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.

A brazen scheme? ALEC software giveaway to GOP lawmakers violated FL campaign-finance laws

By: - August 2, 2021

An organization backed by major corporations gave state legislators, including at least two from Florida, campaign software worth thousands of dollars in violation of state campaign-finance law, according to complaints filed by three progressive organizations. The alleged gifts from the American Legislative Exchange Council, which Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed last week in Salt Lake City, […]

Gov. DeSantis signs up FL for sweeping legal assault on abortion rights in the U.S. Supreme Court

By: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has joined with the governors of 11 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v. Casey, which established and maintained the right to abortion in the United States. The governors filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a 2018 Mississippi […]

Gov. DeSantis continues to push FL Supreme Court to the right; names new member of nominating panel

By: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has named another member of the conservative legal movement to a panel that screens potential justices of the Florida Supreme Court, continuing the governor’s efforts to move the state’s judiciary to the right. Timothy Cerio — general counsel to the Citizen Property Insurance Corp., the state-backed property insurance provider of last resort, […]

Governor’s office is unforthcoming about his whereabouts again; DeSantis ducking reporters

By: - July 28, 2021

Anyone in Miami who’d have liked to have known in advance that Gov. Ron DeSantis would be in town Tuesday morning to visit the Surfside condo disaster site and meet with survivors would have been disappointed. Aides didn’t release the schedule until 6:27 p.m., hours following his appearances, which began at about 9 a.m. The […]

DeSantis wins legal battle over COVID protocols on cruise ships, but storm clouds on the horizon

By: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is prevailing in his legal battle with federal public health authorities over whether to require cruise ship passengers and crew to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board and sail. The governor won a federal trial court ruling about the topic, only to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit […]

Lawsuit targets DeSantis administration for blocking extra federal unemployment benefits in FL

By: - July 26, 2021

The DeSantis administration broke state law when it cut off enhanced federal unemployment benefits of $300 in June, according to a lawsuit filed in Broward County trial court. The complaint, filed on behalf of 10 Broward residents struggling to scrape by on unemployment compensation, alleges that Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic […]

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Black women’s felon-voter-restoration case in FL draws sympathetic hearing during 11th Circuit arguments

By: - July 25, 2021

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has an opportunity to invoke the Nineteenth Amendment to extend voting rights to Black women who can’t afford to pay the restitution required under Florida’s Amendment 4 of 2018. Judging by oral arguments before a three-judge panel this week, it’s not clear they can or will. […]

Gov. DeSantis targets Ben & Jerry’s over its planned boycott of the Occupied Territories

By: - July 23, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened to sanction the progressive ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever over the company’s decision to stop selling its products in the occupied West Bank. DeSantis said in a letter Thursday evening to Ash Williams, who manages the state’s investments, that the company’s decision to withdraw […]

Opioid settlement would bring billions of dollars for addiction treatment, prevention, to FL

By: - July 22, 2021

Florida’s share of a massive settlement with an opioid manufacturer and distributors accused of contributing to the addiction epidemic could amount to $1.6 billion, according to details released by state Attorney General Ashley Moody. The overall deal would see payment of $26 billion to U.S. states and territories by Johnson & Johnson and distributors AmerisourceBergen, […]

Leon County

Federal appeals court will hear novel argument, invoking 19th Amendment, against felon voting restrictions

By: - July 20, 2021

A federal appeals court rendered a decisive victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative Republicans last year in upholding Florida’s law requiring felons to pay all fines, fees, and restitution before they can win back the right to vote under 2018’s Amendment 4. But that ruling, by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Federal appeals court sides with CDC on cruise ship rules; DeSantis vows to go to U.S. Supreme Court if necessary

By: - July 19, 2021

A federal appeals court has dealt Gov. Ron DeSantis a setback in his legal fight with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the agency’s restrictions on operations of cruise ships. U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in Tampa on June 18 blocked the CDC from enforcing the rules, including a requirement that most […]

Gov. DeSantis on COVID surge: ‘The name of the game is to keep people out of the hospital’

By: - July 19, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis played down the significance of a surge in COVID-19 infections on Monday, calling it a seasonal phenomenon. He also warned against trying to shame vaccine-averse people into taking the shots. “I do not agree with some of these people — some of these quote-unquote experts — who lambaste people and criticize them […]