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Puberty Blockers on the ‘Chopping Block’ in Florida Legislature

While some parents support their children being nipped and tucked in order to transform them from a boy to a girl, or from a girl to a boy, most parents detest the mutilation of minors.

The Florida Legislature, under the mandate of Gov. Ron DeSantis history blow out win in 2022, is targeting the transformational treatments being offered to so-called "transgender" children.



Old Enough to Vote, Old Enough to Buy a Rifle

Florida lawmakers are pushing through a measure that would scrap part of the “Red Flag” gun law former Gov. Rick Scott signed into law after the Parkland school shooting that left 17 innocent children and teachers dead.

Lawmakers want to drop the age to buy a rifle back down to 18 years old. Do you support this measure?




2023 Legislative Session Chugs Along

It’s only the second week of the yearly legislative session and Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled that this will be the productive one yet.

He’s not wrong, so far.

Republican legislators are pushing the Governor’s entire agenda, from tackling Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), addressing property insurance, state ESG investments, affordable housing, and pushing for a 6-week abortion ban law, commonly known as a “Heartbeat bill.”

Stick a Needle in him. DeSantis Signs Another Death Warrant

Gov. DeSantis has just signed the death warrant for Louis Bernard Gaskin, and convicted multiple murderer. Too bad Old Sparky has been retired. This guy deserved to be zapped. READ MORE


Shevrin “Shev” Jones-As my colleagues in the majority introduced an extreme near-total abortion ban, and continue pushing a reckless permitless carry bill, anti-immigrant legislation and other bad bills, we [@FlaDems] have been showing up to fight for Floridians and the things that ACTUALLY matter.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Only far right extremists want more loaded guns in untrained firearm owners' hands. Thx Parkland families, @GabbyGiffords for opposing this dangerous permit-less carry bill cloaked as a school safety measure. Tell yr GOP rep to block it!

Rep. Cory Mills -Not one dime of taxpayer money for bailouts. Plain and simple. We are here to serve the people.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost-Getting prepared to introduce my first bill soon. Pretty surreal.


Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby

"Senate Panel Targets Treatments for Transgender Kids" by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE — Judges could consider parents’ objections to medical treatments such as puberty blockers when modifying or deciding custody agreements for transgender children, under a measure approved Monday by a Senate committee.

"DeSantis's Florida Legislature Looks to Scrap Rick Scott's Gun Buying Restriction" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres and NSF—TALLAHASSEE — With backing from Speaker Paul Renner, a House panel on Monday approved a bill that would lower the minimum age from 21 to 18 to buy rifles and other long guns in Florida, and would scrap the part of the gun law former Gov. Rick Scott signed 5 years ago.

"Rep. Cory Mills: 'Not One Dime of Taxpayer Money for Bailouts'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) recently made an appearance on Fox Business to discuss the recent failures of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank as government regulators (The Federal Reserve, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and the Treasury Department) have stepped in and stated that the depositors will have full access to their accounts.

"DeSantis: Negative Media Coverage is 'Backfiring'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to assert his belief that left-leaning and "legacy" media outlets have it out for him, as he did in January.

"Cherfilus-McCormick Demands Protections for Nicaraguans in United States" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) has sent a bipartisan letter to the Biden Administration demanding the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans in the United States.

"Floridian and Puerto Rican Legislators Introduce Hurricane Tax Relief Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Florida Senators Rick Scott (R) and Marco Rubio (R) joined forces with Representative Byron Donalds (R), as well as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner (a non-voting member of the House of Representatives) Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R) to ensure tax relief to the residents of the two entities due to the recent hurricanes (Ian, Nicole, and Fiona).

"DeSantis Signs Death Warrant for Another Convicted Murderer" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The death penalty has remained one of the most controversial political issues for decades. Now, Florida will look to carry out the latest execution with Governor DeSantis (R-FL) signing the death warrant for Louis Bernard Gaskin.

"DeSantis Warns DEI Will Discriminate Against Certain Ethnicities" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) is mounting a 2024 Senate reelection campaign, removing any possibility of a 2024 presidential run. As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) fuels rumors of a presidential run, Senator Scott is highlighting policy differences.

"Scott Touts Policy Differences With DeSantis" by The Floridan's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) is mounting a 2024 Senate reelection campaign, removing any possibility of a 2024 presidential run. As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) fuels rumors of a presidential run, Senator Scott is highlighting policy differences.

Anna Eskamani

"Eskamani Champions DEI and CRT, Says DeSantis is Waging a 'Class War'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In the op-ed section of the Orlando Sentinel, a subscription-based news source, State Representative Anna V. Eskamani's (D-FL) recent op-ed declares that Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and his agenda is waging war against all Floridians.

"DeSantis Fuels 2024 Rumors With Iowa Visit" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been traveling the country as he promotes his new book and touts legislative accomplishments as governor. Over the weekend, Gov. DeSantis visited the states Nevada and  Iowa , fueling rumors of a 2024 presidential run while downplaying the move.

"Satan Sends Bridget Ziegler Letter 'From Hell'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"DeSantis Shares Thoughts on Ruling Against Biden's Catch and Release Immigration Policy" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently shared his thoughts on U.S. Federal Judge T. Kent Wetherell II’s ruling on President Joe Biden’s (D) illegal immigration border policy.

"Donalds Calls Out MSNBC Host for being Deceptive" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—MSNBC’s Ali Velshi attempted to make the case that former President Donald Trump (R) is currently responsible for China’s growing influence in the Middle East, calling it one of his “many failures.”

