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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. Poll: Cuban-Americans split on Obama’s Cuba policy, divided along generational lines


    Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week’s historic announcement.

    The poll by Bendixen & Amandi International also showed that Cuban-Americans are nearly split on whether Obama should have exchanged prisoners Wednesday with Raul Castro’s communist government....

  2. Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    MIAMI — Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. 

    The court said Friday it wouldn’t block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened. ...

  3. House will vote Tuesday on whether to accept election results for Tampa Rep. Jamie Grant's seat


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    In a highly unusual move, the Florida House will vote Tuesday on whether to accept election results that would give state Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, another two years in office. Grant easily won the House District 64 election this month, topping fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg. But the results have been called into question because of a long-running legal dispute that centers on write-in candidate Daniel John Matthews....

  4. Special elections set for vacant seats in House, Senate


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida: 

    An open state Senate seat and two House seats being vacated in the wake of former state Sen. John Thrasher becoming Florida State University's president may not have new occupants until midway through the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

    Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced the schedule for special elections to fill the seat in Senate District 6, Thrasher's Northeast Florida district, along with the House District 17 seat held by state Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, and the House District 24 seat held by Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton. Renuart and Hutson are running to replace Thrasher....

  5. John Romano column: Thanks for calling Pam Bondi. Press 1 to donate, 2 to book a trip


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano riffs on the recent controversy surrounding Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and tries to call her office. Here's an excerpt: ...

  6. John Thrasher resigns from Senate, jockeying begins


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    Preparing to become Florida State University president Monday, state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, submitted his resignation from the Legislature effective at midnight Sunday. Thrasher's move Friday immediately caused a political chain reaction, with state Rep. Ronald "Doc" Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, and Rep. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, taking formal steps to run for Thrasher's Senate seat....

  7. Florida's exit polls, courtesy of CNN


    Interested in a deeper dive on who voted in Florida during this year's election? CNN has an online graphic based on exit polls from voters on Tuesday.

    Click here for the CNN graphics.

  8. An interactive map on how Florida voted for governor


    You want to understand how Gov. Rick Scott defeated Charlie Crist? First, read Adam C. Smith and Marc Caputo's analysis

    As they point out, Scott won the governor's race four years ago by about 1 percentage point — 61,000 votes — and he won re-election by about 1 percentage point — about 66,000 votes....

    We've made an interactive map of the statewide election results for governor.
  9. One candidate for governor votes on Election Day


    Libertarian candidate for governor Adrian Wyllie voted Tuesday morning in Palm Harbor, providing a typical Election Day photo of a candidate.

    No such photo op was possible for either Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democrat Charlie Crist because both voted early in their home precincts.

    Libertarian candidate for governor Adrian Wyllie, center, leaves precinct 540 in Palm Harbor with his son, Connor Wyllie, and wife, Dawn Wyllie, moments after voting on Tuesday.
  10. Jimmy Buffett says yes to Amendments 1 & 2


    Jimmy Buffett has been active in Florida's 2014 campaign, rallying for congressional candidate Gwen Graham this week, and now taping a video explaining why he supports Amendment 1 for land conservation and Amendment 2 for medical marijuana. For the latter, he explains that after walking off stage at a concert, he rehabbed in Hawaii and medical marijuana is part of what helped ease his pain. Watch for yourself. You even get a glimpse of Buffett's house....

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


    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.
  12. Amendment 1 promises to save Florida's threatened lands


    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:...

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


    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....

  14. William Winston Weatherford is born


    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.
  15. Coming at 11 tonight: New poll on the governor's race


    Coming tonight at 11 p.m. on 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....