JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.27.2023 — Do Voters 'Believe it's Time to Move on' From Trump and Back DeSantis in 2024?—Much More...

JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.27.2023 — Do Voters 'Believe it's Time to Move on' From Trump and Back DeSantis in 2024?—Much More...

Florida's Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
March 27, 2023


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Is Florida, America Ready to Move on From Trump?

With Gov. Ron DeSantis expected to run for president in the coming weeks and months, will he be able to make up lost ground to former President Donald Trump, who right now is surging in all of the latest public opinion polls?

President Trump did his campaign launch rally in Waco, Texas this past weekend, and it the event was nothing less than crushing.

Another mammoth rally.

But do those huge rallies of support translate into a 2024 Republican presidential primary victory for Trump?

DeSantis is seen as the future of the Republican Party, but could his expected run against Trump hurt his brand?


Parental Rights Bill Passes

The U.S. House of Representatives passes its version of a federal Parental Rights Bill last Friday.

All Republican lawmakers voted in favor of the measure, except for a few.

One of those Republicans who voted against the bill was none other than Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Watch Rep. Gaetz give his reasoning for his vote.



Jared Moskowitz -DonaldTrump says @LeaderMcConnell is our greatest national security threat. I think @JudiciaryGOP @GOPoversight should immediately hold hearings to investigate this grave threat to our nation. Also does McConnell have a laptop?

Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick-I’m honored to join @VP on her trip to Africa along with Senator @ChrisCoons. Vice President Harris believes that Africa’s cutting-edge technology and innovations have been overlooked by many who are outside the continent and I couldn’t agree more.

Shevrin “Shev” Jones-We are not waiting for the next election to organize, we are organizing and putting in the work NOW! It was a true pleasure to share space with Congressman @MaxwellFrostFL and the @MDYDemocrats for their Youth Rally.

Alex Andrade-Things I don’t know: @CoryMillsFL ‘s ability to engage in actual legal analysis. Things I do know: the Supreme Court is terrible at policy making; and Congressman Mills has not actually read the bill he’s talking about.

Rep. Michael Waltz
Rep. Michael Waltz

"Do Voters 'Believe it's Time to Move on' From Trump and Back DeSantis in 2024?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With former President Donald Trump considered the frontrunner to be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, and with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expected to jump into the GOP presidential sweepstakes within the next couple of months, all eyes are on early hypothetical public opinion polls.

"Waltz Warns CRT 'Endangers' Military"  by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—The conversation regarding Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been a divisive topic of discussion, but now the conversation has shifted from the classroom to the military. Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) penned an op-ed this weekend, discussing CRT and the threat he believes it poses to the military. Waltz warns that CRT "endangers our readiness to deter, fight and win wars."

"Rubio Questions DoD for Suggesting 'Gender-Affirming Care' for Minors" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) questioning the agency’s support of “gender-affirming care” for minors. The letter, addressed to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Lester Martínez-López, confronts the March edition of the American Journal of Public Health, in which four DoD-affiliated doctors said they strongly support instances of immediately moving to puberty blockers for children as young as seven.

"Permitless Carry Passes in Florida House, Open Carry Fails" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Tampa Bay Times has reported that the “permitless carry” bill (HB 543) has passed in the Florida House of Representatives. Assuming the likely possibility that it will pass in the Senate, the bill is now incredibly close to Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) desk.

"Health and Wellness Center Opening in Florida Embraces Medical Freedom" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—A medical center set to open in Florida this summer will allow patients to be treated by their doctor without third-party interference, according to co-founder Tanya Parus, who advocates for medical freedom.

"House Passes Parents Bill of Rights Act" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With a vote of 213 to 208, the House passed the Parents Bill of Rights Act. Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R), who voted in favor of the bill, called it an effort to maintain fundamental rights that parents posses.

"AOC Asserts that Banning TikTok Doesn't Solve Problem, Supports Cammack's Proposal" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The social media giant TikTok has become a point of focus for Republican and Democratic legislators alike. Both sides of the aisle have raised concerns over the way the app, and more specifically its Chinese parent company – ByteDance – has collected vast amounts of data on U.S. citizens.

