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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. Naked Donald Trump statue stolen in South Florida

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    From our partners at the Miami Herald:

    Who has the naked statue of Donald Trump?

    That’s the question people are asking and police are trying to solve.

    What was meant for everyone to admire — or loathe —in a public space, the nude Donald is no more, swiped from the roof of an art gallery in Wynwood.

    Miami police were called to the scene of the crime early in the morning, when a witness saw three men climb onto the roof, snatch the nude statue and toss it into a truck....

    The naked Donald Trump statue first made an appearance on a Wynwood billboard last week.
  2. Gov. Rick Scott's office gets nearly $153,000 makeover

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Florida taxpayers paid nearly $153,000 for renovations to the reception area outside of Gov. Rick Scott's office.

    State officials say the changes, which include placing bulletproof material in the reception desk, were prompted by security concerns.

    But the changes also included putting in new carpet in the waiting area. And they included placing Scott's Office of Open Government behind a locked door that is accessible by employees only. That's the office that is supposed to respond to public records requests....

  3. John Romano column: The Bondi-Trump fairytale gone wrong

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with another must-read column. Here's an excerpt:

    She became Attorney General, and all was good for a time. The people were able to go about their chores without worry or reflection. And they hardly noticed that their hero had slowly begun to change....

  4. Hillary Clinton sets rally at USF on Tuesday

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    Details are now in for Hillary Clinton's visit to Tampa on Tuesday. She plans a 1:45 p.m. rally at the University of South Florida Student Recreation Center, 12301 USF Maple Drive, Tampa, FL 33620. Clinton "will discuss her plans to keep our nation safe, including by working with our allies, and outline how Donald Trump doesn't have the temperament to serve as commander in chief."

    Doors open at 11:45 a.m.

    RSVP for tickets here....

  5. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga forms courthouse security workgroup

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's chief justice wants to take a closer look at the security in place at courthouses across the state. 

    Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on Monday announced that he was ordering the creation of a trial courthouse security workgroup. 

    The group, which will include judges from across the state, will be led by Circuit Judge Margaret Steinbeck from Fort Myers and will be in place for the next two years. ...

  6. Appeals court upholds Florida's voucher-like program for schools

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    An appeals court says Florida's teacher union has no legal right to challenge the state's largest private school voucher program.

    The 1st District Court of Appeal on Tuesday sided with a lower judge's decision to throw out the lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association and others.

    The legal battle has been closely watched as supporters have mounted a public relations campaign to get the union and others to drop the lawsuit. The program currently serves low-income families but the program is expanding to middle-income families this fall....

  7. Gov. Rick Scott in Wynwood tells pregnant women: ‘We’re buying more tests’ for Zika

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    From Alex Daugherty at the Miami Herald:

    Govenor Rick Scott zig-zagged around Wynwood on Thursday morning, talking with local business owners about what the state can do to combat the spread of Zika. He visited Miami Under Ground coffee shop and startup company LiveNinja HQ, among others. Scott was displeased that Congress has not reconvened in Washington to fund Zika prevention.

    "President and Congress have to figure out how to work together," Scott said. "I have to work with my legislature if I want to get anything done. This is a national, international issue and I think the federal government has failed us."...

  8. Gov. Rick Scott and wife in Trump family box tonight

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    A day after addressing the Republican National convention crowd, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is back and has a great seat in the Trump family box. Buzz spotted him there watching the convention speakers with his wife, Ann. Big night to get a prime seat with Donald Trump accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Although, looking at the box on TV as Trump is getting ready to speak, not sure if he kept his seat....

    Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann, in the Trump family box Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena
  9. It's now David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs

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    U.S. Rep. David Jolly visited the Tampa Bay Times editorial board this morning and let us know he's gone from R-Indian Shores to R-Belleair Bluffs.

    Jolly and his wife recently bought a house in Belleair Bluffs and moved there, he said. He still owns a condo in Indian Shores, but his residence is now Belleair Bluffs. Duly noted for our campaign stories.

  10. Look who's back: Jeb Bush endorses David Jolly for CD13 seat, will campaign for him

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    U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, is in a tight race for re-election against former Gov. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, in Pinellas County's Congressional District 13 seat. Redrawn during redistricting, the seat leans Democratic now so here comes Jeb Bush to fight for Jolly. The endorsement is no surprise given there's no love lost between Crist and Bush.

    “I’m excited David Jolly decided to run for his congressional seat and I plan on actively campaigning for his re-election,” Bush said in a statement. “Representative Jolly has done what any congressman should do and that’s do the job that he was elected to do. I am proud to support him in this race.”...

  11. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm fires up Pinellas County Democrats

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    Times correspondent William March covered one of Hillary Clinton's top surrogates Saturday night in Pinellas. He also did a Q&A with the former governor:

    Jennifer Granholm's speech to the Pinellas County Democratic Party wasn't your typical political speech — it began with an ode, and ended with an admonition to the Democrats to "strap on your tuba."...

  12. Gov. Rick Scott calls Dallas shootings 'senseless and cowardly act that has no place in our country'

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement early Friday:

    “This morning, Ann and I are heartbroken to hear of the horrendous tragedy that took place in Texas last night. The violence displayed against Dallas law enforcement was a senseless and cowardly act that has no place in our country. Law enforcement officers across the nation bravely put their lives on the line every day in order to protect our homes, our communities, and our families. We join of all of America in mourning these fallen heroes and praying for the recovery of those injured. Just as Texas stood with Florida following the Orlando terror attack last month, Florida will stand with Texas during this unfathomably difficult time.”...

  13. Donald Trump cancels Miami speech after Dallas shootings

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    Donald Trump has canceled a trip to Miami because of Thursday's deadly attack on Dallas police officers. 

    He had been scheduled to meet Hispanic business and community leaders Friday before delivering a speech entitled "Succeeding Together."

    This statement from Trump was released by his campaign:

    Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers — five of whom were killed and seven wounded — is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe....

  14. Rubio, Bush backers among co-hosts for Donald Trump's Hamptons fundraiser

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    From Bloomberg News:

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is looking to project party unity in the Hamptons next week, when he'll huddle with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at a fundraiser featuring top donors to some of his former rivals.

    Pepe Fanjul, a Florida sugar baron and longtime patron of Sen. Marco Rubio, is part of a host committee for the Trump and RNC fundraiser at billionaire investor Wilbur Ross' home in Southampton on July 9, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Bloomberg Politics....

  15. New Florida laws in effect today

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year’s session three months ago, and 161 of them take effect Friday with the start of the state’s fiscal year, affecting school choice, rape kit testing, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State.

    A law redefining when abortions can be performed and preventing state funds from going to an organization that also provides abortions will not take effect as scheduled, after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction late Thursday. The move comes after a Texas law restricting abortions was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday....