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 signs limits on vaccine mandates one day after Legislature approved them

By: - November 18, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis affixed his signature Thursday to four bills designed to countermand President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates, one day after the Legislature approved the package during a hastily organized special session. He did so during a raucous press conference at an auto dealership in Brandon — a locale seemingly calculated to needle a […]

Dems fail to block public-records language in DeSantis’ vaccine-mandate legislation

By: - November 17, 2021

The only drama during Florida House debate on Day 3 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session on COVID vaccine policy was whether Democrats would hang together to block a public-records exemption attached to the package. They did not. That measure, HB 3B, which would shield personal information about medical histories and religious views of workers […]

House GOP rolls over Democrats to advance DeSantis’ turf war with Biden

By: - November 16, 2021

The Florida Legislature is on track to wind up its special session on COVID vaccine mandates, and deliver a political win to Gov. Ron DeSantis, as soon as Wednesday after House Republicans blocked Democratic efforts to adjust the governor’s priorities. Dozens of amendments to the four bills sought by the governor fell Tuesday either to […]

Conspiracy theories run rampant during testimony on DeSantis’ vax mandate ban

By: - November 16, 2021

Committee hearings on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative response to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates ran heavy on alarmist claims of impending fascism and endorsements by medical experts of unproven COVID treatments including ivermectin. During some four hours of hearings Monday before the Senate Commerce Committee, for example, conservative political activists joined forces with vaccine-resistant first […]

Florida police union endorses Gov. DeSantis for reelection next year

By: - November 12, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has been one of police officers’ most enthusiastic advocates since the George Floyd murder prompted nationwide protests over police violence. Now the Florida Police Benevolent Association, representing 30,000 law and corrections officers, has returned the favor, endorsing the Republican governor for reelection next year. “He insists that the men and women of […]

A remarkable precedent: FL Republicans want to pay workers who refuse to submit to vaccine mandates

By: - November 11, 2021

The state of Florida would pay workers to quit their jobs by giving them unemployment benefits rather than submit to vaccine mandates under legislation filed for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session of the Legislature, due to convene next week. That’s a provision of SB 2, one of four bills introduced as part of the governor’s […]

Attorney General Moody’s legal brief argues Biden’s ‘anger’ at unvaccinated drove vax mandates

By: - November 9, 2021

The argument that Florida, Alabama, and Georgia have filed with a federal appellate court contends that the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for large business violates the states’ rights and amounts to a sweeping attack on individual autonomy. It also describes President Joe Biden’s alleged “anger” over the unvaccinated, plus the federal government’s “authoritarian streak,” […]

DeSantis would give parents the right to sue over vax mandates in special session

By: - November 8, 2021

Parents could sue school districts for monetary damages if administrators require children to get vaccinated or wear a face mask against the coronavirus under legislation filed Monday for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ special session of the Florida Legislature. The legislative proposal would expand parents’ rights, part of a new law signed by the governor earlier this […]

Casey DeSantis makes public appearance to announce anti-drug initiative

By: - November 5, 2021

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, undergoing treatment for cancer, on Friday made a public appearance during a school assembly in Pinellas County to promote her campaign discouraging teen drug abuse and encouraging mental health treatment. It was her second public appearance since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced her breast cancer diagnosis on Oct. 4. In mid-October, […]

DeSantis vows new legal challenge over Biden’s vax mandate as soon as Friday

By: - November 4, 2021

Facing President Joe Biden’s monumental effort to vaccinate millions more Americans starting in January, Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to quickly ask the courts to block the president’s COVID vaccine mandates for businesses and health workers. A lawsuit will come as soon as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule, released Thursday, lands in what’s called […]

DeSantis wants felony penalties for ‘ballot harvesting’ and more hurdles for voters

By: - November 3, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis called Wednesday for new laws to make voting harder, including imposing felony penalties for “ballot harvesting,” creation of a special unit to investigate election fraud, and stricter deadlines for striking inactive voters off the rolls. The day after the Democrats lost the Virginia governor’s race and threw New Jersey’s into an as-yet […]

Democrats’ push for political parity in redistricting irks House committee chair

By: - November 2, 2021

House Redistricting Committee Chairman Tom Leek scolded Democrats on Tuesday for suggesting the panel consider results in recent gubernatorial races to draw new political districts reflecting Florida’s near parity between Republicans and Democrats. During a hearing covering the legal rules for the redistricting process, the Volusia County Republican warned that even the mention of any […]