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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-Crist debate is now scheduled for Oct. 24

By: - October 10, 2022

The Florida gubernatorial debate between Governor Ron DeSantis and challenger Charlie Crist hosted by CBS12 News has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 24. The debate, which was originally scheduled for October 12 in West Palm Beach, was postponed due to Hurricane Ian. It is the only scheduled debate between the two candidates. A spokeswoman for […]

FL emergency responders are looking for shelter for people displaced by Ian

By: - October 3, 2022

State emergency responders are beginning the daunting task of finding temporary housing for people displaced by Hurricane Ian, Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Monday. The first thing, he said, is to move people out of temporary shelters in places like schools and into central locations, to free space for classes to resume. The […]

Ian-related insurance claims near half a billion; state blocks insurers from cancelling policies through Nov. 28

By: - October 1, 2022

Property owners in Florida have so far filed claims worth $473,828,401 since Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida on Wednesday, according to preliminary figures released by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The agency reported 62,047 individual claims, according to numbers issued Friday evening. “This aggregate information is compiled from claims data filed by insurers, it […]

Much of its infrastructure wrecked by Ian; Traversing Florida will be a tough ride

By: - September 30, 2022

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what Hurricane Ian did to Florida’s infrastructure — the roads, bridges, water systems, electric grid, and more that make modern life work. According to a fact sheet issued by the governor’s office, the storm closed: Airports in Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne, St. Augustine, Hollywood, Orlando, Sanford, Punta […]

Gov. DeSantis goes live as he manages Ian response, with Fox News stars, other interviews

By: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis burned up the airwaves while managing the state’s response to Hurricane Ian, holding press conferences throughout Wednesday as the Category 4 storm landed in Florida, as well as interviews with broadcasters including Fox News stars. The governor appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio program and even the Trumpist One America News Network during […]

As Ian churns SW FL communities, Gov. DeSantis warns to expect long recovery

By: - September 28, 2022

UPDATE: “Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida.” //////////////////////// Hurricane Ian is ravaging southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon, with storm surges, flooding, 155 mile per hour winds, some cars underwater and many homes without power. Just after 3 p.m., The Weather Channel reported that Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of […]

DeSantis’ team plans to resist hauling governor in for depositions in Andrew Warren suspension case

By: - September 28, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis will resist testifying in Andrew Warren’s legal challenge to the governor’s order suspending him as the elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, according to a pretrial report issued in the case. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle released the report, a summary of where the case stands, on Tuesday. It sets deadlines for […]

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. […]