JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.30.2023 — Miami-Dade County vs Fmr. State Legislators?—Accusing DeSantis, Again—Driskill, Wasserman Schultz, Frost—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.30.2023 — Miami-Dade County vs Fmr. State Legislators?—Accusing DeSantis, Again—Driskill, Wasserman Schultz, Frost—More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 30, 2023


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It's Just Miami-Dade, as Usual

Politics in Miami-Dade County is never business as usual.

It seems as if this county’s usual political cronyism ends where the county meets the state.

Apparently, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, has decided to only hand out committee chairmanships to commissioners who don’t have a state-level legislative resumé.

Coincidence? READ MORE

Accusing DeSantis of ‘Censorship’


Gov. Ron DeSantis believes he is doing the right thing with every stroke of his pen.

While most Floridians appear to approve of this condemnation of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and of his support of parental rights (he won reelection by 20 percentage points), there are those like Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and State Sen. Shevrin Jones who believe his policies are a detriment to his constituents.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz accused Gov. DeSantis of “censorship” for banning books in schools that “depict sexual conduct, sexual battery, bestiality, or sadomasochistic abuse.”

“In Florida, our parents have every right to be involved in their child’s education. We are not going to let politicians deny parents the right to know what is being taught in our schools. I’m proud to sign this legislation that ensures curriculum transparency.”—Gov. Ron DeSantis



Save the Date

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.”



Byron Donalds-78 years ago the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated. Today on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, #WeRemember the six million Jewish men, women, and children murdered and recommit to countering antisemitism. We must NEVER allow these atrocities to happen again.

Congressman Jared Moskowitz-On the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we are again reminded that antisemitism is a plague that infects our world. During a peaceful shabbat at a synagogue, a Palestinian terrorist targeted & gunned down 8 Israeli citizens. I today & every day stand with Israel.

Nick DiCeglie-There are still victims of the Holocaust alive today who tell the harrowing and wretched story of hate they endured. It is up to us to carry on their memory and ensure future generations

Rep. Matt Gaetz-@SecDef’s role isn’t to make sure that our research and development contracts are given out to people of the right race. He's supposed to be focused on keeping the nation safe. Austin must prioritize winning wars, not winning applause from liberals.

Anna Eskamani
Anna Eskamani

"Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Shuns Former State Legislators" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres READ MORE

"Gimenez Heads Subcommittee on Transportation & Maritime Security" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R) announced that he will serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security. READ MORE

"Eskamani Fights for Public-School Funding" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida State Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D) has shared a blog post of her third week of committee meetings. Rep. Eskamani shared certain issues that have been discussed such as public school funding. READ MORE

"Wasserman Schultz Calls Out DeSantis for Censorship of Classroom Material in Schools" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Florida Democrats around the state have been calling out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) since his signage of the controversial school transparency law HB 1467 in March. Some Democrats, like Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) say that the bill is “censorship.” READ MORE

"Maxwell Frost Addresses Week of Violence in America" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In a week of violence across the nation that saw 3 mass shootings in less than 2 days, and a viral video of police brutality in which five Memphis officers beat and killed a man, there was natural outrage from members of Congress, including freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL). READ MORE

"Rubio Writes Pfizer CEO Over Alleged Purposeful Virus Mutation" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Pfizer President and CEO Albert Bourla to address the report from Pfizer’s own Director of Research and Development, Jordan Walker, detailing the possibility that the company was conducting “directed evolution,” known by some as gain-of-function research. READ MORE

"Mills Calls for House GOP to Start Investigating Biden for Documents Debacle" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Freshman Congressman and newly selected member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) recently went on Fox Business to discuss President Joe Biden’s (D) scandal concerning the found documents containing classified information at various locations, including the President’s Delaware home. READ MORE

"Strategic Production Act Passes Along Party Lines" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Increasing domestic energy production has been a priority of Republicans since retaking the House of Representatives. Now it looks like they have made some progress towards that goal as the Strategic Production Act (H.R. 21) passed in the chamber late last week.  Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-3) stated about the measure, "this bill is a huge win for American energy independence, and Rep. Cammack was proud to support it. @HouseGOP is consistently delivering on our commitment to America, and Republicans have only just begun." READ MORE

"Trump Proposes Iron-Dome-Like Missile Defense System" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With former President Donald Trump out on the reelection campaign trail, videos detailing his domestic and foreign policy plans are making the rounds. A recent video, tweeted by Trump War Room, features President Trump speaking about implementing an Iron Dome-like missile defense system. READ MORE

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

Gaetz Introduces PENCIL Resolution, Looks to Bar Adam Schiff from Classified Info" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)  has announced the introduction of the “Preventing Extreme Negligence with Classified Information Licenses” (PENCIL) Resolution, which looks to prevent Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) from receiving security clearances to classified information as well as launching an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. READ MORE

"Rubio Threatens Biden Administration for Denying Intelligence Committee Access to Secret Documents" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After a recent closed-door Senate Intelligence Committee briefing with National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, where the entire committee of U.S. Senators in attendance was denied access to the classified documents recently found at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home... READ MORE

"Salazar Reintroduces Resolution Denouncing Socialism" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Republicans have been vocal critics of socialism. Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has now joined forces with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R) to reintroduce a resolution denouncing the failures of socialism. READ MORE

