JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —2.13.2023 — Legal Action Could Come Against Florida University Over Name Change—Wasserman Schultz, Salazar, Gimenez—More...

JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —2.13.2023 — Legal Action Could Come Against Florida University Over Name Change—Wasserman Schultz, Salazar, Gimenez—More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 13, 2023


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What's in a Name?

If you are currently a student at the former St. Thomas University College of Law, you might be a little ticked off that the school decided to change its name to the Benjamin Crump College of Law.

How will Crump’s name look on your diploma?

Well, there are students who are upset at the school for taking upwards of $10 million to change the name.

Money talks and I guess, credible sounding and looking law degrees walk.

Now, there could be legal action coming against the school. READ MORE

Fighting Media Censorship

The conservative news outlet NEWSMAX is receiving widespread support from Americans after AT&T decided not to renew its contract, even as more progressive outlets are accessible on the TV platform.

Now a group of Jewish American leaders are calling AT&T demanding that NEWSMAX be brought back.

“As leaders in our community we represent millions of Jewish Americans,” the letter states, adding “NEWSMAX has been a crucial way for us to reach our fellow Americans to share our perspectives on anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, the State of Israel, and other matters important to our community.” READ MORE

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.”


Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz-It was heart-wrenching to hear about the abortion access struggles of @kelseyleighpgh and my #SOTU guest Anabely Lopes. I'm hopeful that, working together, we can finally achieve #ReproductiveFreedom for all women.

Rick Scott-This week, I sent @POTUS a letter requesting full funding to continue critical Everglades restoration projects.

I will ALWAYS fight to protect and preserve the Everglades for future generations of Floridians to enjoy. We can't stop this work now.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -College Board should have known from the beginning that the FL Department of Education was never being genuine nor were their concerns regarding African American studies valid. It was and always will be about political “wins” & erasing diverse viewpoints under DeSantis.

Casey DeSantis-Blessed to create these memories with the kids…We had so much fun at the Florida State Fair!

Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick

"Levine Cava Issues Statement on Turkey & Syria Earthquakes" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

"Salazar Reintroduces REEF Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

"Salazar, McCaul Welcome Released Nicaraguan Political Prisoners" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

"Lawmakers Back More Migrant Flights to Sanctuary Cities, States" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE --- After a sometimes-emotional debate about immigrants and the nation’s border policies, state lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a plan that likely will lead to Florida transporting more migrants to “sanctuary” areas of the country. READ MORE

"Gaetz Demands Answers About Lobbying 'Revolving Door'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—During the House Select Committee on Weaponization of the Federal Government's first hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) corners Elliot Williams about the "revolving door" of lobbyists and government employees. READ MORE

"Democrats eye Fried to Lead Florida Dems" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) defeated Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) in the 2022 gubernatorial primary, but Fried is now making headlines. Florida Democrats are vying for new leadership, and in a recent letter, they outline why Fried is the right choice to lead them. READ MORE

"House Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick Says Democrats Need a 'Come to Jesus Moment'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In a recent interview with The Floridian, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D) discussed the state of the Florida Democratic Party, even as state Democrats look to former state Senator Annette Taddeo, and possibly former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, to possibly lead them.


Carlos Gimenez
Carlos Gimenez

"WESH 2 Fined for Disallowing Scotty Moore to Debate Darren Soto During Midterms" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—During the past election cycle, incumbent Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) outlasted challenger Scotty Moore (R) by 7 points. However, the result did not come without controversy. READ MORE

"Rubio Dismisses Claims of Balloons Previously Flying Over US" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich-The US Senate held a classified briefing over the Chinese balloon shot down this past week over the Atlantic. All 100 members, including Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, attended. READ MORE

"Democrat Cherfilus-McCormick Warns of Socialism's Dangers [VIDEO]" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—READ MORE

"Florida Congressional Legislators Launch Everglades Caucus" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With Everglades restoration being a bipartisan issue in the state of Florida, both at the state and federal level, it is appropriate that Florida members of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress (as well as Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL) have come together to launch the Everglades Caucus. READ MORE

"Buchanan Blames Republicans and Democrats for Massive $31 Trillion National Debt" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The overwhelming majority of Americans support a federal balanced budget amendment to control the perceived out-of-control and reckless spending in Washington that has led to a $31 Trillion national debt. READ MORE

Rep. Maxwell Frost
Rep. Maxwell Frost

"Ilhan Omar Believes Biden is Weak on Immigration Reform" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Washington, D.C. – Following the State of the Union address given by President Joe Biden (D) last Tuesday night, lawmakers were asked to opine on the issues, like illegal immigration, addressed in the President's speech. READ MORE

"Waltz Responds to Biden Immigration Plan After SOTU" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the nation is transitioning from its immediate reaction to President Biden’s (D) State of the Union address to now reacting to others’ reactions of the speech, The Floridian was able to catch up with Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL). to get his response to the annual address to the nation. READ MORE

"Frost Calls Florida's 'Constitutional Carry' Bill 'Disgraceful'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Florida Republicans have proposed a "Constitutional Carry" bill that would allow gun owners to permitless carry a firearm in the state. With Republicans supporting the bill, Democrats have chided the legislation. In an exclusive interview with The Floridian, Rep. Maxwell Frost (D) called the bill "disgraceful." READ MORE

