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.

Contributions to Gov. DeSantis’ PAC slowed during September

By: - October 8, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political action committee raised a mere $80,500 during September, according to Florida Division of Elections records, significantly below the six-figure sums the committee been amassing since the beginning of the year. The committee received two $25,000 gifts – one from Richard Cox of Cox Building Corp. in Panama City, which owns Cox […]

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Watered-down plan advances to filter algae from Lake Okeechobee overflow

By: - October 3, 2019

Plans to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee – which environmentalists say won’t be large enough to filter toxic algae that can flow into waterways leading to Florida’s coasts – took a step forward on Thursday. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida Crystals Corp. has agreed to an early termination of its lease on […]

First Lady attacks opioid addiction; focuses on babies born with addictions

By: - October 2, 2019

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced new initiatives Wednesday targeting opioid addiction, including plans to hire a statewide coordinator of services for pregnant women and mothers and their children. Opioid abuse claims 17 lives each day in Florida – more than 6,000 per year, Ms. DeSantis said. Moreover, nationwide the number of children born with drug […]

Hoping to ward off wildfires, Ag Commissioner imposes new restrictions on prescribed burning

By: - October 1, 2019

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried imposed fresh restrictions Tuesday on prescribed burning and promised to increase penalties for people who violate the rules. Henceforth, forestry officials will consider air quality and wind speed when signing off on controlled burns and will install a computerized dispatch system to improve coordination between emergency responders, Fried said during […]

Another little bundle of joy expected for Florida’s Governor’s Mansion

By: - September 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced via their Twitter feeds Thursday that they are expecting their third child. “[email protected] and I are thrilled to celebrate our 10-Year anniversary by announcing that our young family is growing! The latest addition to the DeSantis crew will arrive next year. Madison and Mason are so […]

The Florida Supreme Court: A male bastion with one woman and no African Americans

By: - September 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared in the Florida Supreme Court’s august chamber on Tuesday to see two of his appointments to the court invested. Looking down on the proceedings were portraits of past justices. They included just four women and four African Americans. “In the court’s whole 170-year history, we have a grand total of four […]

“I had never seen those memos before,” Gov. DeSantis says

By: - September 24, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday denied knowledge of documents describing plans to require hefty campaign donations for the privilege of playing golf, dining, or other activities with the governor. The Tampa Bay Times reported about the memoranda circulated by DeSantis’ political team on Sept. 12. The documents describe a price list for access to the […]

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Gov. DeSantis to huddle with federal prosecutors – but who knows what they’ll talk about?

By: - September 23, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis will spend much of Monday afternoon meeting with the president of The Florida Bar and the state’s three U.S. attorneys – but details are scarce on what it’s all about. DeSantis was scheduled to huddle with Joe Jacquot, his general counsel, at 1 p.m. and with Bar President John Stewart at 2:30. […]

Gov. DeSantis due at White House state dinner for Australian leader

By: - September 20, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis was to attend a state dinner at the White House Friday night for Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia. The affair reportedly represents the second state dinner afforded a head of state during Trump’s administration. DeSantis’ office included a note about the occasion in his daily schedule. “Gov. DeSantis looks forward to […]

Campaign to pay college athletes may come to Florida

By: - September 20, 2019

The Florida House’s Democratic leader plans to file legislation allowing college athletes to earn money through endorsement deals. Rep. Kionne McGhee of Cutler Bay said Friday that his bill would allow athletes to use their name, image, and likeness in advertising. “The NCAA regularly earns more than $1 billion per year, but these student athletes […]

Gov. DeSantis was in the Windy City for business talks

By: - September 19, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Chicago Thursday, meeting with financial executives on another business development expedition. During the morning, the governor’s schedule placed him in talks with CME Group, the futures and derivatives exchange, and with Northern Trust Corp. which specializes in wealth management and banking services to corporations and very rich people. The governor […]

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Gov. DeSantis and the war against trial lawyers

By: - September 19, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is firmly behind a renewed Chamber of Commerce campaign against lawyers who sue companies on behalf of consumers and said the need for a more business-friendly court system is guiding his appointments to the Florida judiciary. Businesses he has attempted to lure to Florida were aware of the state’s low taxes and […]