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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.

Constitutional Amendment would ease financial burden of armoring property against flooding

By: - November 1, 2022

Floridians have a chance to vote themselves property tax breaks on real estate improvements designed to protect their homes and businesses against flooding — something we’re already seeing and that will only get worse due to global warming. Global warming is a topic Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t like talking about. “What I’ve found is, people […]

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Voters this year will decide whether Florida Supreme Court justices stay or go

By: - October 31, 2022

Ordinary voters have no say in who gets to sit on the Florida Supreme Court, but voters can decide whether sitting justices get to stay there. And in this year’s general election on Nov. 8, they’re being asked whether to retain five justices of the state’s highest court: Charles Canady, John Couriel, Jamie Grosshans, Jorge […]

Black churches organizing to protect polling places from voter intimidation

By: - October 28, 2022

Black church pastors called upon Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd and county election supervisors on Friday to ensure that the polling places operate fairly and free of intimidation as early voting proceeds and on Nov. 8, the date of the general election. They added that they plan to position themselves and church members outside […]

Florida newspapers line up behind Charlie Crist in governor’s race; how much does it matter?

By: - October 27, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist has picked up his third endorsement by a major Florida newspaper — this time, from the Tampa Bay Times, under the headline: “A decent man or a bully?” Previously, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post recommended voting for Crist, who served as governor as a Republican between 2007 and 2011 […]

Crist challenges DeSantis to more debates; governor fundraising off his performance

By: - October 25, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist, buoyed by what supporters saw as a strong debate performance against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, is now calling upon the governor to agree to two more of the contests. In a written statement, Crist noted that he had originally challenged DeSantis to three meetings but that DeSantis had agreed to just one, […]

Crist pummels DeSantis’ ‘culture war’ policies during governor’s race debate

By: - October 24, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist used the occasion of his only scheduled debate with Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday evening to pummel the Republican governor over his restrictions on abortion rights, for ignoring science when writing COVID and transgender policy, for sidestepping 82,000 COVID deaths in Florida, and for refusing to commit to serving a full second term. […]

DeSantis and Crist to meet Monday night in their only debate ahead of election

By: - October 24, 2022

Voters will have their one and only opportunity to judge Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat Charlie Crist head-to-head when the two contenders for governor meet on a debate stage a 7 p.m. Monday in Fort Pierce. The debate was supposed to have happened on Oct. 12 in West Palm Beach but was rescheduled after […]

Report: Crist campaign chief quit following his domestic violence arrest in Maryland

By: - October 21, 2022

Democrat Charlie Crist’s campaign manager, who resigned on Wednesday citing “a family matter,” was arrested the day before in Maryland in an alleged domestic violence case, NBC news is reporting. Austin John Durrer faces a second-degree misdemeanor assault charge, the network said in a news post. Asked about the report on Friday, Crist spokesperson Samantha […]

DeSantis puts property tax payments on hold for Ian-damaged homes, businesses

By: - October 20, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he is extending deadlines for paying property taxes on residential and commercial buildings “that were destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable” by Hurricane Ian. The idea is to pause tax payments in 26 counties until the Legislature can convene before the end of the year to pass a relief package […]

Federal health panel adds COVID vaccines in child immunization schedule; FL officials push back

By: and - October 20, 2022

Federal health officials voted Thursday to include COVID-19 vaccines in its 2023 childhood immunization schedule, raising concerns from Florida officials and others about whether kids could be required to get the shots to enter public schools. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not force vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, and its advisory panel […]

Bridge to Sanibel Island reopening, well ahead of schedule

By: - October 19, 2022

The road crossing to Sanibel Island, severed in three places by Hurricane Ian, was reopening to civilian traffic on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a public announcement. Private vehicles would be allowed to cross at 11 a.m., 10 days ahead of schedule, the governor said. In the meantime, he and other dignitaries, staged at […]

DeSantis’ campaign’s wealth contrasts with his middle-class background

By: - October 19, 2022

Charlie Crist has it over on Ron DeSantis in personal wealth but not in the kind of money that matters in their race for governor: campaign cash. Democratic former U.S. Rep. Crist declared a net worth of $2,127,850.55 as of the end of 2021, according to an amended state disclosure form he filed in June. […]