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.

Prosecutor Andrew Warren sues Gov. DeSantis in federal court over his suspension from office

By: - August 17, 2022

Elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren took Gov. Ron DeSantis to federal court Wednesday, alleging that in suspending him from office the governor violated Warren’s First Amendment right to disagree with the state’s chief executive on policy. In a 28-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Warren […]

Florida appellate court refuses to grant teenager permission to secure an abortion

By: - August 16, 2022

A state appellate court has refused to allow a 16-year-old pregnant girl who was 10 weeks pregnant to obtain an abortion without the permission of her parents or guardian. The 3-1 ruling affirms a decision by Escambia County Circuit Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz, who decided that the girl, identified in the ruling as “Jane Doe 22-B,” […]

Falling fuel prices could take some savor out of FL Legislature’s coming gas tax holiday

By: - August 15, 2022

Falling gas prices, which have contributed to a slowing rise in inflation, suggest the Florida Legislature missed the mark in timing a gas tax holiday for October. Gov. Ron DeSantis first proposed halting enforcement of the 25.3-cents levy in November, during a press conference in which he blamed rising inflation on President Joe Biden. Actually, […]

Press Secretary Christina Pushaw leaving governor’s office to join DeSantis reelect campaign

By: - August 12, 2022

Christina Pushaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ combative press secretary, is leaving the administration to join the governor’s reelection campaign. She announced the move in a letter to DeSantis staff chief James Uthmeier and administration director Dawn Hanson dated Friday, with her departure effective the same day. In an email to the Phoenix, Pushaw confirmed a series […]

U.S. drug price controls could kneecap DeSantis’ Canada prescription import plan

By: - August 12, 2022

It’s been one year and nine months since Gov. Ron DeSantis applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to import cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada. That was after his patron Donald Trump lost his reelection but was still in the White House. The response thus far: mostly crickets. Now, with the U.S. House […]

Providers trying again to get abortion ban before the FL Supreme Court

By: - August 11, 2022

Abortion providers have filed notice that they plan to ask the Florida Supreme Court to wrest their appeal against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban from an intermediate appeals court and decide the case directly. They said so in a document filed Wednesday in the First District Court of Appeal, which earlier rejected a request to send […]

Religion-based claims are piling up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

By: - August 9, 2022

Legal complaints are stacking up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, all of them arguing that the law imposes a narrowly sectarian definition of when life begins upon other elements of the faith community that hold markedly different ideas about the matter. The trend began in early June, when Barry Silver, a South Florida lawyer and […]

DeSantis places Renatha Francis on Florida Supreme Court two years after it rejected her

By: - August 5, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Jamaican-American Palm Beach County family law judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court, having failed in his first attempt to place her there two years ago. He announced the appointment during a news conference Friday in West Palm Beach as Francis stood beside him accompanied by her mother, husband, […]

DeSantis suspends elected state prosecutor; cites refusal to enforce abortion, transgender laws

By: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has suspended elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, accusing him of nullifying state laws through refusal to prosecute violent offenders and to enforce criminal penalties against doctors providing abortions or gender-affirming care. In Warren’s place, the governor named Hillsborough County Judge Susan Lopez Thursday to serve pending a vote by the […]

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Crist vs. Fried: Primary candidates held a ‘conversation’ but much was retreaded territory

By: and - August 4, 2022

The two major gubernatorial primary candidates Wednesday evening did little to move the needle on some of the most significant political issues related to their platforms, from the economy, education reforms and assault weapon bans. But both Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, had some differences. One of them was […]

DeSantis scorns idea of monkeypox emergency; sees other states’ declarations as power plays

By: - August 3, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at big blue-state governors who’ve declared emergencies over monkeypox, accusing them and the news media of attempting to stoke fear as a way of controlling people. The governor was asked about the matter during a news conference he called in Brevard County to announce an opioid treatment initiative. “Any of […]

Former state elections secretary Laurel Lee leads in Tampa Bay-Central FL congressional race

By: - August 2, 2022

Former Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee buffs up her pro-law enforcement credentials in a new ad in her campaign for a congressional seat in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida region, as a poll placed her as a heavy favorite for the GOP nomination. In the St. Pete Polls survey released Tuesday, 44 percent […]