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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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  1. William March column debuts with talk of Rick Baker and Senate race


    In today's Tampa Bay Times, we welcome the debut of William March's new politics column. He starts off with talk of former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker thinking about the Senate race:

    In the complicated jockeying around the Republican primary for the 2016 U.S. Senate race, there are some who would like to add yet another wrinkle — a Tampa Bay area candidate.

    Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has already said he's considering the idea, but if he says no, what about former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker?...

  2. Gov. Jeb Bush on Baltimore and his presidential decision


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody.

    The likely presidential candidate was asked on Friday how a president can address rising anger toward police. He told reporters a president can lead a conversation on how to fight the pockets of poverty that can result in dissatisfaction and anger....

  3. Speaker Steve Crisafulli pens op-ed: Why the Florida House opposes Medicaid expansion


    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli writes an op-ed column exclusively for the Tampa Bay Times explaining why the Florida House opposes Medicaid expansion. An excerpt:

    We oppose expanding Medicaid because it is a broken system with poor health outcomes, high inflation, unseverable federal strings, and no incentive for personal responsibility for those who are able to provide for themselves. Under current law, Florida provides for our most vulnerable: low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly and disabled people....

    Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island.
  4. TMZ catches Marco Rubio at the airport and he confirms he's still a Nicki Minaj fan


    Watch TMZ's interview with newly declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio at the airport in Washington on Tuesday as he arrived for Senate hearings. He talks about his wife, Jeanette, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, how he's into David Guetta's music and still likes Nicki Minaj:...

  5. Jeb Bush has a new grandkid


    Well, he wasn't at Miami's Tower where Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign on Monday, but Jeb Bush was the proud grandpa announcing son George P. Bush's news on Facebook:

    Proud to welcome John William Bush ('Jack') to the world--6 lbs 4oz--19 3/4 inches--Mommy is doing great!...

    George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner, has a new son.
  6. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn visits White House for small business trade meeting with President Barack Obama


    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was at the White House on Wednesday night for a small business roundtable meeting with President Barack Obama and other local elected officials and small businesses from across the country.

    They met in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the opportunities and benefits of trade as well as the challenges that small business exporters face.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is at the far right of this photo from Wednesday's small business roundtable discussion at the White House with President Barack Obama.
  7. John Romano column: Are lawmakers fearless, or afraid of one NRA lobbyist?


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's column today is about guns. An excerpt: 

    Today we get to gauge the courage of some of our state lawmakers. Are they fearless? Are they gallant? Are they bold and principled?

    Or are they afraid of one lobbyist in the gallery?...

  8. John Romano column: The Koch brothers say solar energy will flop; Georgia says they're wrong


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with a great column on the hot debate over solar energy. Here's an excerpt:

    Governors and lawmakers in Florida have been so deep in the pockets of power companies, they have allowed the Sunshine State to lag behind a dozen others in the use of solar energy....

  9. Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda tells story of using her gun to prevent rape during college


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she favors allowing guns on Florida university campuses because she once used her gun as a student to prevent being raped.

    The Democrat from Tallahassee told her story Wednesday in a state House committee as it approved a contentious bill allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on Florida public university campuses....

  10. Jeb Bush shares his NCAA March Madness bracket


    Jeb Bush shared his NCAA bracket picks on his Facebook page on Tuesday. He posted it with this note: "Filled out my bracket last night. Picking UVA to win it all! I'm in South Carolina today if you want to lodge complaints...''

    Jeb Bush's NCAA March Madness bracket
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    Get 5 updates from the Tampa Bay Times' political team including Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary emailed to you Monday — Friday at 3 p.m. Plus, Jebio a daily news nugget on Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, so you'll be the first to know when news breaks.

    Sign up now. Daily Buzz will be in your inbox soon....

  13. John Kerry takes aim at Gov. Rick Scott and the ban on the words 'climate change'


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words "climate change" are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

    Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts....

  14. Carly Fiorina speaking in Tampa next week


    Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO and possible Republican presidential contender, will be speaking in Tampa next week. Here's the invite:...

  15. Gov. Rick Scott headed to California to lure jobs


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to the West Coast.

    Scott is planning an April trip as part of his effort to lure businesses from other states.

    The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to shipping companies. Scott is urging them to shift their business to Florida after labor disputes in California ports....