JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.7.2023 — From State of the State to State of the Union?—Age to buy gun in Florida Could Drop to 18—Much More...

JUICE —Florida Politics' Juicy Read 🍊 —3.7.2023 — From State of the State to State of the Union?—Age to buy gun in Florida Could Drop to 18—Much More...

Florida Politics' Daily Political Read

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
March 7, 2023


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State of the State to State of the Union?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be delivering his annual State of the State address at around 11 am on Tuesday, March 7th.

It is expected that Gov. DeSantis’s speech will highlight his accomplishments as Governor, point to what he has directed the Republican-led Florida Legislature to do in the upcoming 2023 legislative session, and offer a heavy dose of criticism against the Biden administration as he prepares to launch his presidential campaign.

We are hearing that DeSantis’s presidential announcement could come as early as the first week of May.

DeSantis will be traveling to Iowa later this week and is said to be planning trips to South Carolina and New Hampshire.

The first Republican Presidential debate is slated for August, so DeSantis has a very heavy lift before him in the months before he stands toe to toe on the debate stage with former President Donald Trump.

The first debate between DeSantis and President Trump could be the most watched event in recent memory. All eyeballs will be glued to TV sets across the nation to see what many expect will be an epic Republican cage match debate.

Recent polls have Trump way ahead of DeSantis, and there is growing sentiment around the state of Florida that Republican voters are a bit perplexed at why DeSantis would run for president 6 months after being reelected governor.

“We elected him governor to continue running our state. Why would he just get up and immediately run for president when there is so much he promised and said he would do for Florida,” stated on Republican voter who asked that The Floridian not use her name in any story or posting.

This spring is the calm before the political storm that will coincide with the 2023 Hurricane season.

Batten down the hatches.


Oh, He’s Running

In case anyone thought he wasn’t running, DeSantis released a campaign ad channeling former President Ronald Reagan.

The ad aired shortly after DeSantis concluded his speech at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, California, just a few miles away from where The Floridian Publisher Javier Manjarres smacked a 250 ft homerun to Left field during a Little League Allstar game.

Manjarres said that the homerun was a monstrous Mark McGwire-like blast but take into consideration that he was barely 11 years old. READ MORE

Is Lowering the age to buy a gun Smart?

A couple of Florida legislators have introduced a legislative measure to drop the age to buy a rifle from 21 to 18.

Is this really smart?

Many pro-gun advocates say that many 18-year-olds join the U.S. Military and are trained to shoot an M16 rifle, so why not afford them the opportunity to buy a similar weapon? READ MORE



Rep. Matt Gaetz-Until this clip, I forgot @RepBlaine

Luetkemeyer was a member of Congress. He’s a foolish husk of a human, apparently upset that I’m a more effective representative.

My parents did not build a studio for me. My dad is not a lawyer. I’ve never been a member of the House Freedom Caucus.

If C-SPAN cameras were allowed in the House chamber, they’d show how often he acts like a dog on a leash for the very banks and financial institutions that crush regular folks.

Instead of lying about my family, go get your next tasking from the special interests who own you!

Senator Lori Berman-Florida’s unconstitutional 15-week abortion ban is state-sanctioned reproductive coercion.

The popular majority of Floridians agree that anti-choice laws are regressive and endanger the lives and livelihoods of women across our state.

Lauren Book-Time for a reality check! Floridians are struggling with the growing affordability crisis — but instead of lowering costs & solving REAL problems, Republicans want to fight about drag & which bathroom people use.

State Rep. Angie Nixon-Here we go! FL lawmakers to gather in Tallahassee on March 7 to pass new laws & a state budget to fund our schools, infrastructure and more! Follow on @floridachannel & tell us what you think we should be working on for the next 60 days. We’re here to serve you! #LetsFlourish

Berny Jacques-Proud to stand with Sen. Blaise Ingoglia and Parkland families today on our death penalty bill that stops activist holdout jurors. As a law and order state, we cannot allow justice to be blocked in this way!

