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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.

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  1. How Frank Artiles went from exposed to ousted


    The Times/Herald team of Patricia Mazzei, Steve Bousquet and Mary Ellen Klas bring us an extraordinary tick-tock of a memorable week in the Florida Capitol:

    Last Monday afternoon, at the start of the state Legislature’s seventh week of session, Sen. Audrey Gibson raced up three floors to present one of her bills to the Florida Senate’s Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee....

    Frank Artiles.
  2. John Romano column: Artiles' conduct unbecoming of senator, gentleman


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano weighs in on the controversy surrounding state Sen. Frank Artiles:

    Honor, they say, is the bedrock of their character. It is the quality, to quote the U.S. Marine Corps website, that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior.

    Clearly, Sen. Frank Artiles skipped that part of his military training.

    For I see no honor in how Artiles has behaved in recent days. Not in his insults directed toward a female senator, nor in his reluctance to apologize until it became clear that he had no other choice....

  3. Times editorial: Sen. Frank Artiles should resign


    The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board is calling for Sen. Frank Artiles' resignation:

    Miami state Sen. Frank Artiles should resign from office for his racist tirade to a pair of his African-American colleagues. The Republican’s public apology on the Senate floor Wednesday morning was insufficient, and there should be no tolerance in the Florida Legislature for such bigotry....

    State Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami.
  4. Rep. Charlie Crist swims laps every day: 'It's a de-stresser'


    CQ-Roll Call did a Q&A with Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, that came across our wires. Some highlights:

    Q: What do you do to wind down in D.C.?

    A: I swim, every day. It's been great. That's my thing in the morning. I get up at 4:30 and lift for about 20 minutes and swim laps for about 20 minutes. It's a de-stresser. I guess it's like what yoga might be for some. It gives me a chance to think clearly, clear my head....

  5. PolitiFact: Despite what Marco Rubio said, Trump's strikes on Syria look a lot like Obama's 2013 proposal


    Sen. Marco Rubio has been in the national spotlight in recent days since President Donald Trump authorized airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, calling it the "right move." 

    Four years ago, when President Barack Obama was seeking congressional approval for airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, Rubio opposed the plan, saying he was concerned Obama’s proposed operation was too narrow to degrade Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons abilities and deter future attacks....

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, talks to members of the media as he leaves after a closed briefing on the airstrikes against Syria by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joe Dunford on April 7 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  6. Ben Carson gets stuck in an elevator on South Florida visit


    From Rene Rodriguez of the Miami Herald:

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's two-day visit to Miami -- his third stop on a national listening tour -- started with a big glitch.

    Carson, Miami-Dade County Public Housing Director Michael Liu and five other people got stuck inside an elevator Wednesday on the way down from a visit to the rooftop of the Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown....

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's two-day visit to Miami -- his third stop on a national listening tour -- started him getting stuck for 20 minutes in an elevator at Courtside Morning Apts. Alonzo Mourning looks more relieved than anyone as Carson walks off the elevator.
  7. Constitution Revision Commission plans public hearing in Hillsborough County on May 17


    The Constitution Revision Commission announced plans to hold more public hearings across Florida next month and Hillsborough is on the list....

  8. Sen. Bill Nelson calls for end on attacks to climate science


    From the Miami Herald's Jenny Staletovich:

    Three years after he held a field hearing in Miami Beach to draw attention to a region at ground zero for climate change, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson convened a second hearing in West Palm Beach on Monday with a new target: the Trump administration’s attack on climate science.

    Held just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s vulnerable island retreat, the hearing highlighted worsening conditions — and the need to free science from politics....

    Yaneisy Duenas, left, and Ferando Sanudo walk through a flooded parking lot at the Haulover Marine Center during a November king tide.
  9. Former Rep. Frank Attkisson struck and killed while riding bicycle


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    ST. CLOUD — The Florida Highway Patrol says a former central Florida politician was struck and killed while riding his bicycle.

    Troopers say 61-year-old Frank Attkisson was riding his bike around 7 p.m. Thursday when a car hit him. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

    The incident report says 26-year-old Kirstie Jean Knoebel was driving behind Attkisson and rammed into the back of his bike. She wasn't injured and alcohol isn't suspected as a cause of the crash....

    Rep. Frank Attkisson, R-Kissimmee, gives a thumbs up sign as he introduces the school vouchers for dependent children of veterans and military personnel bill, during a House session in March 2003 in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
  10. PolitiFact featured in a question on 'Jeopardy'


    On Wednesday night, the immensely popular game show Jeopardy featured a question about PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times' award-winning fact-checking website. The $1,000 question came up in the Double Jeopardy round. Category: TV Talk.

    "The website politifact has a page called THISfact to check the experts who come on political talk shows."...

    Wednesday night's episode of "Jeopardy" featured this question about the Tampa Bay Times' award winning fact-checking website.
  11. Let's talk about fake news vs. real news!


    Come one, come all to our event next week at the Poynter Institute called "Fake News vs. Real News – and how to tell the difference."

    The First Amendment Foundation is hosting an evening with professionals -- a reporter from PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its fact-checking, and a newspaper and a television editor -- who'll talk about what you can do to identify where a story comes from, and what’s behind it....

  12. A look at what outside lawyering Florida has spent money on


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — The Associated Press has documented that since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, agencies under his control as well as the Florida Legislature and Cabinet officials have spent more than $250 million on private attorneys. Here's a look at some of the spending on outside lawyering Florida taxpayers have had to pay for under Republican leadership:...

  13. President Trump visits Orlando classroom


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    President Donald Trump visited a classroom at a private, religious school in Florida on Friday, signaling that his education agenda will focus on school choice. 

    He started his tour of St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando with a visit to a fourth-grade classroom. 

    Trump shook hands with a pair of students who told him they were learning about the history of Florida. ...

    St. Andrew Catholic School Principal Latrina Peters-Gipson listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion at the school Friday in Orlando.
  14. Gov. Rick Scott greets Donald Trump in Orlando


    President Donald Trump has landed in Orlando for his visit to school. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was there to greet him.

    The visit to St. Andrew Catholic School – “Our goals are simple: College and Heaven” -- is a continuation of the president’s call for school choice during his speech to Congress on Tuesday night. A sizable number of students at the school get assistance through the Florida Tax Credits Scholarship, a voucher program....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, with grandson Auguste at his side, greets President Donald Trump as he deplanes Air Force One in Orlando.
  15. Trump nominee Alex Acosta gave billionaire 'sweetheart' deal


    Nice reporting from our Miami Herald partners this morning. Patricia Mazzei and Jay Weaver with this story:

    A decade ago, a Miami Beach father who traveled to Cambodia to pay for sex with three underage girls was found guilty in federal court and convicted of sex tourism involving children.

    Kent Frank, 50, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Miami’s U.S. attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, declared in a news release that society “cannot permit such individuals to seek sanctuary in our community.”...

    President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, right, briefly stood next to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner before the president addressed Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.