"Gaetz Votes Against Parental Rights Bill, Says Education is a State Issue" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives has followed Florida’s lead in introducing a parental bill of rights measure.

"Gaetz Says 'Trump's Magic' Will Shine Through an Indictment, Talks about DeSantis's 'Missed Opportunity'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—WASHINGTON—Along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former President Donald Trump, and Rep. Byron Donalds, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) one of the biggest political figures in Florida, recently spoke to The Floridian about the potential indictment of former President Trump and Gov. DeSantis’s “missed opportunity” to defend him.

Kat Cammack
Kat Cammack

"Kat Cammack Interrogates TikTok CEO" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Republicans continue driving to have the social media app TikTok banned due to its suspected ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL) thoroughly interrogated TikTok's CEO Shou Chew during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

"DeSantis's Leadership Question After Open Carry Fails" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Stick a fork in the Open Carry amendment to the Public Safety (CS/HB 543) bill.

Open Carry in Florida is dead on arrival and gun activists are seething mad.

"'Universal School Choice' Bill Sent to DeSantis' Desk" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With Republicans in the Florida Legislature having a supermajority in both chambers, House Bill 1 – the legislation measure coined the “universal school choice” bill – was sent to Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) desk.

"Omar Says Islamaphobia and Antisemitism "two Sides of the Same Coin'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Just as antisemitism is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, so is Islamaphobia and Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Maxwell Frost are standing in solidarity against such hate speech and violence.

Scott, Warren Join Forces, Introduce Bill to Monitor The Fed's Decision Making" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In an unlikely partnership, Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have come together to put forth legislation to “require a presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed inspector general to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.”

"Russia and Venezuela Allied in Skirting U.S. Sanctions" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—This week, fresh from meeting his “dear friend” Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, China’s leader, Xi Jinping’s objective is clear: position himself and China as counterweights to U.S. world dominance.

Rick Scott Tackles Out-of-Control Federal Budget" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—This week, fresh from meeting his “dear friend” Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, China’s leader, Xi Jinping’s objective is clear: position himself and China as counterweights to U.S. world dominance.

Maria Elvira Salazar
Maria Elvira Salazar

"Death Penalty Revamp Headed to Full Florida Senate" by The News Service of Florida

"Salazar Slams Daniel Ortega for Catholic Abuse" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) co-hosted a hearing regarding human rights violations that have occurred in Nicaragua. Co-hosting a hearing with Human Rights Subcommittee Chairman Christ Smith (R), Salazar discussed human rights abuse Daniel Ortega is committing against Nicaraguan catholics.

"AG Moody Busts $400K Medicaid Fraud Case" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—As Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) continues her crusade to protect Florida against fraud, the Attorney General's office announced that a Florida man was arrested in a $400,000 Medicaid fraud case.

"Greg Steube: Republicans Don't Support Bank Bailout" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Federal decision to bail out Silicon Valley Bank has drawn ire from House Republicans. Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) appeared on Fox's Mornings with Maria, saying, "Congress should NOT bail out banks and Wall Street for making bad decisions."

"Donalds Directed Calls White House Press Secretary a Liar (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With President Joe Biden blaming House Freedom Caucus for the border crisis, and his press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying that the Republican House budget proposal would cause a “5-alarm-fire” for everyday Americans, Florida Rep. Byron Donalds accused Jean-Pierre of “lying.”

"Marco Rubio: Is US Ready for 'Period of Conflict?'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—WASHINGTON—During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, inquiring if the United States is ready and capable of entering "a period of conflict."

"Gaetz Says DeSantis Puts Americans at Risk by Not Backing Trump Against Persecution" by The Floridian's Staff—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking considerable heat over his position to stay out of the expected indictment and arrest of former President Donald Trump by an overzealous and "Soros-funded" district attorney in Manhattan, Alvin Briggs. Now one of his past supporters and confidants, Rep. Matt Gaetz, is calling out Gov. DeSantis for not supporting President Trump.

"Florida Doctor Stripped of Board Certification Over 'COVID-19 Misinformation'" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has stripped the certification of Florida Doctor John Littell. Littell, a U.S. Army veteran and Family Physician made headlines for using Ivermectin to treat over 3000 Covid-19 patients.

