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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. 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....

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:...

  5. 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:...

  6. Gov. Rick Scott's inauguration speech

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    Gov. Rick Scott's inaugural address as prepared for delivery is here.

  7. Follow our pictures from Gov. Rick Scott's inauguration

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    Our Times/Herald bureau is Instagraming the inaugural festivities today in Tallahassee under the hashtag #flinauguration. Follow here or on Instagram.

     

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  8. A special holiday message from Kevin Cate Communications

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    Kevin Cate Communications is out with its annual holiday video message, this one taunting all of us with the cold reality that 2015 is 2016. Every time the video is shared, the firm will contribute $1 to Feeding America, up to $1,000.

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  9. Poll: Cuban-Americans split on Obama’s Cuba policy, divided along generational lines

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    Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week’s historic announcement.

    The poll by Bendixen & Amandi International also showed that Cuban-Americans are nearly split on whether Obama should have exchanged prisoners Wednesday with Raul Castro’s communist government....

  10. Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    MIAMI — Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. 

    The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. ...

  11. House will vote Tuesday on whether to accept election results for Tampa Rep. Jamie Grant's seat

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    In a highly unusual move, the Florida House will vote Tuesday on whether to accept election results that would give state Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, another two years in office. Grant easily won the House District 64 election this month, topping fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg. But the results have been called into question because of a long-running legal dispute that centers on write-in candidate Daniel John Matthews....

  12. Special elections set for vacant seats in House, Senate

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida: 

    An open state Senate seat and two House seats being vacated in the wake of former state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's president may not have new occupants until midway through the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

    Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced the schedule for special elections to fill the seat in Senate District 6, Thrasher's Northeast Florida district, along with the House District 17 seat held by state Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, and the House District 24 seat held by Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton. Renuart and Hutson are running to replace Thrasher....

  13. John Romano column: Thanks for calling Pam Bondi. Press 1 to donate, 2 to book a trip

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano riffs on the recent controversy surrounding Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and tries to call her office. Here's an excerpt: ...

  14. John Thrasher resigns from Senate, jockeying begins

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    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    Preparing to become Florida State University president Monday, state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, submitted his resignation from the Legislature effective at midnight Sunday. Thrasher's move Friday immediately caused a political chain reaction, with state Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, and Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, taking formal steps to run for Thrasher's Senate seat....

  15. Florida's exit polls, courtesy of CNN

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    Interested in a deeper dive on who voted in Florida during this year's election? CNN has an online graphic based on exit polls from voters on Tuesday.

    Click here for the CNN graphics.