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

  1. PolitiFact: Nelson jumps the gun on Florida's population rank

    State Roundup

    The statement

    "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., April 8 in a hearing

    The ruling

    On Dec. 30, the Census Bureau released estimates through July 2013 that showed that New York narrowly held on to its spot as the third-most-populous state, behind California and Texas. New York had 19,651,127 residents, while Florida had 19,552,860. The next such release of data will be in December....

  2. PolitiFact Florida: Crist has changed stance on tuition rates for illegal immigrants

    Gubernatorial

    In a statewide election year when both parties are courting Florida's growing Hispanic vote, the Legislature is debating giving in-state college tuition to young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers."

    Similar efforts have failed in the past decade in Tallahassee. But this year the proposal may have the support of Gov. Rick Scott, who has said he will consider the bill if it also contains a provision he wants, one that is unrelated to immigrants: prohibiting universities from raising tuition above the rate set by the Florida Legislature....

    Charlie Crist now supports charging in-state rates to young illegal immigrants, but he didn’t in 2006.
  3. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush overstates number of U.S.-Canada pipelines

    National

    The statement

    "There are over 100 pipelines between the United States and Canada right now."

    Jeb Bush, March 21, in remarks to business leaders

    The ruling

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the Keystone XL Pipeline is a "no-brainer."

    Bush took a question on the pipeline after a speech to business leaders. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson asked him this:...

  4. Florida halts purge of noncitizens from voter rolls

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official is suspending a politically charged election-year plan to purge noncitizens from Florida's voter rolls, citing changes to a federal database used to verify citizenship.

    The about-face Thursday by Secretary of State Ken Detzner resolves a standoff with county elections supervisors, who resisted the purge and were suspicious of its timing. It also had given rise to Democratic charges of voter suppression aimed at minorities, including Hispanics crucial to Scott's re-election hopes....

    Secretary of State Detzner says he’s postponing the project.
  5. Charlie Crist says economic recovery began at the end of his watch

    State Roundup

    The Republican Party has tried to boil down the comparison between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his rival, former Gov. Charlie Crist, with four words: "Crist crash, Scott surge."

    Crist, who wants his old job back, argues the economic recovery actually started on his watch, not Scott's.

    He made that argument in a March 9 interview with CNN's Candy Crowley:

    Crowley: "Can I get you in a yes or no to get you to tell me whether you think the economy is better than it was when the governor (Scott) took office?"...

  6. Perspective: Fact-checks of Gov. Rick Scott cross the 100 mark

    Perspective

    Back in 2010, Rick Scott drew national attention for spending more than $70 million of his own money to win his first elected office as Florida's governor. Since then, the Republican has become known for serious matters, like his staunch opposition to the federal health law, as well as lighter moments, like when The Daily Show crashed one of his press conferences to make fun of Florida's effort to drug test welfare recipients....

    PolitiFact Florida is tracking
57 Rick Scott campaign promises. He has earned a Promise Kept or Compromise on about half, while the remainder are In the Works, Stalled or, in the case of eight promises, Promise Broken.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Scott's record belies his environment claim

    State Roundup

    So we know Gov. Rick Scott likes to portray himself as the jobs-promoter-in-chief but what about tree-hugger-in-chief?

    During his fourth State of the state speech last week, Scott began by reeling off a list of recent accomplishments.

    "A lot has happened since I spoke to you last year. I can talk about how our unemployment rate is now down to 6.3 percent. How our crime rate is at a 42-year low. How we have invested record funding in protecting our environment."...

  8. Florida Gov. Rick Scott gives his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 4.
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Will doctors write prescriptions for medical marijuana if you have an itchy back?

    State Roundup

    As medical marijuana heads to the ballot in Florida in November, opponents like Senate President Don Gaetz have argued that it will be too easy for people who want to smoke pot recreationally to get their hands on it.

    "It doesn't require a physician writing a prescription, and it can be for purposes as specious as having a back that needs to be scratched," Gaetz said in an interview on Feb. 13. "That's the legalization of marijuana that I oppose and will vote against in November." We wondered if Gaetz's specific claims about physicians and purposes was fully accurate....

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist claims 6 die every day due to lack of health care

    State Roundup

    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now running for his old position as a Democrat, has attacked Republican Gov. Rick Scott for his tepid support for Medicaid expansion last year.

    Scott said he would support it, but he didn't lobby for it, and ultimately the state Legislature rejected the expansion.

    In a Feb. 7 interview on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Crist said that means "about 1 million of my fellow Floridians are not getting health care today, and I'm told by my friends at (the Service Employees International Union) that means that six people in Florida die as a result of that every day."...

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott says his K-12 education budget proposal is highest in Florida's history

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott may have signed a $1.3 billion cut to K-12 education in his first year, but he's now touting "record" funding for public schools and teacher pay raises later in his term.

    Scott unveiled his education budget proposal at a Delray Beach elementary school on Jan. 27. In an accompanying press release, he said, "The $18.8 billion in funding for K-12 education funding is the highest in Florida history and includes a record $10.6 billion in state funds."...

  12. Charlie Crist 'not even thinking' about debating Nan Rich

    State Roundup

    Democratic newcomer Charlie Crist says he has no plans to debate his leading rival, Nan Rich, in a party primary as they both run for governor.

    "I'm not even thinking about that right now, to be honest with you," Crist told reporters Tuesday night outside a Greenspoon Marder law firm fundraiser.

    "I am focused on doing everything I can to help the people of Florida," he said. "And this is not really a race about candidates. This is a race about the people of our state."...

  13. Charlie Crist ‘not even thinking’ about debating Nan Rich in Democratic primary

    Blog

    Democratic newcomer Charlie Crist says he has no plans to debate his leading rival, Nan Rich, in a party primary as they both run for governor.

    “I’m not even thinking about that right now, to be honest with you,” Crist told reporters Tuesday night outside a Greenspoon Marder law firm fundraiser.

    “I am focused on doing everything I can to help the people of Florida,” he said. “And this is not really a race about candidates. This is a race about the people of our state.”...

  14. PolitiFact Florida: Group wrong about costs of Scott voter purge attempt

    State Roundup

    At the start of a statewide election year, Democrats and the NAACP launched new attacks on Florida's plan for a new round of searching for noncitizens who registered to vote.

    House Democratic leader Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach and the NAACP held a news conference Jan. 13 to criticize Florida's Republican administration for preparing to send a new batch of names of potential noncitizens to county election supervisors. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, is leading the project....

    Florida’s GOP administration is preparing to send a new batch of names of potential noncitizens to county election supervisors.
  15. PolitiFact Florida: Rep. Trey Radel's cocaine record would bar him driving Lee County school bus

    State Roundup

    U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, is back to work in Congress following a few weeks in rehab after he got busted for cocaine possession in Washington.

    He's lucky he has that job, some say. With a drug arrest on his record, he wouldn't be eligible for a host of other gigs — like driving a bus in his own district.

    Radel's conviction has prompted some high-profile Republicans to call for his ouster. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott vowed to be a "staunch advocate for (Radel's) political replacement" and unleashed this attack:...