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.

“I want to stand for freedom, but some of that stuff can be touchy,” Gov. DeSantis says of U.S. and Venezuela

By: - May 1, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is perhaps less gung-ho than U.S. Sen. Rick Scott about involving the U.S. military in the unstable political situation in Venezuela. “What role our military plays? Look, I want to stand for freedom, but some of that stuff can be touchy,” the governor told reporters Wednesday. “What I want to do (is) […]

Gov. DeSantis talked to Trump National Security Advisor Bolton as Venezuela crisis intensifies

By: - April 30, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis conferred again with Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton Tuesday amid the collapse of an apparent coup attempt in Venezuela and mounting pressure by U.S. officials on that country’s military and judiciary to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The governor’s daily schedule – released at 1:04 p.m. – indicated that DeSantis had spoken […]

Public may be able to “attend” May FL Cabinet meeting in Israel via video, Attorney General Moody says

By: - April 29, 2019

Next month’s meeting of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet – 6,600 miles away in Israel —  will be a formal proceeding, complete with an official agenda and possibly public participation via a video link, Attorney General Ashley Moody said Monday. The combined Cabinet meeting and trade mission is scheduled for May 25-31 and will […]

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Did Russians hack FL elections? More information may now come to light

By: - April 29, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’ll let the public know whatever he finds out during a scheduled briefing he’s having with the FBI about the Mueller report’s revelation that Russian hackers penetrated at least one Florida county’s computer system during the 2016 elections. The report doesn’t say which county. “We’re going to make it public,” the […]

Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet are holding a meeting in Israel in 4 weeks. But still, no details on what it will cost and what they will be doing

By: - April 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet will jet away to Israel in about four weeks on a trade mission that will include their monthly public meeting. Yet, Floridians still don’t have details about the trip. The trip is scheduled for May 25-31 and will include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It will include the […]

DeSantis appoints two judges to South Florida appellate court

By: - April 26, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has selected candidates with backgrounds as prosecutors to replace two Miami state appeals court judges. The vacancies happened when DeSantis appointed the two to the Florida Supreme Court. Joining the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal are Monica Gordo, a trial judge in Miami who earlier worked as an assistant state attorney; and […]

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Hurricane Michael aid delay: ‘unacceptable, morally wrong’

By: - April 25, 2019

A bipartisan group of Florida’s leaders – including every member of the Cabinet, although not Gov. Ron DeSantis – demanded Thursday that Congress break the gridlock holding up disaster relief for Hurricane Michael victims in Northwest Florida. Six months after the Category 5 storm made landfall, “a recovery bill sits withering in Congress while our […]

State Dept. of Corrections assistant general counsel resigns over offensive social media comments

By: - April 24, 2019

A Florida Department of Corrections attorney has resigned over comments he made about black people during a conversation on Facebook. “Black people need to stop raping, murdering, stealing, and vandalizing, and quit having children out of wedlock. That’s how literally every other once-despised ethnic group broke the cycle and entered into the middle class mainstream,” […]

Gov. DeSantis signs death warrant for 1980s Tampa killer

By: - April 24, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed his first death warrant, for Robert Joseph Long, a confessed serial killer from the Tampa area who has been on Death Row since 1989. Prison officials set the execution for May 23 at 6 p.m., although the warrant authorizes them to put Long to death any time that week. The […]

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FL Supreme Court upholds Gov. DeSantis decision to fire Broward sheriff

By: - April 23, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for alleged incompetence following mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The ruling came Tuesday, a week to the day after the justices approved DeSantis’ removal of another local official – Okaloosa County School […]

Gov. DeSantis: “Do you think I’m just going to, like, bring in a lot of drugs from Pakistan and off the street?”

By: - April 23, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday mocked the pharmaceutical industry’s advertising campaign against his plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, and took a swipe at Asia. “Do you think I’m just going to, like, bring in a lot of drugs from Pakistan and off the street?” he said. “C’mon. We’re talking about, there’s a […]

Vaping bill, other legislation now on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk

By: - April 23, 2019

Legislation is now on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk that would  enact a constitutional amendment banning vaping in workplaces, create a public-records exemption for home addresses for civilian police employees, and  boost penalties for harming police animals, The items are among 10 bills sent over Monday by the Legislature and now awaiting the governor’s signature or […]