Collusion False" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The 14th installment of the so-called "Twitter files" posts reveals top Democrats ignored warnings about the authenticity of Russian collusion or interference in the 2016 Election. Moreover, media outlets, Twitter included, chose to keep this under wraps. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) discusses this and more on Fox News' Mornings with Maria.

"Casey DeSantis Announces Hefty Bonuses for New Florida Officers" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—This week, the state of Florida has seen massive gains among the state's law enforcement community as a result from Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R-FL) leadership. Today First Lady Casey DeSantis tweeted about the progress that has added 1,000 Florida law enforcement officers since July of last year.

"Florida Republican Lawmaker Reintroduces the FORCE Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has reintroduced the FORCE Act. The legislation is an effort to keep the Cuban Communist Regime on the State Sponsor of Terror List.

"Waltz Says Military is Politicized, and Members are Noticing" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Protecting Americans is believed to be the first and only priority of the military. According to servicemembers in a recent Heritage Foundation poll, that priority is caving as the military becomes increasingly politicized. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL-6)agrees, stating he is looking to find "solutions to restore trust in our military and end the politicization of our warfighters."

"Scott Warns of 'Grave Threat' CCP Police Stations Pose in the U.S." by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—In a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) highlighted reports concerning alleged “illegal (CCP)police operations on American soil” committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The report was originally produced by Safeguard Defenders, a non-governmental organization (NGO). Their report includes the United States as one of 53 countries with operating police forces run by the CCP.

debbie wasseman schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"115 House Democrats Defect, Vote Against Selling Oil to China" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Waltz, Crenshaw Seek Military Force on Mexican Cartels" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina— Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) have collaborated to sponsor a bill that would authorize the use of Military force against Mexican cartels.

"Salazar, Cassidy Draft Americas Act to Counter Chinese Influence" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R) have teamed up to draft discussion legislation that would counter China and help build a stronger Western Hemisphere. Rep. Salazar and Sen.Cassidy have penned the Americas Trade and Investment Act (Americas Act).

"DeSantis Proposes Legislation To Weaken Big Pharma, cut Prescription Drug Prices" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A week after The Floridian reported that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was going to push for the state legislature to address the prescription drug issue, Governor DeSantis dropped an anvil on the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) lobby.

"Rep. Frederica Wilson Gives Viral Speech About Born Alive Abortion Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL). The goal of the piece of the legislation is to protect born babies that survive abortions.

"Brian Mast Introduces Vaccine Reenlistment Act" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the armed forces is officially dead. However, what will happen to approximately 8100 servicemembers discharged for refusing to comply? Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-21) is introducing legislation to fully reinstate these members.

Rep. Laurel Lee
Rep. Laurel Lee

"Lee Calls for Full Government Transparency and Accountability" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Florida Rep. Laurel Lee (R) has joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers who are calling for full transparency from President Joe Biden over the two batches of classified documents that were found at his old office near the University of Pennsylvania.

"Born-Alive Abortion Bill Passes in Republican-Controlled House" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The controversial “Born-Alive” bill, or the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Ann Wagner and Florida Rep. Kat Cammack, passed in the House of Representatives by a vote margin of 220-210.

"Donalds Selected to Serve on Financial Services Committee" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Wednesday, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) was selected to serve on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. The Chairman of the Committee is Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Rep. Donalds appointment comes just days after receiving 20 votes for Speaker of the House in multiple rounds of voting. However, the job eventually was given to the current Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

"Mills Drafts Anti-Woke Publishing Bill to Protect Children from Being Sexualized" by The Floridian's Grayson. Bakich— He hasn’t even been sworn into office a week and former combat veteran, Rep. Cory Mills (R) has already drafted legislation that would prevent education publishing houses from printing and disseminating “woke” propaganda, specifically sexually explicit and pornographic material to children.

"Florida Seeks to Shield Gun Sale Information" by News Service of Florida

"FAA Grounds Flights, Florida Officials React" by The Floridian's Grayson. Bakich—The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has temporarily grounded all flights due to a system outage. This comes just over two weeks after Southwest Airlines had something similar happen, with millions of travelers stranded in airports. Naturally, the issue is trending on Twitter, and Florida representatives are speaking up.

florida capitol
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.

 

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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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