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.
DeSantis praises homeschoolers, gets in a dig at Donald Trump during speech
By: Michael Moline - May 26, 2023
ORLANDO, Florida — Gov. Ron DeSantis took a swing at Donald Trump during a speech Friday for daring to suggest that the governor’s battle with The Walt Disney Co. was a mistake. The former president had posted on his Truth Social platform recently: “DeSanctus is being absolutely destroyed by Disney. His original P.R. plan fizzled, […]
VP Harris: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’
By: Michael Moline, Isaac Morgan, Danielle J. Brown and Diane Rado - January 22, 2023
TALLAHASSEE, Florida – In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was signing an executive order designed to guarantee access to abortion rights, including abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been […]
Emergency responders are looking for shelter for people displaced by Ian
By: Michael Moline - October 3, 2022
State emergency responders are beginning the daunting task of finding temporary housing for people displaced by Hurricane Ian, Florida Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Monday. The first thing, he said, is to move people out of temporary shelters in places like schools and into central locations, to free space for classes to resume. The […]
Hurricane Ian threatens an already wobbly insurance market in Florida
By: Michael Moline - September 27, 2022
Hurricane Ian certainly will cause billions of dollars in property damage amid a crisis in Florida’s insurance market that features withdrawal or closure of carriers and a tightening in the availability of reinsurance — that is, insurance for insurers. Forecasters predicted Tuesday that Ian would hit near Venice, south of Tampa Bay in Sarasota County, […]
DeSantis congressional map draws lawsuit as governor quietly signs it into law
By: Michael Moline - April 22, 2022
One day after the Florida Legislature approved Gov. Ron Desantis’ highly contested congressional redistricting plan, a legal challenge has landed in state trial court in Tallahassee.
Special session to include attack on Disney over its opposition to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law
By: Michael Moline - April 19, 2022
Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded the call of the special session on congressional redistricting opening on Tuesday to special districts, including the one that gives The Walt Disney Co. governing authority over the parks and other developments it operates in Central Florida.