JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —2.28.2023 — Florida's War on Drugs Continues—Fentanyl—Frost, Scott, Wasserman Schultz—Much More...

JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —2.28.2023 — Florida's War on Drugs Continues—Fentanyl—Frost, Scott, Wasserman Schultz—Much More...

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Javier Manjarres
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February 28, 2023

 

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The DeSantis administration's statewide war on drugs continues as Attorney General Ashley Moody has announced that 21 drug traffickers, many with a violent past, were arrested in Operation Checkmate.

AG Moody condemned the special interested groups that call for lighter sentences for drug traffickers because they aren’t “associated with violent crime.”

Moody called that mindset “a farce that's a fallacy.”

“Today’s operation and announcement demonstrate that the arrests of 21 individuals many of them had violent histories, convicted felons. They need to be pursued and taken out of our community,” said Moody.

 

Drugs

Senator Rick Scott has introduced a resolution in the upper chamber calling for a National Fentanyl Awareness Week to help bring attention to the increased trafficking of deadly fentanyl into the U.S. READ MORE

Ashley Moody
Ashley Moody

Show me Where the Money Goes

Republican lawmakers continue pressing the Biden administration for full transparency and oversight of the billions of dollars that have been sent to Ukraine over the past year or so.

Rep. Donalds, along with Reps. Matt Gaetz and Cory Mills, have been the tip of the spear in trying to hold the Biden administration accountable for  how all of the $100 billion, or so taxpayer dollars, was spent. READ MORE

Squeezers

Debbie Wasserman Schultz-I'm proud @SunSentinel & others dropped #Dilbert after its white creator said Black people are a “racist hate group,” and urged whites “to get the hell away from Black people.” Scott Adams is free to share his racist views. Newspapers are free to shun him.

Bill Mitchell-You have no idea how many times "Trump supporters" told me about how DeSantis "had caved to Disney." Of course that was NEVER true along with all the other false accusations they have made against DeSantis to support their guy.

Carolina Amesty-I’m proud to have stood alongside Gov. DeSantis today. We want Disney to return to Walt’s vision for the company. Estoy orgullosa de haber estado hoy junta al Gobernador DeSantis. Queremos que Disney vuelva a la visión que Walt tuvo para la empresa.

Dr. Neal Dunn-Confirming what we all have known for a very long time:  #COVID19 was NOT a naturally occurring illness, but an intentionally created virus. My colleagues and I are determined to hold those responsible for the lab leak accountable. #FL02

Maxwell Alejandro Frost-I’ve had people tell me to stop using the word fascist in talking about Gov DeSantis and what’s going on in Florida. I won’t stop. This is what’s going on. I won’t tone down my language when we are actively being oppressed. This is my home.

rick scott

Salazar, Gimenez Condemn DHS for Facility Fiasco" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas condemning the DHS for allowing agents of the Cuban regime to visit U.S. military facilities. READ MORE

"Scott's New Resolution: 'National Fentanyl Awareness Week" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) has announced the introduction of a resolution to the Senate which looks to establish February 26th through the 4th as “National Fentanyl Awareness Week.” READ MORE

"Waltz Seeks to Prevent Chinese Owning Private Schools with JROTC Programs" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Young people are a prime target for Chinese espionage, especially those in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced a bipartisan bill prohibiting the the Dept. of Defense from establishing or funding JROTC programs in private schools affiliated with China. READ MORE

"Byron Donalds Reintroduces Financial Freedom Legislation" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—US Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has reintroduced the House companion of the Financial Freedom Act. This legislation is aimed at Biden’s Department of Labor and would restrict the type of investments that self-directed 401(k) account investors can choose to invest in through a brokerage window, taking another step to ensure financial freedom. READ MORE

"Donalds Reiterates Need for Transparency on Ukraine Funding" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich— READ MORE

"DeSantis Ends Disney, the 'Corporate Kingdom'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended Disney's corporate and tax advantages over other Florida theme parks. READ MORE

"Netflix Continues 'Grooming' Children in Their Kids' Shows" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The American media company Netflix is once again exposing children to the current “woke ideology” in another one of their streaming kids' shows. READ MORE

Matt Gaetz
Matt Gaetz

"Gaetz Addresses Border Crisis in Arizona" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Recently, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made a trip to Yuma, Arizona to discuss how Republicans in Congress and the legislative branch as a whole, can address the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border. READ MORE

"Haley Will cut Foreign Aid to Enemies" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) penned an op-ed, sharing her views on foreign aid. In the op-ed, Haley assured that she would be cutting foreign aid to enemies of the United States...READ MORE

"Florida CFO Patronis: Biden is going to 'Impoverish an Entire Generation'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich— READ MORE

