JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.23.2023 — Democrats Jump Gun on CA Mass Shooting — FL Jobless Rate Way Down —Frost, Wasserman Schultz, Mills, Hegseth—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.23.2023 — Democrats Jump Gun on CA Mass Shooting — FL Jobless Rate Way Down —Frost, Wasserman Schultz, Mills, Hegseth—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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January 23, 2023

 

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Fort Lauderdale-based Tripp/Scott will be hosting Fox News Host Pete Hegseth on February 15th as he promotes his new book, “Battle for the American Mind.”

Big Oops!

 

Congressional Democrats were quick to place the blame for this weekend’s mass shooting in California on ‘bigotry.’

They were wrong.

Rep. Maxwell Frost was the lone Florida Democrat to jump the gun, joining the likes of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Adam Schiff.

The suspected shooter, who is now dead, was a 72-year-old Asian, who appears to have shot up the California nightclub over a domestic issue. READ MORE

 

City of Jax Officials Playing Favorites?

 

It appears as if some of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s inner circle may have gotten involved in the upcoming city council and mayoral races.

This kind of interference is nothing new in local and state politics, but the Jacksonville government people appear to have gone out of their way to go after one or two candidates challenging their potentially preferred city candidates.  READ MORE

 

 

Squeezers

Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Today is the 50th anniversary of #RoeVWade, the landmark ruling that gave Americans the constitutional right to abortion. Roe is gone now, but I remain committed to building a future that allows all people to control their own bodies, lives, and futures. #OurBodyOurChoice

Congressman Greg Steube-It's grateful to be home and recovering after being discharged from the hospital today. All praise and glory goes to God! Jen and I remain endlessly blessed by the prayers and support from our friends, family, and community.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -Today marks what would have been the 50th Anniversary of #RoeVWade. In this moment of incredible loss, we must remind ourselves that Roe was never the ceiling, it was the floor.

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-.@SenAkbari will be in town on Wednesday! This is not just a Florida push back, but this is a national push back against fascism, racism, and extremism.

Rep. Mike Waltz- Backstage with @jim_jordan and @CoryMillsFL ! Speaking to Volusia Republicans!

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"House Democrats Falsely Claim Monterey Park Mass Shooting was act of 'Bigotry'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Less than a day after the Lunar New Year mass shooting at a ballroom dance club in the city of Monterey Park, California where 10 innocent people were killed and 10 others wounded, congressional Democrats, including Rep. Maxwell Frost, were too quick to pass blame on ‘bigotry’ against the Asian community.

"Levine Cava Honors Roe v. Wade 50th Anniversary" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the controversial Roe v. Wade decision. Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the ruling last year, Democrats have fired up their base by calling on support to codify it.

"City of Jacksonville Officials Could be Playing Political Favoritism in Council and Mayoral Races" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The upcoming city council and mayoral races in the City of Jacksonville are heating up and local city officials may be siding with one candidate over the other.

On September 15, Mike Gay, a Republican candidate for City Council District 2, received an apparent overreaching cease and desist letter from Trisha Bowles, assistant general counsel to the City of Jacksonville General Counsel Jason Teal, where he was threatened with legal action if he did not remove campaign signage off a firetruck on private property within 24 hours.

"Florida Jobless Rate Down to 2.5 Percent" by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s unemployment rate dipped to 2.5 percent in December as businesses continue to struggle to fill positions.

"Andrade Introduces Bill to Make STOP WOKE Act More Defined" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—State Rep. Alex Andrade (R-FL) introduced the Civil Remedies for Unlawful Employment Practices Act in the Florida Legislature.

"Franklin Reintroduces Bill Closing Fetal Remain Profit Loopholes" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The pro-life movement celebrates a major win with the passage of the Born-Alive Abortion bill last week in the House of Representatives. Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL-18) intends to keep up the momentum by reintroducing a bill to prohibit making a profit from the sale of fetal remains to the House floor.

"Rick Scott Continues to Question Biden's Border Security Policies" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—Once again, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) has brought into question President Joe Biden’s (D) handling of America’s border security. On January 19, 2023, Sen. Scott tweeted his thoughts on the matter with a link to his press conference.

"Bilirakis Urges Support for Major Richard Star Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R) is urging support for the Major Richard Star Act, a legislative measure to help veterans.

Byron Donalds
Byron Donalds

"Donalds Named Vice Chair of Advanced Nuclear Caucus" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) was been selected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Advanced Nuclear Caucus. Recently, Rep. Donalds has been very positive about the energy source, citing it as a clean, efficient way to provide power to millions across the country. READ MORE

"Florida Kills African American Studies, Democrats React" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—While Florida has prided itself on leading the culture war for conservatism, a new educational policy may rock the boat for Florida Democrats.  Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) along with Florida Republicans have officially erased AP African American Studies from state curriculum, causing backlash from progressives. READ MORE

"Gimenez Slams Biden for Negotiation With Cuba" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R) continues to direct criticism to the Biden administration for wanting to work with the Diaz-Canel administration in Cuba. Questioning the Biden administration’s efforts, Gimenez expressed that some in the Biden administration might even favor the communist regime. READ MORE

"Gov. DeSantis Orders $13M to Hurricane Ian Victim Mental Health Recovery" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—While physical recovery from Hurricane Ian is largely over, intangible effects are still plaguing Floridians. This week, Governor DeSantis (R-FL) ordered the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to direct over $13 million towards expanding mental health resources for victims of Hurricane Ian. READ MORE

"Biden Covering up: More Americans Killed During Afghan Withdrawal Than Reported" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Freshman Congressman, Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) was selected for two prestigious committees: The House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. These assignments could spell bad news for President Joe Biden (D) and his administration. READ MORE

"Gaetz Moves to Abolish the ATF" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"U.S. Lawmaker Threatens 'Serious' Sanctions Against Honduras's Leftist Government" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With the Leftist Honduran government set to convene on January 25, and expected to vote in favor of repealing the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), more American lawmakers are threatening consequences against that country's expected move to hurt American economic interests. READ MORE

Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio

"Rubio, Scott Urge U.S Government to Seize Opportunity in Cuba" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The United States Government has sent those working for the State, Justice, and Homeland Security Departments to Cuba in order to engage in “law enforcement” discussions with those of the Cuban government, more specifically...

"DeSantis Activates National Guard to Tackle Migrant Crisis, Talks About Combatting China" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With the border crisis continuing unabated and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continuing to buy American land, the Biden administration does not appear to be acting...

"DeSantis discusses $100 million hurricane relief and new tax legislation" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) took to the podium today to share his recent $100 million award to the Florida counties affected by Hurricane Ian. In his press conference, he stated, “We are awarding that $100 million to restore the sand on Florida beaches and to restore projects in 16 different counties across the state of Florida.”

"DeSantis Vows to Dismantle 'COVID Cartel'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) continue to trade political blows on the national stage. Vowing to dismantle the “COVID Cartel,” DeSantis issued proposals for the Sunshine State.

"First Lady Casey DeSantis is Governor Desantis's Biggest Weapon" by the Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Casey DeSantis is arguably one of the most active, visible, and influential First Ladies in Florida history.

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.

 

The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina

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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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