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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: Yes, Florida lags behind in mental health funding

    State Roundup

    The suspect in the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told the FBI in Alaska in November that he was hearing voices.

    Anchorage police confiscated Esteban Santiago's handgun and took him for a mental health evaluation. Police returned his gun to him in December when he asked for it.

    On Jan. 6, he flew to Broward County and is the suspected gunman in a rampage at the airport that left five dead and several others injured. Days later, Democratic state legislators held a press conference in Tallahassee to argue for gun control measures and more mental health funding....

    Democratic state legislators called for gun control measures and more mental health funding days after Esteban Santiago’s attack on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida lag on mental health funding?

    Blog

    The suspect in the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport told the FBI in Alaska in November that he was hearing voices.

    Anchorage police confiscated Esteban Santiago’s handgun and took him for a mental health evaluation. Police returned his gun to him in December when he asked for it....

    Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  3. Rep. John Lewis, target of Donald Trump, on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

    Blog

    Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who sparked Donald Trump's ire when he said he doesn't view Trump's presidency as "legitimate" is the keynote speaker today at the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence event in Miami.

    Trump fired back on twitter saying that the Georgia 5th congressional district, represented by Lewis, is "in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)."...

    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 11.
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Jeff Brandes correct, no permit needed for driverless cars here

    State Roundup

    Uber hit the road with self-driving cars in San Francisco in December, but California regulators quickly hit the brakes.

    In Florida, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, saw an opening for the Sunshine State.

    "Hey @Uber, unlike California we in Florida welcome driverless cars — no permit required. #OpenForBusiness #FlaPol," Brandes tweeted Dec. 22.

    Brandes, who has been advocating for laws to allow driverless cars, is correct that Florida does not require a permit to operate or test a driverless car. But that doesn't mean people should expect to hitch an automated ride any time soon....

    Anthony Ruvalo checks out a driverless car during a demonstration at the Miami-Dade Government Center lobby in March. [Miami Herald]
  5. Florida Democratic drama heads to Pompano Beach

    Blog

    The drama of the race to lead the Florida Democratic Party will travel to left-leaning Broward when the candidates convene at a forum in Pompano Beach Jan. 11.

    Wealthy donor/developer Stephen Bittel, activist Alan Clendenin, former state Sen. Dwight Bullard, Duval County's Lisa King and Osceolo Democratic chair Leah Carius have all confirmed they will attend, said Tim Canova, one of the organizers. The forum gives Democratic activists in Broward -- the county with the highest number of registered Democrats -- a chance to hear how the candidates hope to reinvigorate the party after its crushing defeat in November with an eye toward 2018 races for Senate and governor....

  6. PolitiFact Florida: No permit needed for driverless cars, Tampa Bay senator says

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    Uber hit the road with self-driving cars in San Francisco in December, but California regulators quickly hit the brakes.

    In Florida, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, saw an opening for the Sunshine state.

    "Hey @Uber, unlike California we in Florida welcome driverless cars - no permit required. #OpenForBusiness #FlaPol," Brandes tweeted Dec. 22.

    Brandes, who has been advocating for laws to allow driverless cars, is correct that Florida does not require a permit to operate or test a driverless car. But that doesn’t mean people should expect to hitch an automated ride any time soon....

    Anthony Ruvalo checks out the driverless car, Plan B, being demonstrated and on display at the Miami-Dade Government Center lobby on March 31, 2016.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott says federal government has shortchanged Florida on Zika money

    State Roundup

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott hopes that his ally headed to the White House, President-elect Donald Trump, will speed up funding for Florida to combat the Zika virus.

    While announcing that state health officials had lifted the zone of active Zika transmission in one area of Miami-Dade County this month, Scott mentioned his ongoing feud with President Barack Obama's administration about the pace and size of federal dollars flowing to Florida....

    Gov. Rick Scott visits Jose De Diego Middle School on Monday, the first day of school in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. Wynwood and Miami Beach were the first areas found to have locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. (Getty Images)
  8. Where's Sen. Bill Nelson's support going for next Florida Democratic Party chair?

