Wednesday, March 21, 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.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., questions witnesses during a hearing about the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 14 in Washington, D.C. Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation David Bowdich testified that the FBI could have and should have done more to stop the school shooter Nikolas Cruz after it receieved several tips about him.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

PolitiFact Florida: Do 1 percent of gun sellers supply more than half of all the guns used in crimes?

As tens of thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools to protest gun violence, members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee examined school safety procedures and gun policies ahead of the Parkland school...
Published: 03/19/18
Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a news conference on Feb. 15 near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where where 17 people were killed. From left, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claims about school shootings, gun laws in Florida

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, many politicians and advocacy groups have made statements about the root causes of gun violence and how our society should respond. An organization that fights gun...
Updated one month ago
Corey Lewandowski, then campaign manager of Donald Trump's presidential bid, during an event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Have Democrats gained 50 seats formerly held by Republicans since Trump was elected?

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager had a prescient message for Republican voters: Get out and vote, or risk losing more seats to Democrats.Corey Lewandowski traveled to Sarasota on Feb. 11, along with former Trump deputy campaign...
Updated one month ago
Sen. Bill Nelson talks with reporters during a press conference in his office in Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2017. (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking statistics about Puerto Rico’s storm recovery

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is calling on the federal government to help Puerto Rico address the fallout from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that hit the island more than four months ago.Nelson, a Democrat seeking re-election this year, and...
Updated one month ago
Florida's Old and New Capitol can be seen from North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Did slaves help build the Old Capitol building in Tallahassee?

Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, offered an emotional speech about the role slavery played in Florida’s history as the Florida House prepared to vote on a slavery memorial at the Capitol.McGhee, the bill’s sponsor, referred to a mural in the House...
Updated one month ago
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast. testifies on Capitol Hill in 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

PolitiFact Florida: DeSantis wrong about U.N. resolutions against Israel

Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican candidate for governor, recently went head-to-head with an audience member after criticizing the United Nations’ treatment of Israel in the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency."I don’t know really what they...
Updated: 2 months ago
Cans of soup are lined up.  (Times files, 2010)

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots...
Updated: 2 months ago
Lobbyists use their smart phones as they watch the action in the Florida Senate during the final week of the 2017 Florida Legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: What to know before the start of the 2018 legislative session

The opening day of Florida’s legislative session on Tuesday marks the beginning of jam-packed schedules, long committee meetings and impassioned rallies at Florida’s Capitol.
Updated: 2 months ago

Pasco sheriff: Former deputy, son pull man from car, beat him

A former deputy and his son were arrested Wednesday after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the pair pulled a man from his car, then beat and choked him at a Hudson a gas station.It started with a road rage incident, the Sheriff’s Office...
Updated: 3 months ago
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks with volunteers at his campaign headquarters on Saturday. [JAY NOLAN  |  Special to the Times]

How did St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

Mayor Rick Kriseman made several new promises for St. Petersburg ahead of his second term, including raising the minimum wage to $15 for city workers and reducing the city’s poverty rate.Before round two as mayor starts Jan. 2, PolitiFact...
Updated: 3 months ago