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The DeSantis vs Crist Gubernatorial Cage Match
The much-anticipated gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (D) lived up to all the hype.
Barbs, jabs, elbows, and uppercuts were traded by both men, but in the end, Gov. DeSantis came out on top when he put Crist into a political chokehold during his closing arguments.
To his credit, Crist put it all on the line and left nothing behind. He stuck to his abortion talking points and even landed some jabs on DeSantis.
But like we said, in the end, DeSantis flexed his gubernatorial muscles and subdued the “warned-out old donkey” Crist.
Did DeSantis call Crist a jackass, or was he just referring to him by his political party’s symbol, which is a jackass? READ MORE
More debate coverage here:
DeSantis and Crist Spar in First and Only Debate
DeSantis Accuses Crist of Supporting 'Sex-Selective' and 'Dismemberment Abortions'
Rubio and DeSantis Supported Assaulted in Miami-Dade
Senator Marco Rubio announced that one of his campaign volunteers was assaulted canvassing neighborhoods on Sunday night in Hialeah, Florida.
Sen. Rubio’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Val Demings, came out to openly condemn the assault on Monday.
“I have zero tolerance for any violence against any person for any reason. Those responsible for attacking a canvasser last night should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” stated Rep. Demings.
There appears to have been one arrested in the incident. The investigation is ongoing. READ MORE
Byron Donalds-@RonDeSantisFL: I would say when you oppose the Parents’ Rights in Education Bill, which prevents 6, 7, & 8-year-olds from having sexuality & gender ideology injected into their curriculum, you are the one that’s waging the culture war. I’m simply defending parents & students.
Charlie Crist-The story was heartbreaking. Ron DeSantis doesn't even bat an eye. He will ban abortion outright in a second term. #FLGovDebate
Debbie Wasserman Schultz-Nearly all that DeSantis took credit for was only possible because @CharlieCristfought for and supported the federal funding that DeSantis publicly opposed. Florida needs @CharlieCrist , not the imposter there now who let people get sick and working people struggle. #FLGovDebate
DeSantis War Room #FloridaStrong-"Do you know how many days [Charlie Crist] showed up to work in Washington, DC this year? 14 days. Imagine that deal for you. You show up 14 days and make over 100 grand? That's the type of effort this guy puts in." - @RonDeSantisFL
"Ron DeSantis 'Donkey Dunks' Charlie Crist During Gubernatorial Debate" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Charlie Crist was all that anyone could hope for, as both men came prepared and ready to brawl. From the onset, Rep. Crist went on the attack. He had to.
"DeSantis and Crist Spar in First and Only Debate" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"DeSantis Accuses Crist of Supporting 'Sex-Selective' and 'Dismemberment Abortions'" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—During the much-anticipated gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (D), the issue of abortion took centerstage as Rep. Crist answered just about every question by pivoting back to address abortion.
"Taddeo Shares new ad With Former Salazar Voters" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida state Senator Annette Taddeo (D) has released a new advertisement, taking a political swipe at Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R). In the advertisement, two former Salazar supporters comment on why they’re not voting for Salazar in the upcoming election. Sharing the ad on social media, Taddeo shared that she’s gained their support because she puts “country above party.”
"Gimenez Calls for Natural Gas Production" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—The Biden Administration's war on fossil fuels in the name of environmentalism has garnered strong criticism from Republicans. In light of continued emptying of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the ability of the United States to remain energy independent is of serious concern. Recently, Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-26) appeared on Fox News' Evening Edit to discuss the balance between American energy independence and environmental integrity.
"Byron Donalds' Solution to Border Crisis: 'VOTE REPUBLICAN'"by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In what Fox News reporter Bill Melugin described as a “blatant Friday late night news dump,” the CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) released their numbers for the month of September, showcasing a record high in migrant encounters for both the month and the fiscal year. Following the data release, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) gave a plea to the nation including his solution to fix the problem.
