Sunday, February 18, 2018


Amy Hollyfield, Politifact associate editor

Amy Hollyfield, Politifact associate editor

Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the Tampa Bay Times. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and, and PolitiFact Florida, the Times' fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the Times for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the Miami Herald and Florida Today.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, foreground, speaks along with Sheriff Scott Israel, center, of Broward County, and Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, during a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gov. Rick Scott makes cross-country scramble to be at shooting scene in South Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in California raising money Wednesday when the tragic news broke of a school shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead.He said he spoke with the president and Broward officials by 3:45 p.m.
Published: 02/15/18
A screen grab from a video Richard Corcoran tweeted in preparation for the debate

Watch the Corcoran-Gillum debate live now

The highly-anticipated debate between House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Tallahassee Mayor...
Published: 02/13/18
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website started by the Tampa Bay Times.

PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

The not-for-profit Poynter Institute is taking over direct ownership of PolitiFact, the political fact-checking website started by the Tampa Bay Times in 2007.Poynter, the center for journalism education based in St. Petersburg, also...
Published: 02/12/18
In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears at a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Corey Lewandowski plans Sarasota appearance

The Sarasota GOP is hosting a free event Sunday featuring former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign manager David Bossie. They wrote the book, Let Trump Be Trump, The Inside Story Of His Rise To The...
Published: 02/06/18
President Trump delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 30 in Washington. (Washington Post photo by Melina Mara)

Fact-checking President Trump’s first State of the Union

President Donald Trump offered a rosy assessment of American life in his first State of the Union address — but several of his points were factually flawed."This is our new American moment," Trump said. "There has never been a better time...
Updated one month ago
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz debating with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night. (Screengrab)

Matt Gaetz in fiery ‘holy’ debate with CNN’s Chris Cuomo over secret memo

Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is not a shrinking violet. He's one of the fiery, young Republican voices populating cable TV these days, frequently FOX News.Wednesday night, Gaetz was a guest of CNN's Chris Cuomo and the...
Updated one month ago
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis [AP]

Sean Hannity ‘completely supports’ Ron DeSantis for Florida governor

Conservative radio host and Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity interviewed Rep. Ron DeSantis on his radio show Wednesday, giving the Republican candidate for Florida governor a boost of support."I've known you all these years," Hannity...
Updated one month ago
A sample of the proposed license plate honoring UCF as national champions. (CateComm)

A license plate to honor UCF as national champions? That’s the idea

Maybe you thought the conversation over college football's national champions was over once Alabama secured that thrilling come-from-behind victory...
Updated one month ago
Former congresswoman Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate for governor, addresses the media in Tallahassee on Thursday. [ADAM C. SMITH | Times]

Betty Castor endorses Gwen Graham, takes shot at rival Philip Levine’s comments on work

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham is touting a fresh endorsement today, one that takes a shot at rival Philip Levine.Betty Castor, the former president of USF, a former state senator, the former Florida education commissioner and...
Updated one month ago
Levine takes his governor’s race campaign on the road next week in 10-city tour

Levine takes his governor’s race campaign on the road next week in 10-city tour

From our friends at the Miami Herald:Hoping to get his gubernatorial bid on a roll, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine is launching a statewide bus tour next week that will take him out of South Florida and into voters' homes in...
Updated one month ago