"House Republican Cory Mills Passes out Grenades to House Members" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When House Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month and vowed to thoroughly investigate the Biden administration, Democratic political heads began to blow up around the nation. Now, newly sworn-in Rep. Cory Mills has decided to take the exploding Democratic head gasket undertaking to a whole other level. READ MORE

"DeSantis Draws Fire Over Rejection of African American Course" by The News Service of Florida

"Waltz Reintroduces Bill on Drug and Human Trafficking" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has teamed up with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to reintroduce legislation cracking down on drug and human trafficking. The Extending Limits of U.S. Customs Waters Act provides several government organizations with the jurisdiction to push back against drug and human traffickers. READ MORE

debbie wasserman schultz

"Wasserman Schultz Takes Victory Lap After Securing Funding for FIU Program" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), a longtime proponent of climate change, is doing a victory lap after she and U.S. House Representatives delivered $9.7 million to Florida International University (FIU) for their mission to monitor the rise in sea levels and to prevent damages along the coast. READ MORE

"Scott Reintroduces the 'Let's Get to Work Act'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Now that the 118th Congress is in session, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) has reintroduced the Let’s Get to Work Act, which “encourages Americans who are able to work to return to the workforce by ending the current suspension of work requirements” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), as well as establishing work requirements for those receiving public housing benefits. READ MORE

"Progressive Media Outlet Smears Pro-DeSantis" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Few would deny Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is popular among the masses. Influencers on Twitter will speak favorably of him, and some are even acknowledged by his campaign Press Secretary Christina Pushaw. READ MORE

"DeSantis Dismisses 'Woke' State Attorney's Request to Get Job Reinstated" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Thanks, but no thanks. But nice try. That is what Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is all but saying after dismissing former Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren’s request to be reinstated to his old job. READ MORE

"Mills and Gaetz Call for Transparency on Ukraine Funding" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich READ MORE

"Telehealth Eyed for Medical Marijuana use Certification" by The News Service of Florida and Javier Manjarres READ MORE

"Kat Cammack Named to Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Gov" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The 118th Congress has signaled in new leadership within the ranks of the U.S. House of Representatives.READ MORE

Senator Rick Scott
Senator Rick Scott

"Florida Democrats All In on Raising Debt Ceiling" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—While Republicans are against raising the national debt ceiling; or the amount of money the government can legally be allowed to borrow to pay outstanding "legal obligations"; and seek to negotiate, Democrats are all in on raising it...READ MORE

"DeSantis Admin Continues to 'Defend our pro-Life Protections''—by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Florida Supreme Court decided to not suspend the state’s 15-week abortion bill as organizations such as Planned Parenthood have questioned the legislation’s validity through the court system...READ MORE

"Waltz Lands Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee Assignments " by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has released a statement announcing his committee assignments in the 118th Congress. The Florida Republican announced that he will serve on the House Foreign Relations Committee (HFAC), the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSI). READ MORE

"Scott Moves to Enact Congressional Term Limits Nationwide" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"McCarthy Unveils House Committees to 'Shift Power Back' to Americans" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—Speaker of House Kevin McCarthy (R) has announced a new list of members of various committees that he says will "shift power back to the American People. READ MORE

"Book Commemorates Roe vs Wade, Gives Rousing 'Abortion is Healthcare' Address [Video]" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Vice President Kamala Harris (D)  recently traveled to Florida’s capital city to give remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court abortion decision. Alongside Vice President Harris... READ MORE

Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio

"Florida Supreme Declines to Block 15-Week Abortion ban law" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—In 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law House Bill 5, the legislative measure that ensures a 15-week abortion ban that has been championed by pro-Life Floridians and state Republican lawmakers. Democrats like Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D) have called the bill an effort of stripping Floridians' rights away. READ MORE

"Webster Receives A+ Rating from Pro-Life Advocacy Group" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) announced last weekend that he had received an A+ rating from the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America team for his performance as a member of the 117th Congress. READ MORE

"Rubio Urges VA to Prioritize Infrastructure Projects" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) is urging the Veterans Affairs administration to prioritize Florida Infrastructure projects. READ MORE

"New Details of DeSantis's Qualms With AP African-American Studies" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith READ MORE

"Donalds Says Democrats may not Want it, but Debt Ceiling Negotiations Will Happen" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The discussions surrounding the potential raising of the debt ceiling skew very heavily Democrat. In a recent appearance on Fox's The Next Revolution, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) said...READ MORE

"DeSantis Raises Teacher Pay Against Unions' Wishes" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Education in Florida underwent drastic changes and reforms during Gov. Ron DeSantis's first term in office. Now, it appears that Governor DeSantis will continue his "maverick" education overhaul in his second term with new legislation being drafted to empower teachers and raise pay, not unions. READ MORE

"DeSantis Defends Removal of AP African-American Course" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Democrats continue expressing their disapproval of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) this time its because of his nixing of the Advanced Placement African-American Studies course that was being taught by Florida schools.


"FL Democrats Decry DeSantis Blocking CRT AP Course" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The battle over teaching Critical Race Theory continues in the Sunshine State. With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) pushing back against efforts, Democrats across Florida are standing united in support of Critical Race Theory (CRT). READ MORE

"DeSantis's Push for Term Limits Popular Among Voters [Video]" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—In 2018, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced his first bid to run for governor of Florida. At the time of his announcement, he was an average Joe congressman who repressed Conservative reforms in government. Then-Congressman DeSantis would go on to win the election, defeating his opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by a slim margin. READ MORE

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.


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Javier Manjarres

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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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