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.

Florida GOP, sheriffs, pursue permitless carrying of firearms; Dems call it reckless, dangerous

By: - January 30, 2023

Legislative Republicans have taken the first step toward allowing any adult Floridian without a criminal record to carry concealed weapons free of any need to take gun-safety classes or register with the state. They wouldn’t be allowed to openly pack handguns, as in the Wild West. Still, Democrats warned that bills introduced Monday in the […]

Florida police chiefs: We ‘do not support what happened’ to Tyre Nichols

By: - January 27, 2023

Florida’s police chiefs have denounced the actions by Memphis, Tenn., police officers that resulted in the death of Tyre Nichols following a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Authorities in Memphis planned to release police bodycam footage of the attack Friday evening. “Based on what we know, the actions and conduct of the officers involved were […]

DeSantis’ ‘law and order’ agenda: execute child rapists, target rainbow fentanyl, ban no-cash bail

By: - January 26, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pro-death penalty agenda grew wider on Thursday when he called for capital punishment for anyone who sexually assaults a child, even when the attacks don’t result in the child’s death. That would require the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its 2008 precedent reserving the death sentence only for crimes that result in […]

Governor’s office makes it clear: No reinstatement for suspended prosecutor

By: - January 26, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis will not return suspended Andrew Warren to his post as the twice-elected state’s attorney for Hillsborough County. That much is clear from a written statement issued by the governor’s office, emphasizing that “Mr. Warren remains suspended from the office he failed to serve.” Warren asked DeSantis on Wednesday in a letter to […]

Warren asks that Gov. DeSantis reinstate him as Hillsborough prosecutor

By: - January 25, 2023

Andrew Warren wrote Wednesday to Gov. Ron DeSantis seeking reinstatement as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County, arguing that the governor is duty-bound to do so. “The facts are now known and the court’s findings are clear: I engaged in zero misconduct; the allegations in the executive order are false; and the suspension violates federal and […]

Reining in drug-market middlemen’s ‘rebate’ payments might be complicated

By: - January 25, 2023

Work has begun on one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ priorities for the regular legislative session, due to open in March: constraining pharmacy benefits management companies that control the flow of prescription drugs to individual patients. A 90-minute hearing by a House committee demonstrated that the job will be a tricky one, given interlocking ownership and […]

Florida Supreme Court agrees to decide the fate of state’s 15-week abortion ban

By: - January 23, 2023

Florida’s 15-week abortion ban is now in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court, which must decide whether to overrule its own longstanding precedent protecting reproductive freedom under the state constitution’s privacy language. Abortion providers, including Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates, wanted the state’s high court to expedite deliberations over the law and to block its […]

VP Harris in Tallahassee: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

By: , , and - January 22, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was ordering his administration to protect access to abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Harris […]

Judge blasts DeSantis over Warren suspension but says he’s powerless to reinstate him

By: - January 20, 2023

A federal judge has excoriated Gov. Ron DeSantis for suspending Hillsborough County prosecutor Andrew Warren, concluding that the governor violated the First Amendment in ousting Warren because of political differences and the anticipated “political benefit” to the governor. However, in a ruling handed down Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle concluded he lacked authority […]

DeSantis sees long recovery from property insurance woes; spreads millions for beach restoration

By: - January 18, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday warned that it’s too soon to expect the property insurance reforms the Legislature passed last month to result in lower rates or increased availability of coverage. “It’s going to take a little while longer before you see [results] — but I think the response has been very positive,” DeSantis said […]

Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson discusses the price of eggs. He should know

By: - January 17, 2023

Wilton Simpson, Florida’s new commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, warned Tuesday that people need to treat the food supply as a national security issue. The Republican who replaced Democrat Nikki Fried in the job following the November elections raised the issue following his first formal meeting of the Florida Cabinet — which, with Gov. […]

Fl Cabinet gives final OK to Gov. DeSantis’ anti-‘woke’ pension-investment policy

By: - January 17, 2023

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met Tuesday for the first time in four years without a Democrat to hector the governor over his polices — and took the occasion to OK pension investment guidelines that bar “environmental, social, or governance” considerations. Wilton Simpson — the Republican former Florida Senate president who won election […]