Juice🍊—5.17.2023—DeSantis Suffers Huge Political Losses—FL Leadership Backs DeSantis for President—Moskowitz and Gaetz Team Up—More...

Juice🍊—5.17.2023—DeSantis Suffers Huge Political Losses—FL Leadership Backs DeSantis for President—Moskowitz and Gaetz Team Up—More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
May 17, 2023


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DeSantis Suffers Big Political Losses

Tuesday brought a mixed bag of political wins and losses for Gov. Ron DeSantis.In the morning, Gov. DeSantis announced that he was sending the Florida National Guard and law enforcement to defend the Texas border with Mexico.

DeSantis also signed anti-Human trafficking legislation into law during a press conference, and picked up the endorsements of House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo,

But later in the day and in theearly evening, DeSantis was dealt two huge political blows.

First, the DeSantis-endorsed Republican nominee for mayor in the City of Jacksonville gubernatorial contest, Daniel Davis, lost his race to Democrat challenger Donna Deegan.

Deegan flipped the Republican-controlled seat held by former Republican Mayor Lenny Curry.

What’s worse, DeSantis’s endorsed candidate for the GOP gubernatorial primary race in Kentucky, Kelly Croft, was beaten by Trump-endorsed Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.


There isn’t much spin Republicans in Florida can put on their loss in Jacksonville other than they were outperformed by Nikki Fried’s Florida Democratic Party.

As you can imagine, Democratic lawmakers and activists saw this win as their Rocky Balboa moment and will surely use the victory to try to spur fundraising and hope moving forward to 2024.

While winning in 2024 will be a heavy lift for Democrats, Republicans need to have a “Come to Jesus Moment” and reassess their effort campaign efforts.

Trump Beats DeSantis in Kentucky GOP Showdown

With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) gearing up to announce his presidential run, his influence on the political map is now being called into question...



Marco Rubio-Driven by their hatred fueled derangement for one man Comey & Morrell et al damaged the reputation of & trust in our intelligence agencies far more than any foreign power ever has or possibly could

Nikki Fried-The @FlaDems are back. Jacksonville Mayor-Elect @DonnaDeegan and @DuvalDEC just flipped #DUUUVAL blue!!

State Senator Tina Polsky-When the legislature gives you a blank check, you waste Florida taxpayer money. Never mind all the folks who don’t have health insurance because the state says it’s too expensive….is that what fiscally conservative means? We warned you.

Byron Donalds-As a Black man in America, I'm allowed to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support and who I choose not to support.

And I choose to support DONALD J. TRUMP for the GOP Presidential Primary and the 2024 General Election.

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

"Trump Backed Cameron Defeats DeSantis Pick in Kentucky GOP Gubernatorial Race" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"DeSantis Combats 'Biden Border Crisis,' Deploys Police and Military to U.S. Southern Border" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After announcing that he would continue building the Trump border security wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and using the military...

"Gaetz, Moskowitz Introduce Bill to Protect National Cemeteries if Debt Ceiling Negotiations Breakdown" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Reps. Jared Moskowitz (D) and Matt Gaetz (R) have partnered to introduce a bill that would prevent the closure of national cemeteries amidst debt ceiling negotiations.

"Trump and DeSantis Throw Jabs Before Primary Showdown" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—As the Republican Presidential primary begins to take shape, the two heavyweight candidates, former President Donald Trump (R) and Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) are starting to throw punches.

"DeSantis Receives Key Endorsements from FL Senate President and House Speaker" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—After Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) made his weekend trip to Iowa in which he spoke at a multitude of events while former President Donald Trump (R)...

"DeSantis Responds to Trump's Comments Concerning 6-Week Abortion Bill" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

Ron Book
Ron Book

"Ron Book Inducted into Tulane Law School Hall of Fame" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"DeSantis Signs SB 266, Killing DEI in FL Colleges" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin Resigns, Heads Over to Presidential Campaign" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Gov. Ron DeSantis's soft-spoken and amicable press secretary Bryan Griffin has called it quits and will be joining the soon-to-be-announced DeSantis for...

