Thursday, June 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.

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...
Published: 06/11/18
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 one month 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 one month ago
Rep. Gwen Graham teaches a civics class at Jinks Middle School in Panama City on Nov. 28, 2016. (Andrew Wardlow/The News Herald via AP)

PolitiFact Florida: Did Gwen Graham vote against President Obama 52 percent of the time?

A progressive super PAC slammed the congressional record of Democrat Gwen Graham as too conservative for Floridaís next governor.The Collective super PAC paid for the 30-second spot. The group supports black, progressive candidates and is...
Updated one month ago
A welder works on a pipe along Hays Road near Hudson in Pasco County.  (Times files, 2006)

PolitiFact Florida: How much money do welders, pipefitters make? Adam Putnam says itís huge

Itís no secret that Adam Putnam, Republican candidate for governor, is a fan of technical and vocational training. But what is a secret, according to Putnam, is how much money people make after getting the training."Nobody is telling our...
Updated one month ago
Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando.

PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott attack mischaracterizes vote Sen. Bill Nelson took in 2015

As Floridaís U.S. Senate race heats up, Republican Gov. Rick Scott slammed Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelsonís record on Iran."While Bill Nelson voted against requiring Iran to recognize Israel and release American hostages, the following...
Updated one month ago
The high tide is encroaching on Marsha Hamlin, 58, and her daughter Courtney Hamlin, 23, who are vacationing from Indiana on Belleair Beach.     (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Did Gov. Rick Scott sign a bill that could make most beaches private?

Confusion about what a new law means for Florida beaches is prompting fears and political attacks.Advocacy group For Our Future Florida used HB 631 as a wedge in the U.S. Senate race, where Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is facing a challenge...
Updated: 2 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott and Jimmy Patronis, Florida's Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal, speaks to the media after Scott signed Senate Bill 376 at the Tampa Firefighter Museum on March 27 in Tampa. The new law increases PTSD benefits for first defenders. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Does Gov. Rick Scott want to privatize Social Security?

The president of a PAC that works to protect Social Security says Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesnít have the backs of senior citizens.Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, the president of the Social Security Works PAC (and a former member of the band Sha Na Na),...
Updated: 2 months ago
Republican Governor Rick Scott talks with supporters after announcing his run for Senate on April 9 at ODC Construction in Orlando. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott mostly fulfills promise to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years

Floridians following Rick Scott since his first campaign probably werenít surprised when the two-term Republican governor talked about jobs during his announcement to run for the U.S. Senate.He described the years before his election in 2010,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Sen. Bill Nelson at an April 10 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Credit: @SenBillNelson on Twitter.

Hereís a transcript of Bill Nelsonís committee hearing questioning of Mark Zuckerberg

Sen. Bill Nelson got five minutes in Tuesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
Updated: 2 months ago