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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. 10 hours in Cape Town: From Mandela's cell on Robben Island to the penguins on Boulders Beach


    CAPE TOWN, South Africa

    South Africa has long been on my travel wish list, so here was a dream trip, courtesy of work.

    Four nights in Johannesburg. Two days to represent PolitiFact at meetings with our partners at Africa Check, and two to chill between the 18-hour travel days.

    That's not much time for a massive country with a deep history of apartheid, so I zeroed in on my top goal: visiting Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island. He spent 18 years there isolated from the world, and I wanted to see where this great man suffered so senselessly....

    South Africa native Henry is the perfect tour guide.
  2. Swiftmud dropped gun club lawsuit after lawmaker sent NRA-crafted dismissal plan, records show


    From Mike Spies at The Trace:

    By early this year, the Florida agency that oversees water quality in the Tampa Bay area seemed to have the upper hand in an acrimonious legal fight with the Skyway Trap & Skeet Club.

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud, had sued the gun range to force it to build a barrier to prevent spent ammunition from landing in Sawgrass Lake Park, a wetland next door. Then, without warning, Swiftmud abruptly dropped the lawsuit....

  3. Conservative Florida political blogger arrested on attempted murder charge


    From our friends at the Miami Herald:

    One of the state's leading political blogger voices was arrested in Pompano Beach Saturday on attempted murder charges, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office website.

    Javier Manjarres, 43, known as The Shark and whose website is called The Shark Tank, was taken into custody Saturday morning and charged with attempted murder with a gun and burglary of a conveyance with battery, the website shows. He is being held without bond....

  4. John Romano: Time to pay attention to Donald Trump supporters


    Times columnist John Romano with a terrific column this morning after Tuesday's Florida primary. An excerpt:

    Donald Trump arrived in Florida on a roll, and he left with a pocketful of delegates. Meanwhile, a popular former governor didn't even make it to the starting line, and a once-promising senator got poll-slapped....

  5. Duran Duran hooked on U.S. presidential primary: 'It's last-chance café for Rubio?'


    Howard Cohen of the Miami Herald has this good get:

    Marco Rubio isn't the only one hungry for results from Tuesday's Florida primary.

    Our election season has Hungry Like the Wolf pop/rocker John Taylor of Duran Duran hooked.

    From England.

    "It's last-chance café for Rubio to get any kind of result, isn't it?" Taylor said in an interview with the Miami Herald to promote his group's concert April 1 at Bayfront Park....

  6. Sarah Palin cancels rally for Trump after her husband is injured in Alaska


    Sarah Palin was supposed to spend a second day stumping for Donald Trump in Florida, with a planned rally in The Villages Monday. 

    But word just arrived that the noon event had been canceled. 

    A second notice received later from the Trump campaign said Palin's husband, Todd, had been injured in a "bad snow machine accident" on Sunday night and had to be hospitalized. Palin was on her way back to Alaska to be with him, the statement said....

  7. Live coverage of Donald Trump in Tampa


    Donald Trump is holding a town hall at 2 p.m. today at the Tampa Convention Center, but the action is already heating up in the streets of downtown Tampa with protesters and supporters alike.

    We have reporters inside and outside the convention center, but to stay atop all the news, follow our live blog....

    Protesters outside the Tampa Convention Center shout, "Build a wall, build it high, let's put Donald Trump inside!"
  8. Session is over! Here's what passed, what failed


    The 2016 Florida legislative session is in the books and if you missed all the action for some reason, we've got you covered.

    Every year, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau compiles a scorecard of legislation so you can easily see what happened to that issue you forgot to follow.

    Here we go. Enjoy....

    Sen. Tom Lee, R- Brandon, left, applauds with other Sens. Rob Bradley, R- Fleming Island, Audrey Gibson, D- Jacksonville, and David Simmons, R- Altamonte Springs after the Florida Senate passed the state budget Friday in Tallahassee. Lee is the appropriations chairman for the Senate.
  9. Marco Rubio plans rally Saturday morning in Largo, Sunday in The Villages


    Marco Rubio is headed back to the Tampa Bay area, scheduling a rally Saturday morning in Largo "to share his optimistic vision for the 21st century with Florida voters."

    Details from the release: 

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    Pinellas County Rally With Marco

    When: 9:00am ET, March 12, 2016. Doors open at 8:00am ET.

    Where: Beckwith Electric, 6190 118th Avenue, Largo, FL 33773...

  10. Bikers for Trump rally in Hernando


    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.
  11. Our annual 'For A Better Florida' session preview


    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.
  12. Gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes to run against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz


    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....

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


    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....

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


    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....

  15. The moment: Joe Negron and Jack Latvala


    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.