Sunday, November 18, 2018


Allison Graves, PolitiFact Florida staff writer

Allison Graves, PolitiFact Florida staff writer

Allison Graves is a PolitiFact Florida staff writer based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before PolitiFact Florida, she held a year-long internship with PolitiFact National and reported for PolitiFact Missouri. Graves is a 2016 graduate from the University of Missouri, where she majored in journalism.

Octavio Jones   |   Tampa Bay Times
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam speaks at the Old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow in May 2017.

PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam endorse a bill that gutted water quality regulations?

The toxic green algae bloom spreading across Lake Okeechobee has seeped into the stateís political races, including Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnamís quest for Florida governor.The Democratic Governors Association slammed Putnam, a...
Updated: 4 months ago
Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court in the Russell Senate Office Building g on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 12. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

PolitiFact Florida: What Trumpís Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Floridaís Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything...
Updated: 4 months ago
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a press conference discussing the importance of addressing climate change at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel patio on July 2 in Tampa. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Did Sen. Bill Nelson vote for higher taxes 349 times? No

For years, Republicans have criticized Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for voting to raise taxes again and again.Nelsonís opponent in the 2012 U.S. Senate race, Connie Mack, claimed Nelson raised taxes 150 times. That claim grew to 272 before the...
Updated: 4 months ago
Former Miami mayor and gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine speaks to about two dozen teachers, parents and county school board members at a  round table at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]

PolitiFact Florida: Andrew Gillumís largely accurate attack on Philip Levineís record

As he makes his run to become Floridaís governor, Democrat Philip Levine often touts the more progressive moves he made during his time as mayor of Miami Beach.Chief among them is increasing the minimum wage and banning assault...
Updated: 5 months ago
Sen. Bill Nelson rides the Capitol subway on April 18, 2018. [ALEX LEARY | Tampa Bay Times]

PolitiFact Florida: Republican PAC misleads in ad about Sen. Bill Nelsonís record on Social Security, Medicare

A new ad portrays Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as a career politician who doesnít have the backs of senior citizens.The New Republican PAC, which is backing Gov. Rick Scott in Floridaís closely watched Senate race, released a 30-second ad...
Updated: 5 months ago
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, speaks during an event hosted by the Zionist Organization of America on Capitol Hill on May 9 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

PolitiFact Florida: Ron DeSantis overplays link between the opioid crisis and southern border

Republican candidate for Florida governor Ron DeSantis has a plan to solve the opioid epidemic, and it starts with securing the southern border of the United States.Thatís where lethal drugs pour into the country, he said during the Westside...
Updated: 5 months ago
Students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians participate in the annual Clap-Out, a send-off for fifth-graders going to middle school held at Lithia Elementary School in Lithia on Friday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: House says per-student bump of 47 cents is a myth. Hereís why thatís overstated

Florida House Republicans are playing mythbusters on claims of stagnant school spending.The House Majority Office, which is overseen by Speaker Richard Corcoran, released a five-minute video May 17 that takes aim at teachersí unions and state...
Updated: 6 months ago
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, right, who's running for governor of Florida, takes a selfie photo with Sonya Montgomery of Clermont at the Old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow in 2017. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam oppose putting troops on the border using the National Guard?

In Floridaís Republican primary for governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis challenged Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnamís credibility on illegal immigration.DeSantis cast Putnam as not being conservative enough on immigration in a chat May 2 with...
Updated: 6 months ago