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Amy Sherman, Miami Herald Staff Writer

Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman is a staff writer for the Miami Herald and for PolitiFact Florida. She was born in Amherst, Mass., and moved to Minnesota to attend college at Macalester in St. Paul. She worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press before moving to Florida in 2004 and joining the Miami Herald.

E-mail: asherman@miamiherald.com

The Sherman file: PolitiFact.com/Florida

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  1. PolitiFact Florida: Pro-Democrat PAC overshoots attack on Marco Rubio's positions on Social Security, Medicare

    State Roundup

    Two Democratic groups say Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wants to cut Social Security and Medicare — programs that millions of Florida seniors rely on each year.

    "Marco Rubio wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare because he said they're bankrupting our country. But that's what politicians say when the insurance industry bankrolls their campaigns," says the narrator in a TV ad by the Senate Majority PAC and AFSCME People....

    Marco Rubio called for entitlement programs to be reformed during his first U.S. Senate campaign.
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Republican group misleads in attack on Patrick Murphy's resume

    Business

    The statement

    Says Patrick Murphy "never worked as a CPA" and was "never a small-business owner."

    National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sept. 7 in a TV ad

    The ruling

    In a TV ad getting plenty of air time locally, the NRSC says it's fact-checking U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's resume.

    Did Murphy distort his work experience?

    Murphy did work as a CPA. But he first held a lesser title and then worked as a CPA for less than a year....

    Photo of US Rep. Patrick Murphy.
  3. PolitiFact Florida debunks claim that Patrick Murphy was one of 'least effective congressmen'

    National

    A TV attack ad portrays U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy as a "fabulously phony failure."

    Murphy, D-Jupiter, is taking on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in one of the most closely watched U.S. Senate battles in the nation.

    "Patrick Murphy was named one of America's least effective congressmen," states the ad by American Future Fund.

    The fund is a political nonprofit organization that does not have to disclose donors and has spent millions of dollars this year largely attacking Democrats....

    The criticism of Patrick Murphy comes from a narrow analysis of bills he sponsored as a freshman minority-party representative.
  4. In South Florida, Bill Clinton meets with clergy, headlines two fundraisers

    Blog

    Former President Bill Clinton met with clergy in Broward County and then headlined two fundraisers on behalf of Hillary Clinton in Miami Beach Wednesday.

    Clinton met with clergy at the Miramar Cultural Center. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam,the son of Jamaican immigrants, has been a surrogate for the Clinton campaign with Caribbean and African-American voters in Florida and campaigned for her during the primary in South Carolina....

  5. Donald Trump campaign to open offices in South Florida

    Blog

    Donald Trump will open a campaign office in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, the first South Florida office for the Republican during the general election.

    His campaign is expected to open 25 offices across Florida within the next week, including seven in Broward and Miami-Dade, said Healy Baumgardner, a Trump campaign spokeswoman in Florida.

    No further details such as the address of the Fort Lauderdale office or the locations of the Miami-Dade offices were immediately available....

  6. Tim Canova: I will concede Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge

    Blog

    Tim Canova refused to go quietly into the night as he sat by the bar of Kasa Champet in Pembroke Pines after all precincts finally reported around 11:30 p.m.

    "I will concede Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge,"' Canova said.

    As for working with Wasserman Schultz in the future, well, don't bet on it.

    "She's never asked for my help," Canova said. "She's never given me the time of day. She's never given the time of day to her constituents as far as I'm concerned."...

  7. Cher raises $130,000 for Hillary Clinton in Miami

    Blog

    Cher's fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in the LGBT community in Miami Friday night raised about $130,000, said Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE, a gay rights group.

    The fundraiser was hosted by gay rights activist Bradley Carlson in Wynwood. State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, the first openly gay state legislator, officiated. Clinton didn't attend.

    Clinton has been courting the LGBT vote in Florida and other states. She is a supporter of gay rights and announced her support for same-sex marriage in 2013 before she ran for president. Donald Trump has consistently opposed same-sex marriage since 2000....

