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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.

DeSantis wants death penalty speeded up in light of Parkland shooting life verdict

By: - October 14, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis, “stung” by the jury vote against executing Parkland school gunman Nikolas Cruz,  wants to grease the wheels of Florida’s criminal justice system to prevent prosecutions like this from  taking so long — four years, in this case. The governor also voiced support for the Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office move to delve […]

DeSantis orders voting changes in light of Hurricane Ian’s disruptions

By: - October 13, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has loosened voting regulations in the counties most damaged by Hurricane Ian to account for disruptions to polling locations and early voting sites, loss of power and cellphone access, displaced voters, and unavailability of poll workers. The governor signed an executive order for Charlotte, Lee, and Sarasota counties allowing: Extension of early […]

FL Disaster Fund gives $2 million to first responders recovering from Ian damage

By: - October 13, 2022

The Florida Disaster Fund will donate $2 million to help first responders in the Hurricane Ian disaster zone get a start on recovery from damage to their own homes. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the donation during a news conference Thursday in Punta Gorda, flanked by representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Benevolent Association, […]

Treasury Dept. investigating DeSantis’ asylum-seeker airlift to Martha’s Vineyard

By: - October 12, 2022

The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating Florida’s use of interest on federal COVID relief aid to finance Gov. Ron DeSantis’ airlift of asylum seekers from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. In a letter dated Friday, Oct. 7, Inspector General Richard Delmar informed U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation that […]

‘There you go, guys’ — DeSantis announces reopening of Sanibel Island crossing

By: - October 11, 2022

Temporary repairs to the Sanibel Island causeway allowed a convoy of electrical repair equipment to drive to the barrier island Tuesday, far in advance of estimates for placing the structure back in service following Hurricane Ian. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the development during a news conference in Fort Myers, the bridge portion of the crossing […]

DeSantis-Crist debate is now scheduled for Oct. 24

By: - October 10, 2022

The Florida gubernatorial debate between Governor Ron DeSantis and challenger Charlie Crist hosted by CBS12 News has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 24. The debate, which was originally scheduled for October 12 in West Palm Beach, was postponed due to Hurricane Ian. It is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates. A spokeswoman for […]

FL emergency responders are looking for shelter for people displaced by Ian

By: - October 3, 2022

State emergency responders are beginning the daunting task of finding temporary housing for people displaced by Hurricane Ian, Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Monday. The first thing, he said, is to move people out of temporary shelters in places like schools and into central locations, to free space for classes to resume. The […]

Ian-related insurance claims near half a billion; state blocks insurers from cancelling policies through Nov. 28

By: - October 1, 2022

Property owners in Florida have so far filed claims worth $473,828,401 since Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida on Wednesday, according to preliminary figures released by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The agency reported 62,047 individual claims, according to numbers issued Friday evening. “This aggregate information is compiled from claims data filed by insurers, it […]

Much of its infrastructure wrecked by Ian; Traversing Florida will be a tough ride

By: - September 30, 2022

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what Hurricane Ian did to Florida’s infrastructure — the roads, bridges, water systems, electric grid, and more that make modern life work. According to a fact sheet issued by the governor’s office, the storm closed: Airports in Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne, St. Augustine, Hollywood, Orlando, Sanford, Punta […]

Gov. DeSantis goes live as he manages Ian response, with Fox News stars, other interviews

By: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis burned up the airwaves while managing the state’s response to Hurricane Ian, holding press conferences throughout Wednesday as the Category 4 storm landed in Florida, as well as interviews with broadcasters including Fox News stars. The governor appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio program and even the Trumpist One America News Network during […]

As Ian churns SW FL communities, Gov. DeSantis warns to expect long recovery

By: - September 28, 2022

UPDATE: “Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida.” //////////////////////// Hurricane Ian is ravaging southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon, with storm surges, flooding, 155 mile per hour winds, some cars underwater and many homes without power. Just after 3 p.m., The Weather Channel reported that Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of […]

DeSantis’ team plans to resist hauling governor in for depositions in Andrew Warren suspension case

By: - September 28, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis will resist testifying in Andrew Warren’s legal challenge to the governor’s order suspending him as the elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, according to a pretrial report issued in the case. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle released the report, a summary of where the case stands, on Tuesday. It sets deadlines for […]