Amy Hollyfield, Times Staff Writer

Amy Hollyfield

Amy Hollyfield is the assistant managing editor/politics for the Tampa Bay Times, overseeing state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and PolitiFact.com and PolitiFact Florida, the Times' fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Amy 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

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Twitter: @Amy_Hollyfield

  1. Times, 10 News, USF to host gubernatorial debate Oct. 7 in Tampa

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    The Tampa Bay Times and WTSP-10 News will partner with the University of South Florida to present a statewide televised gubernatorial debate this fall.

    The Oct. 7 debate will be broadcast live on CBS stations throughout Florida, as well as NBC in Jacksonville.

    The debate will be held in the USF Music Concert Hall on the Tampa campus before a live audience of about 500. It is sponsored by AARP. Candidates will be invited to participate based on results of polling following the Aug. 26 primary....

  2. Announcing My Lawmaker, a tool to find who represents you

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    Looking for an easy way to learn who represents you and how to contact them? We have re-launched My Lawmaker, a website where Floridians can plug in their street address and find out their federal and state representatives.

    The site is updated with new district maps and we have phone numbers, websites and email addresses for your lawmakers....

    My Lawmaker is a website for Floridians to find out who represents them.
  3. Diane Roberts column: What I would have said about water

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    FSU professor Diane Roberts was the center of some backlash for Gov. Rick Scott's administration this week after it canceled her planned talk at Mission San Luis and then backtracked. Now, she's written a column for the Tampa Bay Times on what she would have said. Here's an excerpt:...

  4. Perspective: Rwanda, 20 years after … (w/video)

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    KIGALI, Rwanda

    Through the dust and darkness, you see them.

    The shadows of their lives — clothes, shoes and bones.

    In this Catholic church off a dirt road near Rwanda's capital city, the genocide is at your feet. Your breath catches at the metal door broken down by militia forces, gut tightens at the altar with a machete still on it, eyes water at the horror of 10,000 people killed here over two days. In the pews, at the altar, running outside to escape their attackers....

    Rwandans, passing through a field on the outskirts of Kigali, are themselves the nation’s key resource. The modernizing schools teach English because it is the world’s language.
  5. Helping Rwandan women learn, then earn

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    KIGALI, Rwanda

    There is a saying that when you educate women, you educate a nation.

    Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes, 29, is a petite woman who radiates confidence and approachability. The Tampa native is also an unassuming power player who co-founded the Akilah Institute for Women, educating hundreds of women each year.

    Visit a classroom at this college with diplomas in hospitality management, entrepreneurship and information systems and you'll find confident, supportive women in their 20s, many in white Akilah polo shirts, most with a story about their family and the genocide. ...

    Tampa native Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes co-founded the Akilah Institute for Women, which offers diplomas that lead to jobs — a 92 percent employment rate for the first two classes.
  6. State officials abruptly cancel talk by FSU professor Diane Roberts

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have abruptly canceled a talk by a Florida State professor and writer who has been critical of the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

    Diane Roberts, who does commentary for National Public Radio and writes columns for various publications, was supposed to give a talk at the state-owned Mission San Luis on April 3....

  7. Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Gov. Askew

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    This just in from Gov. Rick Scott's office. Flags ordered to half-staff at all Florida government buildings "until sunset on the date of internment" in honor of former Gov. Reubin Askew, who died early this morning. Here's the memorandum:

    Early this morning, Thursday, March 13, 2014, Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew passed away. Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history. He began his service to our country in 1946 when he enlisted in the United States Army. After discharging as a sergeant in 1948, he once again served our country as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War....

  8. John Romano column: Pinellas voters have a real choice for the first time in 60 years

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano points out in his latest column why Tuesday's special election in Congressional District 13 is so important for Pinellas voters. An excerpt:

    The special election featuring David Jolly and Alex Sink is expected to be close, and by itself that is a drastic change from what voters around here are accustomed to seeing....

  9. PolitiFact Florida fact-checks the CD 13 race

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    If you haven't noticed, PolitiFact Florida has been in overdrive fact-checking Pinellas' Congressional District 13 special election.

    The race to fill the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's open House seat has become a national campaign, thanks to outside money from both parties and special interest groups. Get ready for Election Day on Tuesday with this wrapup of the biggest claims concerning the candidates and analyis of how accurately issues have been presented in the special election....

  10. Asked what president has done for Alex Sink, WH press sec says he 'supports Democratic candidates across the country'

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    This is an excerpt from today's press briefing at the White House. Press Secretary Jay Carney is answering the questions.

    Q One more domestic politics question quickly. What has the President done for Alex Sink?

    MR. CARNEY: Well, the President supports Democratic candidates across the country.  The President, as you know, has been engaged in an effort and will continue to be engaged in an effort to support the Democratic National Committee, the DS -- the senatorial committee and the congressional committee.  So I’m not sure I understand the question....

  11. Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer reminds his voters that CD 13 race is not theirs to vote in

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    Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer has a message for voters. The special election for Congressional District 13 is only for Pinellas voters, and only certain ones at that. That note is on the Hillsborough elections website and here's what Latimer tweeted on Sunday....

  12. Rick Perry slams Charlie Crist at CPAC

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed CPAC today with an energizing speech that had the crowd fired up. About 3:40 into this video, Gov. Perry takes aim at former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the likely November opponent of his would-be BFF, current Gov. Rick Scott.

    "And under Rick Scott, Florida's unemployment rate has dropped for three straight years, when just four years ago, four years ago, his predecessor presided over the loss of more than 800,000 jobs and now that guy wants his job back. And with a record like that, appropriately, he is running this time to seek it as a Democrat."...

  13. Charlie Crist to speak at Gridiron Club dinner Saturday

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    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is scheduled to speak Saturday at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, D.C.

    The former Republican-turned-Independent-now Democrat will represent the Democrats and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will represent the Republicans.

    We hear there won't be cameras at the prestigious white tie event this year, but Buzz will seek to bring you coverage....

  14. House Republican files bill to require drug testing of elected officials

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida: 

    Pointing to a need to make sure public officials are sober when they make policy decisions, a House Republican filed a bill this week that would require drug testing for elected officeholders and judges. The bill (HB 1435), filed by Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, comes after controversies and legal battles about attempts to require drug testing of state employees and recipients of public assistance. Eagle's proposal calls for testing of people elected to federal, state and local offices, along with Florida Supreme Court justices, appeals-court judges and local judges. Officials who refuse to take the tests would be required to resign. Positive results would be sent to the state Commission on Ethics, which would refer public officials to employee-assistance programs. The bill says its intent is to "ensure that public officers are sober as they undertake their responsibility to make policy decisions that affect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens they represent."...

  15. Watch Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State today

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    Gov. Rick Scott delivers his 2014 State of the State address at 11 a.m. today in the Florida House chamber.

    Locally in Tampa Bay, you can watch it on Bay News 9, WEDU, WEDU+ (Brighthouse Ch. 605, Verizon Ch. 476) and the Florida Channel. Listen to it live on WUSF-89.7 FM.

    Also it will be live-streamed at thefloridachannel.org.