"FIU Law Jumps into National Top 60 Law Schools" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"DeSantis Says GOP 'Developed a Culture of Losing' Over Last Couple of Elections" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Days after returning from a successful pre-presidential campaign trip to Iowa, Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the recent remarks he made that the Republican Party had embraced a “culture of losing” over the past several election cycles.

"Haley Celebrates U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) celebrated the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Opened in 2018 on May 14th, the promise had been made 23 years prior.

"Rubio Cites Cold War in Beijing Issue" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Over the weekend, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) penned an op-ed for Nikkei Asia, where he claimed that “ideology...

"Scott, Rubio, Urge Tobacco Company Sanction" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senators Rick Scott (R) and Marco Rubio (R) joined Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (R), Tennessee Senator Bill Hagerty (R)...

"New Poll: Over 85% of FL Republicans Support Trump in 2024 Primary" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After a wave of controversies, including a criminal indictment and a lost civil suit, former President Donald Trump (R) has seen a massive increase in support...

"Diaz-Balart Comments on Secure the Border Act Passage" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The passage of the Secure the Border Act is a major victory for House Republicans. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who introduced the bill, spoke about the bill on Twitter.

Rep. Matt Gaetz

"Gaetz Slams Pomerantz’s Use of 5th Amendment During Judiciary Hearing" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, former Trump prosecutor Mark Pomerantz underwent a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee. However, he declined to answer several questions, citing the Fifth Amendment...

"Bilirakis Demands Biden, Democrats Apologize for Lying About Veterans Benefits" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich —House Republicans are demanding Democrats, including the Biden Administration, issue apologies for claiming the recently-passed Limit, Save, and Grow Act would cut veterans' benefits. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)...

"Waltz Introduces WARRIOR Act to Combat Military Wokeness" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich–Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL) has introduced a bill prohibiting "woke" practices supposedly implemented in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"Mills Offers Statement Regarding House's Passage of Secure the Border Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL) has introduced a bill prohibiting "woke" practices supposedly implemented in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"Scott Leaves Scathing Review of Recent Labor Statistics" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"DeSantis Bans Central Bank Digital Currency in Florida" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Governor Ron DeSantis signed first-in-the-nation laws today against the U.S. Government surveilling the personal finances of Floridians, including a ban on the use of a Central Bank digital currency.

"'Secure the Border Act' Passes House as Title 42 Ends" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith

"Salazar Threatens Biden Over Israel" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has threatened President Joe Biden (D) over Israel. The Florida lawmaker noted that the president has not invited Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu...

"Cruz, Rubio Takes Aim at Biden’s Border Policies" by The Floridian's Joshua Smith—With Title 42 officially ending, a new immigration bill has passed. House Resolution 2 (H.R. 2), also known as the Secure the Border Act, has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate.

"DeSantis Backs 'Remain in Mexico' Policy, Says he Would Stop 'Bogus Asylum Claims'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Fort Myers—Gov. Ron DeSantis continued his bill-signing tour throughout Florida today, this time signing SB 214—a measure that would ban financial institutions from generating detailed reports on Americans who purchase firearms...

Gov. Ron DeSantis

"Florida Sues DHS Over Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants" The Floridian's Jim McCool—The relationship between the federal government and the state of Florida has been tense since Governor DeSantis (R-FL) amplified efforts...

"DeSantis Signs Law Against W.H.O. 'Pandemic Treaty'" The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law today aimed at keeping Florida out of any World Health Organization "Pandemic Treaty".

"DeSantis Signs Permanent Protections Against Vaccine Mandates, Forced Masking" The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that will make protections against vaccine mandates, vaccine passports and forced masking permanent in the State of Florida.

"Gimenez Calls Expiration of Title 42 a 'Nightmare'" The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) went on Fox Business and Fox News to discuss the end of Title 42 and the Republican approach to massive migration caravans.

"Florida Bans Gain-of-Function Research" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law today that will ban "Gain-of-Function" research in the State of Florida.

"Rick Scott Condemns Talib's Anti-Israel Event Inside Capitol" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Despite numerous attempts to block it, US Rep. Rashida Talib (R-MN) hosted an antisemitic, anti-Israel event on Capitol Hill...

