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.

Nikki Fried takes her Pfizer booster before the cameras as DeSantis remains mum

By: - December 29, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried invited the press to observe as she took her COVID vaccine booster shot on Wednesday, in pointed contrast to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to divulge whether he’s taken a booster shot. Fried appeared at a coronavirus testing and vaccination site at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, where a nurse administered […]

FL Republicans pile on President Biden over fed vs. states’ roles in fighting COVID

By: - December 28, 2021

Republican allies of Gov. Ron DeSantis are making hay of President Joe Biden’s remarks this week seeming to point to a smaller federal role in fighting COVID relative to the states. “Look, there is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level,” Biden said Monday during a video conference call with Democratic and […]

DeSantis to cops in campaign video: ‘We’re not going to treat you as a political tool’

By: - December 27, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis promises law enforcement officers that “we’re not going to treat you as a political tool” in a campaign video that shows him distributing bonus checks to uniformed cops. “Particularly with these young people, to make sure they understand that if this is something that you go into this, in Florida, this is […]

Senate Dem: Gov. DeSantis’ ‘fanatical agenda’ is at odds with spirit of Christmas

By: - December 22, 2021

A leading Florida Senate Democrat is calling upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to get with the Christmas spirit and knock it off with the culture-war rhetoric. “As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I strongly urge Gov. DeSantis to reflect on the fanatical agenda he is endorsing for the coming year, and its stark contrast with the […]

Stephanie Murphy retiring from Congress

By: - December 20, 2021

Stephanie Murphy, a centrist Democrat who serves on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol invasion, will not seek reelection to the Central Florida U.S. House seat she has held since 2017. Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress, announced her decision via a video posted Monday on social media. “Public service is […]

Environmentalists threaten EPA with lawsuit over the pollution killing manatees

By: - December 20, 2021

An environmentalist coalition has served notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unless it intervenes with state regulators to halt the release of pollutants into the Indian River Lagoon, where endangered Florida manatees are undergoing an historic die-off. The notice filed Monday by Earthjustice, which litigates to protect the environment, gives […]

DeSantis ramps up anti-asylum rhetoric, seeks to intervene in federal policy

By: - December 10, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Legislature to give him $8 million to ship asylum seekers transported by the Biden administration into Florida off to other states in an expanding initiative against what the governor calls President Joe Biden’s “open borders policy.” “Its somewhat tongue-in-cheek but it is true: If you sent [them] to Delaware or […]

DeSantis would spend nearly $100 million next year; Biden bucks would help him do it

By: - December 9, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Florida Legislature to spend $99.7 billion during the fiscal year that begins July 1 —a retrenchment from the $101.5 billion budget for the current fiscal year, which was fattened by billions in federal COVID assistance. Even so, the spending plan would allow “record funding for key priorities such as […]

Dem A.G.s argue that FL’s justification for voting restrictions were made up

By: - December 9, 2021

Democratic state attorneys general in 16 states and the District of Columbia who have intervened in litigation challenging Florida’s new law making it harder to vote argue in a legal brief that the state has mounted bogus arguments that the measure fights fraud and boosts voter confidence. That’s because there is no evidence of widespread […]

Remembering sacrifices at Pearl Harbor, Gov. DeSantis orders flags lowered

By: - December 7, 2021

Flags are flying at half staff today over state and local property in memory of the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed 2,400 service members and launched the United States into World War II. Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order to that effect in which he praises “the selfless […]

Omicron is believed to have landed in FL, Gov. DeSantis says

By: - December 7, 2021

Public health officials believe they have identified COVID omicron variant cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “They believe they have identified — I’m not sure where it is,” the governor said in response to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Oldsmar. The Florida Department of Health later confirmed its identification of […]

11th Circuit panel thumbs nose at nationwide injunction on COVID vax mandate for health workers

By: - December 6, 2021

A federal appeal court in Atlanta that rejected the state of Florida’s arguments against the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for health-care workers over the weekend has now issued its written explanation for doing so. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit ruled, 2-1, that the mandate is fully […]