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.

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 […]

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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 […]

DeSantis finds a friendly reception during DeFuniak newser but no hard questions

By: - September 9, 2021

If the governor holds a news conference and doesn’t take questions from the press, is it really a news conference? Not particularly, judging by an appearance Gov. Ron DeSantis staged Thursday in DeFuniak Springs. The governor’s office definitely invited reporters, having issued a press release announcing the event and specifying when they should arrive to […]

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Gov. DeSantis loses again in lawsuit over his schools mask-mandate policy

By: - September 8, 2021

A state trial judge has cleared Florida school districts to enforce strict mask mandates for students until a state appeals court can decide whether the DeSantis administration holds authority to enforce a parental veto over masks. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper had ruled last month that the governor abused his authority in ordering the […]

‘Pro-life’ DeSantis hasn’t committed to following Texas example on abortion

By: - September 7, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court’s acquiescence in Texas’ de facto ban on abortions has given Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis another chance to burnish his “pro-life” bona fides ahead of next year’s gubernatorial  election and a possible run for the presidency in 2024. It’s not clear whether he will take that chance. During a news conference last […]

DeSantis loses: Judge rules local school boards can implement mask mandates

By: - August 27, 2021

The DeSantis administration suffered a major legal defeat Friday when a state trial judge ruled that the governor exceeded his authority in blocking school districts from enforcing face mask mandates to inhibit COVID-19 transmission for public school students and staff. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper enjoined  Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the state Department of […]

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Ruling imminent on Gov. DeSantis’ policy on masks in schools and parents’ rights

By: - August 26, 2021

The fate of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ school-masks policy is now in the hands of a trial judge who conceded Thursday that he’s struggling to reconcile the competing arguments in a lawsuit brought by parents who oppose the policy. “This issue presents a lot of sophisticated legal issues,” Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper told attorneys […]