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    Sen. Bill Nelson, the key elected Democrat in Florida who will likely have influence in selecting the next Florida Democratic Party chair, hasn’t publicly revealed who he will support.

    “The Senator is aware of some candidates who have expressed an interest and will be monitoring the upcoming local DEC elections which determine who is officially eligible to run,” said Pete Mitchell, Nelson’s former longtime chief of staff who is advising him on his 2018 campaign....

  9. Why Broward County's vote counting was so slow on election night

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    As election results poured in from around Florida Tuesday night, revealing at times a close race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, one key piece of data was missing: election-day voting results in Broward County.

    Results from Florida’s bluest county, and its 1.2 million voters, were being closely watched by TV networks, newspapers, campaigns and voters around the nation.

    “Oh man, anyone who lived through Bush/Gore totally constricts every sphincter when Broward County, Florida and slow election results are in the same sentence!” wrote one person on Facebook on election night....

  10. Broward elections supervisor resolves Republicans’ challenge over mail-in ballots

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    Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes agreed Wednesday evening to alter the way her office reviews and opens mail-in ballots after her methods were challenged by the Republican Party of Florida.

    Snipes — whose office has dealt with a series of mishaps and complications this election cycle — received a letter Wednesday afternoon from state party chairman Blaise Ingoglia alleging that her office has illegally processed and opened scores of the more than 153,000 ballots that have been cast by mail so far in Broward County....

  11. Trump CEO ineligible to vote in Florida, complaint claims

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    A global activist group that opposes Donald Trump has filed a complaint with Florida elections officials claiming that his campaign CEO submitted false voter registration information.

    The complaint says Stephen Bannon does not actually live at the Sarasota County address where he registered to vote in August.

    “Under Florida law, to qualify as a registered voter, one must be a resident of the state,” states the one-page complaint filed Oct. 19 by Heather Reddick, chief operating officer of Avaaz. “These allegations are a serious matter of public interest given Mr. Bannon's role as the chief executive officer of the Republican candidate's presidential campaign and warrants immediate investigation.”...

  12. Hillary Clinton joins Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on stage to get out the vote

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    As she faces a tough campaign in Florida, Hillary Clinton joined Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on stage to urge the crowd to close the deal for her against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    “We just heard Jennifer [Lopez] perform ‘Let’s Get Loud.’ Well, I say, ‘Let’s Get Loud’ at the voting booth. You can vote early. Don’t wait another day to vote, ” Clinton said....

    Hillary Clinton joined Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on stage to urge the crowd to close the deal for her against GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
  13. Lawsuit says Broward ballot skipped marijuana amendment

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    A marijuana-legalization group has sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, saying a statewide amendment on medical marijuana was omitted from some voters’ absentee ballots.

    Norm Kent, acting on behalf of NORML of Florida, filed the lawsuit in Broward circuit courtat 4:48 p.m. Thursday seeking an emergency hearing....

    Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes
  14. Mike Fernandez will hold fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Oct. 23

    Blog

    Republican Miami billionaire Mike Fernandez will host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Oct. 23.

    Fernandez had planned to host a fundraiser this past weekend with Bill Clinton but he canceled it due to Hurricane Matthew. The fundraiser will be a small event and include Republican donors, said a person with knowledge about the event.

    "Donald Trump is neither representative of our values nor qualified to lead the nation," Fernandez wrote in an op-ed in the Miami Herald in August....

  15. Mike Fernandez fundraiser for Hillary Clinton with Bill Clinton canceled due to hurricane

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    The Saturday fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at Mike Fernandez’s home with former President Bill Clinton has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew.

    Fernandez, a Miami billionaire, has called Donald Trump an “abysmally unfit candidate” who “has unleashed racist and violent acts.” Fernandez has said he will donate over $2 million to help Clinton’s campaign with Latino outreach and voter registration in Florida....