Rumble in the Tallahassee Jungle: Sprowls vs. Sabatini Legislators were back in Tallahassee for the first committee week of the 2022 legislative session. The Republican-led Florida House of Representatives voted on and picked Rep. Paul Renner (R) to be its next Speaker, and Gov. Ron DeSantis tapped Dr. Joseph Lapado to be the state’s Surgeon General.
But with all the fun stuff said, it was the ongoing cage match between House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Rep. Anthony Sabatini, that was the real news of the day.
As you all know, Speaker Sprowls moved Rep. Sabatini’s office moved to the basement of the Capitol as a form of punishment for the anti-establishment barbs the popular conservative lawmaker has been making.
It has gotten ugly. Sabatini told The Floridian that Sprowls had “Sabatini derangement syndrome” and even took a swipe at Rep. Chris Latvala (R), calling him a “fat Mitt Romney.”
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The Doctor is in Gov. DeSantis has plucked Internist Dr. Joseph Lapado from California and appointed him to replace outgoing Surgeon General Scott Rivkees. As expected, Dr. Lapado is in lock-step with Gov. DeSantis’s COVID response.
Lapado addressed the media and held his own against some of the more ‘colorful’ Tallahassee reporters. Later in the day, as we were inhaling our Gumbo soup at Harry’s restaurant, Lapado happened to drop and reiterated his appreciation of the governor for picking him to be the Top Doc in the state.
And of course, we recommended the spicy gumbo soup and the blackened shrimp salad.
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Indoctrinating Your Kids No surprise here that a “woke” school teacher in Florida is pushing the criminal Black Lives Mater and Gay Pride agenda onto kids. Disgusting. READ MORE
—Paul Renner-“We know that our law enforcement and first responders put their lives at risk to save ours, and we will always have their back.”
–Rep. Anna V. Eskamani -More than 6,600 people signed their names to new brief supporting abortion rights: “I hope the justices read every single one of them.”
—Senator Jason Pizzo-It’s the worst-kept secret that I’ve been blessed with the hardest working, most loyal and dedicated person since Day 1. Bittersweet, but the best and brightest must have the space to shine bigger and brighter – @FLSenateDems are stronger with @ChiefMaggie as Staff Director.
—Senator Lori Berman-A woman’s right to choose is her power. The choice is hers to make. If three men in Tallahassee think they can dictate the reproductive lives of over 10 million women in Florida, we’ll remind them of the political consequences.
—Rick Scott-The Taliban appointed a terrorist on the @FBI‘s most wanted list as its new interior minister, but that hasn’t stopped the Biden admin from calling them a “partner.” Biden’s total failure in Afghanistan continues to threaten national security and endanger Americans.
—U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy-I’m outraged and dismayed that some of my colleagues object to helping Israel defend itself from rocket attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists. America must support our ally Israel.
—Byron Donalds-Monoclonal antibody treatments help keep you out of the hospital, but @JoeBidenwants to factor in hospitalizations when distributing. Idiotic. Their political games will cut Florida’s doses in half, putting lives at risk. They need to get out of the way!
Ron DeSantis ‘Florida is Vietnam’ Ad Slams DeSantis on COVID Deaths” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is the subject of a new video advertisement titled “Florida is Vietnam.” COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise, and in the advertisement, the Governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic takes center stage. The video, drawing a comparison between Vietnam and the pandemic, argues that “under Governor Ron DeSantis, Covid deaths in Florida will surpass American deaths” during the entirety of the Vietnam war.
“Anthony Sabatini: Speaker Sprowls Has ‘Sabatini Derangement Syndrome’ by The Floridian’s Jim McCool—The most intense back-and-forth political fighting in the Florida Capitol isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, or even Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner Nikki Fried, but between House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-FL) and Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32), who claims Speaker Sprowls has, “Sabatini Derangement Syndrome.”
“New State Surgeon General Lapado Says Florida Will ‘Reject Fear’” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres—During an introductory press conference in the State Capitol on Tuesday, Dr. Ladapo, who recently worked at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, California, opened his remarks by stating, “Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies in public health, so we are done with fear.”
“House Democrats Release Government Funding Bill Tie With Debt Ceiling, Strips $1B For Israel’s Iron Dome” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—House Democrats unveiled Tuesday the legislative text for a short-term government funding bill that ties a provision to suspend the debt limit but strips a provision originally included to boost $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system after caving to progressives backlash.
“Ron DeSantis: ‘Joe Biden Hates Florida’” by The Floridian’s Jim McCool—Florida has recently been the epicenter of national politics, in particular, because of the state’s controversial monoclonal treatment that President Biden (D) has now cut shipments of. Today at a press conference Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) responded to the controversy, expressing he was confident that “Biden hates Florida.”
