Juice🍊—12.22.2023—Merry Christmas. DeSantis Fights for his Political Future—FL Lawmakers Look to Support Gaming— More...

Juice🍊—12.22.2023—Merry Christmas. DeSantis Fights for his Political Future—FL Lawmakers Look to Support Gaming— More...

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 22, 2023

Campaigning for his Political Career

Merry Christmas. The latest public opinion polls in Iowa and across the country paint a grim picture for Gov. Ron DeSantis's presidential campaign and his political future, as Republican voters appear settled on tapping former President Donald Trump as the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. Evangelical voters could rally behind Trump as well. DeSantis has been counting on the Bible vote to swing his way, but Trump has made significant inroads with this crucial voting bloc. READ MORE

Going into the weekend before Christmas, Gov. DeSantis has deployed a handful of big-name endorsees and supports to campaign for him around Iowa in hopes of swinging a 30% poll deficit to win the caucuses on January 15.

This is a very heavy lift, but not impossible. Well, it appears impossible, but stranger things have happened.

DeSantis has to come in a close second place in Iowa and New Hampshire.

If he doesn't, it's over.

DeSantis is currently polling 4th in New Hampshire.

This is not a good sign.

If DeSantis loses both states, he could quit the race, and look to preserve his remaining two years as governor, and any chance he has to run again in 2028.

Meanwhile, Florida GOP Vice Chairman Evan Power is expected to become the next state party chairman in early January.

Currently, Chairman Christian Ziegler has been censured and is expected to be removed from office when the political party convenes on January 8th in Tallahassee.

Florida's 2024 legislative session begins on Tuesday January 9th, when DeSantis delivers his annual State of the State address.

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Rep. Cory Mills-There's been 102 attacks on US troops in the Middle East since October 17th – an alarming number! Under Joe Biden's administration, attacks on our troops in Iraq have skyrocketed.

There has been no retaliation or repercussions – our adversaries see a clear sign of weakness with Biden in the White House.

“Weakness invites Aggression”

We can expect these attacks to continue until we either thwart their efforts with support of local government partnerships, or remove our troops from harms way and bring them home.

I am ready to bring our troops home as no clear strategic mission or national security interests has been established.

Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus McCormick-.@SecBecerra is right to sound the alarm about the Medicaid unwinding in Florida. 380,000 children are now without health coverage. This cannot continue. That is why I have been vocal about the need to protect our children from losing access to care.

Governor Ron DeSantis
Governor Ron DeSantis

Mast Scolds Biden, as China Withholds American Technology via Commercial Licenses—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) is sounding the alarm surrounding the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their trustworthiness – or lack thereof – especially when it comes to technology.

Scott Requests E-Commerce Retailers to Provide Country of Origin for Foreign Based Products—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) has sent letters to double down on e-commerce platforms and retailers providing the country of origin of their products.

Florida Legislature Considers Bill to Support 'Gaming' Concentrated Counties

—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—The Florida legislature is considering creating an investment fund to support the development of counties that have been swarmed with pari-mutuel (gaming) facilities.

Mast Calls Fort Pierce a 'Dilapidated City' After Wife's Car Tires Stolen—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Brian Mast (R) has called Fort Pierce a “dilapidated city” after his family was the victim of theft. Calling out Mayor Linda Hudson on social media, Rep. Mast did not hold back in his comments.

Rubio Proclaims Successful 2023 Despite Sluggish Congressional Year—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

More Florida Lawmakers Denounce Colorado Supreme Court's Decision to Remove Trump From Ballot—By The Floridian's Jim McCool—Florida has become a haven for conservatism in recent years. Now, the state is reacting to the recent news of President Donald Trump (R) being removed from the ballot in Colorado.

Rubio Asks Biden Administration to Intervene in Proposed Sale of US Steel Corporation—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—US Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) has written a letter to President Joe Biden’s U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging her to prevent US Steel Corporation (US Steel) from being acquired.

Trump Bests DeSantis With Iowa Evangelicals, Garners Support From 300 Faith Leaders—By The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During every Republican presidential primary election, candidates seeking to win the GOP presidential nomination always, always seek the support and endorsements from the ever-important...

DeSantis Fears ‘Difficult Election Year’ if Trump Wins Nomination—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Castor Calls on Congressional Appropriators to Repudiate Republican-Led Abortion Restrictions—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to draw differences between himself and President...

Trump Rivals Affirm That Voters Decide 2024 Election not Judges—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

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Florida Legislature to Consider Strengthening DUI Laws—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

Florida Republicans Blast Biden's Release of Maduro Ally Alex Saab—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Biden Administration recently performed a prisoner exchange with Venezuela's Maduro regime, with one of the...

