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.

98 people joining Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet on Israel trip starting Saturday – here are the details

By: - May 22, 2019

Update: DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré has issued the following statement regarding travel expenses: “All co-chairs, business, academia, religious leaders, legislators, and members of Miami consular corps are paying their own way.” That would leave the taxpayers covering costs for 24 state officials, including the governor and Cabinet. Three days before takeoff, Gov. Ron […]

Here’s who is going with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet to Israel Saturday

By: - May 22, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis office released a list Wednesday of more than 90 people going on a trip to Israel that begins on Saturday. Here they are: Business Development Mission Leadership and Delegation Co-Chairs Ellyn Bogdanoff Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is a Shareholder and member of the Government Practice Group at the Becker Law Firm. She began […]

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Developers, insurance interests, hedge fund, and more funnel cash to Gov. DeSantis political committee

By: - May 22, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee has collected $420,000 since the first of the year, including $135,000 in April, drawing upon donations from developers, insurance interests, and former House Speaker Will Weatherford’s hedge fund. State records show that the Weatherford Partners LLC, or Weatherford Capital, kicked in $10,000 on April 16 to Friends of Ron DeSantis. […]

Gov. DeSantis, FL Cabinet fly out Sat. on 80-person trip to Israel: Who’s paying? Who’s going? His office won’t say

By: - May 20, 2019

Five days before Gov. Ron DeSantis and an entourage of as many as 80 people undertake a trade mission to Israel, his office has yet to release more than a bare-bones itinerary. DeSantis and his entourage are scheduled to leave Saturday, May 25, on a trip the governor’s office says is designed to promote Florida […]

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Feds’ immigrant ‘dumping’ catches Gov. DeSantis off guard

By: - May 17, 2019

UPDATE: The Miami Herald now is reporting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection “has no imminent plans” to send the undocumented immigrants, but has been preparing “contingency plans” to that end. Seeming rattled by reports that the Trump administration will release thousands of undocumented immigrants in South Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis defended the president and shifted […]

Roads vs. pristine Florida? Gov. DeSantis signs massive toll road bill

By: - May 17, 2019

Despite pleas from two former state governors and at least 90 environmental and community groups and businesses, Gov. Ron DeDantis on Friday signed a multibillion-dollar plan to build long stretches of toll roads across undeveloped sections of the state. The legislation has been labeled “the worst environmental bill in twenty years.” And the Florida Sierra […]

The governor’s new plane, coming soon

By: - May 17, 2019

Following mechanical problems, an emergency landing, rides on private planes, and questions about the governor’s whereabouts in the sky, Gov. Ron DeSantis appears actively in the market for a fully functioning executive jet. Before adjourning the 2019 legislative session in May, the House and Senate approved $3.8-million-and-change in Florida’s appropriations act for “aviation services.” That […]


First Lady Casey DeSantis leads initiative against drug abuse, mental health problems

By: - May 16, 2019

First Lady Casey DeSantis will spearhead a multi-agency campaign to attack drug abuse and boost mental health treatment in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife launched the initiative Thursday before an audience of schoolchildren at Roland Park K-8 Magnet School in Tampa, accompanied by the chiefs of the departments of Florida Children and Families, Juvenile […]

Here’s a look at who Gov. Ron DeSantis met with in NYC

By: - May 15, 2019

UPDATE: Gov. DeSantis traveled to New York aboard an aircraft belonging to NetJets – a company that lets members buy leases or individual shares in executive jets, communications chief Helen Aguirre Ferré said Wednesday. We now know who Gov. Ron DeSantis conferred with while on a trip to New York City Monday – representatives from […]

early voting booth

State agents may have known of 2016 elections breaches in FL

By: - May 14, 2019

Russian hackers breached elections computers in two – not one, as previously reported – Florida counties before the 2016 elections. And, apparently, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents knew it but didn’t inform superiors, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. “There was no manipulation or anything” of the actual election, but the hackers did access voter […]

Gov. DeSantis is in New York City today – and, no, we don’t know why

By: - May 13, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis devoted Monday to business meetings in New York City, but we don’t know with whom he met, what they talked about, or how he got there. The Florida Phoenix asked his press office for those details, but aides hadn’t released that information as of this writing. The governor’s daily schedule, released at […]

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Gov. DeSantis vetoes FL Legislature’s power grab over plastic straws

By: - May 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued his first legislative veto, and it targets a bill that would have forbidden local governments from banning single-use plastic straws. In his veto message Friday, the governor noted that numerous cities have enacted such bans. “These measures have not, as far as I can tell, frustrated any state policy or harmed […]