“Florida High School Teacher ‘Indoctrinating’ Students With Black Lives Matter, Pride Flags” by The Floridian Jim McCool
“Senate Parliamentarian Blocks Democrat’s Immigration Amnesty Plan On $3.5 Trillion Spending Bill” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama
“Nikki Fried Poses With White man Wearing ‘Black Face’ by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Nikki Fried Condemns Use of FL Bar to ‘Silence Opposition’ by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina
“Let’s Expand Solar Farms Through the Free Market” by OPINION
“Rubio: Biden to ‘Cut a deal’ with Maduro Regime” by The Floridian’s -Since the Biden Administration has taken charge of the federal government, many industries have had to change the way they do business around new policies, particularly the Energy industry. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has called the sale of Citgo shares “The first step in the Biden plan to cut a deal with the Maduro regime.”
“Miami Mayor Francis Suarez: ‘Regeneron Decision was a Great Decision’ by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“14,000+ Haitian Migrants Camped Under Texas Bridge On Del Rio Border” by The Floridian’s-A large wave of almost 15,000 migrants, the majority primarily consisting of Haitian nationals, have packed under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, living in impromptu makeshift camps awaiting asylum, as more expecting in the coming days creating a humanitarian and logistical challenge that is overwhelming Customs and Border Protection officers.
Should Keep ‘Current Monoclonal Antibody Allotments’ by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—Last week, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) criticized President Joe Biden (D) for his decision to enact tighter control over Monoclonal antibody treatments in the state of Florida. The treatment is something that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has supported, and lawmakers like Florida Rep. Darren Soto (D) have also used it while recovering from COVID-19.
Brian Mast “Mast: Biden has Sentenced Americans & Afghans ‘to Death’ by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—After the Taliban took complete control of Afghanistan, a number of Republican House members released scathing remarks against the Biden Administration. One Florida lawmaker who took issue with President Biden’s withdrawal is Florida Rep. Brian Mast (R). A veteran, Mast shared a statement to honor his “Alive Day,” remembering the bombing that altered his life 11 years ago. Moreover, he expressed that President Biden “has sentenced Americans and thousands of Afghans who were our friends and allies to death.”|
“Accused Bigot Cindy Polo Endorses Nikki Fried” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres—Controversial Progressive Democrat and former State Rep. Cindy Polo (D) has fully embraced Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried‘s 2022 gubernatorial campaign against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Allen West Applauds Lt. Gov Dan Patrick for Taking His Constitutional Lead” by The Floridian’s Jim McCloud
“Florida Democrats in “Massive Trouble” After new Voter Registration Numbers Released” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Murphy Says She’s Committed to Helping U.S. Allies in Afghanistan” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) said the Biden’s administration botched withdrawal from Afghanistan brought back personal memories, recalling being a refugee herself from a war-torn country, saying she is devoted to helping make sure “everything” in her power to help Americans and Afghan allies abandoned by President Biden.
“DeSantis: Biden is ‘Targeting Floridians’” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—Tension continues to rise between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and President Joe Biden (D). At first, both were at odds regarding mask mandates, vaccine mandates and vaccine passports. Now both appear to be at odds regarding monoclonal antibody treatments. In an announcement shared by Friends of Ron DeSantis, the Governor accused the Biden Administration of “targeting Floridians” in a manner he feels could “cost Floridians their lives.”
“DeSantis says ‘Yes, get Vaccinated’ for COVID” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Trump: Biden Won’t Fire ‘Nutjob’ Milley Over Fears He’ll Reveal ‘Dirty Secrets’ On Chaotic Afghanistan Withdrawal” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—Former President Trump lambasted Gen. Mark Milley and President Biden after the Biden White House staunchly defended the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman following reports that he committed treasonous acts, saying his successor is covering for the “nutjob” top general out of fear he will reveal the “dirty secrets” about the chaotic “deadly disaster” withdrawal in Afghanistan.
“Anthony Sabatini Attacks ‘RINO’ Speaker Sprowls, Pushes ‘Open Carry’ by The Floridian’s Jim McCool—Although the Republicans may have a solid majority in both the state House and Senate, infighting still occurs. Rising star GOP figure, State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32), has had some choice things to say about the Republican establishment over the years and now Sabatini is attacking Speaker Sprowls (R-65), calling him a “RINO.”
