JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.6.2023 — President Donald Trump Next Speaker of the House? — DeSantis to Tackle Prescription Drug Problem— Donalds, Soto, Luna —More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.6.2023 — President Donald Trump Next Speaker of the House? — DeSantis to Tackle Prescription Drug Problem— Donalds, Soto, Luna —More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 6, 2023


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The Speaker Drama in DC Continues

Call it what you want, but the ongoing Republican stalemate to elect the next Speaker of the House Representatives is nothing more than a political Sh— show that has gone from being amusing to watch, to becoming outright annoying.

On a personal note, I don’t think I have ever, ever, watched so much CSPAN in my life.

The announcing of votes reminded me of the 1980s movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

“Bueller. Bueller. Bueller?”

When Rep. Byron Donalds’ name was thrown into the Speaker vote mix, heads exploded. Now, Rep. Matt Gaetz has stepped it up and nominated former President Donald Trump to be Speaker of the House.

Could Trump become Speaker?

Can you imagine if Republicans vote him in?

Anyone Republican who votes against a Trump nomination would be dead on arrival during their reelection bid in 2024. Trump would make sure of that.READ MORE

2023 Legislative Session


Without question, the upcoming legislative session in Florida will be Gov. Ron DeSantis expected presidential campaign launching pad.

The Republican supermajority in the legislature will offer up everything DeSantis asks for.

DeSantis has a mandate, and that mandate will be met.

One issue that DeSantis will tackle is the ongoing problem of ridiculously high drug prices.

DeSantis has addressed his concern about PBMs and prescription drug prices in the past.

This issue will be front and center in the coming months. If legislators and DeSantis hit a home run with this issue, expect everything else to fall into place. READ MORE


Marco Rubio-Because we allowed #China to establish such a dominant role in global supply chains America & the world will feel the pain of the disastrous Covid outbreak they are now facing

Rep. María Elvira Salazar-ICYMI: Yesterday, I joined my friend and colleague @RepTenney on @Newsmax to discuss the House Speakership!

While Congress is still without its Speaker, my office remains open and serving our constituents.

Rep. Darren Soto-Havoc in the House - Day 2 @POTUS & a bipartisan group of Senators & Governors were building new bridges yesterday, made possible by ⁦@HouseDemocrats ⁩ new infrastructure law.

Meanwhile House Republicans were back in DC burning them down.


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

Val Demings
Val Demings/ The Floridian

"Demings Reflects on Time as Representative" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—In the November election, Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) came short in her bid to replace Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R). The former Orlando police chief had once been considered for the role of President Joe Biden’s (D) Vice President. Voters decidedly reelected Sen. Rubio, and Rep. Demings has ended her time as a representative of Florida’s 10th congressional district.

"Rick Scott Reviews Biden's 2 Years of Inflation" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With 2022 coming to a close and everyone, including politicians, are looking back on the year they had, as well as the year that others have had. Usually, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) offers his weekly update on the inflation crisis, but now that we can assess how the United States has changed in the two years with President Joe Biden (D) behind the Resolute Desk, Sen. Scott is offering his analysis for that timespan as a whole.

"Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Highlights Democrat Gains in 2022" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL-23) is celebrating the gains made by Democrats throughout 2022.

"Florida's Biggest Winners and Losers of 2022" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—It’s the end of the year and every Florida news publication out there has its winners and losers of the year.

"Democrat-Controlled Ways and Means Committee Releases President Trump's Tax Info" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Since he was elected President, Congressional Democrats have pursued President Donald Trump’s (R) tax returns. The President has been embroiled in legal woes regarding the January 6 Committee’s investigations, and the House Ways and Means Committee has finally been able to release a redacted version of Trump’s tax returns.

"Greg Steube: Biden Admin "Intentionally Violating" Border Law" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Republicans continue criticizing the Biden administration's border policy and its lack of priority in the omnibus spending bill. Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17) accuses Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas of "willfully and intentionally violating federal law" in a recent appearance on Fox Business.

"Findings in DeSantis's Investigation of Drag Queen Shows Imminent, Possible Criminal Recommendations on Table" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Days after Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his administration was formally investigating the videos taken of children attending “sexualized drag shows” in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, The Floridian has learned that the official findings and potential criminal recommendations from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) are imminent, and will be released as early as next week.

"Rick Scott Shares Skepticism for the $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Brian Mast Introduces Bill Questioning Wuhan Labs, Funding" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"Drag Show in Florida Continues Exposing Minors to Sexualized Acts" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Rubio Slams China, Says Divestment from Nation is 'Common Sense'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—During the pandemic, many Americans were worried about the nation’s dependence upon foreign countries (such as China and India) for our pharmaceuticals. Whether or not the disputed claim that 80% of America’s pharmaceuticals come from China and India is true, what cannot be disputed is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) numbers which show that China and India control 31% of all drug manufacturing facilities in the world, as of August of 2019.

"Moskowitz Slams NY Republican for Lying about Jewish Heritage" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With just days before all newly-elected House of Representatives and Senators are sworn in on January 3rd, a bombshell revelation has come out of the New York State, as reports discover that Long Island Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) lied about the family on his mother’s side fleeing the Holocaust as well as lying about his education and his former employment. At one point, Santos states that he is not Jewish, nor ever claimed to be Jewish, but refers to himself as “Jew-ish.” Rep.-elect Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) commented about the new reports in a series of tweets about Santos.

"DeSantis Investigating 'Drag Queen Christmas' Event That Exposed Children to Sexualized Acts" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is formally investigating the “A Drag Queen Christmas” event that took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Monday, December, 26th.

"Kat Cammack Spends Christmas with US Troops" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The holiday season is often a time where people all over the world travel to spend time with family and close friends. But for US Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) this season was a time for her to spend Christmas with US troops deployed overseas.

"Greg Steube, Mario Diaz-Balart Bash Omnibus Spending Bill" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Though it has passed, Republicans continue castigating the trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. On Christmas Eve, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL-17) offered his own statement, calling the bill a "bloated spending package that puts America Last." Similarly, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) says that this bill "will only further fuel and lengthen inflation."


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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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