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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. 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....

  2. House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford gives response to State of State

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    Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, is the House Democratic leader. Here are his remarks in response to Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address. Watch him here.

    Hello, I’m Mark Pafford from West Palm Beach. It’s my honor to serve as Democratic Leader of the Florida House of Representatives....

  3. Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, gives Democratic response to State of the State

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    State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, the Senate Democratic leader, gave a response to Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State. Her remarks as prepared for delivery:

    On the road to his first election, Republican Governor Rick Scott promised Floridians that under his 7-step economic plan, “total job growth will accelerate, the number of new business start-ups will increase, wages and salaries will grow, and the productivity and vitality of Florida’s economy will soar.”...

  4. Judge: Taxpayers should pay Ray Sansom's legal bills

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge says taxpayers should pay the legal fees of disgraced former House Speaker Ray Sansom.

    Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey said Friday that she would side with Sansom.

    Dempsey didn't say exactly how much she would award Sansom. He sued the state to recover nearly $1 million stemming from his successful defense of corruption charges....

  5. Appeals court rejects challenge to blind trust law

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    An appeals court Monday tossed out a constitutional challenge to a 2013 law that allows public officials to put their assets into blind trusts, pointing to the “speculative nature” of the case.

    Jim Apthorp, who served as chief of staff to former Gov. Reubin Askew, filed the challenge last year alleging that the blind-trust law violated a constitutional requirement that officials fully disclose their financial interests....

  6. Gov. Rick Scott in D.C. today, will meet with Chris Christie

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    Gov. Rick Scott is spending the day in Washington, D.C., making a few speeches and meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie campaigned for Gov. Scott in 2014. Here's the schedule his office just released:

    GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT’S SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

    9:00am POLITICO STATE SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE Location: Washington, DC

    10:30am​ ROUNDTABLE WITH AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE SCHOLARS Location: Washington, DC...

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, front, campaigns with Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Oct. 26 in Plantation.
  7. Gov. Rick Scott at Cabinet meeting: 'The buck stops here, and that means I take responsibility'

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    Governor Rick Scott’s Cabinet Remarks as Prepared for Delivery

    Good morning. I want to start the meeting by discussing the departure of Jerry Bailey. While I wanted to bring in new leadership at FDLE as we transitioned into a second term in office, it is clear, in hindsight, that I could have handled it better.

    The buck stops here, and that means I take responsibility....

  8. Sue Carlton column: Answers from the governor? If he can write the questions!

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton riffs on the FAQ the Governor's Office is using to answer all questions on the FDLE controversy in today's column. An excerpt....

  9. John Romano column: Backyard gun ranges — a dumb idea by your Legislature

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano exposes a legality that stirs bipartisan outrage in today's column. An excerpt:

    On one side of the fence there are tree houses. A sand box in the middle of the yard. Children laughing and running while friendly dogs bark and give chase....

  10. Darryl Rouson, Betty Reed take steps toward run for Arthenia Joyner's Senate seat in 2016

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida. We're working on a story now.

    State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, and former Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa, have opened campaign accounts as first steps toward running in 2016 for a Tampa Bay Senate seat, according to the state Division of Elections website. The pair opened accounts in Senate District 19, which Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, will vacate in 2016 because of term limits. Rouson has served in the House since 2008, while Reed left the House last year because of term limits. Senate District 19 includes parts of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties....

    Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, has opened a campaign account as a step toward running for an open Senate seat in 2016.
  11. John Romano column: Excuses running low for Florida lawmakers who won't expand Medicaid

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano wonders if Florida will ever embrace Medicaid expansion. An excerpt from his column

    The increasing number of states finding creative solutions to Medicaid expansion is making it harder and harder for Florida politicians to trot out excuses....

  12. John Romano column: If Rick Scott gets away with this, Florida is in trouble

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano weighs in on the FDLE controversy swirling in Florida's Capitol. An excerpt from the column:

    The words were polite and the tone was measured, but the message Gov. Rick Scott delivered in a letter to Jeff Atwater seems unmistakable:...

    Gov. Rick Scott avoided questions about the FDLE controversy during a stop in Tampa on Wednesday.
  13. PolitiFact annotates President Barack Obama's SOTU address and Sen. Joni Ernst's GOP response

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    Our PolitiFact staff was hard at work last night live fact-checking President Barck Obama's State of the Union address and then Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst's GOP response.

    We combed through every line in Obama's 2015 State of the Union to provide an annotated version stuffed with facts and insight. Dig in....

    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
  14. Robert Trigaux column: Gray Swoope leaving just as Florida's economy gets going

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    Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux pounced on the news about Enterprise Florida CEO Gray Swoope's resignation. Here's an excerpt of his column:...

  15. John Romano column: Hard to tell the liars from the wimps in Florida

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano does not mince words writing about the controversy surrounding the ouster of FDLE chief Gerald Bailey. Here's an excerpt of the column:...