"Wasserman-Schultz Calls Twitter Files Leaker Matt Taibbi 'Hypocrite' and 'Attention Addict'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) fought back hard against the narrative the so-called "Twitter Files" suggests of cooperation between Big Tech and the Federal government to censor conservatives, calling journalist Matt Taibbi a hypocrite and attention-addict in a recent Weaponization Subcommittee hearing.

"Ilhan Omar Co-Sponsors Bill Recognizing Israel as America’s Ally and Condemning Antisemitism, Amidst Controversy and Hypocrisy" by The Floridian's Michelle Rosenberg—Ilhan Omar's recent co-sponsorship of a bill recognizing Israel as a legitimate U.S. ally and condemning antisemitism has sparked accusations of hypocrisy, given her past history of making antisemitic remarks and pushing anti-Israel policies.

"Can DeSantis Outdo Himself During his Second Term as Governor?" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After the State of the State Address this past week, Floridians are excited to see Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) take on his second term as governor. But many in Florida, who reelected him by a landslide are wondering, how will Governor DeSantis outdo himself these next four years.

"Rubio Introduces New Bill in Response to Inflation Reduction Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In response to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that was passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress over the summer, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced the Restricting Electric Vehicle Outlays from Kleptomaniac Enemies (REVOKE) Act of 2023.


"School Choice Bills Gain Momentum in Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The issue of school choice has been a hotly debated topic across the country, and it appears that school choice proposals are gaining momentum in the sunshine state. With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signaling his support for school choice, the state could go on to join a growing list of states that have expanded the measure.

"DeSantis's SB 150 Gun Bill Draws Over-the-Top Testimony From Gun Control Activist" by the Floridian's Javier Manjarres—When debate and discussion for Florida Senator Jay Collins’ (R) Gov. Ron DeSantis- supported SB 150 gun measure was announced, fireworks and heated public outcry on the measure were expected.

"Florida Gun Rights Activist Calls DeSantis' Leadership 'Impotent' and 'Weak'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—At a recent Senate Committee meeting to discuss Sen. Jay Collins SB 1715 gun bill, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – who was not at the meeting – was challenged by Florida residents such as Matt Collins on the issue of constitutional carry.

"Mills Says Biden 'Singlehandedly' Armed Taliban Through Afghanistan Withdrawal" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Prior to the House Foreign Affairs Committee's first hearing on the infamous 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) had harsh words for President Biden on Fox's Mornings with Maria, saying the President "singlehandedly armed one of the world's worst terrorist organizations."

Rep. Vern Buchanan

"Gaetz's Bill to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Syria Voted Down" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Representative Matt Gaetz's (R-FL) War Powers Resolution to withdraw US troops remaining in Syria has been voted down.

"Florida Lawmaker Files the 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Illegal Immigration Bills" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Jacksonville to address the “Biden Border Crisis” that has affected Florida, State Senator Blaise Ingoglia was tasked to help frame tough legislation that would spearhead DeSantis's immigration agenda.

"Scott Declares President Biden a 'Hypocrite'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—On Capitol Hill, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) called President Joe Biden (D) a “hypocrite” and said that he “has no idea how to balance a budget,” during an interview on Fox News.

"Waltz Calls Kerry a National Security Threat" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has penned an op-ed, going after Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (D). In the op-ed, Rep. Waltz calls Kerry a threat to national security, arguing that Kerry isn't tough on China.

"Buchanan, Castor Want Permanent Drilling Moratorium" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Reps. Vern Buchanan (R) and Kathy Castor (D) have announced new bipartisan legislation. Rep. Buchanan, who is the co-chair of the bipartisan Florida delegation, announced legislation that would make permanent current drilling moratorium.

"Eskamani Chides Proposed 6 Week Abortion Ban" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Holds 'Exposing the Book Ban Hoax' Press Event" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani (D) is pushing back against Republican legislation that would set a 6-week abortion ban. This comes at a time when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has vowed to maintain Florida a "pro-life" state.

"Lauren Book Gives State of State Rebuttal" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) gave his State of the State address to the Florida Legislature and to the Floridians around the state. However, in the tradition of civil discourse in the United States, the Florida Democrats offered their rebuttal to the Governor’s speech, given by State Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book (D-FL).

"DeSantis Declares Florida is a 'Pro-Life' State" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hit Florida Democratic lawmakers over the head with his pro-life position during the State of the State address.

"DeSantis Talks Parents in Education Following State of the State Address" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) gave his State of the State address today in front of the state legislature. He answered questions from the media following the speech and spoke on gender ideology in schools which perhaps, since the waning of COVID, has been his marquee issue.

"State of the State: Images" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Democratic Lawmakers Ignored Praise for First Lady DeSantis, Law Enforcement" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE— The stark division and animosity that exists between Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the Florida Legislature, was in full display during the 2023 State of the State address.

"Penguin Publishing Pushes 'GayBCs' for Children in Response to Florida Law" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As Americans come to know Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and review his agenda, they will come to find that a lot of his gubernatorial platform is dedicated to what some might call “the culture wars.”

"Winner Decided Between Rubio and Buttigieg's Heavyweight Bout" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is not hesitant to discuss his feelings toward the job performance of Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

"DeSantis Does 'Not Support' Forcing Bloggers to Register With State" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE—No sooner than Sen. Jason Brodeur introduced his legislative measure requiring compensated “bloggers” to register with the State of Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis struck down the bill.



The JUICE is squeezed by Javier Manjarres, Jim McCool, and Daniel Molina


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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