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.

Gov. DeSantis praises Trump, signs prescription drug bill in The Villages

By: - June 11, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Tuesday at the sprawling Villages retirement community that allows the state to import bargain pharmaceutical drugs from Canada. He also praised President Trump’s “unprecedented” support for Florida ahead of Trump’s planned campaign rally in Orlando next week. “Since I’ve come into office, the president’s done more for Florida than any […]

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Gov. DeSantis hires new external affairs director

By: - June 10, 2019

Mara Gambineri, communications director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will replace Justin Caporale as director of external affairs for Gov. Ron DeSantis, supervising advance work for his public appearances. Meredith Beatrice, deputy communications chief to the governor, confirmed the hire Monday following a report about the personnel move by Florida Politics. Caporale, a […]

Gov. DeSantis signs law taking aim at citizen ballot initiatives, including raising minimum wage to $15

By: - June 7, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 38 bills into law Friday, including one that will make it difficult to collect petition signatures to place constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot. HB 5 throws fresh doubt on the future of citizens’ initiatives already in the works, including proposed amendments to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per […]

U.S. Ag Secretary meets with Gov. DeSantis, promises Hurricane Michael aid will come swiftly

By: - June 7, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue promised Friday to speed federal Hurricane Michael disaster assistance to Florida, now that President Trump has signed a $19 billion supplemental budget bill eight months after the storm made landfall. Speaking during a roundtable discussion hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis at Florida’s governor’s mansion, Perdue promised to send federal […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office still won’t release public records about Israel trip

By: - June 6, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office still has not released public records for a trip that he and 98 people from Florida, including Florida’s three elected Cabinet members, took to Israel in May. The Florida Phoenix requested the records nearly seven weeks ago. The Phoenix asked on April 16 about how much the May 24-31 expedition would […]

Republicans and Dems condemn state Rep. Mike Hill for laughing about killing gay people: Hill fights back

By: - June 3, 2019

GOP Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva isn’t backing down from his demand that Pensacola Republican state Rep.Mike Hill apologize for anti-gay remarks, even as Hill has lashed back at his critics for leading a “social media lynching.” Oliva, of Miami Lakes, and fellow Republican Rules Chairman Rep. Chris Sprowls of Clearwater issued a joint statement […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis back in FL; signs antisemitism bill

By: - May 31, 2019

He did it for the cameras while in Israel, and now Gov. Ron DeSantis has done it officially – signed legislation cracking down on antisemitism in public schools, colleges, and universities. DeSantis staged a ceremonial bill signing for HB 741 while at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, maximizing the symbolism. His signing of […]


More than 100 bills still up for Gov. Ron DeSantis approval or veto

By: - May 31, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis can look forward to reviewing 115 pieces of legislation upon his return from Israel, plus the three bills already on his desk as of Friday. Since the Florida Legislature adjourned on May 4, DeSantis has  signed 77 bills, and is waiting for the Legislature to send over 112 more. Those outstanding bills […]

Some in FL take offense to Gov. DeSantis cheerleading for Israel

By: - May 30, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis should cease “kissing up” to the Israeli government, a spokesman for an Islamic-rights organization said as the governor and Florida Cabinet continued their tour of Israel Thursday. “Ron DeSantis appears to think that the people of Florida elected him to serve as the press secretary for a foreign government,” Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, […]

Gov. DeSantis says FL Cabinet may not meet monthly anymore

By: - May 30, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis was pleased enough with the Florida Cabinet’s meeting in Jerusalem this week to suggest hitting the road more often. That won’t mean convening once per month, as has long been the practice. DeSantis acknowledged “a little hiccup at the start” of the meeting Wednesday, but said he was glad the Cabinet could […]

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In FL Capitol, remote Cabinet meeting beset by tech glitches

By: - May 29, 2019

This is why you don’t hold a Cabinet meeting more than 6,000 miles from the state Capitol and expect the public to participate via a video feed. Technical glitches began about a minute into the ostensibly ceremonial meeting of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three Cabinet members, when a phone connection with the new U.S. […]

Judge rejects bid by First Amendment Foundation, media companies, to block FL Cabinet meeting in Israel

By: - May 28, 2019

Update: Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey has declined to block the meeting between the governor and Cabinet planned for Wednesday in Jerusalem. Dempsey cited the fact that the First Amendment Foundation and media companies couldn’t serve the governor and Cabinet members with a summons. “The court declines to enter any emergency relief on an ex parte […]