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.


Under DeSantis, FL has become the bellwether state for voter disenfranchisement

By: - September 18, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Florida Phoenix. The book “Laboratories of Democracy” appeared in 1988, positing that individual states were poised to experiment with progressive policies that could transform the political landscape if adopted in other states or the national level. A new edition might be called “Laboratories of Autocracy,” since Republican-run states these […]

Federal judge in Florida blocks Biden administration from releasing some migrants

By: and - May 12, 2023

A federal judge in Florida in a late Thursday order granted the state’s emergency request to temporarily halt a new Biden administration policy to release from federal custody some immigrants who enter the country without prior authorization.  The order from U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell II, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, […]