JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.9.2023 — Replacing Gov. Ron DeSantis as Governor — Farts, Underwear, and a Gavel— Mills, Moskowitz, Luna —More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —1.9.2023 — Replacing Gov. Ron DeSantis as Governor — Farts, Underwear, and a Gavel— Mills, Moskowitz, Luna —More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 9, 2023


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Replacing Gov. Ron DeSantis

With all the talk of Governor Ron DeSantis running for President in 2024, who would replace arguably the most popular governor in Florida’s history, if he were to win the presidency?

Hypothetically speaking, current Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez would finish off Gov. DeSantis’s final two years as governor and would most likely run for governor in 2026.

Lt. Gov. Nuñez would have to receive DeSantis’s endorsement to clear the field of Republican opposition to outright win the Republican nomination.

If DeSantis does not come out for Nuñez early, a growing list of potential candidates is already coming together.

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis are both said to be eyeing the Governor’s mansion.

We have also learned that newly sworn-in Congressman Cory Mills is also interested in the job.

Another name who is said to be interested in being governor one day is Rep. Byron Donalds.

Rep. Donalds, whose name was splashed all over TV monitors across the country after being nominated to be Speaker of the House of Representatives, is one of those rising Republican stars in Florida and Washington.

Donalds has not said he is interested in the job but has signaled that he would not ignore it either.

And then there is Senator Marco Rubio.

Early in his career, Sen. Rubio was interested in becoming governor of Florida one day.

Rubio has just won his third term in the U.S. Senate, so one would think that he has set his political path in stone.

Not a chance.

One catch with Rubio running is that he is very close friends with Nuñez.

Would Nuñez step aside and let Rubio run, or would Rubio decide to back his friend’s run?

Remember, Senator candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera stepped aside in 2016 to let Rubio run for a second senatorial term.

Lopez-Canter was also very close to Rubio, but again, DeSantis holds the final card here.

Again, this is all hypothetical. DeSantis may lose in the presidential primary and decide to stay governor.

Wait, DeSantis would only be able to stay governor only if the Florida Legislature changes the current Florida statute that would prohibit him from doing so, right?

DeSantis is expected to announce his presidential run for President over the summer.

His recently concluded campaign is still in full swing and is said to be gearing up for 2024.

Campaign Spokeswoman Christina Pushaw is said to be staying on even though DeSantis has already been sworn into office.

Farts, Underwear, and a Gavel

Sounds like a gross porn movie, right?

Well, Rep. Cory Mills has managed to upset the entire Democratic Party with his swipe at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her hubby Paul.

Rep. Mills' tweet about Mr. Pelosi, his underwear, and his wife’s old gavel, made the fartman himself, Rep. Eric Swalwell, lose his mind. READ MORE


Anna Paulina Luna-Obama was half white. Yet they said he was the first black President. I’m half white so that makes me not “Hispanic enough” @MSNBC? It’s pathetic to see how much the left harasses minority conservatives.

Aaron Bean-I don’t usually stay out so late anymore but this was quite the party my friend @SpeakerMcCarthy had last night.

Rep. Darren Soto-We strongly condemn the violent insurrection in Brazil. Like #January6th, this was another blow to democracy caused by another #BigLie. US supports the peaceful transfer of power there & will continue to work with duly elected ⁦@LulaOficial

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 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



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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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