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.

Hurricane Ian threatens an already wobbly insurance market in Florida

By: - September 27, 2022

Hurricane Ian certainly will cause billions of dollars in property damage amid a crisis in Florida’s insurance market that features withdrawal or closure of carriers and a tightening in the availability of reinsurance — that is, insurance for insurers. Forecasters predicted Tuesday that Ian would hit near Venice, south of Tampa Bay in Sarasota County, […]

Lawsuit alleges Baker County detention center denied lawyers access to immigration detainees

By: - September 26, 2022

The ACLU of Florida, which has been accusing the Baker County Sheriff’s Office of “egregious” conditions for immigrants being held at the county detention center, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging officials there have blocked lawyers from accessing their clients within the facility. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Jacksonville, names the sheriff’s office, Sheriff […]

DeSantis warns against unnecessary evacuations ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

By: - September 25, 2022

With Tropical Storm Ian changing its track toward the west and forecast to become a major hurricane as early as Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians throughout the state to prepare for high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains. However, he also cautioned them against being too quick to evacuate their homes, given the potential […]

DeSantis migrant airlift draws a second lawsuit, this time from a state senator

By: - September 23, 2022

Legal complications are growing for Gov. Ron DeSantis over his airlift of asylum seekers from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, with a state senator filing a lawsuit claiming the flights violated state law and the Florida Constitution. Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democrat representing part of Miami-Dade County, filed a legal complaint Thursday night in Leon County […]

Asylum seekers sue Gov. DeSantis, others, over their airlift to Martha’s Vineyard

By: - September 20, 2022

Three of the roughly 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers airlifted by the DeSantis administration from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week have filed a federal class action alleging illegal seizure, false arrest, violation of due process, and other federal offenses. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, names Gov. […]

DeSantis on migrant flights: ‘It will be a big issue in the elections, I can tell you that’

By: - September 20, 2022

Despite criticisms, potential lawsuits and calls for investigations, Gov. Ron DeSantis took credit for elevating the immigration issue on Tuesday amid reports that another airlift of asylum seekers was headed from Texas — this time to beach communities in Delaware, home state to President Joe Biden. The Republican governor, who’s seeking reelection in November, created […]

U.S. judge skeptical of elected prosecutor’s suspension by DeSantis but declines to reinstate now

By: - September 19, 2022

A federal judge refused on Monday to reinstate Andrew Warren as state’s attorney for Hillsborough County, saying he first wants to fast-track a trial to better establish the motivation behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of the elected prosecutor. That sets up the prospect that the governor could be called to the stand to explain himself […]

Crist pivots to abortion rights as DeSantis defends flights to Martha’s Vineyard

By: - September 16, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist came to Tallahassee Friday to highlight a political issue that he suspects Gov. Ron DeSantis has been trying to play down: abortion rights. And he took a swipe at Attorney General Ashley Moody while he was at it. At the same time, the former congressman from Pinellas County hit the […]

‘Authoritarian’: politicians, advocates react to FL’s transport of migrants to Mass.

By: and - September 15, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis took his bows Thursday for airlifting some 50 asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts the day before. The move triggered a furious response from Florida Democrats, immigrant advocacy groups, and members of Florida’s Hispanic community, some of whom saw the move as authoritarian and even equated it with human trafficking. But […]

ACLU, civil rights groups, allege abuses against immigrant detainees in North Florida jail

By: - September 13, 2022

A coalition of civil-rights groups that includes the ACLU of Florida have filed an administrative complaint alleging a pattern of “horrific” mistreatment of immigration detainees being held at the Baker County Detention Center in North Florida. The 22-page complaint, addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and related government departments including Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

‘Love’ for Gov. DeSantis but no questions from the press during ‘press’ conference

By: - September 12, 2022

Talk about a friendly audience — Gov. Ron DeSantis opened the floor for questions at the end of a Jacksonville news conference Monday and left after allowing a single person in the crowd to shout what sounded like, “We love you.” “Oh, I love you, too,” the governor responded. He then said, “God bless, everybody.” […]

Florida lowering flags in memory of Elizabeth II

By: - September 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered the U.S. and Florida state flags flown at half-staff in recognition of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday at the age of 96, who’d reigned for 70 years. “Pursuant to the President’s [Joe Biden] orders and as a mark of respect, I hereby direct the flags of the […]