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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. Bikers for Trump rally in Hernando

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    Bikers for Trump members rallied Sunday at the High Octane Saloon in Homosassa and Times photographer Douglas R. Clifford was there. Click on the link to see video and more photos from the event organized by Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

    Hans Oellerich, of Jacksonville, left, with the band Big Engine, performs Twisted Sister's "We're Not Going to Take It" while artist Dale Henry, of Orlando, creates a portrait of Donald Trump, American business magnate, billionaire, investor, socialite, author, television personality, and candidate for president of the United States, during a Bikers for Trump 2016 rally on Sunday at the High Octane Saloon in Homosassa.
  2. Our annual 'For A Better Florida' session preview

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    Florida's 2016 legislative session opens Tuesday, and the Tampa Bay Times is presenting its annual "For A Better Florida" preview of issues facing the Legislature.

    From first-person essays about guns to an analysis of the five reforms that could improve how Tallahassee works, we've got you covered. Hear what insiders think, read our columnists and learn about water, education, health and business policy:...

    The Old Capitol in Tallahassee gleams in front of the Florida Capitol.
  3. Gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes to run against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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    From our friends at the Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A Florida man who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol as a political protest says he will run for the congressional seat held by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

    Douglas Hughes, a Democrat from Ruskin, said earlier this month that he intended to run for Congress but only indicated he would challenge a South Florida Democrat. In a court filing Wednesday, he says he will run in Florida's 23rd District, which Wasserman Schultz represents....

  4. Rep. David Jolly successfully pushes VA to update policy on declaring veterans dead

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    Times staff writer Hanna Marcus covered Rep. David Jolly's event today:

    When Michael Rieker didn't get his check from the office of Veterans Affairs in November, he called to try to fix the issue.

    Then he realized he had a bigger problem than a late check: The VA thought he was dead.

    "I actually spent five minutes on the phone arguing with (the VA) that I was alive," Rieker said....

  5. Miami health insurer blames layoffs on risk-corridor limits pushed by Marco Rubio

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    The Miami Herald's Daniel Chang brings us this interesting story:

    A Coral Gables-based health insurance company and dozens of its employees are the latest casualties of a Republican-led legislative gambit in 2014 to undermine the Affordable Care Act — a maneuver for which presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has taken credit on the campaign trail.

    Preferred Medical Plan filed notice on Wednesday that the private insurance company intends to lay off 162 employees in February, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity....

  6. The moment: Joe Negron and Jack Latvala

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    The Florida Senate provided a rare photo this morning of what was an extraordinary moment Wednesday after nearly four years of political warfare over who the 2016 Senate President will be. Lots to see in this photo, including Times bureau chief Steve Bousquet in the press gallery. Read the story....

    Sen. Joe Negron, left, and Sen. Jack Latvala, right, shake hands after senators voted Wednesday to make Negron Senate president in 2016.
  7. House Republicans propose dedicated money to help Everglades

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    The Florida House wants to dedicate as much as $200 million a year on projects to help restore the state's fabled Everglades.

    House Republicans on Tuesday announced their "Legacy Florida" initiative. It would require that each year that the state set aside conservation money for a variety of Everglades restoration projects.

    The list would include projects that lessen the level of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into nearby estuaries. In recent years federal authorities have been criticized for discharging polluted water from the lake into Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River....

  8. State investigators: Planned Parenthood didn’t sell organs

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    State investigators say there’s no evidence Planned Parenthood in Florida purchased or sold human organs or tissue.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger confirmed in an email Monday that an inquiry into Planned Parenthood has closed and didn’t move into a full investigation.

    State health officials inspected 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in August and reported that three clinics were illegally performing second-trimester abortions....

  9. Marco Rubio: 'We are most definitely at war with ISIS'

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    Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, were interviewed by TODAY's Natalie Morales this week in South Carolina and it aired this morning during the Thanksgiving telecast. Together they talked about how their kids are supportive of dad's presidential run, but also tough critics. One on one with Morales, Rubio talked about the war with ISIS and the refugee crisis.

    "We are most definitely at war with ISIS," Rubio said, "and I'd be supportive of declaring that, whether it's formally thorugh Congress or rhetorically."...

  10. Dennis Baxley: Why I want to change Florida's 'stand your ground' law

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    Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who championed Florida’s “stand your ground” law, is the sponsor of HB 169, which would change the law to require prosecutors to prove a defendant did not act in lawful self-defense instead of requiring the defendant to prove that he or she did act in self-defense and should not be prosecuted. He wrote this column explaining his legislation, which gets a hearing today in Tallahassee. Here's an excerpt:...

  11. Tiger Bay panel next week: The Gender Gap is Real

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    Next week, the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa is hosting a panel luncheon on the gender pay gap with a focus on solutions.

    Panelists include: Tom Gonzalez, a labor lawyer; Susan Leisner, former chair of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women; Diane Prince-Herndel, chair of the women's and gender studies program at the University of South Florida; and Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eye Care. And yes, I'll be representing PolitiFact as a panelist, too....

  12. More details on Hillary Clinton's Dec. 2 fundraiser in Tampa

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    Here's more information on Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton's visit to Tampa next month.

    The fundraiser is billed as a "conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton. There is only one FIRST TIME! This will be once in a lifetime opportunity. You won't want to miss this event. "

    The event is Dec. 2, from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at the home of Alex Sink, the former Florida chief financial officer....

    An RSVP page shows suggested donation amounts, but also a spot for an "other amount."
  13. AG Pam Bondi won't fight medical marijuana amendment

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who loudly opposed a medical marijuana measure that appeared on the 2014 ballot, is staying on the sidelines this time around.

    Bondi’s office acknowledged Monday that the state’s top legal officer is remaining silent on whether the Supreme Court should block the latest version of the ballot initiative....

  14. Ben Carson commits to attend the Sunshine Summit

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    Florida resident Ben Carson has committed to attend the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit next weekend in Orlando.

    RPOF statement: “We are excited to welcome Ben Carson to our list of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. With the event just 9 days away, our grassroots are ready to hear the candidates share their vision for the future of our nation in what will be one of the largest political events in Florida this year.”...

  15. Steny Hoyer headlines Charlie Crist fundraiser at Alex Sink's house this weekend

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    House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer is a special guest along with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, at a Sunday fundraiser for Charlie Crist's congressional campaign. And it's being held at the Thonotosassa home of Alex Sink, the former CFO, former gubernatorial candidate, former Congressional District 13 candidate.

    The fundraiser is chaired by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Justin Day and Sink....

    The fundraiser invite.