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.


PAC report: Nikki Fried’s fundraising in November was best this year

By: - December 11, 2019

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried’s political committee outdid fellow Cabinet members’ PACs during November, collecting nearly $273,000 mostly through contributions of $100 or less. It was her strongest fundraising month this year, according to records kept by the Florida Division of Elections. Fried is the only Democrat of the elected statewide officials […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis

PAC report: Gov. DeSantis’ committee continues to amass cash

By: - December 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee collected more than $700,000 during November, including a single donation of $100,000 from Charles B. Johnson, the retired chairman and CEO of investment house Franklin Templeton, according to records filed with the state. Johnson, who lives in Palm Beach and is worth nearly $5 billion, according to Forbes, retired in […]

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz shouts out his criticism during impeachment hearings

By: - December 9, 2019

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz brought his bomb-throwing talents to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings Monday, forcing committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to gavel him down more than once. Gaetz, a Republican from Pensacola and an ardent defender of President Trump, was among a number of GOP representatives who peppered the proceedings with procedural points […]

Gov. DeSantis, other state leaders rush support to shooting site at Pensacola Naval Air Station

By: - December 6, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he will look to the Saudi government to compensate victims of a mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a member of the Saudi air force who used a handgun to shoot four people to death and wound eight others. “I think there’s obviously going to be a […]

FL’s Matt Gaetz gets aggressive with constitutional scholars during impeachment hearing in Judiciary Committee

By: - December 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida attorney, rhetorically attacked constitutional law experts who testified against President Trump Wednesday as impeachment hearings moved to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Gaetz, who represents the far western Florida Panhandle, seized upon campaign donations by some of the experts to Democrats; their earlier statements critical of Trump; both early […]

Meet the Florida lawmakers who’ll participate in U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings

By: - December 4, 2019

Florida will be well represented on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee when it convenes Wednesday for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, with three Democrats and two Republicans tying with Texas for the second-biggest number sitting on the panel. Only California, with six committee members, will be better represented. The committee is scheduled to begin […]

Impeachment case against the president amounts to ‘typical Washington stuff,’ Gov. DeSantis says

By: - December 3, 2019

Update: This story has been changed to reflect release of the Intelligence Committee’s report. On the eve of U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings into the possible impeachment of his political sponsor Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed the proceedings as “typical Washington stuff” that’s not much engaging the public. Asked whether the president was harming […]

Florida Supreme Court delivers its wish list for new judges to the state Legislature

By: - November 27, 2019

Florida needs to add 10 trial judges to keep up with caseloads in its trial courts, the Florida Supreme Court said Wednesday. However, the state can eliminate four judgeships within its county courts, the justices said. In its annual assessment of the demand for judgeships in the state, the justices said there is no need […]

Florida Supreme Court

Gov. DeSantis names another Federalist Society-linked attorney to Supreme Court search panel

By: - November 26, 2019

The panel conducting the search for two new justices of the Florida Supreme Court has picked up a new, and conservative, member: Harout Samra, who specializes in international arbitration and civil litigation in the Miami office of the DLA Piper law firm. Gov. Ron DeSantis named Samra to the judicial nominating commission for the Supreme […]

Gov. DeSantis’ political allies at home and abroad are beset by scandals, with Israel’s Netanyahu indicted and Trump facing impeachment

By: - November 26, 2019

Even before he became the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis aspired to become this country’s most-pro-Israel governor. He aligned himself with both President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sharing their advocacy of an aggressive Zionism. DeSantis underscored his fidelity through a high-profile trade mission to Israel in late May, his first foreign trip […]

Panel will work around holidays to vet fresh candidates for the Florida Supreme Court

By: - November 25, 2019

Update: Gov. Ron DeSantis formally asked the commission on Monday evening to begin its search for replacements for the now-former Florida Supreme Court justices. The commission set a 6 p.m. Dec. 24 deadline for submitting applications. An advisory panel expects to begin interviewing potential justices of the Florida Supreme Court in mid- to late January, […]

Gov. DeSantis and President Trump confer on plan to import cheaper Canadian pharmaceuticals

By: - November 21, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to President Trump by telephone Thursday about Florida’s hopes to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, the governor’s press office said. Aides announced the chat via an update of the governor’s daily schedule issued about 20 minutes after the phone call commenced at 3:30 p.m. Communications Director Helen Aguirre Ferré had […]