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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. Southwest Florida Rep. Curt Clawson won't seek re-election, adding to changes in Florida's congressional delegation


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    MIAMI  — Rep. Curt Clawson, Republican Florida congressman, says he won't be seeking re-election so he can spend more time with his family and his father.

    Clawson made the announcement in a statement issued by his congressional office Thursday: "Since my mother's passing last year, our family has gone through significant change and transition. I believe that now is a good time to pass the baton and spend more time close to home."...

    Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, announced plans to leave office after just one term.
  2. Bernie Sanders' campaign assails DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz


    From our friends at the New York Times:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign assailed the head of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday, accusing her of lavishing favoritism on his rival, Hillary Clinton, during the party's increasingly tense nominating battle.

    The criticism comes amid growing fears about the prospects for party unity, as supporters of Sanders have been enraged by how they were treated at a state convention in Nevada last weekend and directed violent threats at the Democratic chairwoman there....

  3. Gov. Rick Scott asks HHS chief for federal Zika aid


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    As the number of Zika cases climbs in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell for federal aid and also called for members of Congress to hold a hearing in Miami.

    Scott, who traveled to Washington on Wednesday, is seeking federal money for such things as Zika "preparedness" kits and additional staffing at mosquito control districts, his office said in a statement after the meeting with Burwell....

  4. Gov. Rick Scott plans higher education summit


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    Gov. Rick Scott plans to hold what is being dubbed a "Degrees to Jobs Summit" this month that will address issues in the state's higher-education system.

    In a video posted online, Scott pointed to the state's job growth since he was first elected in 2010. "To continue this success, our higher-education system must focus on preparing students for these newly created jobs," Scott said in the video. "The summit will connect higher-education stakeholders with Florida's businesses to find ways we can better prepare students for the growing job market in our state."...

  5. 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....

    Tourists photograph the city of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain at the arrival station of the Table Mountain Cableway, which has been running for more than 80 years. Once here, one can enjoy the views as well as a host of hiking trails.
  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. 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....

  9. 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....

  10. 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....

  11. 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!"
  12. 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.
  13. 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...

  14. 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.
  15. 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.