"Rubio and DeSantis Supporter Attacked in Miami-Dade Needs Facial Reconstructive Surgery" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"DeSantis Appears to Have Clear Advantage Over Crist Among Jewish Voters" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Gov. Charlie Crist prepare to face off in the 2020 midterm gubernatorial election, both men have been deemed pro-Israel and supportive of the overall Jewish community in the state of Florid, and pray that the important voting bloc supports their respective gubernatorial campaigns.
"Demings Claims Opposition to Defunding Police Despite Voting Record" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—As a former police chief, it would make sense for Rep. Val Demings (D-FL-10) to be against defunding police. In a recent tweet, Demings posted a short video saying that those in favor of defunding are a "small minority" and that "Democrats overwhelmingly voted for legislation to fund our police, including my bill to solve unsolved murders." As such, she says, "when Republicans claim we’re “defunding the police,” that’s “ALTERNATIVE FACTS.”
"Palm Beach Post Endorses Crist for Governor" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—
"DeSantis Says Fauci's 'Gaslighting' the Country" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is once again touting the state's stance on COVID-19. With reports that a new COVID-19 variant could strike in the winter, the Florida Governor is responding to recent comments from Dr. Fauci. It's no secret that DeSantis is a sharp critic of Fauci, and as Fauci readies himself for retirement, DeSantis warns that Fauci is "gaslighting" the country.
"Rubio Adds More First Responder Endorsements" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Last weekend, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) received further support from first responders. Both the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters and the International Union of Police Associations announced endorsements for Rubio's reelection.
"Democrat Karen Green Believes Democrats are 'Baby Killing" and Racist?" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—In appalling news out of Florida’s 7th Congressional District, it appears that Karen Green (D), who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, briefly became a conservative just days before the general election. Green is running against Cory Mills (R), an Army combat veteran, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump (R) and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"Broward Elections Supervisor Shuts Down Reporter for Asking About Illegal Voter's Arrest" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Broward County Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott was visibly bothered when grassroots activist and independent reporter Chris Nelson confronted him over the recent arrest of Alford Samuels for illegally voting in Broward County.
"Changes to Credit Card System Hurts Consumers"—OPINION
"Ron DeSantis Announces Record Unemployment Numbers" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced the second lowest unemployment rate in Florida’s history, hitting 2.5%, while simultaneously achieving the second fastest GDP growth across all 50 states, despite national GDP slipping into a recession (two consecutive quarters of declining GDP). This is the lowest unemployment rate for the state since October 2006.
"FL Legislators Call for Decriminalizing Use of Weed" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—As the nation gets more and more relaxed with cannabis usage, politicians around the state of Florida are looking for ways to make marijuana more accessible but differing sides of the aisle aren’t necessarily approaching the issue in the same manner.
"New Ad Praises Gov. DeSantis' Support of Florida's Environment" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"First Lady DeSantis: 'Mamas' Proud of Gov. Ron DeSantis for Saying No to School Vaccine Mandates" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Earlier this week, the CDC unanimously voted to add the controversial COVID-19 vaccine into the childhood immunization
"Scott Questions DoE Concerning Innovative Technology Going to China" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Biden administration was reported to have allowed the acquisition of American intellectual properties related to battery technology. This technology was reported to have been funded by the American taxpayer.
"Cammack: Border Agents Have been Reduced to 'Glorified Babysitters'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With monthly border crossings in the tens of thousands, many Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for their lack of attentiveness to the growing crisis down south. President Joe Biden (D) has now decided to recruit military volunteers to help with the border crisis. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) gave her thoughts on Fox Business just two days ago.
"Salazar Holds Presser for USMCA Human Rights Violations" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R) held a joint presser this week in Miami. In the press conference, Salazar was joined by Mexican officials to denounce human rights violations of USMCA.
"Rubio Says Demings is "Easiest" Debate He's Done" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Last Tuesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) and Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) faced off in a debate. Discussing a number of topics including inflation, the state of the country, and abortion rights, both Demings and Rubio exchanged verbal blows in the hopes of procuring support.