"Scott Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Domestic Semiconductor Production" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—During his second State of the Union address last night, President Joe Biden (D) mentioned the fact that the United States is responsible for so many of the world’s greatest, revolutionary inventions, yet a lot of them are now produced overseas. READ MORE

"Moody Pressures Biden to Designate Cartel as Terrorists" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—READ MORE

"Gimenez Says Biden's Polices Driving 'America in the Wrong Direction'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With President Joe Biden (D) giving his State of the Union Address last night, members of the legislative branch were decisive in giving their thoughts and opinions concerning the event. READ MORE

"Moskowitz Calls Out House Republicans on Fentanyl at Border" by The Floridian's Grayson—During a recent House Oversight Committee hearing on border security, Florida's Rep. Jared Moksowitz (D-23) calls out House Republicans for the politicized nature of the issue rather than the problem of fentanyl itself, which is primarily smuggled through ports of entry. READ MORE

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna

"Scott, Luna Comment on Biden's SOTU Address" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) issued his State of the Union (SOTU) address this week, and Republicans have been quick to issue a response. The Floridian caught up with Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R) and Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) to discuss Biden's comments after delivering his speech. READ MORE

"Frost Calls Border Wall "Monument of Fear" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) got into a heated debate with Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) and other House Republicans over border security. READ MORE

"Wasserman Schultz Says Biden Baited Republicans During State of the Union" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address brought the ever-divided U.S. Congress together in the lower chamber, and while Republicans dismissed the President’s speech as being disingenuous and lacking real substance, House Democrats like Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz praised the “happy warrior” and his legislative accomplishments during his first two years in office. READ MORE

"DeSantis Emphasizes FDOT Support" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

"Gaetz Sends Letter to Urge Biden to Cut Spending" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) alongside four other Republicans penned a letter to President Joe Biden (D) “urging him to enact work requirements as a feature of welfare reform.” READ MORE

"DeSantis Announces 400,000 Florida Republican Voter Advantage Over Democrats" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—READ MORE

"Haley Releases Advertisement Against Biden" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

"Donalds: AOC's Defense of Ilhan Omar was Hypocritical and 'High Drama'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Last week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor in defense of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after Republicans decided to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee due to a history of anti-Semitic comments. READ MORE

"DeSantis Holds Panel to Discuss Legacy Media Defamation" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) held a roundtable discussion around the topic of defamation in Hialeah Gardens.. The main point of the event was to consider the legacy media’s effect on regular people who look to post on stories before they can be confirmed or are taken out of context. READ MORE

"Donalds Debunks House Democrat's Claim That Border Crisis Isn't Criminal (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During a heated debate in the House Oversight Committee on border security, Freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost (D) asserted that the influx of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants along the southern border was not criminal, rather a “humanitarian” issue. READ MORE

"Americans Will Keep Dying From Fentanyl Until President Biden Steps up" OPINION by Senator Marco RUBIO—“We’re finding fentanyl in almost every single drug out there,” reports Sheriff John Mina of the Orange County Police Department. Mina is on the front lines of America’s overdose crisis, but he is far from alone...READ MORE

"Salazar, McCaul Question Biden Over Dominical Republic Travel Advisory" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—House Republicans have issued a letter to President Joe Biden (D). In the letter, GOP members question Biden over his travel advisory to the Dominican Republic, calling it “harmful.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"Disney Loosing Reedy Creek Governance Appears Imminent" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —READ MORE

"Scott, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop Sale of Crude Oil to China" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bipartisan bill that looks to ban the sale of crude oil from the United States, specifically from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to companies owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It would also ban the sale of any crude oil from the SPR to China itself. READ MORE

"Florida Democratic and Republican Lawmakers Differ on Death Penalty Changes" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Democratic lawmakers have differing views on Republican proposals to change the state’s death penalty laws, including eliminating a requirement of unanimous jury recommendations before judges can impose death sentences, leaders said Monday. READ MORE

"Joe Biden’s Venezuela Deal Is Risky But Worth Trying" Opinion by Luis Fleischman, PhD—A few months ago, the Biden Administration granted five U.S. oil companies limited authorization to resume pumping oil from Venezuela. The decision came after the Venezuelan government and the opposition reached a humanitarian relief agreement and to resume negotiations to resolve the country’s political crisis, focusing on Venezuela’s 2024 elections. READ MORE

"Scott Urges Passage of his American Security Drone Act" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich — The delayed reaction by the Biden administration to the Chinese surveillance balloon continues to draw ire from Republicans. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) says this whole affair is precisely why the American Drone Security Act, which he reintroduced in 2021, is vital in its passage. READ MORE

"Rubio Issues Stark Warning Over Chinese Balloon" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina — Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has issued a stark warning about the Chinese balloon controversy. President Joe Biden (D) received criticism over his lax response to the balloon, but he ultimately ordered the U.S. military to shoot it down over the weekend. READ MORE

Gaetz Wants Biden to 'Blow Up TikTok' After Chinese Spy Balloon is Shot Down" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich — With the Chinese surveillance balloon having finally been shot down, concerns about how deep Chinese espionage against American interests has gone. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) simply says that with the balloon destroyed, "now blow up TikTok." READ MORE


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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