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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: Does Airbnb decrease housing values?

    State Roundup

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine recently went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb.

    A potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, Levine wrote that Miami Beach commissioners aren't the only opponents of the company, which allows property owners to rent houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors across the world. He said officials in New York, San Francisco and Miami also don't support Airbnb....

    Airbnb allows property owners to rent houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors around the world.
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Does Airbnb decrease home values?

    Blog

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb after a conservative publication criticized city officials for supporting fines against the short-term rental company.

    Levine wrote that Miami Beach commissioners aren’t the only opponents of Airbnb, which allows property owners to rent out houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors across the world. He said officials in New York, San Francisco and Miami also don’t support Airbnb. Why?...

    Airbnb, the vacation rental website, has proven a headache for some Florida officials, including Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
  3. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott's broken promise on drug testing welfare applicants

    Blog

    A father-son lawmaking duo from Clearwater is breathing new life into Gov. Rick Scott's campaign promise to require drug testing for welfare recipients.

    The promise hit a roadblock when federal courts struck down a 2011 law that Scott signed as "warrantless, suspicionless drug testing."

    Because we assess promises based on outcomes rather than intentions, we rated Scott's campaign pledge as Promise Broken in 2015 when he gave up his battle in court and chose not to appeal....

    Rick Scott
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott was right about Florida's unique tax on business leases

    Legislature

    Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the legislative session by touting an economic agenda chock-full of tax cuts to benefit businesses.

    Scott took aim at the state's "unfair" tax on corporate leases in his State of the State address Tuesday, citing David Alfandary, whose factory in Miami produces Colombian baked goods, as an example of a businessman who could prosper without it.

    "David has said that he is very proud to grow his business in Florida, and if we cut this unfair tax, he could grow his business even more," Scott said. "Florida is now the only state in the nation to tax commercial leases."...

     Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, greets Florida Gov. Rick Scott on the floor of the Senate during the first day of the 2017 session.
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Rick Scott's big speech

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott vigorously defended the state’s agencies for business incentives and tourism marketing in his State of the State address, delivered just steps away from the fellow Republican attacking the governor’s priorities.

    Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran did not call each other out by name in separate opening-day speeches, but each man used pointed language to double down on his view of the fiery Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida debate....

    Scott's gives his State of the State on Tuesday under the watchful eye of Richard Corcoran.
  6. Miami Republicans rally for Trump

    Blog

    Waving American flags and wearing red hats, about 2,000 people gathered at Tropical Park Saturday morning to show their support for President Donald Trump.

    Displaying signs like Eva Sanchez’s “Latinos Support Trump — Build the Wall & Close the Border,’’ the crowd cheered on Trump’s immigration policies, which call for building a wall on the southern U.S. border with Mexico and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Sudan — from entering the country. (A federal appeals court panel unanimously blocked the ban last month.)...

    Loly Sowers and Roxana Gurgan hold pro-Trump signs at the entrance of Tropical Park as they and fellow supporters wave to cars at the entrance of the park on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  7. Rising Democratic star Andrew Gillum announces run for Florida governor in 2018

    State Roundup

    Andrew Gillum, the young African-American Democratic Tallahassee mayor who took on the gun lobby, has formally announced his 2018 bid for Florida governor.

    Gillum made the announcement through a YouTube video he tweeted Wednesday morning.

    Gillum, 37, has been viewed as a rising star in a party that is clamoring for relevance after Donald Trump's win in November.

    Born in Miami, Gillum announced his run in a biographical video that focuses on Gillum's hardscrabble upbringing — he was one of seven children raised by a mother who was a city bus driver....

    Andrew Gillum, 37, gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention last year.
  8. Rising Democratic star Andrew Gillum announces run for Florida governor in 2018

    Blog

    Andrew Gillum, the young African-American Democratic Tallahassee mayor who took on the gun lobby, has formally announced his 2018 bid for Florida governor.

    Gillum made the announcement through a YouTube video he tweeted Wednesday morning.

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Richard Corcoran's claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

    In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

    The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in airports, schools, police stations and polling places, and on college campuses.

    Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran supports expanding the list of where permit holders can carry their guns, possibly as a way to avert attacks. ...

    FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen  killed 49 people on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  10. Broward responds to Trump's immigration ban

    Blog

    Following President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, the Broward County Commission passed a resolution celebrating diversity while avoiding the term “sanctuary” community.

    The resolution declared Broward an “inclusive and welcoming county for all of it's residents and visitors irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.”...

    Trump has said he will strip communities of federal funds that provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants sought by federal officials.
  11. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio correct that most undocumented immigrants in Florida arrived by plane

    Politics

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio supports President Donald Trump's promise to build a wall at the Mexican border, but he said it won't address the main path that undocumented immigrants use to arrive in Florida.

    "In Florida, 70 percent of the people here illegally came on an airplane," Rubio, a Florida Republican, told reporters Jan. 27 while visiting growers in Immokalee. "They overstayed a visa — the wall isn't going to address that."...

    Sen. Marco Rubio
  12. In Miami, President Obama tries to summon last-minute political magic for Hillary Clinton

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — Banging his fist and pounding his lectern, President Barack Obama tried Thursday in Miami to conjure a little last-minute political magic for Hillary Clinton, the sort of excitement that twice elected a president of hope who was nevertheless unable to prevent a 2016 presidential race of gloom.

    "It's about what can be achieved by us, the people, together, through the heart, soul and, yes, sometimes frustrating work of self-governing," he said. "That's not what Donald Trump stands for, but it is what Hillary stands for: The idea that in this big, diverse country of ours, we don't demonize each other. We reach out and try to work together."...

    President Barack Obama speaks at a rally for Hillary Clinton at Florida International University Arena on Thursday 2016 in Miami. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
  13. Broward elections supervisor resolves Republicans’ challenge over mail-in ballots

    Blog

    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....

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

    Blog

    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.”...

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

    Blog

    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.