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis

"DeSantis Invokes 'Gipper' in new Advertisement" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to highlight his "Freedom Blueprint." While the Governor voices the advancements that Florida has undertaken during his tenure, he also continues to fuel speculation of a presidential run. In a newly-released advertisement, DeSantis invokes the 'Gipper' President Ronald Reagan (R).

"Byron Donalds Condemns Atlanta Police Training Facility Attack" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Over the past weekend, protests against Atlanta's "Cop City" training facility turned violent. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) issues a statement on the attack, saying that "The attacks on Atlanta law enforcement officials by lawless anarchists are abhorrent & speak to the real-life impacts of the Defund The Police movement."

"DeSantis's Florida Legislature Seeks to Lower Gun-Buying Age to 18" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres— TALLAHASSEE --- Two House Republicans in Gov. Ron DeSantis's Florida Legislature on Monday filed a proposal that would lower the minimum age from 21 to 18 to buy rifles and other “long” guns, potentially scrapping a high-profile change passed after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

"Stan McClain's Senate Run Endorsed by Rep. Tom Leek" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"AG Ashley Moody Recounts Numerous Victories for Consumers" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—For National Consumer Protection Week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) is highlighting her accomplishments in protecting Florida consumers during her time as the Attorney General.

"Floridians Continue Paying High Gas Prices Under Biden" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gas prices have skyrocketed since President Joe Biden took office, more than doubling the cost per gallon when former President Donald Trump was in office, and Floridans, all Americans, are feeling the pain at the pump.

"Mast Takes China, Biden to Task" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Since winning the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican lawmakers have been focused on passing meaningful bipartisan legislation, and on taking on the Democratic colleagues and the Biden administration.

"Trump Could Hold Clear Foreign Policy Advantage over DeSantis (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The 2024 Republican Presidential primary race could turn out to be contentious for former President Donald Trump if Governor Ron DeSantis (FL) enters the contest.

Florida farming
Florida farming

"Florida Republicans Pounce on Biden's Dodge of COVID-19 Origins Question" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—“On COVID origin, will you hold China Accountable?” That was the question Reporter Iris Tao posed to President Joe Biden on Friday as he approached White House reporters,

"Will a President Ron DeSantis Play in the D.C. 'Swamp?'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As the promise (or the threat) of a Ron DeSantis Presidential run seems more likely by the day, questions and hypotheticals have come across the minds of politicians and pundits around the nation concerning the atmosphere that a DeSantis Presidency would entail; Questions such as how the Florida Governor will interact with the Washington elite and big wigs.

"Air Quality Disputed Despite Record Clean Air Under DeSantis" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Progressive environmental groups like the Sierra Club, and Friends of the Everglades, coupled with the so-called “non-profit” newsroom, ProPublica, have continued to claim air polluted from prescribed burning in South Florida, even under Gov. Ron DeSantis's watch.

"Scott Introduces Bill to Teach Students the 'Dangers of Communism' by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Debates about how to teach history to children and young adults have raged on across the nation (especially in Florida) recently. Discourse concerning ideals such as American Exceptionalism, Critical Race Theory (CRT), and Marxism has led to legislators on both sides of the aisle taking action.

"Rubio, Scott Urge Biden to Allow Unvaccinated Djokovic to Compete in Miami" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—For those who do not keep up with the world of tennis, world number one and Serbian national Novak Djokovic has dominated the sport by holding the top spot internationally for a record 378 weeks.

"Salazar Secures Funding for Environmental Efforts" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Florida Legislature Looks to Safeguard Children From Sex-Reassignment Procedures" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The pro-Transgender sex reassignment lobby, including former Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), have come out in force to express their disdain against State Senator Clay Yarborough’s Treatments for Sex Reassignment (SB 254) measure file last Friday.

"Moskowitz: US Cannot Rely on China, Must 'Diversify' Trade Relationships" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—More members of Congress are rethinking the U.S. economic relationship with China. Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) appeared on Fox Business' Cavuto Coast to Coast, and said that "America can’t be 100% reliant on any foreign power, including China."

