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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: Alan Grayson says he is No. 1 in the House for small donations

    Blog

    A day after a Florida man landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand campaign finance reform, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson talked up his own efforts to focus on small donations and his potential U.S. Senate bid.

    Grayson, an Orlando Democrat, told a reporter for Democracy Now on April 16 that he will "probably" run in a primary against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat in 2016. As Democratic Party activists and leaders consider their best path to winning that seat, Grayson wants to remind them of his populist fundraising:...

  2. PolitiFact: Checking claims on Medicaid, Low Income Pool

    News

    A feud over Medicaid expansion that stretches from Tallahassee to the White House means the Florida Legislature may not pass a budget by the time the session ends on May 1. PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the fight over whether more poor Floridians will be able to qualify for heavily subsidized health insurance.

    The federal government is offering billions if Florida expands Medicaid, paying 100 percent of the expansion at first and gradually downshifting to 90 percent in later years. The program currently eats up a sizable portion of the state budget....

    Gov. Rick Scott has taken different positions on Medicaid over the years, but has settled into opposition during the session.
  3. Death, polls and jobs: Fact-checking claims about Medicaid expansion

    Blog

    A feud over Medicaid expansion that stretches from Tallahassee to the White House means the Florida Legislature may not pass a budget by the time the session ends on May 1. PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the fight over whether more poor Floridians will be able to qualify for heavily subsidized health insurance.

    The federal government is offering billions if Florida expands Medicaid, paying 100 percent of the expansion at first and gradually downshifting to 90 percent in later years. The program currently eats up a sizable portion of the state budget....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Greg Steube on school fires

    Blog

    State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, a sponsor of a bill to allow K-12 employees to carry concealed firearms, said the measure makes a lot of sense considering school shootings of recent years. Here's what he said during a Florida House judiciary committee hearing April 2:

    "Right now our schools are required to do two or three fire drills a year. You know how many children in the history of the United States have died in a fire? Zero. You know how many have died because of a school shooting? Quite a few, but the state doesn't require them to do any type of training."...

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act like Indiana's?

    State Roundup

    Likely presidential candidates have reacted to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Gov. Mike Pence has had to defend the law against those who say it discriminates against gays and lesbians.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sided with Pence in a radio interview on Monday.

    "I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing," Bush said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt "Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience. I just think once the facts are established, people aren't going to see this as discriminatory at all."...

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For April Fool's Day, Datz in Tampa will be transformed into a Chinese restaurant.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida have a religious freedom law like Indiana's?

    Blog

    Likely presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, have reacted to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has had to defend the law against those who say it discriminates against gays and lesbians.

    "I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing," Bush said in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on March 30. "Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience."...

  7. PolitiFact Florida: Health care attack on Patrick Murphy gets Pants on Fire

    Blog

    On the day U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced that he's seeking the Democratic nominationto run for Marco Rubio's seat, the National Republican Senatorial Committee unveiled a website attacking his positions on several topics, including the Affordable Care Act and health care for members of Congress: "Murphy voted to keep Obamacare the law of the land but also voted to allow members of Congress to receive taxpayer-funded health care for life!"...

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Rick Scott on the environment and sea-level rise

    Perspective

    Gov. Rick Scott's record on the environment has faced renewed scrutiny after a news report stated that administrators in his Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the terms "global warming" or "climate change."

    The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, which broke the story, cited former DEP officials who said they had been told verbally to avoid such phrases....

    Were state officials banned from using “global warming” or “climate change”? Without going into specifics, Gov. Rick Scott says simply: “It’s not true.” But what of the rest of his environmental record and related promises?
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Medicaid and the Florida budget

    State Roundup

    After rejecting Medicaid expansion in 2013, the Florida Legislature is taking a serious look at it this session. The program pays for health insurance for the very poor.

    A state Senate panel last week approved a proposal that would allow Florida to accept $50 billion in federal dollars to expand coverage to about 800,000 low-income residents. The plan would establish a state-run private insurance exchange for residents who earn less than $16,000 a year or $33,000 for a family of four....

  10. Rick Scott looks to Legislature on campaign promises on taxes, education, environment

    News

    Gov. Rick Scott won a second term with a slew of promises to constituents about cutting taxes, spending more on education and improving the environment. In recent weeks, Scott has taken action to make good on his promises by putting forward those ideas for the upcoming legislative session, which opens Tuesday.

    PolitiFact Florida is tracking those second-term promises on our Scott-O-Meter. Most of the ideas are part of Scott's 2015-16 budget proposal, a blueprint released Jan. 28 that tells lawmakers how Scott would like to see the state handle its finances and spending priorities. ...

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Suicide statistics used in guns on campus debate

    State Roundup

    A shooting incident at Florida State University late last year has reopened a debate in the Florida Legislature about whether to allow guns on college campuses.

    Myron May, a former FSU student, wounded two students and a library employee before he was killed by police on Nov. 20, 2014.

    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Florida is one of 20 states that specifically ban firearms on campuses; seven others specifically allow them under state law. The rest leave the decision up to the university....

    A fatal shooting at Florida State University’s library last year has rekindled the debate on allowing guns on campus.
  12. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush on Florida Hispanic students' performance

    State Roundup

    A key part of former Gov. Jeb Bush's talking points as he explores a presidential bid is to call for giving every child access to a great public education, regardless of where they live. Bush has talked for years about the gains of minority students in Florida.

    "Florida's Hispanic kids are the best of any Hispanic group of Hispanic students in the United States — in fact, two grade levels ahead of the average in the United States," Bush said during a speech at the Detroit Economic Club this month....

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made his comments about Florida’s Hispanic students at the Detroit Economic Club Feb. 4. 
  13. PolitiFact Florida: Has Marco Rubio flip-flopped on path to citizenship

    Blog

    As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., considers a bid for president, Democrats are attacking him on his signature issue: immigration.

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of South Florida had this to say about her fellow Floridian:

    "Marco Rubio needs to first figure out which way the wind is blowing when it comes to committing on his position on any given issue," said the Democratic National Committee chair. "He was for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship before he was against it. It is really unfortunate that he has chosen the most politically expedient path on issues that matter the most to people here in Florida."...

  14. PolitiFact Florida: Is online voter registration more secure?

    State Roundup

    Florida lawmakers have overhauled many aspects of our elections laws in recent years, but one aspect has remained untouched: Voters can't register online. The statewide elections supervisors association, which represents officials in both major parties, wants lawmakers to change that during the upcoming session.

    Supporters of the legislation argue that one of the benefits is it's more secure....

  15. PolitiFact: Is Florida 1 of 5 states that bans electricity sales by solar installers?

    Energy

    When it comes to solar, the Sunshine State is, well, in the dark, advocates say.

    A coalition of folks across the political spectrum ranging from tea party activists to environmentalists have united to launch a campaign to allow the direct sale of solar energy to consumers.

    State law only allows utilities to sell power, but a new political action committee, Floridians for Solar Choice, wants to change that. The PAC seeks to get a referendum on the ballot for the 2016 election, needing 683,149 signatures by Feb. 1, 2016....