"Donalds Questions Biden Family 'Transactions'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"Donalds Faces Gauntlet Following CNN Trump Town Hall" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Following the historic CNN Town Hall that saw former President Donald Trump (R) make an appearance on the network for the first time since...

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"Rubio Calls End of Title 42 'Cataclysmic'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Fox News Tonight to consider the possibilities that the United States faces after the end of Title 42.

"Trump Comments on Guilty Verdict" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Waltz's Bill Protects Coastal Communities" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—This week, the House passed the bipartisan Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2023. The effort led by Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) and Minnesota Rep. Chellie Pingree (D) seeks to further protect coastal communities.

"Nunez Says She Looks Forward to Serve in 'Whatever Capacity' if DeSantis Becomes President" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez told the Floridian she looks forward to serving in "whatever capacity" if Governor Ron DeSantis is elected to a higher office...

"Sexual Predator Arrested in Florida for Election Fraud" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Last month, Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) spoke with The Floridian on how Democrats can advance gun reforms while in the House minority. Recently, Rep. Moskowitz moved forward...

"Moskowitz Introduces Bill Raising Age to Buy Semi-automatic Guns to 25" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Last month, Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) spoke with The Floridian on how Democrats can advance gun reforms while in the House minority...

"Rubio Introduces Bill to Reform Food Stamp Program, Restricting Junk Food" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has introduced a bill looking to reform food stamps by mending the nutriment options that the program currently provides.

"DeSantis Positioned to Sign Historic and Much-Needed Healthcare Legislation" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With the 2023 Florida legislative session having come to an end, Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to receive recently-passed legislation for his consideration...

"DeSantis Wants States to Enforce Federal Immigration Law, Deport Illegal Immigrants" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Less than a day after saying that he would complete former President Donald Trump’s border security wall and use the military to combat Mexican drug cartels, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the most...

"Trial Starts on Medicaid Transgender Care" by The News Service of Florida

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"Wasserman Schultz Leads Charge in Passing Bicameral Jewish American Heritage Month Resolution" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the first-ever bicameral, bipartisan Jewish American Heritage Month Resolution (JAHM). Members of Congress including...

"Rubio, Scott Sign Letter Supporting Justice Clarence Thomas" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and others in scribing a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron Wyden (D-OR), over what they believe to be “unprecedented attacks” against members of the Supreme Court, especially Justice Clarence Thomas.

"DeSantis Signs $1 Billion Teacher Pay Increase, Bans Tik Tok in Classrooms" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson–During a press conference at the True North Classical Academy in Miami, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a series of laws meant to "support and empower Florida’s teachers...

"DeSantis Signs Bill to Ban Chinese Citizens from Buying Land in Florida" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—After a successful legislative session for the Florida GOP, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has signed a bill into law that will prohibit Chinese officials from buying land in Florida.

"DeSantis Says He'll use the US Military Against Mexican Drug Cartels" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During a press conference in Miami, Florida, The Floridian asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis if he was put in an executive position to affect national immigration policy...

"Cammack Speaks Ahead of Possible Hunter Biden Charges" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Is DeSantis a 'Disciple' of Paul Ryan Like Trump Says?" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"NRCC Ad Targets Soto, Democrats Over Debt Ceiling" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

Rick Scott
Rick Scott

"Scott, Roy Introduce Bill to Make Bureaucrats At-Will Employees" The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) have come together to introduce the Public Service Reform Act, which looks to make all federal workers “at-will employees [to] ensure faithful service to the American people.”

"DeSantis Says Florida Will Not Be Going Along with W.H.O. Treaty" The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Today, Governor Ron DeSantis reiterated his commitment to keeping Florida out of any so-called "Pandemic Treaty" with the World Health Organization.

"Florida School District to Recognize American Muslim Heritage Month" The Floridian's Chris Nelson—One week after voting in favor of recognizing National Day of Prayer, the Broward School Board is set to vote on a resolution proclaiming May "American Muslim Heritage Month".

"Is Ron DeSantis an Italian-American 'Elitist?'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been called many, many names since first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, including “DeathSantis...

