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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. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn visits White House for small business trade meeting with President Barack Obama

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    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was at the White House on Wednesday night for a small business roundtable meeting with President Barack Obama and other local elected officials and small businesses from across the country.

    They met in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the opportunities and benefits of trade as well as the challenges that small business exporters face.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is at the far right of this photo from Wednesday's small business roundtable discussion at the White House with President Barack Obama.
  2. John Romano column: Are lawmakers fearless, or afraid of one NRA lobbyist?

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's column today is about guns. An excerpt: 

    Today we get to gauge the courage of some of our state lawmakers. Are they fearless? Are they gallant? Are they bold and principled?

    Or are they afraid of one lobbyist in the gallery?...

  3. John Romano column: The Koch brothers say solar energy will flop; Georgia says they're wrong

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with a great column on the hot debate over solar energy. Here's an excerpt:

    Governors and lawmakers in Florida have been so deep in the pockets of power companies, they have allowed the Sunshine State to lag behind a dozen others in the use of solar energy....

  4. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda tells story of using her gun to prevent rape during college

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she favors allowing guns on Florida university campuses because she once used her gun as a student to prevent being raped.

    The Democrat from Tallahassee told her story Wednesday in a state House committee as it approved a contentious bill allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on Florida public university campuses....

  5. Jeb Bush shares his NCAA March Madness bracket

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    Jeb Bush shared his NCAA bracket picks on his Facebook page on Tuesday. He posted it with this note: "Filled out my bracket last night. Picking UVA to win it all! I'm in South Carolina today if you want to lodge complaints...''

    Jeb Bush's NCAA March Madness bracket
  6. Sign up for the Daily Buzz newsletter

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    Get 5 updates from the Tampa Bay Times' political team including Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary emailed to you Monday — Friday at 3 p.m. Plus, Jebio a daily news nugget on Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, so you'll be the first to know when news breaks.

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  7. Sign up for the Daily Buzz newsletter

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    Get 5 updates from the Tampa Bay Times' political team including Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary emailed to you Monday — Friday at 3 p.m. Plus, Jebio a daily news nugget on Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, so you'll be the first to know when news breaks.

    Sign up now. Daily Buzz will be in your inbox soon....

  8. John Kerry takes aim at Gov. Rick Scott and the ban on the words 'climate change'

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words "climate change" are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

    Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts....

  9. Carly Fiorina speaking in Tampa next week

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    Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO and possible Republican presidential contender, will be speaking in Tampa next week. Here's the invite:...

  10. Gov. Rick Scott headed to California to lure jobs

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to the West Coast.

    Scott is planning an April trip as part of his effort to lure businesses from other states.

    The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to shipping companies. Scott is urging them to shift their business to Florida after labor disputes in California ports....

  11. Ben Carson, Florida Republican, is probably running for president

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    Buzz admits we're focused on Florida's favored sons, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, potentially running for president in 2016. Check out our special Jebio coverage to see what I mean.

    But we would be remiss not to note that retired surgeon Ben Carson, another darling of conservative activists who has retired to West Palm Beach, has filed with the Federal Election Commission to form a presidential exploratory committee to officially consider a 2016 run....

    Ben Carson speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., last month.
  12. Keep up with primary state coverage

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    With Jeb Bush headed to New Hampshire this weekend, along with a host of other potential 2016ers, it's a good time to let everyone know about Kevin Cate's latest project: Above the Fold Primary Edition....

  13. Introducing Jebio and the Daily Buzz newsletter

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    We're launching a couple of exciting new political projects, so don't miss a minute.

    SIGN UP FOR OUR 'DAILY BUZZ ON FLORIDA POLITICS' NEWSLETTER: Get 5 updates from the Tampa Bay Times' political team including Adam Smith and Alex Leary emailed to you Monday — Friday at 3 p.m. Sign up for this newsletter that starts next week now....

    Jeb Bush. Marco Rubio. One of these Florida Republicans could be the next president.
  14. Rep. Alan Grayson's annulment hearing continued

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Rep. Alan Grayson will have to wait to find out whether he gets an annulment based on his bigamy claim against his wife.

    After hearing from one witness Monday, Judge Bob LeBlanc continued proceedings between Grayson and his wife, citing a need for more time for attorneys to present evidence. Monday's hearing lasted three hours. LeBlanc expects completion of testimony to take one day. He didn't schedule a date....

  15. Gov. Rick Scott takes aim at President Barack Obama in op-ed for Politico

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    Gov. Rick Scott has an op-ed column in Politico this morning, squarely taking aim at President Barack Obama. Here's an excerpt (Full column here):

    President Obama should come back to Florida and make another speech. This one should map out a plan for how our low-income citizens can access healthcare at a cost they can afford. If President Obama is serious about driving down healthcare costs (which he said was the goal of Obamacare), he will reform the exchange system so around $5 billion in federal funding flows directly to 1.6 million individual healthcare accounts, like Health Savings Accounts, where Floridians currently on the exchange can each receive the $297 a month the Obama administration today pays to the 14 insurance companies who sell policies on the federal exchange in Florida....