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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, 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


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Twitter: @Amy_Hollyfield

  1. Hillary Clinton emails reveal how Diana Nyad got clearance to swim from Cuba


    Our Miami Herald colleague Michelle Kaufman has a great story out of the Hillary Clinton emails:

    In 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, amid a trove of notes on Middle East policy and gefilte fish and the TV show Parks and Recreation, is an exchange involving South Florida and Cuba ties.

    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, attempting a 103-mile Cuba-to-Key West swim at age 60 in the summer of 2010, reached out to then-Secretary of State Clinton in a “desperate plea’’ to help her get her expedition cleared by the U.S. State Department so that she could begin the swim on Cuban soil....

  2. Happy birthday, PolitiFact!


    Eight years ago this week, we launched a new website for accountability journalism that we called PolitiFact.

    A project of the Tampa Bay Times, PolitiFact debuted to fact-check the 2007 primary field. Back then, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards led the Democratic field, while Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain were the most popular Republicans. Our reports proved popular; eight years later, we’re still fact-checking....

  3. Happy Birthday, PolitiFact!


    Eight years ago this week, we launched a new website for accountability journalism that we called PolitiFact.

    A project of the Tampa Bay Times, PolitiFact debuted to fact-check the 2007 primary field. Back then, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards led the Democratic field, while Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain were the most popular Republicans. Our reports proved popular; eight years later, we’re still fact-checking....

  4. June special session cost taxpayers more than $651,000


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — A messy budget fight that forced Florida's legislators to hold an unusual June special session cost taxpayers more than $651,000, according to figures released Monday by the Florida Senate.

    The nine-day special session turned out to be the costliest special session in the last 15 years, and the most expensive one since Republicans took full control over state government with the election of Jeb Bush as governor....

  5. John Romano column: 2015 in running for worst year in Florida politics history


    What a year it has been in Florida politics. Who better to explain that than Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano. Read his latest column here. An excerpt:

    It is the uncompromising devotion to folly that you have to applaud.

    In the face of judicial demands, public ridicule and private heartburn, legislators still managed to end a special session on redistricting Friday in complete disarray....

  6. Val Demings to run for Rep. Dan Webster's seat


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    After losing a heavily contested race in 2012, former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings announced Monday she will run again next year for the congressional seat held by Republican Daniel Webster. The district, Congressional District 10, is expected to be substantially redrawn during a special legislative session that started last week and is scheduled to end Friday. The changes likely would make the district friendlier to Democratic candidates, such as Demings. Lawmakers are redrawing the state's congressional map after the Florida Supreme Court ruled last month that current districts violated anti-gerrymandering requirements. Demings did not discuss the possibility of a redrawn district in a statement issued Monday to announce her candidacy. "I hear from people everywhere, who are struggling to make ends meet, who fear injustice in the criminal justice system, and who want to be able to afford college for their kids,'' she said in the statement. "They want someone who won't shy away from addressing these issues head on. Just as I took on crime in Orlando by straight talk and bringing people together, I will work to move our state and country forward in Congress." Webster beat Demings in 2012 by a margin of 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent in a district that includes parts of Orange, Lake and Polk counties....

  7. For columnist Daniel Ruth, Donald Trump is a reason to live


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth has been recovering from a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery, but he returns to his column with a witty take on why The Donald is all the inspiration he needs. An excerpt:

    In my post-surgical stupor I hear a voice from above. There is a vague vision of some kind, too. It appears that a giant Irish setter with a New York accent is accusing the Mexican people of sweeping across the U.S. border to pillage the citizenry. The humongous gourd dressed up like Shirley Temple is also suggesting Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam era prisoner of war, is even less of a hero than Robert Vaughn in The Magnificent Seven....

  8. Think you know all the presidential candidates? Try again


    The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin has a great story about the hundreds of presidential candidates out there. An excerpt:

    Sifting through the presidential declarations filed with the FEC is a rewarding journey through, depending on how you see it, either the richness of American political diversity or the crumbling fault lines of American mental health. There’s a candidate from the Absolute Dictator Party who gives his name as Caesar St Augustine De Buonaparte and complains on his FEC papers that he’s the victim of civil rights violations by the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the media. Right under that is his catchy campaign slogan, “God Blast America!”...

    2016 presidential candidate Vermin Supreme, photographed last month at a Donald Trump campaign event in New Hampshire.
  9. Rep. Corrine Brown calls redistricting ruling 'seriously flawed'


    Super strong statement from Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, about today's redisctricting ruling by the Florida Supreme Court. Brown's snake-shaped Congressional District 5 is one of eight districts the court ruled have to be redrawn for the 2016 election. Here's Brown's statement:

    “The decision by the Florida Supreme Court is seriously flawed and entirely fails to take into consideration the rights of minority voters.  It also fails to recognize federal law, in that it did not incorporate the spirit of the 1964 Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights and clearly supersedes the contradictory standards set by the state’s Fair Districts requirements....

  10. These 8 districts are the problem for Florida


    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that legislators must go back to the drawing board for eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts:

    • District 5, held by Rep. Corinne Brown, D-Jacksonville

    • District 13, held by Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores...

  11. AG Pam Bondi officially drops appeal of same-sex marriage cases


    From Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald. We missed this earlier:

    Eleven days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex couples have the right to marry everywhere in America, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday officially dropped her appeal of the state’s first two gay marriage victories, in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

    One year after Bondi became a national symbol in the conservative fight against gay marriage, she submitted one sentence just before 5 p.m. to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal: “Pursuant to Rule 9.350(b) of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, Appellant State of Florida hereby voluntarily dismisses these appeals.”...

  12. John Romano column: Gay couples at home in The Villages


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with an unexpected story from the Republican stronghold in central Florida. An excerpt of the column:

    The community has a soundtrack, and it is Fox News. Take a walk through one of the bustling town squares, and you can hear it descending from the speakers — or is it the heavens? — somewhere above....

  13. Supreme Court upholds Obamcare tax subsidies


    From the wires:

    The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. Read the opinion.

    The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law....

  14. Florida's 2015 legislative session finally in the books


    It took a couple of months longer than usual, and we'll be back at it sooner than normal next year. But Florida's dramatic 2015 legislative session came to a close Friday night with the traditional Sine Die hanky drop.

    Here then is the annual list of bills that passed and failed. Enjoy....

  15. ICYMI: Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board pushes for Medicaid expansion


    The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board published a series of articles in support of Medicaid expansion over the weekend, including a petition for readers to sign. The series includes:

    • 25 reasons to take money for Medicaid expansion....