  8. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim that Barack Obama 'founded' ISIS

    News

    Donald Trump has found a ferocious way to describe President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: as the founder and co-founder of ISIS, the terrorist group behind beheadings of Americans and lethal attacks around the world.

    Speaking to thousands of supporters at a Broward County arena Wednesday, Trump vowed to "knock the hell out of ISIS" before pointing the finger at the Democrats....

    At first he said he was dead serious, but then Trump called statements he made about Obama founding ISIS “sarcasm.”
  9. Bernie Sanders' consultants exit Tim Canova's campaign

    Blog

    Just a couple of weeks after joining Tim Canova's South Florida congressional campaign, media consultants for Bernie Sanders have exited Canova's team.

    The firm run by Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh was hired by Canova in late July. Canova is battling against longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a Broward/Miami-Dade seat.

    Canova told the Miami Herald that the firm is no longer working on his campaign after we asked him about a Politico article about that....

  10. Cher plans fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Miami Beach

    Blog

    Cher will host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Miami Beach Aug. 19.

    Clinton is not expected to attend the event which has a minimum donation of $250.

    "I think Cher is a universal gay icon," said Tony Lima, executive director of the gay rights group SAVE Dade. "She is loved by many generations of LGBT folks. She is a strong woman and very in tune with the mantra of the gay community and being an individual and having a loud voice and being strong."...

  11. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to hold gun safety meeting with Gabby Giffords

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will hold a gun safety meeting with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Broward Thursday night.

    In 2011, Giffords was holding a Congressional event in Arizona when a gunman shot her and 18 others, killing six. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, who will also attend the meeting, have since become advocates for preventing gun violence. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who faces re-election, and former State Sen. Nan Rich, who is running for Broward County Commission, will also participate in the 7 p.m. meeting at Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City....

  12. Debbie Wasserman Schultz target of FEC complaint

    Blog

    Tim Canova said he will file a Federal Election Commission complaint today against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz related to the leaked Democratic National Committee emails.

    "Wasserman Schultz had a fiduciary duty to the DNC and ultimately to the public to be a fair arbitrator and to separate her obligations as a candidate for federal office from her position as chair of a national committee, ..." states the complaint, according to a Canova press release. "She had a legal obligation to institute a firewall between her campaign and the DNC. Instead, the record establishes that she used her position with the DNC and the resources of the DNC to improperly benefit her congressional campaign."
     
    "The emails establish that on numerous occasions the DNC, under Wasserman Schultz's direction and control, used its resources to track my campaign, interfere with my campaign events and to assist the Wasserman Schultz campaign in her personal communications strategy," Canova said....

  13. Alan Grayson pushes back on domestic abuse allegations

    Elections

    WEST PALM BEACH — An embattled U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson met with reporters Wednesday in South Florida to fight back against allegations by his ex-wife that he abused her repeatedly.

    When asked if he would provide explanations of the four times his ex-wife, Lolita Grayson, contacted the police between 1994 and 2014 to claim he abused her, Grayson said he couldn't describe what happened except for in the most recent incident....

    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, met with reporters Wednesday and address domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife, Lolita Grayson.  [Getty Images]
  14. Donald Trump wrongly says Hillary Clinton is paying Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Blog

    Donald Trump bashed Hillary Clinton at a rally in Harrisburg, Penn., on Monday for giving U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz a position with her campaign after she stepped down as Democratic Party chair.

    “Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” Trump said, slowly drawing out each word in her name eliciting boos from the crowd. “She’s a great one. ... I heard that she got fired so fast but I heard Hillary actually hired her for her campaign. You know why? I know why. So she is fired because she was crooked. She was fired and now Hillary hires her for her campaign and pays her with the campaign contributions that are monstrous.”...

  15. Tim Canova's poll shows he is eight points behind Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Blog

    A poll done for Tim Canova shows he is eight points behind longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    The poll showed that Wasserman Schultz leads 46-38 percent with 16 percent undecided. Her lead narrows after the pollster provided positive and negative information about the candidates, but the press release from Canova's campaign didn't reveal the information provided to voters....