"Gaetz Applauds DoD Decision to Not Include Wind Farms on FL West Coast Military Space" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Department of Defense recently announced their commitment to ensure that wind farms would not encroach Florida’s Gulf Coast Military Mission Line (MML). The Biden administration had been looking to expand offshore wind farming, but Republicans like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) expressed enough concern to divert the decision.
"Jan. 6 Committee Member Denies 2016 Election, yet Warns of 2020 GOP Election Deniers Running for Office" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—During the entirety of President Donald Trump’s (R) time in office, those who opposed the Republican president claimed that the 2016 presidential election was tampered with due to “Russian interference.” Phrases such as “Stolen election”, “Illegitimate president,” and “Abolish the electoral college” were all thrown around after the billionaire businessman from New York shocked the world and defeated former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Senator of New York, Hillary Clinton (D).
"Florida Democrats Release Pro-Abortion Pamphlets Ahead of Midterms" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Democrats nationwide are campaigning hard on abortion, and Florida Democrats are no exception. In fact, with the possibility of the Republican-led state legislature imposing a ban on abortion, Florida Democrats are encouraging women to seek abortions in other states. A tweet this week by the Florida Democrats account claims that "Ron DeSantis' extreme abortion laws are already endangering women who've had to leave Florida to find the care they need."
"Republicans Respond to Biden's Petroleum Release" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—President Joe Biden (D) has announced his decision to release more American-produced oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Rising oil prices has been a concern leading up to the midterm election, but the President argues that having those releases significantly lowers the price of gas. In response to the release, Republicans across the country have criticized the decision, accusing it of being a political move.
"Waltz Requests Briefing on Afghanistan Intel" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich
"DeSantis Announces Sanibel Causeway Repaired One Week Early" by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"Rubio Attacks Demings' Support for 'Socialist' 'People's Budget' by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—The Senatorial candidate debate between Rep. Val Demings (D-FL-10) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) saw vicious back and forth between the two, but Sen. Rubio arguably has the upper hand. His strong response to Rep. Demings' accusation of voter suppression pairs with a counterattack of his own: Demings' support of the 2018 "People's Budget."
"Florida's Congressional Map Foes Fight Attempt to Shield Lawmakers" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—TALLAHASSEE — Opponents of a congressional redistricting plan pushed through the Legislature by Gov. Ron DeSantis are fighting an effort to shield key lawmakers from testifying in a constitutional challenge to the plan.
"Rubio Brutally Counters Demings' Voter Suppression Accusation During Debate" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich
"Demings Voted Against Border Patrol and Humanitarian Relief for Illegal Immigrant Children" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—The first and only debate between Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Val Demings took place on Tuesday at Palm Beach College in Lake Worth, and the differences between Sen. Rubio and Rep. Demings were very evident.
"Rick Scott Commends the Passage of the 'Supporting Families of the Fallen Act'" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—Just recently, the Supporting Families of the Fallen Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden (D). This bill, which was introduced by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) alongside co-sponsor Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). looks to support service members by increasing their life insurance coverage amounts. The bill increases life insurance coverage from $400,000 to $500,000 and is the first update to this allotted amount since 2005.
"NHEC Challenges Energy Burden on Hispanic Households" by The Floridian's Jim McCool
"DeSantis Hand Delivers First Responder Payments After Hurricane Ian" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—Weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is still making rounds around the state, visiting communities that were impacted by the storm. This week DeSantis visited Sanibel Island, FL and hand-delivered first responder recognition payments.
"Rubio Campaign Releases 3 new Advertisements" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina
"Progressive Karen Green Blames Climate, Gun Laws for Immigration Crisis" by The Floridian's Jackson Bakich—With the 2022 primary elections wrapping up at the end of August and the general election just days away, candidates are making their final push toward in hopes to secure a victory on election night. By all means necessary, aspiring politicians are more active in mailboxes, on television and radio, and on social media. Karen Green, a Democrat going head-to-head against combat veteran Cory Mills (R) for the Congressional seat in Central Florida’s District 7, is one of those politicians.
