Michael Moline

Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.

Crist denounces new COVID school policy; seeks ouster of new surgeon general

By: - September 23, 2021

Democrat Charlie Crist denounced Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday as an “oppressive tyrant” willing to send coronavirus-infected children into the public schools and risk the health of other children to please his COVID-skeptical political base. During a Zoom press conference, the Democratic congressman from St. Petersburg — also a gubernatorial candidate for 2022 — argued […]

GOP lawmaker files Texas-style bounty-hunter abortion bill in Florida Legislature

By: - September 22, 2021

A Florida version of the Texas law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and allowing citizens to sue people who provide or enable abortions has landed in Tallahassee in the form of HB 167, filed by Republican Webster Barnaby of Volusia County. Barnaby’s bill, filed Wednesday, mimics key provisions of the Texas law […]

‘We’re done with fear,’ FL’s new surgeon general insists — ‘Expiration date. It’s done’

By: - September 21, 2021

Florida’s new surgeon general is Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a UCLA heart specialist who has fully embraced Gov. Ron DeSantis’ personal-freedom approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, judging by his remarks during a news conference on Tuesday. DeSantis called reporters together to announce that he has chosen Ladapo to replace Dr. Scott Rivkees, who left the position […]

Appeals court vindicates citizens’ right to challenge land developments

By: - September 20, 2021

Plans for a Walton County land development project called Cypress Lake call for 141 residential units, including 85 single-family houses, 40 duplex units, and 16 condo units, plus 53,000 square feet of commercial space comprising four mixed-use buildings. Walton County officials OK’d the project notwithstanding complaints that the development would be jammed in too close […]

Gov. DeSantis reshaped Florida’s appeals courts; it seems to be working out for him

By: - September 20, 2021

As Gov. Ron DeSantis knows, when you get into a legal beef it helps to have appointed three members of the court that will hear the appeal. And to have placed three more jurists on the court above that one. That’s the situation at Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, which sits in Tallahassee and […]

Fried urges Floridians: Demand Gov. DeSantis seek all federal aid to help struggling families

By: - September 17, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is letting billions in federal COVID-19 relief go unspent as the pandemic continues and working families struggle to pay bills, Florida’s top Democratic officeholder and other critics said Friday. During a Zoom conference call with people who help administer food and other assistance to the working poor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer […]

DeSantis stews about feds’ antibody rationing; FL still has largest supply

By: - September 16, 2021

While Gov. Ron DeSantis is steamed about possible dwindling supplies of Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, Florida continues to have a bigger share than any other state or territory. The feds have allocated 27,850 doses for Florida this week, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data released on Monday, when the […]

AG Moody files for reelection in 2022; she’s the only candidate thus far

By: - September 14, 2021

Attorney General Ashley Moody publicly opened her campaign for reelection next year, becoming the first and thus far only candidates in the race. “I am proud to announce that I will be seeking re-election as Florida’s attorney general, to continue building a stronger, safer Florida by prosecuting human trafficking, protecting our seniors, and combating the […]

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

By: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

University of Florida

DeSantis touts UF #5 ranking among the nation’s top public universities; ceremony was maskless

By: - September 13, 2021

The University of Florida ranks No. 5 on the 2022 U.S. News and World Report ranking of public universities and No. 28 when ranked among high-caliber national universities in the United States. The new list places UF with such esteemed public institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles; the UC Berkeley; the University of […]

DeSantis gets a win: Appeal court allows mask policy that lets parents decide

By: - September 10, 2021

A state appeal court has freed the DeSantis administration to punish school districts that insist on strict face-masking policies against COVID-19 in defiance of the governor’s insistence that parents be allowed to opt out for their children. A three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal voted unanimously to overrule Leon County Circuit Judge […]

U.S. judge blocks DeSantis, sheriffs, from enforcing governor’s anti-riot law

By: - September 9, 2021

A federal judge has barred enforcement of one of Gov. Ron DeSantis signature legislative achievements this year — HB 1, his Black Lives Matter-inspired crackdown on protests —ruling that its redefinition of “riot” is vague enough to cover perfectly legal behavior. In another major courtroom defeat for the governor, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in […]