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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 lowers flags in honor of Bob Dole, Naval Air Station Pensacola casualties

By: - December 6, 2021

Flags are flying at half-staff at state properties today in remembrance of three servicemembers killed in a terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola two years ago — and also of Bob Dole, the former U.S. Senate majority leader and presidential nominee. Dole died Sunday at 98. In ordering U.S. and Florida flags lowered at […]

FL Supreme Court continues pattern of overturning or sidestepping its precedents

By: - December 3, 2021

The Florida Supreme Court has again overturned established constitutional law by upholding a maximum sentence imposed on a Leon County man deemed to have shown inadequate remorse because he insisted on protesting his innocence. This time, the conservative majority installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t directly overrule its own precedents — it decided they didn’t […]

DeSantis wants to reboot state guard to ease FL’s reliance on Biden administration

By: - December 2, 2021

Standing before a backdrop featuring a huge U.S. flag and a line of Florida National Guard troops in at-ease pose, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that he wants to revive a state guard he can run without interference from the federal government. State law drafted during World War II already authorizes this Florida State Guard […]

Florida’s Democratic Party cries foul over GOP’s proposal to redraw FL’s congressional districts

By: - December 1, 2021

Florida Democrats are complaining that congressional maps proposed this week by the state House Select Committee on Redistricting tilt in favor of the Republicans dominating the Legislature. One of the maps would produce 17 congressional districts in which former President Donald Trump beat Joe Biden last year, out of 28 total seats following the most […]

Talk about preemption: FL Leg could let businesses ride herd on local governments

By: - December 1, 2021

The Republicans who dominate the Florida Legislature may soon empower business owners to sue cities and counties for passing ordinances that cause them financial losses. During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Republican Travis Hutson pitched his proposal as a form of preemption — that is, a way to overrule local ordinances […]

Bill to extend COVID-liability protection for health providers advancing in FL Senate

By: - November 30, 2021

Legislation to extend protections for health care providers against COVID-related lawsuits cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-4 party-line vote on Tuesday. The bill, SPB 7014, moves the expiration date for protections the Legislature approved last year from March 2022 until June 1, 2023. That date aligns with the scheduled expiration of limits on […]

League leader unhappy with access to detailed data driving reapportionment

By: - November 29, 2021

The president of the League of Women Voters of Florida has called upon the state Senate to release precinct-level data pertaining to race and voting behavior to allow independent analysis of congressional and legislative reapportionment plans now under development. President Cecile Scoon argued during a meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Legislative Reapportionment on […]

Senate Democrat says redistricting process has been apolitical thus far

By: - November 29, 2021

A Democrat on the Senate Select Subcommittee on Congressional Reapportionment believes the panel’s Republican majority is managing to keep the process free of partisanship. “I don’t call it political at all,” Sen. Linda Stewart of Orange County told reporters Monday following a short meeting by the subcommittee. She stressed that she was talking only about […]

A.G. Moody taking judge’s refusal to block health worker vax mandate to higher court

By: - November 24, 2021

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed a notice of appeal from a federal trial court’s refusal to block the Biden administration’s plan to require health care providers receiving federal money to mandate that workers get vaccinated against COVID. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rogers in Pensacola rejected the state’s bid for a temporary restraining […]

U.S. judge strikes down FL’s Seminole Gaming Compact, deals blow to DeSantis

By: - November 23, 2021

A federal judge has undone a signature achievement of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ time in office by invalidating the Seminole Gaming Compact, a deal between the state and the tribe that purported to OK statewide sports betting and bring billions of dollars to state coffers. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington, D.C., ruled that Interior […]

Gov. DeSantis to seek $1B gas tax hiatus to lift inflation’s burden on Floridians

By: - November 22, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Florida Legislature to suspend collections of Florida’s gas tax to provide relief from rising inflation, saying the move would save Floridians more than $1 billion. “The average family, over a five- or six-month period, you know, could save up to $200,” the governor said Monday during a news conference […]

DeSantis hires chief resilience officer, three additional department leaders

By: - November 19, 2021

For the first time in one year and nine months, Florida will have a full-time chief resilience officer, responsible for the state’s response to rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced that he has selected Wesley Brooks for the role, along with new leaders for the departments […]