"How Large Will Ron DeSantis's Margin of Victory be Over Charlie Crist?" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—With less than 3 weeks to go until the 2022 midterm elections, talk around both Republican and Democratic political circles is not whether Gov. Ron DeSantis will defeat Charlie Crist, but by how much of margin will he defeat Florida’s most prolific political campaign, Charlie Crist.
"Rubio Campaign Wants to Stop 'Left's Radical Agenda'" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) is scheduled to debate Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) this week, and both lawmakers are receiving support from their respective parties. After campaigning with First Lady Jill Biden (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) last week, the Demings campaign is energized as the midterm election is under a month away. However, the Rubio campaign is pushing back, affirming that it will "put a stop to the far left's radical agenda."
"DeSantis, Florida GOP Register 300K More Voters Than Dems" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Republicans are celebrating ahead of the midterm elections, expecting significant wins across the country. With just under 22 days away from the November election, the Florida Republican Party is celebrating having more registered Republicans than Democrats. According to an announcement from the party, Florida will have 300,000 more GOP registered voters than Democrats.
"Ashley Moody Flexes Record in New Ad" by The Floridian's Jim McCool—With the Defund the Police narrative still looming after the riots that engulfed the Summer of 2020, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) has since made an effort to protect law enforcement in Florida, and is now running on the issue for her re-election.
"Steube Slams Biden Administration's Spending and Inflation"by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—With inflation on the rise, Republicans nationwide are running on bringing the economy back to a manageable level. In particular, much of the focus has been on the policies of the Biden administration. Naturally, Democrats are arguing back that should the GOP gain majority in Congress, the economy will only get worse.
"Parkland Father Shames 'Jerk-Off' David Hogg and Other Anti-Gun Activists" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack who was killed during the 2018 Parkland school shooting, dressed down those March for our Lives “jerk-off kids” led by activist David Hogg during a rally in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis last weekend.
"Mills and Green Trade Barbs on Hurricane Recovery, Debates" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich
"School Board Candidate Wilfredo 'Will' Fonseca's Past Comes to Light, Again" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres
"DeSantis to Seek Change in Florida's Death Penalty" by The Floridian's Javier Manjarres—Governor Ron DeSantis has signaled that the Republican-led state legislature could address the 2017 death penalty law that requires a unanimous jury to find that a criminal defendant should be put to death.
"Taddeo Leads Salazar in new Cook Report" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida state Senator Annette Taddeo (D) has been on the campaign trail as she seeks to unseat Florida Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R). In a newly released Cook Political Report, the election for Florida’s 27th congressional district could favor the Democratic challenger. Taddeo is now calling Salazar “politically convenient” as Salazar meets with voters to clinch her reelection.
"Rubio Questions “Where was Val?’" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s (R) campaign has released a new advertisement, questioning “where was Val?” The advertisement, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic, questions where Florida Rep. Val Demings (D) was during the pandemic. Citing Rubio’s contributions to the Payment Protection Plan, the advertisement argues that “the choice is clear.
"Paul Ryan Says Trump is Unelectable in 2024" by The Floridian's Daniel Molina—Republican criticism against President Donald Trump (R) continues to mount as the 2022 midterm elections looms nearer. Outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R) has already expressed that voters should vote Democrat in the upcoming Arizona election, and now Speaker Paul Ryan (R) is chiming in on the upcoming general election. Commenting on 2024, Ryan is affirming that Trump will not be the GOP nominee because of his “unelectability.”
"Parkland Father Attacks Luna in New Political Mailer" by The Floridian's Grayson Bakich—Florida's Congressional District 13 race has been particularly vicious between Anna Paulina Luna (R) and Eric Lynn (D). Shortly after the sentencing of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz to life in prison, a verdict Governor Ron DeSan
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