Ashley Moody
Ashley Moody

"Moody: Biden is 'Biggest Benefactor' to Mexican Drug Cartels" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—As the border crisis continues, so too will the fentanyl crisis killing thousands of Americans. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody excoriated the Biden Administration in a ...READ MORE

"Florida Lawmaker Lauren Book Pushes Medically Assisted Suicide Bill in Florida" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Medically assisted suicide has been a growing issue in the medical field across the United States. Now, Senator Lauren Book (D-FL) is attempting to legalize the practice in the state of Florida...READ MORE

"Brodeur Files DeSantis's 'Prescription Drug Reform' Bill" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Just when lawmakers, lobbyists, and public relations firms thought that the last weekend before the 2023 legislative session would be a quiet and uneventful one—the calm before the storm...READ MORE

"Rubio Urges House to Abolish Daylight Saving Time" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This month marks a long-contested seasonal adjustment that has divided Americans and lawmakers alike. As people turn their clocks forward an hour this month, Florida Republicans are calling for the...READ MORE

"DeSantis Reaffirms He Will Sign a Constitutional Carry Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has reaffirmed to Floridians that he supports constitutional carry and wishes to sign a bill concerning the issue later this year. READ MORE

Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

Big Brother in Florida is Looking to Watch Over Media Outlets, 'Bloggers'" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—State Senator Jason Brodeur (R) has introduced a bill requiring compensated bloggers who write about the Florida government to register with the Florida Office of Legislative Services or Commission on Ethics. READ MORE

"Former Judge Accuses DeSantis of Violating the U.S. Constitution" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being accused of violating the U.S. Constitution and Florida law by former Judge and Fox News Contributor Andrew Napolitano. READ MORE

"Florida's Aetna Branch Goes Beyond the Call of Duty" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—READ MORE

"Florida Senator Blames Republicans for Being Called a 'F-cking Sp-ic Freak' by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida State Senator Victor Torres (D) was quick to release an audio phone recording he received earlier this week, where he was called a “bald-headed F-cking Sp-c freak," and quick to blame Republicans. READ MORE

"Rep. Diaz Balart Fights for Israel Against UN Abuses" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With Congress shaking up after the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans have benefitted with new leadership positions. Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) chaired the first hearing of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, to hear from Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations. READ MORE

"Donalds Looks to Provide Tax Relief to those Affected by Hurricane Ian" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Recently, Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) released a statement concerning tax relief for Floridians that were impacted by Category Five Hurricane Ian. READ MORE

Carlos Gimenez
Carlos Gimenez

"Experts Agree: Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis Can’t Wait" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During a panel discussion on U.S. Policy for Venezuela hosted by Florida International University (FIU) on Tuesday, Western Hemisphere political and economic experts concluded that U.S. “Maximum Pressure” sanctions against the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela have not worked. READ MORE

"FIU Commemorates Employee, Stephen Fain, With Medal" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Florida International University is taking significant steps to honor FIU's longest-serving employee, Stephen M. Fain. The school has now instituted the Fain Medal and will recognize faculty who have advanced the university's mission. READ MORE

"Luna: Zelensky 'Gone Too Far' Saying US Troops May Need to Fight for Ukraine" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—In a viral video making the rounds on Twitter, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said if his country loses, Russia will push further west, and the United States will need to put boots on the ground. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) responded to the video with a tweet of her own, saying, "Zelensky’s comments have gone too far." READ MORE

"DeSantis Lands Punch on Buttigieg for Taking Paid Paternity Leave" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Naples— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a shot at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg during his “The Courage to be Free” book tour, questioning how the Secretary could take 3 months of paid leave just because he and his husband welcomed adopted twins. READ MORE

"Ron DeSantis Acknowledges Wife Casey's Beauty, Avoids Sleeping in Dog House or on Couch" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarre Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis seems to always say the right things, and Republican voters are paying very close attention as it appears that he and First Lady Casey DeSantis are close to announcing a presidential run in 2024. READ MORE

"Gimenez: US "Must Decouple from Communist China" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—As more evidence of Chinese espionage becomes apparent, House Republicans question our economic relationship with the country. In a Select Committee on the Communist Party of China (CCP) hearing, Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) said the US must "decouple from Communist China" entirely. 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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