“Biden Accused of ‘Covering up’ American Deaths in Suicide Attack” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela Exposed From Within” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Biden Says He Has ‘Great Confidence’ In Gen. Milley Amid Resignation Calls” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—President Biden defended General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Wednesday amid calls for the top general to resign, following reports that he committed treasonous acts in working to undermine former President Trump by secretly calling China and vowing to warn the communist nation if the United States would launch an attack.
“Gimenez Says Biden’s ‘Intent to Deceive the American People was Deliberate’ by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—After the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, there was an immediate response to retrieve soldiers, aides, and others whose lives were at risk. In recent weeks, there have been terrifying accounts of people recounting their stories of how they escaped the country.’
Shevrin Jones “Shevrin Jones Encourages Bipartisanship Over Common Core” by The Floridian’s James McCool—In the wake of Governor DeSantis (R-FL) calling on the Florida House to end Common Core once and for all, the public response has been more than surprising. While Common Core tends to traditionally be a conservative talking point, State Senator Shevrin Jones (D-35) is leading the way for bipartisan action on replacing Common Core.
“Webster Wants to ‘Mitigate COVID-19 Risks’ at Border” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—As tension continues to increase in the United States regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster (R) has offered an amendment “to mitigate COVID-19 risks at the border.” The amendment comes at a time when protests have erupted across the country concerning health care workers who oppose vaccine mandates.
“DeSantis Considering ‘all Legal Options’ Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“President Donald Trump Returns to Florida” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“Gen. Milley Secretly Called Chinese Military Fearful Trump Would ‘Go Rogue’ In Launching Nuclear Attack, New Book Says” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley was deeply shaken with fears that former President Trump would “go rogue” in launching a military strike or nuclear weapons against China that he single-handedly took secret action, acting twice by making secret backchannel calls to his Chinese counterpart to prevent it, according to excerpts from a new book.
“U.S. Innovation Essential to American Economic Health” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres—The American Edge Project is a new, national coalition dedicated to the proposition that U.S. innovators are an essential part of our American economic health, national security, and individual freedoms. This organization’s leadership includes key conservative experts and leaders, such as former Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.
“Rubio: Afghan Rapid Collapse Confirms ‘Wrong People Making Military And Diplomacy Decisions’ by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) demanded to know from Secretary of State Antony Blinken how the Biden administration failed to see the intelligence suggesting a rapid collapse of Afghanistan was imminent than initially projected, arguing if those in charge of U.S. foreign policy did not see the analysis or chose to ignore it, then the evidence proves that “we’ve got the wrong people making military and diplomacy decisions in our government.”
“DeSantis Eliminates Common Core in Florida” by The Floridian’s Jim McCool—An issue that has plagued the Republican debate for years now might actually be resolved in Florida. Common Core, which has been debated as far back as the 2015 GOP Presidential Primary, has effectively been eliminated by Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), making Florida the first state to replace it.
“Makki Calls Anna Paulina Luna ‘Clinically Phony’ by The Floridian’s Jim McCool
“President Donald Trump Endorses Anna Paulina Luna” by the Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
“House Democrat Soto Minimalizes Growing Inflation, Calls it ‘Minor’ by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden’s (D) $3.5 trillion budget has generated Democratic infighting as some lawmakers like Florida Rep. Omari Hardy (D) support the budget, and other lawmakers like Senator Joe Manchin (D) do not approve.
“Moody: Vaccine Mandates ‘Undermining’ Floridians” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina
“Lt. Gov. Nunez Lashes Out at ‘Champagne Socialist’ AOC” by The Floridian’s Jim McCool—While everyone already knows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist from New York, a lot more people are talking about her tonight. This week, Rep. Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) appeared at the Met Gala wearing a dress that read “Tax the Rich.” However, the political statement did not go without backlash, triggering Lt. Gov Jeanette Nunez (R-FL) to lash out at “Champagne socialist” AOC.
“Mast Spars With Blinken During House Hearing On Afghanistan: ‘We Don’t Need to Hear Lies’” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama
“Maggie’s List PAC Endorses Amanda Makki for Congress” by The Floridian’s Jim McCool
“Trump Fires Back At Bush 9/11 Domestic Extremism Remarks: ‘He Shouldn’t Be Lecturing Anybody!’ by The Floridian’s Mona Salama—Former President Trump blasted former President George W. Bush for comparing Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to foreign terrorists during his speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying the 43rd president “shouldn’t be lecturing anybody.”
“House Democrat Deutch Blames DeSantis for Biden’s Vaccination Mandate” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina—With Republicans upset with President Joe Biden and his administration for breaking their promise not to mandate vaccines, Democrats like Rep. Ted Deutch have not reverted to blaming Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for forcing President Joe Biden’s hand in implementing the recent vaccination mandate.
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