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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.

Beyond “Florida man:” Top state officials focus on helping those with mental health problems

By: - July 22, 2019

A rural sheriff once told Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody that people in his community were begging for admission to his jail. “He had people coming to him and asking him to lock them up and help them get better mentally and physically. They were at their wits’ end,” Moody said. “He didn’t know […]

Florida will lower its flags to honor the late Justice John Paul Stevens

By: - July 19, 2019

Flags outside state buildings across Florida will be lowered on Tuesday in memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. Gov. Ron DeSantis, in ordering the move, cited President Trump’s order on Wednesday lowering U.S. flags to half-staff on all federal government property and installations throughout the world on the same […]

Your government vs. internet hackers

By: - July 18, 2019

As state officials make routine preparations to protect against cyberattacks on Florida’s elections infrastructure, the National Governors Association has recommended a framework for how states can plan for attacks like Colorado’s “ransomware” attack last year. Then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made the first state “cyber emergency” declaration last year after hackers mounted a ransomware attack against […]

Lobbyists and corporations funneled more than $311,000 for Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet’s Israel trip

By: - July 12, 2019

Corporate sponsors –  including the Florida Realtors, the Gray Robinson law firm, and the Development Corp. for Israel – contributed more than $311,000 to pay for the recent trip by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet to Israel. The money helped cover travel for staff of Enterprise Florida – the state business development arm that […]

Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue in the U.S. Capitol will showcase ‘the best of who we are as Floridians’

By: - July 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked officials in Washington D.C., to replace a statue of a Confederate general who represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol with one of educator Mary McLeod Bethune – some three years after the Florida Legislature authorized a switch. According to the governor’s office, Bethune – founder of what would become Bethune-Cookman […]

Here’s who gave Florida’s elected Cabinet members political cash in June

By: - July 10, 2019

Florida’s Republican Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, collected $10,000 in political cash from the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee in June. The contribution to Patronis’ Treasure Florida political committee was among reports filed this week by members of Florida’s elected Cabinet. Patronis’ political committee collected nearly $5.24 million since August 2017 —  $358,550 for 2019 alone […]

Upon reflection, Gov. DeSantis decides consultant belongs on Miami Dade College board

By: - July 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who rescinded education consultant Nicole Washington’s appointment to the board that oversees Florida’s public universities, now has named her a trustee of Miami Dade College. Washington will serve a four-year term on the college’s board of trustees, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. She’d been among 45 people placed on state boards and […]

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Gov. DeSantis’ political committee rakes in cash from business, finance, health, and other groups

By: - July 8, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee reported record fundraising during June – $718,449.19, to be precise. The largest gift was $100,000 from the Hutson Cos. LLC, owned by the family of state Sen. Travis Hutson. The haul far surpassed the nearly $437,000 the Friends of Ron DeSantis collected during May, and that amount represented more than […]

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Florida’s 27,000 ‘Dreamers’ are living their lives in fear and uncertainty

By: - July 8, 2019

“Dreamer” Adrian Escarate ordinarily wouldn’t need to renew his registration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, until next June. But now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the program during its next term, he’s thinking about reapplying early – just in case. “I’ve never let my status dictate […]

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Gov. DeSantis signs final bill, drawing a line under the 2019 session of the Florida Legislature

By: - July 3, 2019

And it’s a wrap on the 2019 legislative session – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed into law the last of the 194 bills the Legislature sent him this year. The measure (HB 385) reorganizes the expressway authority for Miami-Dade County. DeSantis affixed his signature to 189 bills and vetoed five. The Florida Constitution allows […]

Jailing the mentally ill: Attorney General Moody looks for solutions

By: - July 3, 2019

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody tells a story about the intersection of mental illness and law enforcement. It involves someone experiencing a mental breakdown in the middle of a busy street, “clearly causing chaos,” she says. “Traffic was tied up. The officer can’t leave them there. If they have no other choice but to arrest […]

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The changing judiciary: Gov. DeSantis appoints the people who’ll help him shape Florida’s courts

By: - July 2, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has named 66 people to sit on the panels that nominate candidates for judgeships at every level, continuing the process of remaking the state’s judiciary. From civil litigation to criminal trials and lofty arguments about privacy rights and the death penalty, these panels will help select judges who will decide what the […]