Friday, December 15, 2017


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.

Adam Putnam, Florida Commission of Agricultural Services and Consumer Services. (Photo from Andy Fobes/Port Tampa Bay)

PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is using the controversial topic of sanctuary cities to drum up Republican support in his bid for governor.
Published: 12/11/17
St. Petersburg Beach looking north after the passing of Hurricane Irma on Nov. 9, 2017.

5 surprising facts the fact-checkers learned about Florida

Every day, PolitiFact Florida researches claims by candidates and elected officials to sort fact from fiction for voters.In fact-checking the 2018 governor’s race and Gov. Rick Scott, we’ve collected heaps of information about Florida and the...
Published: 12/05/17
Updated: 12/11/17
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King gives a campaign speech at the Florida Young Democrats Convention in Tampa on May 20. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Do Hispanic entrepreneurs start 3 times as many businesses as white males?

Chris King, a self-proclaimed progressive entrepreneur, tied Florida’s economic well-being to the prosperity of immigrants at a recent forum with fellow Democratic candidates for governor.
Updated one month ago
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine speaks at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting at the Ferguson Law Center in Tampa on May 19, 2017.  (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Did Rick Scott run ads bragging about Florida’s minimum wage?

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wasted no time attacking current Gov. Rick Scott as he jumped into the 2018 governor’s race.In a Nov. 1 speech announcing his run, Levine, a Democrat, criticized the governor for being so proud of the state’s...
Updated one month ago
Gail Porter, right, explains to her nurse, Isabel Canizares, RN, OCN, symptoms she has been experiencing during a clinical trial treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in August.
 (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Adam Putnam right. We need more nurses in Florida

In the Florida governor’s race, both Republicans and Democrats have highlighted an issue facing the Sunshine State: a shortage of nurses.For months now, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has highlighted a surprising factoid about...
Updated one month ago
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman celebrated his reelection win Tuesday night at his watch party at Nova 535. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Rick vs. Rick: St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman completes comeback

ST. PETERSBURG — There has never been anything in city history like Rick vs. Rick.For the first time in the strong-mayor era, two mayors battled each other for City Hall. They were veteran politicians who brought deep pockets, residual anger...
Updated one month ago
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces the creation of new jobs at the new offices of Think Anew in Tampa. The Mississippi company specializes in IT services for small to midsize healthcare companies. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Agency oversells Gov. Rick Scott’s role in reducing number of uninsured children

The vast disruption of Hurricane Irma meant many families risked losing their children’s health insurance coverage due to missed payments.
Updated one month ago