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: SCOTUS leaker was attempting to ‘kneecap’ anti-Roe court majority

By: - May 3, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis — initially leery of commenting on the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade — now has denounced the disclosure as an attempt to bully or “kneecap” the court’s conservative wing. “We don’t have a statement on the leaked draft obtained by a news organization last night,” Christina Pushaw, […]

FL Dems denounce leaked abortion opinion; GOP denounces the leak itself

By: - May 3, 2022

Here’s a roundup of reaction from Florida’s political leaders to the Politico publication of a draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe. v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. If adopted by the court, such a ruling would allow states to ban or limit abortion rights. Gov. Ron DeSantis had no immediate response. “We don’t […]

DeSantis trashes press association, says no thanks to a Twitter move to Florida

By: - May 2, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis put the kibosh Monday on talk of luring Twitter Inc. to Florida after Elon Musk takes control of the company — presuming the deal goes through. He also commented on a Twitter tweet by David Smiley, D.C. editor for the Miami Herald, that his name appeared on a program for the White […]

Alan Lawson retiring from FL Supreme Court; balance shouldn’t shift much

By: - April 29, 2022

Justice Alan Lawson has announced his retirement from the Florida Supreme Court, effective on Aug. 31, giving Gov. Ron DeSantis another vacancy to fill on the state’s highest court. DeSantis used the retirement of three members of the court’s liberal wing at about the time he entered office to shift the court’s balance sharply in […]

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Gov. DeSantis vows to sign ‘constitutional carry’ into law before leaving office

By: - April 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis gave “constitutional carry” — allowing people to carry guns without concealed weapons permits — his full endorsement during a news conference on Friday. The governor was asked about the matter as he wrapped up a news conference in Williston. He was there to announce $22.3 million in state workforce-development and infrastructure grants […]

Democrats want special session expanded to consider protections for renters

By: - April 28, 2022

A group of legislative Democrats have asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand the call of his special session on property insurance to consider protections for renters beleaguered by skyrocketing rents. “In the interest of saving taxpayer dollars, we are calling on you today to expand the call for this special session to include legislation that […]

GOP, including DeSantis, ganged up on Twitter to advance Musk acquisition

By: - April 27, 2022

Florida’s state pension investment agency specifically warned Twitter Inc. against a “poison pill” strategy to defeat Elon Musk’s effort to take the company private, according to a letter released this week. The Twitter board of directors, leery of Musk’s intentions, floated a plan to release fresh stock should anyone acquire 15 percent of the company […]

Lawmakers returning to Tallahassee yet again, this time on property insurance

By: - April 26, 2022

The Florida Legislature will meet in special session — its fourth in 12 months — during the week of May 23 to confront the state’s property insurance availability crisis. That count doesn’t include the two 60-day regular sessions the Legislature has held during the past two years. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his latest proclamation on […]

FL suspended enforcement of new voting restrictions the day DeSantis signed bill into law

By: - April 26, 2022

The state of Florida has agreed to forgo enforcement of key elements of new voting restrictions that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law only Monday, including a highly contested disclosure mandate for voter-registration organizations. In a notice to Chief Judge Mark Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Secretary of […]

Gov. DeSantis: FL pension board pressured Twitter to OK Elon Musk’s purchase offer

By: - April 25, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has praised Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc., OK’d Monday by the company’s board subject to shareholder approval, as a “blow for free speech.” The governor, who has targeted social media companies in the past for alleged discrimination against conservative voices, said during a news conference Monday that the state […]

DeSantis signs additional voting restrictions into law before cheering crowd

By: - April 25, 2022

For the second year in a row, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation clamping down on alleged election-fraud by making it harder for voter registration groups to operate and imposing stiff penalties for “ballot harvesting.” This year’s version (SB 524) builds on legislation (SB 90) that DeSantis pushed through the Legislature in 2021. It makes […]

DeSantis congressional map draws lawsuit as governor quietly signs it into law

By: - April 22, 2022

One day after the Florida Legislature approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ highly contested congressional redistricting plan, a legal challenge has landed in state trial court in Tallahassee. Meanwhile, DeSantis said during a news conference in Hialeah Gardens that he had signed the plan into law, although there was no public announcement or bill-signing ceremony. “We also […]