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.

DeSantis may strip lawsuit protection from businesses requiring COVID vaccinations

By: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is considering asking the Legislature to allow employees to sue bosses who require them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to remove the state’s litigation shield from businesses that require them of workers and customers. “If a business forces somebody to do this then that employee, if there’s anything that happens negative […]

Glimmer of hope appears for virtual public hearings on Florida’s redistricting

By: and - October 13, 2021

Might the Republicans running the Florida Legislature’s redistricting committees budge on Democrats’ requests to let the public speak online about drawing their future voting districts? The effort would utilize Zoom or similar online platforms around the state. House redistricting chairman Tom Leek of Volusia County didn’t bother to respond when asked that question during a […]

DeSantis on first lady’s cancer diagnosis: ‘She just wanted to be honest with people’

By: - October 12, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis opened up Tuesday about First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer diagnosis, calling his wife “a very, very strong woman” who hopes disclosure of her condition inspires others to seek early screening and treatment. “It wasn’t like she was in a lot of pain. I mean, these screenings and the things that you […]

House Democrat on redistricting: ‘I’m certain there’s going to be lawsuits’

By: - October 11, 2021

A leading legislative Democrat warned Monday that redrawing boundaries for state House, Senate, and congressional districts could drag out for years, if history is any guide. During a Zoom call with reporters, Evan Jenne, a co-leader of his party’s caucus from Broward County, noted that legal challenges to the redistricting that followed the 2010 Census […]

Desmond Meade, felons’ rights activist, wins restoration of his own civil rights

By: - October 9, 2021

Desmond Meade, a main force behind Florida’s drive to restore civil rights to thousands of former felons, now has had his own rights restored. The announcement came Saturday during a Twitter broadcast during which family members presented Meade with a certificate from the Office of Executive Clemency announcing restoration of his civil rights, except to […]

DeSantis: Maybe Joe Biden doesn’t love Florida as much as Donald Trump does

By: - October 8, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis marked the near-three-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael by announcing a $3.1 million infusion of Federal Emergency Management Agency grants for governments within the disaster zone. The governor also took a few moments to indulge nostalgia for the Donald Trump presidency, when he enjoyed a close connection to the White House, and to […]

In Tallahassee, U.S. judge’s injunction of Texas abortion law goes mostly unnoted

By: - October 7, 2021

The ruling by a federal judge blocking Texas’ de-facto abortion ban caused few ripples Thursday in Florida’s political duckpond. The governor’s office volunteered not a peep after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Texas on Wednesday ordered that state’s courts and clerks’ offices not to enforce the law. The ruling was “not pertinent to Florida,” […]

Ms. DeSantis’ cancer diagnosis: Few are willing to discuss the political implications

By: - October 6, 2021

How uncomfortable is it to openly wonder what First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer diagnosis portends for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political future? Enough that aides to each of the three Democrats actively or considering campaigning against the governor’s reelection replied with a firm “no comment” when the Phoenix asked about it on Tuesday. “Politics has […]

Gov. DeSantis eyeing development of Merck’s new anti-COVID pharmaceutical

By: - October 4, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is monitoring testing and the federal regulatory review process for Merck’s new antiviral drug, which has shown promise in reducing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, a spokeswoman said Monday. The drug, molnupiravir, developed by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics of Miami and manufactured by Merck, reduced risk of hospitalization by around 50 percent compared to […]

FL’s first lady is diagnosed with breast cancer, Gov. DeSantis announces

By: - October 4, 2021

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis has breast cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday. Here is the text of a written statement the governor issued through his press office: “I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. “As the mother of three young children, […]

DeSantis says he’s running for reelection; cagey about presidential aspirations

By: - October 1, 2021

In case there was any doubt in your mind, Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for reelection next year. He said so during an interview Thursday night with Sean Hannity on Fox News while not directly replying to a question about any presidential aspirations. “I notice the media, no matter how many times you’ve answered the […]

Rallies planned for Saturday statewide to protest anti-woman, anti-transgender drift

By: - October 1, 2021

Women’s rights activists plan demonstrations across Florida — from Miami to Jacksonville to the Panhandle — on Saturday to resist attacks on abortion and transgender rights. It’ll be part of a National Day of Action protesting some disturbing trends, including the solicitude the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority is showing toward restrictions on abortion rights. […]