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Amy Hollyfield, Times Staff Writer

Amy Hollyfield

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 PolitiFact.com, PunditFact.com 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.

Phone: (727) 893-8491

Email: ahollyfield@tampabay.com

The Hollyfield file: PolitiFact.com

Twitter: @Amy_Hollyfield

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  1. John Romano column: How Florida's third-largest political party just ceased to exist

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    Times columnist John Romano follows up on news that the Independent Party of Florida is no more. An excerpt:

    The party is over. No, really.

    The third-largest political party in Florida ceased to exist this week. It was wiped out not by in-fighting or ideology but by a technicality that may or may not exist.

    If that sounds odd, that's par for the course.

    For the Independent Party of Florida has always been slightly off kilter. Not in its views — which are quite moderate — but in its influence....

  2. Trump golf course ordered to pay $5.7 million to ex-members

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    A Florida golf course owned by President Donald Trump must immediately repay $5.7 million to 65 former members who had been denied membership refunds after he bought the club in 2012, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

    District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter violated contracts the members had signed with the previous owner, Ritz-Carlton. The average payment will be about $87,000 if the ruling is upheld....

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up his book after holding a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club Jupiter on March 8, 2016, in Jupiter.
  3. 5 stolen absentee ballots cast in central Florida

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    The Orlando Sentinel has an interesting story this morning to fuel the flames of bad voting:

    By mid-October, Susan Halperin became concerned that she and her husband hadn't received their absentee ballots in the mail.

    So Lawrence Halperin called the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office to find out what was going on. He was stunned to learn their ballots had already been cast. Someone had stolen the Halperins' ballots, faked their signatures and voted....

  4. Hillary Clinton campaigns in Pasco this afternoon

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    Hillary Clinton spent the weekend in Florida, Saturday in Daytona Beach, and Sunday in South Florida. Not to mention her downtown Tampa rally last Wednesday....

  5. In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton

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    The Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles had a smart story over the weekend:

    The Clintons have loomed large in Haiti for decades.

    As Bill and Hillary Clinton ascended in the political world, their interest in Haiti — sparked by their 1975 honeymoon there — kept pace. They played key behind-the-scenes roles in Haiti presidential elections and publicly championed the Caribbean nation after the 2010 earthquake....

  6. Hillary Clinton plans rally Wednesday in downtown Tampa

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    More details are in on Hillary Clinton's planned campaign stop Wednesday in all-important Hillsborough County.

    She'll have an early-vote rally at 2:45 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. 

    Doors open at 12:15 p.m. You can RSVP for tickets here....

  7. Hillary Clinton on Matthew: 'My heart is broken for the victims'

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    Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement from the candidate this morning on the storm:

    “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, and my heart is broken for the victims and their families in Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Florida.

    “This is a serious storm, and it has already caused serious damage.  If you get an evacuation order, please follow it immediately.  Bring any important documents, medicines, and your pets with you.  Listen carefully to instructions from local and national officials.  And if you’re not sure what to do, please visit ready.gov for tips on staying safe....

  8. Hillary Clinton cancels Florida ads as storm approaches

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is canceling ads that were to air on Florida stations that carry the Weather Channel. The decision comes as Hurricane Matthew gains strength.

    Clinton spokesman Jesse Fergus said Thursday that the campaign asked the stations to delay the ads until after the storm passes.

    The Florida Weather Channel ads were part of a multimillion-dollar reshuffling of Clinton ads to reach voters the campaign sees as critical to winning the election....

  9. Donald Trump plans Ocala event next week

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    Republican nominee Donald Trump will bring his campaign back to Florida next week, planning an event Wednesday in Ocala.

    Trump's campaign website has ticket information for the noon event at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., in Ocala.

  10. VP Joe Biden in Sarasota today

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    Vice President Joe Biden returns to Florida today to make two campaign appearances for Hillary Clinton. 

    First, he'll be in Orlando for a lunchtime voter registration event. Later in the afternoon, he'll be in Sarasota for another voter registration event. A release states the vice president "will lay out the high stakes of November's election and highlight Clinton's vision for an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."...

    Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 27.
  11. Florida Lottery plans major expansion

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Lottery — which just registered more than $6 billion in annual sales — is in line for a large expansion due to a massive new contract that state officials signed this month.

    Lottery officials, who report to Gov. Rick Scott, signed a 13-year contract worth more than $700 million with IGT Global Solutions covering major aspects of the lottery, including the systems used to sell tickets for games such as Powerball and Mega Millions....

  12. Seminole Tribe chairman Billie ousted from office

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    James E. Billie, who has served as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2011, has been removed from office by a vote of the Tribal Council. A news release announcing the decision Wednesday by the council offered little explanation, saying that a recall petition "cited various issues with policies and procedures of the chairman's office." It said the council voted 4-0, with Billie ineligible to vote, to act on a recall petition filed by tribal members. A special election will be held to elect a new chairman. More than 100 tribal members attended the council meeting, the news release said. Billie was elected chairman in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. The tribe is a major player in Florida's gambling industry and is locked in a legal battle with the state related to a gambling agreement known as a "compact."...

  13. Tampa lawyer writes Donald Trump: Release your tax returns

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    Guy Burns, a Tampa lawyer for the Concerned Organization of the Quality Organization of Black Students (COQEBS), wrote a letter to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week imploring him to release his federal tax returns.

    "There has been a nearly universal call among Democrats and many highly respected Republicans for you to release your federal income tax returns to the public. You have refused to do this citing pending IRS audits and the complexity of your returns. Here is a simple proposition that should be easy to satisfy, and which will give the public much of the desired tax information regarding your returns," Burns writes in the Sept. 27 letter, listing key facts he thinks Trump should disclose from his "undoubtedly" complicated returns including income reported, taxes paid, and charitable contributions....

  14. Naked Donald Trump statue stolen in South Florida

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    From our partners at the Miami Herald:

    Who has the naked statue of Donald Trump?

    That’s the question people are asking and police are trying to solve.

    What was meant for everyone to admire — or loathe —in a public space, the nude Donald is no more, swiped from the roof of an art gallery in Wynwood.

    Miami police were called to the scene of the crime early in the morning, when a witness saw three men climb onto the roof, snatch the nude statue and toss it into a truck....

    The naked Donald Trump statue first made an appearance on a Wynwood billboard last week.
  15. Gov. Rick Scott's office gets nearly $153,000 makeover

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Florida taxpayers paid nearly $153,000 for renovations to the reception area outside of Gov. Rick Scott's office.

    State officials say the changes, which include placing bulletproof material in the reception desk, were prompted by security concerns.

    But the changes also included putting in new carpet in the waiting area. And they included placing Scott's Office of Open Government behind a locked door that is accessible by employees only. That's the office that is supposed to respond to public records requests....