Wasserman Schultz Endorses Mucarsel-Powell In Pivotal Senate Race—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has officially endorsed Senate candidate and former Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) in her U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Rick Scott (R-FL).

Ramaswamy Withdraws From Colorado GOP Primary Ballot, DeSantis Refuses to—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina

DeSantis, Christie, and Others, Denounce Trump Being Removed From Colorado Ballot—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—After the shocking and unprecedented ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court to bar former President Donald Trump (R)...

Mills Questions Timing of Colorado Court Ruling as House GOP Holds Hunter Biden in Contempt of Congress—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump is disqualified from appearing on the ballot...

Salazar Proposes Bipartisan Free-Trade Agreement with Uruguay—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

Governor Ron DeSantis
Governor Ron DeSantis

Scott Demands China's 'Sewage Garlic' is Taken Off Shelves—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) sent a letter to the President and CEO of the National Growers Association Greg Ferrara to warn about the “sewage garlic” being exported by China.

New Florida Law Would Permit Adoption of Chaplains in Public Schools—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Florida House Representative Stan McClain (R-27) has filed a bill that would allow school districts and charter schools to enact policies to allow volunteer school chaplains.

Salazar Secures Funding for Small Businesses Alongside FIU—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) announced the launch of the Business Growth and Acceleration Program (BizGap) alongside Florida International University (FIU).

BREAKING: Trump Removed from Colorado Ballot, Republicans Rally Behind Him—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—

Waltz Says Biden Only Negotiating Border Security for 'Political Reasons'—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that former President Donald Trump cannot appear on the ballot, invoking the 14th Amendment...

Commissioner Wilton Simpson Promises to Protect 2,000 Acres of Farm Land—By The Floridian's Jim McCool

Rubio Demands American Technology Not be Exported for Chinese Military Capabilities—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

Luna Mocks Democrats Denying Evidence Against Biden, 'Feels Bad for Them'—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—House Republicans are preparing contempt of Congress charges against Hunter Biden after he refused to appear for a closed-door deposition...

Florida GOP Vice Chairman Power On Verge of Receiving Huge Republican Endorsements for Chairman—By The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—After the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) voted to strip embattled Chairman Christian Ziegler...

Lee, Scott File Bill to Counter Biden Ban on Gun Exports—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—Senators Rick Scott (R-Fl) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have filed the Protect American Gun Exporter Act to nullify President Joe Biden’s recent ban on gun exports.

Haley Says Trump Could’ve Prevented January 6th—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Hamas Favored Among American Youth in New Harvard Poll—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont—A new Harvard Harris Poll recently published is reporting striking support for Hamas by US college-aged individuals.

Cherfilus-McCormick Introduces Bill to Cut Copay for Remote Patient Monitoring—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL) has introduced the RPM (remote patient monitoring) Cost Sharing Elimination Study Act of 2023.

Scott Refuses to Back Down, Demands Transparency from CFP after FSU Playoff Snub—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich

Governor Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Says Trump 'Could Have Done More,' Criticizes His Trashing of Former Officials—By The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—One of the primary messages Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is selling in his 2024 Presidential campaign is that he would do everything former President Donald Trump....

Bilirakis-Led Bill Fighting Against Parkinson's Passes House—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Congressmen Gus Bilirakis’ (R-FL) and Paul Tonko’s (D-NY) legislation to fight against Parkinson’s disease has passed in the House of Representatives...

Florida Republicans Censure RPOF Chair Christian Ziegler—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Manchin Says Democracy Won’t Survive if Trump Wins Election—By The Floridian's Daniel Molina

Florida Republican Lawmaker Files 'Don't Say Gay Flag' Bill—By The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Florida Lawmaker files bill banning Gay pride flags from being flown over government buildings...

Haley’s Political Comet Soaring Across America's GOP Electorate—By The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's presidential campaign is soaring across...

Waltz Proposes National Security Councils for Indo-Pacific Nations—By The Floridian's Mateo Guillamont

Port Canaveral to Add FPL Fast Charging Electric Car Chargers—By The Floridian's Jim McCool—With the fast emergence of electric vehicles, Port Canaveral has expanded their infrastructure in accommodating electric cars by funding fast-charging options for these vehicles along with Florida Power and Light.

Florida Lawmakers Provide Rationale for Support of NDAA 24—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Despite a vocal minority showcasing their displeasure with the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), some Florida lawmakers shared their support for the legislation and its benefits for service members.

Rubio, Senators Call for Transparency from Tampa VA after Nurse Failed to Meet Standards—By The Floridian's Jackson Bakich

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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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