"DeSantis on Trump Nicknames: 'You can call me whatever you want'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was interviewed by Piers Morgan and spoke on a plethora of issues such as his handling of the pandemic, President Joe Biden (D), and of course, his possible Republican nominee opponent, former President Donald Trump (R).

Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Gus Bilirakis

"Guillermo Smith Slams Open Carry Support" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Former Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) is calling out Republicans, calling them liars. Guillermo Smith took to social media to slam House Republicans for pursuing open carry in Florida.

"DeSantis when asked about Presidential Run: 'Stay Tuned'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) was interviewed by Piers Morgan and spoke on a plethora of issues such as his handling of the pandemic, President Joe Biden (D), and of course, his possible Republican nominee opponent, former President Donald Trump (R).

"Republicans Take Victory lap After Jacksonville Election Results" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Republicans are celebrating the results of the City of Jacksonville mayoral and city council races, where they were able to push Democrats to the May election.

"Gus Bilirakis Named Florida's Most Effective Member of Congress" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Matt Gaetz: FBI 'Rotten to the Core'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Politicization and weaponization of the FBI have been a concern of House Republicans, as evidenced by the House Weaponization Subcommittee. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has recently gone so far as to say that the FBI is "rotten to the core."

"While Gavin Newsom Dumps Walgreens, DeSantis Partners up With Them" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Less than a month after California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared that his state would cease business relations with Walgreens for its refusal to dispense abortion pills in some “red states” like Florida, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the drugstore is the state’s” first statewide employment partner” signed up to expand the Hope Florida initiative.

"Byron Donalds: Trump Indictment 'Definition of Political Prosecution'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The potential indictment of former President Donald Trump continues to draw controversy.

"Rubio Slams Russia's 'Third World Tactics'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Chinese President Xi Jinping, started the week off by meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The meeting raises questions about their relationship as both countries are embroiled in a feud with the United States.

"Biden Issues First Veto of Presidency, Key Figures React" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) has vetoed his first bill as President, more than two years after the start of his first term in office.

Rep. Cory Mills

"Trump Argues Arrest is Intimidation Tactic" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Tension is brewing as President Donald Trump (R) is expected to be taken under custody this week, possibly next. With his supporters questioning the reason behind his supposed arrest, Republican lawmakers are attempting to quiet down any unrest that might unfold.

"Mills Gets Candid About Abortion, Discusses Born Alive Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—At one of his recent town hall events in Deltona, Florida, Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) spoke about his support of the Born Alive Act, a piece of legislation that looks to protect infant children that survive abortions.

"FIU College of Public Health & Social Work Ranked 15th Nationally" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Florida International University has seen rapid growth in recent years. Now, their Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work now ranks No. 15 in the nation—and No. 2 in Florida— among public schools of public health for research awards granted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research’s latest rankings.

"Does Poliakoff Have a Conflict of Interest in Town of Southwest Ranches?" by OPINION

"DeSantis Denounces 'Soros-Funded' NYC District Attorney Political Agenda Against Trump" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Days after former President Trump stated that he was going to be arrested by the New York City District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked to address the speculation during a press conference in Panama city, Florida.

"Team DeSantis Says DeSantis 'led the Nation'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Over the weekend, Team DeSantis directed a message to supporters, commenting on the 3-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) travels across the country, celebrating the accomplishments of Florida, the team is warning of the dangers of the “Swamp.” Directing a majority of the blame to Dr. Fauci, Team DeSantis argued that DeSantis “led the nation” in various ways.

"DeSantis Accused of Supporting the Torture of GITMO Enemy Combatants" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Washington Post has seemingly found damning information surrounding Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) right as speculation of him running for President is at an all-time high. The Post alleges that Gov. DeSantis spoke in favor of and witnessed the use of torture during his tenure as a military lawyer at Guantanamo Bay.

"Buchanan Hosts Red Algae Bloom Roundtable" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) hosted a roundtable this weekend to discuss environmental concerns. Buchanan hosted key local stakeholders on Suncoast water quality, discussing ways that the state can combat the threat of red algae bloom.

