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.

Senate panel backs Gov. DeSantis, OKs sanctions for participating in asylum airlift

By: - January 24, 2022

Syliva Munoz pleaded with members of a Florida Senate committee on Monday to reject Gov. Ron DeSantis’ latest initiative against immigrants, including underage asylum seekers. Munoz, 75, came to the United States in 1961 as an unaccompanied minor under the Pedro Pan airlift from Cuba. She was among a number of people with that experience […]

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U.S. judge raps U.F.’s knuckles; blocks policy silencing testimony by professors

By: - January 22, 2022

A federal judge has compared the University of Florida to the Chinese Communist Party functionaries in blocking the university from preventing faculty from testifying in lawsuits challenging DeSantis administration policies. Ruling Friday, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee opened his 74-page opinion with a reference to the “Pillar of Shame” statute, commemorating the […]

DeSantis, needled by Trump, hints that he’s skipped out on taking his COVID booster

By: - January 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis came as close as he has to date Friday to acknowledging he has not taken a COVID booster shot — this after former President Donald Trump denounced “gutless” politicians who fail to disclose their vaccine status. DeSantis and his aides previously had maintained that the question was a private one. And, certainly, […]

GOP-controlled Senate completes work on redistricting plans; even Dems praise process, outcome

By: - January 20, 2022

The Florida Senate passed its plans to redistrict the state’s congressional and Senate seats, creating the political structure that will prevail for the next decade, on bipartisan votes Thursday. Not a word was uttered about the congressional redistricting plan that Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped over the weekend. “Because it’s not in play,” Democratic Sen. Linda […]

FL Senate stiffs DeSantis on congressional reapportionment, sets vote on new maps

By: - January 19, 2022

The Florida Senate ignored Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday in finalizing its proposed redistricting plan for congressional and state Senate districts to account for the results of the 2020 U.S. Census. All that’s left now is for a final vote on those maps, likely on Thursday. The state House is developing its maps for its […]

$5K bonuses for police recruits, part of pro-cop agenda, advance in Legislature

By: - January 18, 2022

A key plank in Gov. Ron DeSantis pro-cop, election-year agenda sailed through its first committee test in the Florida House on Tuesday, when only a single Democrat voted no. The measure (HB 3), calls for $5,000 signing bonuses for people who join state or local law enforcement agencies, whether transferring from police jobs in other […]

Lawmakers move to extend protections for health providers against COVID lawsuits

By: - January 14, 2022

For all that Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s Republican leaders play up their “freedom” agenda at the expense of COVID-19 mitigation, an average Floridian might conclude the coronavirus isn’t such a big deal anymore. So why are the state House and Senate advancing legislation extending the liability shield enacted last year, to protect health […]

Gov. DeSantis impatient for Supreme Court to decide Biden vax mandate challenge

By: - January 13, 2022

Update: After the governor completed his remarks, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the vaccine mandate for large employers but allowed the one for health-care workers. Read more here. Gov. Ron DeSantis despaired Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on legal challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for large businesses […]

Unused COVID tests are being distributed at last as FDA extends expiration date

By: - January 12, 2022

State officials will distribute nearly 1 million COVID tests that ostensibly expired late last month now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concluded they will remain effective for another three months. Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried on Dec. 30 sharply criticized the Republican DeSantis administration for failure to distribute […]

DeSantis to Legislature: ‘Seize the moment’ in keeping FL ‘the freest state’

By: - January 11, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the 2022 regular session of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday by crowing that he has kept Florida “the freest state in these United States” during the COVID crisis and promising to continue to oppose a “coercive biomedical apparatus.” During his annual State of the State address before a joint session of […]

Gov. on first lady: ‘2022 will be the year where we can say that she is cancer-free’

By: - January 7, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis shared insights into First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer treatments on Friday, saying chemotherapy sometimes “really takes a toll” but that the family remains confident she’ll be declared cancer-free during the new year. “We’re not out of the woods,” the governor said during a news conference in Lake Butler, when asked about […]

Fried claims COVID tests close to expiring; sniping continues as omicron spreads

By: - December 30, 2021

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried on Thursday accused the DeSantis administration of sitting on a stockpile of soon-to-expire COVID tests and urged their rapid distribution, but provided few specifics. The complaint from Fried, a Democrat seeking her party’s nomination to run against Gov. Ron DeSantis next year, came via a written statement […]