JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.16.2023 — FL Democrats Keep Losing—DeSantis vs. Biden's on ESG Agenda—Immigration Reform in Florida is Happening—Much More...

JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.16.2023 — FL Democrats Keep Losing—DeSantis vs. Biden's on ESG Agenda—Immigration Reform in Florida is Happening—Much More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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March 16, 2023

 

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Democratic Losses Keep Piling Up

Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikki Fried’s newly-minted chairmanship has been greeted with more election losses by the ongoing DeSantis Republican wave.

The latest losses really stung Florida Democrats considering that they occurred in Democratic-heavy municipal seats.

“Big wins and we’ll take a moment to celebrate the hard work done by the grassroots, but there is still more work to be done to fire every Democrat at every level of government in Florida and to ensure that their radical and failed ideologies are eradicated from our great state,” stated Christian Ziegler, Florida GOP Chairman

City of Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson won reelection as did commissioners Scott Kennedy and Richard Firstner.

In Broward County, the bastion of liberalism in the state, Republican John Brodie won his city commissioner race in the city of Coconut Creek.

 

Florida Legislature on the Move

The Republican-led state legislature is pushing Gov. Ron DeSantis’s legislative agenda at a fever pitch.

The relationship Gov. DeSantis and the legislature have this year is seamless in comparison to last year when the Governor and then-Senate President Wilton Simpson appeared at odds over a few issues.

The worst kept secret in Tallahassee at the time was that DeSantis was not happy with Simpson.

Simpson apologist can save their morning phone calls to us complaining about our assessment.

It’s true and you know it.

 

Here is what DeSantis’s legislature is up to:

Preventing China land purchases READ MORE

Immigration crackdown READ MORE

Monument removal READ MORE

Oh, and let’s not forget that the showdown between lawmakers and abortion activists is about to get really juicy. The controversial 6-week abortion ban measure or “Heartbeat bill” debate is coming up.

DeSantis vs. Biden

A recent public opinion poll conducted by The Floridian in Miami-Dade County shows Gov. DeSantis defeating President Biden in a hypothetical general election showdown.

While this DeSantis vs. Biden match-up could eventually happen, DeSantis is challenging Biden now by forming an alliance with other states to push back against the President’s ESG agenda. READ MORE

Squeezers

Sen. Jason Pizzo--A 5,000-mile wide blob of seaweed is headed for Florida, threatening tourism

Senator Lori Berman-The days of leaving breastfeeding mothers to pump on toilet seats and in supply closets are coming to an end. Women in all of Florida's county courthouses will soon have a cleaner, more dignifying option.

Thankful for the unanimous support of my Senate colleagues.

Rep. Cory Mills-The Biden admin’s overreach must stop. Online learning offers a gateway to students who may otherwise not have access to courses and training that could help them learn new skills.

 

Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

"Senators Seek to Prevent Confederacy era Monument Removal" by News Service of Florida—TALLAHASSEE --- Local governments would be blocked from removing historic monuments from public locations and could face lawsuits, under a controversial proposal that started to advance Wednesday in the Florida Senate.

"Florida Senators Back Immigration Crackdown Plan" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—TALLAHASSEE — A key Florida Senate panel on Wednesday approved a measure aimed at expanding Gov. Ron DeSantis’ crackdown on illegal immigration, drawing pushback from opponents who called it an attack on the state’s migrant community.

"Lawmakers Seek to Curb China Land Purchases" by The Floridian's Staff—The bill (SB 264), which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, also would prevent Florida government agencies from entering contracts involving access to personal information with entities tied to countries of concern, namely China. Also, it would require health-care providers to ensure electronic technology keeps patient information within the continental U.S.

"DeSantis Spearheads a War on Biden's New ESG Program" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—IAs President Biden (D) readies the federal government for his new Environmental Social Corporate Governance (ESG) agenda, resistance against the plan has mounted.  Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has spearheaded an alliance of 18 states to fight against ESG in what they claim is "financial fraud."

"Two Arrested For Attempting to Illegally Vote in Florida" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In rather shocking news coming out of the Sunshine State, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has announced charges against two individuals for participating in unlawful voting. Both of their charges, while similar but with distinctions, are classified as felonies.

"Scott Suggests People 'Wake up' on China" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—China and the United States are involved in a tense rivalry, which has been exacerbated after reports indicated that COVID-19 likely came from a lab in Wuhan. During an interview on FOX News, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) commented on the United States' approach to China. In short, Scott suggests that people need to 'wake up' regarding the threat that communist China poses.

"Embattled Florida Democrat Party Chides Roy's Endorsement of DeSantis" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—It was only a matter of time before Florida Democrats chimed in on the recent endorsement of Gov. Ron DeSantis for President by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"Matt Gaetz Calls for End of Ukraine War After US Drone Collides with Russian Jet" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The collision of an American MQ-9 drone and a Russian fighter jet has sparked concerns about an escalation between the United States and Russia as we continue aiding Ukraine.

"Chip Roy Endorses DeSantis for President" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Although speculation has increased that Governor DeSantis (R-FL) may run for President, nothing is official just yet. However, this has not stopped the Florida governor from gaining his first endorsement for President from US Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"Byron Donalds Reacts to Treasury's Potential Proof of Biden Corruption" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Department of the Treasury has released suspicious activity reports connected to Hunter Biden's foreign business deals.

"House Homeland GOP Visits Southern Border" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Tension at the border has increased since footage of migrants rushing the U.S. border at El Paso was released. Republicans continue to add pressure to the Biden administration, calling on it to address the growing concern. This week, members of the House Homeland GOP visited the southern border, arguing that they will hold the Biden administration accountable.

Rep. Maxwell Frost/ Congress
Rep. Maxwell Frost/ Congress

"Frost Scolds Biden Over Willow oil Drilling Project" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—House Democrats have overwhelmingly supported environmental efforts and legislation, including the controversial Green New Deal. However, President Joe Biden (D) is now receiving backlash as his administration has approved the Willow oil drilling project in Alaska.

"Independent Voters Disapprove of DeSantis's Handling of CRT, DEI, and Disney" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—A new public opinion survey conducted by The Floridian shows that Republican and Independent likely voters in Miami-Dade County would vote for Gov. Ron DeSantis over President Joe Biden in the 2024 Presidential general election. Interestingly enough, in the same survey, Independent voters surveyed appear to question the Governor’s legislative agenda of punishing Disney, and to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI)

"The Floridian Poll: DeSantis Outperforms Trump Against Biden in Miami-Dade" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As the expected 2024 Republican presidential primary slugfest between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis draws near, a new public opinion survey conducted by The Floridian shows that Gov. DeSantis outperforms President Trump in a hypothetical general election contest against President Joe Biden.

"DeSantis Files Complaint Against Miami Hotel for Hosting Sexualized Drag Show With Minors Present" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Today, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and his administration officially filed a complaint with the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) against the Hyatt Regency Miami for hosting a drag show with children present.

"FIU Sees Success with Federal TRIO Program" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—The federal government is issuing a new program that is providing aid to traditionally underrepresented groups of students to earn their bachelor's degrees. Florida International University is proud to be a host for the TRIO Program.

 

Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby
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
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.

Gun
Gun

"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."

 

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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