"Republicans Defend Trump Amidst Arrest Rumor" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, President Donald Trump (R) made headlines after announcing on Truth Social that authorities would be arresting him on Tuesday. President Trump warned that he has not been charged with any criminal offenses, and he questioned the nature of his arrest. Since making the announcement, Republicans have come out in support of Trump, questioning the basis of his alleged arrest.

border wall
border wall

"No-Entry List Used to Keep out Political Protestors at USA vs Cuba Game in Miami" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Prior to the USA baseball team trouncing Cuba in a semifinal game at the World Baseball Classic in Miami, Florida, Senator Marco Rubio posted a video expressing his concern that individuals attending the game were being turned away for wearing clothing with political slogans written on them.

"Rubio Slams Cuban Baseball Team Controversy" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Republican lawmakers have pushed back against the Cuban baseball team's involvement in the World Baseball Classic. Citing the threat of the members being spies for the Cuban regime, Republicans have called for the investigation of the team members. As the Cuban baseball team readied to play, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) commented on the controversy of people not being allowed entry for protesting the players.

"Fentanyl Smuggled Over Border is a 'Chemical Attack' Against U.S." by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With fentanyl continually being smuggled over the southern border, Americans continue to suffer its effects. Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) called this "a chemical attack" in a recent tweet, saying that "in less than 6 months, enough fentanyl to kill 1.9 BILLION people has been seized at the southern border."

"Hunter Biden Threatens Lawsuit Against Roger Stone, Demands Apology" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Republican strategist Roger Stone has been talking about Hunter Biden on his "Stone Zone" podcast and Biden’s lawyers are not happy about it.

"Byron Donalds Calls Out White House Spokesman Deflecting Focus on Biden Investigation" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls DeSantis 'Disaster for Florida'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Top House Republican Mocks 'Woke' U.S. Military for Allowing use of Pronouns" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, several enlisted personnel members of the U.S. military testified that the House Republican mindset that “woke” initiatives was hurting recruitment, was not founded.

"Donalds Calls on Media to 'Report the Facts'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Florida Rep. Byron Donalds (R) slammed the media this weekend during an interview with FOX News. Rep.Donalds, who attended the Palm Beach Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner at Mar-A-Lago on Friday, argued that there’s a double standard at play, citing President Donald Trump’s (R) time in office. Pushing back against “media hostility” towards conservatives, Donalds called on the media to “report the FACTS.”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

"Diaz-Balart Pursues Baseball Players Investigation" by The Floridian's Daniels Molina—Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) has directed a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. calling for an investigation into exported Cuban baseball players.

"Rubio Introduces Bill to Bar Federal Funds from TikTok Associated Businesses" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Since the social media giant TikTok has become woven into the social fabric of the United States, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has pushed back against Chinese-owned app and its parent company, ByteDance.

"Maxwell Frost Says DeSantis 'Abusing His Power,' Calls FL Republicans His 'Lapdogs'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Representative Maxwell Frost (D-FL) appeared on Washington Post Live to criticize Governor Ron DeSantis, saying he "has been abusing his power to target marginalized communities," and calls Florida Republicans "lapdogs who do what he says."

"Biden Appears to Forget About Florida on Hurricane Ian Relief" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres and Jim McCool—Governor DeSantis (R-FL) has recently revealed that he has not spoken with President Biden (D) since his brief visit to Florida after Hurricane Ian struck the state on September 28, 2022. After promising federal aid, it seems that Biden and the federal government have forgotten Florida, and are dragging their feet to help battered Southwest Florida.

"Transgender Activists Accuse Florida Republicans of 'Genocide' with SB 254" by The Floridian's Grayson Jackson—With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signaling support for SB 254, which would ban gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy for minors, transgender activists spoke their piece against the bill this week during the 2023 legislative session.

"Rubio Requests Investigation into Possible CCP Infiltration Following Bank Collapses" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signaling support for SB 254, which would ban gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy for minors, transgender activists spoke their piece against the bill this week during the 2023 legislative session.

"Scott Pens Letter Urging Legal Action Against China for COVID Outbreak" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and his colleagues have sent a letter to call on Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to inquire about what legal action can be pursued concerning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its involvement in the initialization of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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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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