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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.

Senate OKs FL Justice Barbara Lagoa for 11th Circuit, flipping it Republican

By: - November 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate agreed Wednesday to confirm Barbara Lagoa, who served for less than a year on the Florida Supreme Court, for a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving Gov. Ron DeSantis yet another vacancy to fill on the state’s highest court. The 80-15 vote came one day after the Senate […]

FL’s Justice Luck wins Senate vote on nomination to 11th Circuit; Lagoa clears key hurdle

By: - November 19, 2019

Robert Luck will move into a seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and his Florida Supreme Court colleague Barbara Lagoa moved a step closer to following him, because of floor votes Tuesday in the U.S. Senate. The Senate voted, 64-31, to approve President Trump’s nomination of Luck to sit on the 11th […]

U.S. Rep. Demings to ousted ambassador: “As a woman, I can’t be prouder of you”

By: - November 15, 2019

Orlando Democratic Rep. Val Demings defended ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch Friday against slanders launched by President Trump and his allies. “As a woman, I can’t be prouder of you, and I consider you an inspiration for women around the world,” Demings, a former police chief, said to Yovanovitch during the second day […]

FL’s Val Demings hammers Trump’s ‘rogue, back-channel’ Ukraine maneuvers as impeachment hearings open

By: - November 14, 2019

Val Demings – the only Floridian serving on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee as it opened impeaching proceedings Wednesday against President Trump – focused her questioning how on Trump’s “shadow” policy in Ukraine damaged U.S. national interests. In addition, she suggested, Trump sought illegal overseas aid against a political opponent and slimed a veteran diplomat […]

PAC report: DeSantis fundraising neared $835K during October

By: - November 12, 2019

The Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee recorded its largest monthly haul this year during October, collecting more than 100 donations totaling $834,625, including $100,000 from a philanthropist who favors Israeli and Jewish causes. Cherna Moscowitz, widow of the late Irving Moscowitz, is also a major benefactor of America First Action, President Trump’s super PAC, […]

Canadian diplomat dubious over Florida’s plans to import cheaper pharmaceuticals

By: - November 8, 2019

A Canadian diplomat is pouring cold water on Florida’s hopes to import cheaper pharmaceutical drugs from Canada on a mass scale. “We do sympathize with Florida’s situation, but we want to get the point across that the Canadian market, while safe and secure, is just too small to make a real impact on U.S. drug […]

Getting cheap and safe Canadian drugs to Floridians is a big unknown

By: - November 8, 2019

Florida regulators are proceeding with plans to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, but questions persist about when the drugs will begin flowing, whether the Canadian government will object, and whether officials can guarantee the safety of these drugs. Canadian consular officials have expressed concern about the potential of sapping Canada’s prescription drug supply to […]

Gov. DeSantis attempting to wash hands of Ukraine scandal figures

By: - November 4, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis insists he is done discussing Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the Rudy Giuliani associates who contributed to his campaign last year and now face federal charges of steering overseas money into the U.S. political process. Asked during a news conference Monday about his relationship with the pair – implicated along with Giuliani […]

Here are some non-obvious tax advantages of Trump’s new Florida domicile

By: - November 1, 2019

President Trump’s establishment of his personal residency in Florida offers certain tax advantages beyond the state’s obvious lack of a personal income tax, according to a legal expert. Certainly, Trump would avoid hefty state and city income taxes levied in New York, said David Hasen, a professor specializing in taxation at the University of Florida […]

State, federal officials say they’re armed against attacks on 2020 elections – but won’t commit to disclosing breaches

By: - November 1, 2019

State and federal officials expressed confidence Friday in the countermeasures they’ve erected against cyberattacks on Florida’s 2020 elections – but the state’s top elections overseer refused to commit to informing Floridians if they discover any breach attempts. “We are committed to the maximum amount of transparency that’s possible. But to disclose specific information about weaknesses […]

FL Dems vote yes on Trump impeachment resolution in U.S. House; FL Republicans say no

By: - October 31, 2019

Florida’s congressional Democrats voted Thursday in favor of pursuing the impeachment of President Donald Trump – while the state’s Republicans sided with the president. The final vote went 232 in favor of the impeachment resolution and 196 against. Four members abstained, including one Democrat. Two Democrats voted against the impeachment resolution. That document directs the […]

NCAA caves on allowing student athletes to accept monetary compensation

By: - October 29, 2019

As Florida considers following California’s lead on allowing college athletes to accept outside compensation, the NCAA’s governing board has voted unanimously to acquiesce on an issue it had previously strongly opposed. “We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” board chairman Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University, said […]