"Bilirakis Demands Transparency, Accountability for Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The crisis of illegal immigration at the southern border has been ongoing for nearly two years, and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) is highly critical of the Biden administration's handling of the situation. According to Bilirakis, illegal crossings have continued with no end in sight, and in January alone, there were more than 150k migrants illegally entering the country. READ MORE

"Florida Republicans Slam Efforts to Rewrite Title IX" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The tide is turning against transgender policies, as 28 organizations demand that the Biden Administration rewrite Title IX to accommodate for "gender identity." READ MORE

"Frost Goes on Diplomatic Exchange to Korea and Japan" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In 2022, Florida voters elected the first Gen-Z legislator to the federal government, Representative Maxwell Frost (D-FL). After making history in November, Rep. Frost joined Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and French Hill (R-AR) to a “delegation & legislation exchange” trip to Japan and Korea. READ MORE

"Nikki Fried Will Lead the Florida Democratic Party" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is the new face of the Florida Democratic Party, defeating former State Senator Annette Taddeo by 52% of the vote.

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"Ukrainian Flag Flying Over Washington, D.C. is 'Outrageous'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—READ MORE

"Waltz Calls for Public Release of Subpar Army Recruiting Data" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich— READ MORE

Byron Donalds
Byron Donalds

"Donalds, Oversight Committee Demand Transparency Concerning $113 Billion to Ukraine" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As a member of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) is looking for transparency concerning the federal government’s distribution of taxpayer funds to Ukraine and their defense efforts against Russia READ MORE

"Salazar Vows to Reduce Cost of Living in Miami" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina —READ MORE

"DeSantis Plans to End Tuition Waivers for Undocumented Migrants" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—JACKSONVILLE – While at a press conference addressing the “Biden Border Crisis,” Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – adorning his signature on the podium —READ MORE

"DeSantis Outlines 'Border Crisis' Bill" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has long criticized the Biden administration over its handling of the "border crisis." READ MORE

"Scott Reintroduces Stop Taxpayer Funding to Hamas Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Mike Braun (R-IN) reintroduced the Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act. READ MORE

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"EXCLUSIVE: Nikki Fried Looks to Rebrand Florida Democrats as FDP Chairwoman" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—According to Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D), Florida Democrats lacks leadership and needs to have a “come to Jesus moment” if it were to have any chance of challenging the Gov. Ron DeSantis-led Florida GOP. READ MORE

"Groundbreaking on Everglades Reservoir Begins" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Groundbreaking on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir finally began after another delay in December. READ MORE

"DeSantis Supports 'Fully' Defunding Planned Parenthood" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has lent his full support to Attorney General Ashley Moody’s motion to vacate an injunction against an existing Florida statute that prohibits tax dollars from going to fund the for-profit Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. READ MORE

"Rubio and Buttigieg Trade Jabs on Twitter" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Last week, due to the recent failures of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the train derailments in South Carolina, Texas, and most notably in East Palestine, Ohio, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) publicly pushed for the resignation of the Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. READ MORE

"Donalds Criticizes Republican Reluctance to Court Black Voters" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As Black History Month ends next week, The Hill hosts the Race and Justice Imperative. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) is featured as a speaker for the event, discussing Republican outreach to Black voters and their approach to the intersection of race and justice. READ MORE

"Gaetz Introduces War Powers Resolution to Pull US Troops from Syria" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Despite the Constitution's impositions and the War Powers Resolution of 1973, various Presidents have authorized the use of military force without Congressional approval. READ MORE

"DeSantis Releases 'Pro-Police' ad" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE"DeSantis Supports 'Fully' Defunding Planned Parenthood" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has lent his full support to Attorney General Ashley Moody’s motion to vacate an injunction against an existing Florida statute that prohibits tax dollars from going to fund the for-profit Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. READ MORE

"Rubio and Buttigieg Trade Jabs on Twitter" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Last week, due to the recent failures of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the train derailments in South Carolina, Texas, and most notably in East Palestine, Ohio, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) publicly pushed for the resignation of the Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. READ MORE

"Donalds Criticizes Republican Reluctance to Court Black Voters" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As Black History Month ends next week, The Hill hosts the Race and Justice Imperative. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) is featured as a speaker for the event, discussing Republican outreach to Black voters and their approach to the intersection of race and justice. READ MORE

"Gaetz Introduces War Powers Resolution to Pull US Troops from Syria" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Despite the Constitution's impositions and the War Powers Resolution of 1973, various Presidents have authorized the use of military force without Congressional approval. READ MORE

"DeSantis Releases 'Pro-Police' ad" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—READ MORE

 

 

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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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