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 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


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  1. Who is Charlie Crist?


    He may be among Florida's most famous politicians, but who is Charlie Crist? Charming or scheming? Focused or distracted? Disciplined or reckless? Reporters Adam C. Smith and Michael Kruse have spent months reporting and interviewed more than 100 people to bring you an in-depth and unprecedented portait of the former Republican-now-Democrat who is running for governor. Read it in full on on Friday and Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times....

  2. Lucy Morgan column: Florida politicians never learn


    Lucy Morgan, retired state capital bureau chief and senior correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times, wrote a column exclusively for the Times about the King Ranch stories. She doesn't mince words. An excerpt:...

  3. Governor's race election complaints thrown out


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Election year complaints contending that Charlie Crist and former Gov. Rick Scott broke campaign finance laws are getting thrown out. 

    Public records at the Florida Elections Commission show that the commission rejected two complaints filed this spring by Republican Party of Florida executive director Justin Johnson. Both were deemed legally insufficient by commission officials. ...

  4. Rep. Dane Eagle takes plea deal in DUI arrest


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    A member of the Florida Legislature arrested on a drunken driving charge was sentenced to six months of probation and subjected to alcohol tests under a plea deal agreed upon Thursday.

    Rep. Dane Eagle, 31, was arrested in April after an officer spotted him driving erratically and he refused to be tested. The Cape Coral Republican refused to resign after his arrest....

  5. Lucy Morgan honored with LeRoy Collins award from Leadership Florida


    Tampa Bay Times legend Lucy Morgan was honored Saturday morning in Naples at the annual Leadership Florida meeting.

    A Pulitzer Prize winner who retired from the Times in 2013 (her second time), Morgan received the 2014 LeRoy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award, the highest honor given by the statewide group. The award is meant "to recognize an individual who, like Governor Collins, has gone above and beyond by using his/her leadership abilities over a lifetime to improve the quality of life for Florida’s citizens and its future generations."...

    Lucy Morgan, pictured with Jack Levine, receives the  2014 Leroy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award at the Leadership Florida annual meeting on Saturday.
  6. John Romano column: Rick Scott dodges and ducks — and voters don't get answers


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's latest column calls out Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt:

    Let's face it, the man's default setting is mute.

    His lack of accessibility has become so ingrained, it almost seems routine. And if reporters do actually get close enough to ask him about a specific topic, Scott pretends to have heard some completely different question involving butterflies, rainbows or jobs....

  7. Sun Sentinel: Gov. Rick Scott cancels fundraiser at felon's home


    Anthony Man of the Sun Sentinel has this interesting scoop:

    Gov. Rick Scott abruptly called off a South Florida fundraiser planned for Saturday at the Boca Raton home of real estate developer James Batmasian, a convicted felon who did time for federal tax evasion.

    Batmasian pleaded guilty in 2008 to a felony charge of failing to pay the government $253,513 in federal taxes for employees at his company, Investments Limited. He was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, which is similar to probation....

  8. John Romano column: Coincidences in redistricting case defy belief


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano has a biting take on Florida's redistricting trial. An excerpt:

    They want you to believe in coincidences. They want you to accept a few minor indiscretions. Mostly, they want you to trust them and ignore the pile of evidence.

    To do that, you would have to accept:

    1. That no one knows how pertinent emails were deleted.

    2. That the collective amnesia claimed by witness after witness was believable....

  9. Sue Carlton column: Pam Bondi fumbles on gay marriage


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton does not mince words in today's column on Attorney General Pam Bondi and her recent response defending Florida's ban on gay marriage. Here's an excerpt:

    So yes, fallout was understandable. Bondi has enjoyed enormous hometown support — affection, even — particularly from the legal community where she was a longtime Tampa prosecutor. Though she did not seem particularly political to many here then, reaction to her conservative stances once she got to Tallahassee has often been: Oh, that's politics, not Pam....

  10. Florida response to lawsuit: Gay marriage would cause harm


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

    Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal....

  11. Rep. Dane Eagle apologizes, denies being drunk when he was arrested for DUI


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    Apologizing to constituents Wednesday, Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, admitted to reckless driving and "poor judgment," but disputed being drunk when he was arrested for driving under the influence last month in Tallahassee.

    Eagle, 30, vowed during a news conference at his Cape Coral office to continue representing his Lee County district and to pursue re-election this fall. The first-term House member also said he does not have a drinking problem....

  12. What passed and failed in Session 2014


    The Florida Legislature concluded its 2014 session Friday, taking advantage of a suprlus to overwhelmingly pass the biggest budget in history.

    There were more than 1,900 bills introduced but only 258 passed both chambers by the 10:40 p.m. Sine Die on Friday. 

    Read the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau compilation of some of the bills that passed and failed....

  13. John Romano column: Voucher expansion doubles down on separate but unequal schools


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano doesn't mince words in this column on Florida lawmakers' push for voucher expansion. An excerpt:

    There are common hypocrites. There are spectacular hypocrites. And then there are Florida legislators.

    A more shameless group of panderers, fabricators and deceivers the world may never know. Just when you think they might be developing a collective conscience, they do something so indefensible it is practically breathtaking....

  14. And Lucas Overby is in the CD 13 race, too


    This just in from Libertarian Lucas Overby. He's in for the Congressional District 13 race:

    After much deliberation and a number of careful consultations with my family, campaign team, and community, I have decided to renew my candidacy for the 13th Congressional District House seat. Pinellas County deserves real choices on the ballot in November; by running for this office I can serve my community by helping to ensure a real dialogue and discussion about the issues facing us....

  15. John Romano column: Now, Jim Greer is ready to talk


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes a column about how the book "The Chairman," about former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer, is up for pre-sale on Amazon (buy it before they charge sales tax in Florida starting Thursday). He even talked to author Peter Golenbock. An excerpt:...

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer stands for a portrait at the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka in September 2013.