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. Manuel Sykes: I didn't agree to endorse Rick Scott

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    Update: State Sen. Jack Latvala texted Adam C. Smith to say the 2 p.m. presser is canceled.

    The Rev. Manuel Sykes hosted Gov. Rick Scott at Bethel Community Baptist Church on Sunday and later told Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith that he was "heavily leaning towards" endorsing Gov. Rick Scott and was considering changing his party registration from Democrat to Republican....

    A post the Rev. Manuel Sykes put on his Facebook page on Monday.
  2. Amendment 1 promises to save Florida's threatened lands

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    There are three proposed constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot in November. We've got Amendment 2 covered. But what about Amendment 1? An excerpt of a story in Monday's Tampa Bay Times:...

  3. Welcome to a new look for PolitiFact, PolitiFact Florida & PunditFact, w/video

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    Today, we unveil a new look for PolitiFact. And it extends to PolitiFact Florida and PunditFact.

    Our overhaul includes responsive design, so our website works better on tablets and smartphones. When you browse the site on those devices, you’ll see a larger Truth-O-Meter rating along with easy-to-read text of the entire report....

  4. William Winston Weatherford is born

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    Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford became the father to a son today when his wife, Courtney, gave birth to William Winston, their fourth child. See the proud papa's tweet:

    House Speaker Will Weatherford posted this photo Friday of him holding his newborn son.
  5. Coming at 11 tonight: New poll on the governor's race

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    Coming tonight at 11 p.m. on tampabay.com are results of a new poll on the 2014 Florida governor's race, sponsored by the Times, Bay News 9 and News 13 of Orlando. The poll was conducted Aug. 27-31 -- so starting just one day after Florida's primary last week -- by the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service and Bureau of Economic and Business Research....

  6. Who is Charlie Crist?

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    He may be among Florida's most famous politicians, but who is Charlie Crist? Charming or scheming? Focused or distracted? Disciplined or reckless? Reporters Adam C. Smith and Michael Kruse have spent months reporting and interviewed more than 100 people to bring you an in-depth and unprecedented portait of the former Republican-now-Democrat who is running for governor. Read it in full on tampabay.com on Friday and Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times....

  7. Lucy Morgan column: Florida politicians never learn

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    Lucy Morgan, retired state capital bureau chief and senior correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times, wrote a column exclusively for the Times about the King Ranch stories. She doesn't mince words. An excerpt:...

  8. Governor's race election complaints thrown out

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Election year complaints contending that Charlie Crist and former Gov. Rick Scott broke campaign finance laws are getting thrown out. 

    Public records at the Florida Elections Commission show that the commission rejected two complaints filed this spring by Republican Party of Florida executive director Justin Johnson. Both were deemed legally insufficient by commission officials. ...

  9. Rep. Dane Eagle takes plea deal in DUI arrest

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    A member of the Florida Legislature arrested on a drunken driving charge was sentenced to six months of probation and subjected to alcohol tests under a plea deal agreed upon Thursday.

    Rep. Dane Eagle, 31, was arrested in April after an officer spotted him driving erratically and he refused to be tested. The Cape Coral Republican refused to resign after his arrest....

  10. Lucy Morgan honored with LeRoy Collins award from Leadership Florida

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    Tampa Bay Times legend Lucy Morgan was honored Saturday morning in Naples at the annual Leadership Florida meeting.

    A Pulitzer Prize winner who retired from the Times in 2013 (her second time), Morgan received the 2014 LeRoy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award, the highest honor given by the statewide group. The award is meant "to recognize an individual who, like Governor Collins, has gone above and beyond by using his/her leadership abilities over a lifetime to improve the quality of life for Florida’s citizens and its future generations."...

    From left, Aakash Patel, founder and president of Elevate Inc., congratulates Lucy Morgan and her husband, Richard Morgan, at the meeting Saturday.
  11. John Romano column: Rick Scott dodges and ducks — and voters don't get answers

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's latest column calls out Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt:

    Let's face it, the man's default setting is mute.

    His lack of accessibility has become so ingrained, it almost seems routine. And if reporters do actually get close enough to ask him about a specific topic, Scott pretends to have heard some completely different question involving butterflies, rainbows or jobs....

  12. Sun Sentinel: Gov. Rick Scott cancels fundraiser at felon's home

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    Anthony Man of the Sun Sentinel has this interesting scoop:

    Gov. Rick Scott abruptly called off a South Florida fundraiser planned for Saturday at the Boca Raton home of real estate developer James Batmasian, a convicted felon who did time for federal tax evasion.

    Batmasian pleaded guilty in 2008 to a felony charge of failing to pay the government $253,513 in federal taxes for employees at his company, Investments Limited. He was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, which is similar to probation....

  13. John Romano column: Coincidences in redistricting case defy belief

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano has a biting take on Florida's redistricting trial. An excerpt:

    They want you to believe in coincidences. They want you to accept a few minor indiscretions. Mostly, they want you to trust them and ignore the pile of evidence.

    To do that, you would have to accept:

    1. That no one knows how pertinent emails were deleted.

    2. That the collective amnesia claimed by witness after witness was believable....

  14. Sue Carlton column: Pam Bondi fumbles on gay marriage

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist Sue Carlton does not mince words in today's column on Attorney General Pam Bondi and her recent response defending Florida's ban on gay marriage. Here's an excerpt:

    So yes, fallout was understandable. Bondi has enjoyed enormous hometown support — affection, even — particularly from the legal community where she was a longtime Tampa prosecutor. Though she did not seem particularly political to many here then, reaction to her conservative stances once she got to Tallahassee has often been: Oh, that's politics, not Pam....

  15. Florida response to lawsuit: Gay marriage would cause harm

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    The attorney general of Florida says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

    Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal....