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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. Debbie Wasserman Schultz collects enough signatures to qualify by petition

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    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced this morning that she received enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by petition in her primary battle against Tim Canova.

    Qualifying by petition is a way for candidates to show they have local support -- and they get to skip the $10,440 filing fee.

    “I’m running for reelection so I can continue to fight for hard-working South Florida families, be a strong voice to protect children and defend Social Security and Medicare for Seniors. I'm grateful for the trust voters in the district have placed in me to be their voice in Washington and will continue to work every day to earn their vote once again this year,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “I am also humbled by the quick and overwhelming level of support we are receiving. We  collected enough petitions to qualify in less than one week from when we began and the petitions are still pouring in. In fact, in two weeks time, we have received more than 10,000 petitions from supporters who live in the district. I am truly grateful for their support.”...

  2. Joe Biden to headline fundraiser for Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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    Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, in early June.

    Stephen Bittel, a developer who lives in Coconut Grove, told the Miami Herald that he is hosting the fundraiser.

    It''s no surprise that Biden is supporting Wasserman Schultz who is President Barack Obama's Democratic National Committee chair.

    But his presence at a fundraiser for her is another sign that Wasserman Schultz is taking her Democratic primary challenger -- Tim Canova -- seriously. Canova, a Nova Southeastern University law professor, said in a fundraising email earlier this week that he is close to raising $1 million -- a huge sum for a first-time candidate who started his campaign in January....

  3. Hillary Clinton to fundraise in Fort Lauderdale

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    Hillary Clinton will hold a fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale May 21, the same day she is in town to speak to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

    The location and time of the fundraiser will be announced that day. Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook will speak at a fundraiser in Miami May 19. No public events have been announced....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Donald Trump wrong that Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush had Florida's winner-take-all primary set

    State Roundup

    Donald Trump has been on a tear, accusing the Republican establishment of rigging the system to hurt him, despite the fact that he leads the delegate count in the primaries.

    One of the states where leaders are out to get him is Florida, he says. The state's March 15 primary was "winner-take-all," which means all of the delegates went to one winner, who ended up being Trump.

    "You speak about what's unfair, so in Florida you had 99 delegates," he said in a speech in Rome, N.Y. "And Jeb Bush had it set — Jeb Bush or (Marco) Rubio, both of them. They had it set so that the winner takes everything, because they wanted to make sure that I didn't get anything."...

    Donald Trump, despite winning all 99 delegates in Florida’s primary, said it was set to keep him from getting anything.
  5. The end of #NeverTrump? GOP leaders warm up to idea of Donald Trump nomination

    State Roundup

    If Donald Trump's presidential campaign thrust the GOP into the five stages of grief, then it looks like many Republicans have finally reached acceptance.

    Trump is their likely nominee.

    That realization, however unfathomable it may have seemed just a few months ago, seemed to sink in this week during the Republican National Committee's spring meeting, held Wednesday through Friday at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. It helped Trump that the meeting began a day after he thumped his competition in the New York primary....

    Members and guests mill about before the start of the general session of the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting on Friday in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  6. Another Graham for Florida governor? U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announces potential run

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham set off the first round of Florida's next election battle Thursday when she announced that she won't seek reelection to Congress but "is seriously considering" seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

    Graham, of Tallahassee, is in her first term in Congress but she faced a tough re-election after her North Florida seat was reconfigured to be less favorable for Democrats under a court-ordered redistricting plan....

    Gwen Graham, left, talks with supporter Merry Rainwater outside a voting precinct in Panama City on Nov. 4, 2014. Graham says she's not running for re-election, but will think about running for governor in 2018. (AP Photo/The News Herald, Andrew Wardlow)
  7. Donald Trump campaign manager botches claim on Florida delegates

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    Donald Trump’s campaign has been crying foul over the delegate selection in Florida, accusing Republican Party insiders of stacking the deck against Trump.

    Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski accused Blaise Ingoglia, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, of bias against Trump.

    “The chairman of the party of Florida, who is an avid and outward supporter of Marco Rubio, gets to appoint 30 of those delegates,” Lewandowski said April 17. “Now, I understand those are the rules, but Donald Trump won. And now, you’ve got a person who is supporting Marco Rubio who gets to appoint 30 of the 99 delegates. That’s not what the rules should be.”...

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Donald Trump manager Corey Lewandowski botches claim on Florida delegate selection

    State Roundup

    Donald Trump's campaign has been crying foul over the delegate selection in Florida, accusing Republican Party insiders of stacking the deck against Trump.

    Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski accused Blaise Ingoglia, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, of bias against Trump.

    "The chairman of the party of Florida, who is an avid and outward supporter of Marco Rubio, gets to appoint 30 of those delegates," Lewandowski said April 17. "Now, I understand those are the rules, but Donald Trump won. And now, you've got a person who is supporting Marco Rubio who gets to appoint 30 of the 99 delegates. That's not what the rules should be."...

    Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia can recommend only 15 delegates. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] 
  9. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera had Bar Mitzvah at western wall in Israel last week

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    Nothing clears up the ambiguity of Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s religion like having a Bar Mitzvah.

    Yep, at the not-so-tender age of 42, Lopez-Cantera -- who once described himself in his house biography as Catholic -- had a Bar Mitzvah at the western wall in Jerusalem last week while traveling with the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. The Jewish rite of passage into adulthood typically occurs at age 13, but it’s not unheard of for adults to have the ceremony if they didn’t have one as a teenager....

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Patrick Murphy wrongly praises Florida's payday law as 'stronger than almost any other state'

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    Consumer groups have attacked Florida members of Congress, including Patrick Murphy, for defending a payday lending bill that they say traps the poor in a cycle of debt. Murphy, a Democrat who represents the Treasure Coast and is running for U.S. Senate, disagrees with those consumer advocates.

    "The regulations on the (payday lending) industry are some of the strongest here in Florida, stronger than almost any other state," Murphy said in a conference call with reporters April 6....

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Did Bernie Sanders fundamentally improve the lives of tomato pickers in Florida?

    State Roundup

    Bernie Sanders says he successfully changed the lives of exploited tomato workers in Florida.

    In an ad for Sanders, which ran nationally on Univision, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., praises Sanders for taking up the plight of Immokalee tomato workers.

    "He went and visited personally. Then he came back and convinced Ted Kennedy to hold some hearings, and it fundamentally changed the lives of those workers."...

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks during a rally on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday.
  12. PolitiFact's guide to 2016 presidential candidates' tax plans

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    As you begrudgingly finish this year’s tax returns, the last thing you want to do is think about tax days to come. But after 2017, your taxes may be significantly different depending on who’s in the White House.

    Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are both promising significant tax cuts across the board, largely benefitting the wealthy. Trump also wants to use the tax code to encourage companies to do business at home, while Cruz is for a one-rate-fits-all approach. John Kasich hasn’t released a formal tax plan or enough details for analysis....

  13. PolitiFact Florida checks out viral Starbucks spat between heckler, Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    It starts like a joke — Gov. Rick Scott walks into a Gainesville Starbucks — but one patron wasn't laughing.

    Scott stopped at the coffee chain for a cup Tuesday after touring the recently opened factory and headquarters for biopharmaceutical company Nanotherapeutics. Cara Jennings, a liberal activist and former Lake Worth city commissioner, saw Scott in the downtown store and ripped into him from her seat over health insurance, cuts to women's health services and being an explicit word....

    A confrontation between a former politician and Gov. Rick Scott in a Gainesville Starbucks is captured on film. [Stephen Bender YouTube channel]
  14. GOP attorney announces challenge to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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    A Republican attorney who lost a state House race in 2014 announced that he will run for the Congressional seat held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston.

    Marty Feigenbaum, a longtime criminal defense attorney in Surfside, is running in the Broward/Miami-Dade Congressional District 23. Feigenbaum lost a state house race to Democrat Joe Geller in 2014 in a Democratic district 38-59 percent....

  15. Hillary Clinton to fundraise in Miami

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    Hillary Clinton will fundraise in Miami on April 12, her first trip back to Florida following the state's March 15th primary in which she beat Bernie Sanders by a landslide.

    Miami Beach lawyer Alex Heckler said he will host one fundraiser at his home while another event will be held in downtown Miami. (Politico reported the fundraisers earlier this morning.)

    Clinton's campaign hasn't announced whether she will do any public events....