JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —2.1.2023 —DeSantis Shakes Up FL Colleges and Universities—COVID is Over—Eskamani, Smith, Rubio—More...

JUICE—Florida Politics' Juicy Read —2.1.2023 —DeSantis Shakes Up FL Colleges and Universities—COVID is Over—Eskamani, Smith, Rubio—More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
February 1, 2023


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Taking on Progressive Colleges and Universities

The New College of Florida President Patricia Okker is out and Gov. Ron DeSantis has replaced her with none other than former Department of Education boss Richard Corcoran.

DeSantis made the announcement to replace Okker with Corcoran this week because he wants"actual history, actual philosophy that has shaped Western civilization” to be taught at the school.

DeSantis’s move here is to abolish DEI and Critical Race Theory.

Progressive activists and lawmakers are upset, as you can imagine.

Ida Eskamani, sister of State Rep. Anna Eskamani, echoed what former State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said about the Corcoran appointment, calling the move a “hostile takeover.”

“The grift never ends. Richard Corcoran couldn’t win the FSU College President selection, so instead, he gets

himself installed President of New College, via a hostile takeover by far-right lunatics,” stated Eskamani.

Smith, also called the appointment a “grift.”

Smith and Rep. Eskamani were both at New College in protest of DeSantis’s announcement. 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. Anna V. Eskamani -BTW: Firing @NewCollegeofFL President and adding Corcoran along with Galvano is all so coordinated. There had to be conversations prior to the board meeting. How is that not a Sunshine Law violation?

Nikki Fried-Black History Month starts tomorrow. Let’s see what Ron Desantis proposes this month - eliminating HBCUs? You all know that’s coming.

Rick Scott-It is an honor to serve on @TheCHLI Congressional Board, which does great work to advance the fight for freedom and democracy in Latin America. Where freedom and democracy exist, America has strong allies, and I'm proud to be a part of this noble cause.

Byron Donalds
Byron Donalds

"Waltz Urges DOD to Investigate School Military Programs" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina READ MORE

"Donalds: 'COVID is Over Now'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has become more than just a popular U.S. House Congressman among other legislators, but a nationally recognized name, and is now railing against the federal overspending tied to the COVID pandemic. READ MORE

"DeSantis Releases 2023. Education Agenda, Looks to ban CRT and Diversity and Equity Curriculums" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)  held a press conference in Bradenton today, and later released a statement regarding the introduction of his agenda for the 2023 Session, particularly his intentions to “further elevate civil discourse and intellectual freedom in higher education.” READ MORE

"DeSantis, Florida Lawmakers Target Unanimous Jury Recommendations in Death Cases" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE — With backing from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida lawmakers could scrap a requirement that unanimous jury recommendations are needed before death sentences can be imposed. READ MORE

"Rubio Comments on Biden's Classified Documents" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) appeared on the Fox News "Hannity" TV Show this week to discuss a number of issues, including the ongoing investigation into the classified documents President Joe Biden (D) had over several locations. READ MORE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz/ The Floridian

"Buchanan, Wasserman Schultz Introduce Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich READ MORE

"Ashley Moody Issues Consumer Alert on Identity Theft" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Identity theft is not a new obstacle that Floridians have had to deal with.  Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) has issued a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians this Identity Theft Awareness Week about the billions of dollars lost to identity theft each year. READ MORE

"Gimenez Demands Mayorkas Allow Border Agents Testify About Migrant Crisis" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Rep. James Comer (R-KY) recently invited four Chief Patrol Agents of four U.S. Border Patrol sectors to testify about the southern border crisis in a hearing scheduled for February 7th. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas refused to let the four speak. READ MORE

"Trump Intends to One-Up DeSantis on Education in New Campaign Video" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Governor Ron DeSantis' (R-FL) ongoing battle to reform education in Florida continues to draw attention on the national stage. More specifically, from former President Donald Trump and his campaign. READ MORE

"Florida Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against DeSantis Administration over Illegal Immigrant Flights" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that the Florida Department of Transportation and a contractor did not fully comply with public-records requests about controversial state-funded flights of illegal migrants to Martha’s Vinyard in Massachusetts. READ MORE

"Florida Grand Jury Seeks to Curb Immigrant Releases" by The News Service of Florida—A Florida statewide grand jury is urging lawmakers to curb the releases of undocumented immigrants from county jails. A presentment released Friday alleged that a law has been “intentionally and flagrantly abused,” resulting in the release of inmates who had been held in county jails under detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. READ MORE

"Florida Lawmaker Reasserts That Criminal Justice System is Built on Racism" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When Tyre Nichols was pulled over by five Memphis Police officers and brutally beaten and killed, Americans were rightfully disgusted by the police brutality, but was the tragic incident anchored in racism? READ MORE

"Waltz Calls on Biden to Pressure Others in Funding Ukraine" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As the war between Ukraine and Russia continues, providing further funding for Ukraine has become a topic of contention in the United States. Congressional Democrats support sending more funding and resources to Ukraine, but Republicans have grown weary of the measures. Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) discussed sending tanks to Ukraine on Fox News this weekend, questioning recent support from Germany. READ MORE


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



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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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