"Mast Excoriates Biden for Politicizing Veterans Against Limit, Save, and Grow Act" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In late April, House Republicans passed the Limit, Save, and Grow Act to cut Federal spending. The Biden Administration accused the bill...

"DeSantis Signs Legislation to Limit CCP Influence in Florida" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—After the passage of a multitude of bills standing up to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has officially signed SB 264, SB 846, and SB 258 into law.

"Salazar Letter Urges Mayorkas to Help Guatemala" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) has directed a letter to Secretary Mayorkas in support of Guatemala...

"Mills Calls on Mayorkas to Resign" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With days before Title 42 comes to a close, Republicans are signaling the alarm regarding the border crisis. In an interview with Fox News...

"Mast Announces Support for End of 180-Day Waiting Period for Military Retirees" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As a former U.S. Army Servicemember, Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) announced that he is supporting the Retain Skilled Veterans Act, which looks to bring the 180-day rule to a permanent end.

"DeSantis Touts big Wins in Florida" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Byron Donalds
Byron Donalds

"Gaetz, Donalds Slam DeSantis 2018 Debate Prep Leak" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Donalds Addresses Debt Ceiling, Asserts Democrats 'Don't Have a Plan'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) went on Bloomberg to discuss Republican efforts to address...

"DeSantis Highlights Florida's Efforts Against Border, Fentanyl Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—As the 2023 Florida legislative session came to an end, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) spoke of Florida's efforts to combat the border and fentanyl crises.

"Fox Corp has Gone 'Woke'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Fox Corp has gone “Woke.” The media giant that was once seen as the place where conservative-minded Americans could go to get their daily dose of Republican-friendly ...

"Florida City to Fly Pride Flag Over City Hall But Christian Flag May Be a Problem" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—The Sarasota City Commission will fly the "Progress Pride Flag" over City Hall next week. Records show Shannon Fortner, president of the Fabulous Arts Foundation, who lists her pronouns as "They/Them", requested the flag be flown May 11-13 as part of the "Music & Arts Fest Pride | Be Fabulous FKA Harvey Milk Festival".

"DeSantis Still Wants Defamation Bill Targeting Conservative and 'Legacy' Media Outlets (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During his closing remarks after the conclusion of the 2023 legislative session in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signaled that he was still looking to push through a defamation legislative measure against media outlets...

"DeSantis Ends Legislative Session by Bashing Child Sex Changes and Pedophiles (VIDEO)" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Cory Mills Calls Biden Cartels' 'MVP' by Seeking to Overturn Title 42" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—With the COVID-19 pandemic officially declared over, the Biden Administration seeks to overturn Title 42. Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) argued in a recent appearance on Fox News's Cavuto Coast to Coast that the fentanyl crisis...

"Mast Says U.S. Must ‘Show Up’ on China" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Salazar Urges Biden to Help Guatemala" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina

"Rep. Mast Makes Distinction of What a 'Real American' Is" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"Marco Rubio Slams Biden Admin's Downplaying of Border Crisis" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

"Quintuple-Vaccinated Miami-Dade County Mayor Cava Has Covid Again" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson

"2024 Ballot Fight Eyed on Abortion Rights in Florida" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

Wilton Simpson
Wilton Simpson

"Scott, Rubio Introduce Bill to Protect Unaccompanied Migrant Children at Southern Border" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced the Stop Human Trafficking of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Act, a bill which looks...

"Simpson Applauds DeSantis, FL Legislature for Passing Bill Banning Chinese Land Acquisitions" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With Florida’s Legislative Session coming to a close, the Sunshine State’s Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson (R-FL) applauded the State Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill...

"DeSantis has Gone Fishing, Extends Red Snapper Season" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres

"FIU Responds to False Active Shooting Incident" by The Floridian's Jim McCool

"Rubio Scolds Biden Admin for Celebrating Ford Motor Company's Deal with China" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

"DeSantis Set to Sign Protection of Medical Conscience Act into Law" by The Floridian's Chris Nelson—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he will sign the Protection of Medical Conscience Act as soon as it hits his desk. The law will give protections to medical professionals...




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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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