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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. Adam Putnam in Israel talking about water supply


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is in Israel this week to discuss the challenges facing the world's water supply.

    The International Conference on Water brings together government officials and business leaders from around the world. The event also features the latest innovations and technologies to develop new fresh water supplies....

  2. David Jolly: Why I support Dan Webster for speaker


    U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has an op-ed column in today's Tampa Bay Times explaining why he supports Dan Webster for House speaker. An excerpt:

    Dan Webster served honorably as speaker of the Florida House in Tallahassee at a time when Republicans controlled the Legislature and a Democrat was in the Governor's Mansion. Despite this division, he successfully delivered commonsense conservative results for our state....

  3. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina added to Sunshine Summit lineup


    Count Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina in for the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit next month in Orlando.

    “The addition of Sen. Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina to the list of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit is further proof that this is the most significant event in Florida politics this fall," Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "We look forward to them firing up the grassroots as we build the momentum to deliver our 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee in 2016.”...

  4. John Kasich, Rick Santorum join Sunshine Summit lineup


    Florida Republicans are filling out their presidential candidate lineup for next month's Sunshine Summit in Orlando. Today's additions are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

    “We welcome Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rick Santorum to the lineup of presidential candidates speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando. Our Party has remained committed to empowering the grassroots by bring candidates to Florida. As we continue to announce more candidates, the current 10 confirmed presidential participants will help build excitement for Florida’s grassroots leaders and volunteers in what will be this year’s premier presidential event in Florida.”...

  5. Florida's Hardest Hit Fund program blistered in report


    Tampa Bay Times real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin has been reporting for years on the troubles with Florida's Hardest Hit Fund. Federal investigators released an audit today:

    In a blistering report released today, federal investigators say Florida has consistently "under-performed'' other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure....

  6. Al Gore: How does Florida Gov. Rick Scott not 'notice' Miami climate change risk?


    The Miami Herald's Jenny Staletovich and Joey Flechas reporting on Al Gore's Miami appearance:

    As if on cue, a king tide powered by a supermoon flooded parts of South Florida Sunday and Monday, setting a soggy stage for international forums aimed at drawing attention to the perils of climate change.

    In downtown Miami, about 1,200 people gathered to train for a climate corps led by former Vice President Al Gore, who drew mainstream attention to the issue in his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. For nearly three hours, Gore walked a crowd that included participants from 80 countries through his now-famous slide show, rebooted with a decade’s worth of new science and data supporting the dire consequences of a warming planet....

  7. Sen. Oscar Braynon took a job at for-profit college, may have violated Constitution


    The Miami Herald's Michael Vasquez had an interesting story about state Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens. An excerpt:

    Sen. Oscar Braynon II introduced himself as just an interested lawmaker — interested enough to drive all the way to Gainesville.

    At a February meeting of Florida’s Board of Physical Therapy, held in Gainesville’s Best Western Gateway Grand, Braynon stood up to speak about a controversial issue: colleges offering unaccredited physical therapy assistant programs. The Miami Gardens Democrat was no expert on the topic, as he had to ask board members to explain how college accreditation works....

  8. Fact-checking the second GOP debate


    PolitiFact was up into the night fact-checking the second Republican presidential debate and we're back at it today sorting out more of the candidates' claims.

    Catch up on all the fact-checking here.

    And that back and forth between Jeb Bush and Donald Trump over casino gambling in Florida? We've got you covered....

    Donald Trump and Jeb Bush interact during the Republican candidates' debate, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday.
  9. Daniel Ruth column: The 'enemy is us' in the Florida House


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth weighs in on Richard Corcoran's designation ceremony as the next speaker of the Florida House. An excerpt:

    Corcoran pledged his speakership would usher in an era allowing for greater power-sharing while dismantling the lobbyist-influenced hierarchy of House leadership. That sounds very nice, although there is virtually nothing in Corcoran's political bloodlines that would remotely suggest that after decades of looting, conspiring and kneecapping his way to the pinnacle of power in the House, he is going to transform himself into a cuddly Mr. Rogers of House speakers....

  10. Robert Trigaux column: In Trump vs. Fiorina, Carly scores big with 'Face' ad


    Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux weighs in with a timely Carly Fiorina column this morning. An excerpt:

    Last night, Fiorina called Trump a "wonderful entertainer" but also responded to his earlier comments, making clear she found them insulting not only to her but to all women. "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said," Fiorina said, responding to a question from CNN's Jake Tapper and drawing loud applause from the audience....

  11. Jeb Bush's debate prep? Mountain climbing


    Jeb Bush Jr. posted a photo on Twitter this morning that is making the rounds ahead of tonight's GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

    Jeb Bush and son Jeb Bush Jr. on Wednesday morning in California.
  12. Marco Rubio trash talks FSU, gets trashed, responds


    On Monday, we told you how Marco Rubio, a University of Florida graduate and dedicated college football fan, is not above trash-talking rival Florida State University, even as he’s running for president.

    “Look, I don’t have anything against Florida State,” Rubio told Iowa radio station KXNO (AM) 1460. “I think there has to be a school where people who can’t get into Florida can go to college.”...

  13. With GOP debate field set, here are some watch parties


    The next GOP presidential debate is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif. CNN is the host, with Jake Tapper as moderator and Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt as panelists.

    Here is the lineup: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina

    If you’re looking for a debate watch party, there are a number of events in the bay area:...

  14. 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....

  15. 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....