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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: Heckler claims Rubio took three-quarters of a million from fossil fuel executives

    Business

    The statement

    Says Sen. Marco Rubio took "three quarters of a million dollars from fossil fuel executives" during the 2016 Senate election.

    Marco Rubio's heckler, Aug. 22 during Rubio's speech to Seminole County GOP

    The ruling

    September Porras, a Swarthmore College student who is a member of the Sunrise Movement, a national group of climate change activists, challenged Rubio's links to fossil fuels at a GOP fundraiser last month....

    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference about the Zika virus, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 in Doral, Fla. The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid travel to the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood where mosquitoes are apparently transmitting Zika directly to humans. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  2. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's former IT worker, his wife indicted in bank fraud scheme

    State Roundup

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's former information technology aide and his wife have been indicted on bank fraud charges.

    A grand jury late Thursday returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, of Lorton, Va., on four counts: conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on a loan or credit application and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions....

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, photographed in her Sunrise office. (Mike Stocker/Sun-Sentinel/TNS)
  3. Former Wasserman Schultz staffer indicted on bank fraud charges

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former information technology aide and his wife have been indicted on bank fraud charges.

    A grand jury late Thursday returned an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, of Lorton, Va., on four counts: conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on a loan or credit application and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions....

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, photographed in her Sunrise office.
  4. Republican attorney to challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz in South Florida district

    Blog

    A well-known Republican lawyer will challenge U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2018, the first time she has faced a credible Republican opponent in the overwhelmingly left-leaning district in South Florida.

    Carlos J. Reyes announced to supporters in an email Sunday night that he will run against the Weston Democrat in his first bid for public office in the district. (Hat tip to browardbeat.com.)...

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.
  5. Ron DeSantis seeks fed probe of fired Wasserman Schultz staffer

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the former information technology worker fired by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Desantis asks for an investigation into the financial records of Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi to search for other potential crimes or suspicious activity....

    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis
  6. Florida turns over voter-roll data to Trump election commission

    State Roundup

    Florida provided voter-roll data to President Donald Trump's election fraud commission Friday despite a lawsuit by the ACLU of Florida attempting to prevent the state from providing the information.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner complied with the request by the commission after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., cleared the way Monday for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to resume its effort to collect voter data from all states. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to block the data collection....

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, lead the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is seeking voter data from every state.
  7. Florida turns over voter data to Trump commission

    Blog

    Florida provided voter-roll data to President Donald Trump’s election-fraud commission Friday despite a lawsuit by the ACLU of Florida attempting to prevent the state from providing the information.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner complied with the request by the commission after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., cleared the way Monday for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to resume its effort to collect voter data from all states. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to block the data collection....

    They have your info.
  8. White House wants 'thorough investigation into fired IT staffer who worked for Wasserman Schultz

    Blog

    The White House press secretary called for a "thorough investigation" into a fired information technology staffer who worked for U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    During the press briefing July 27, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if President Donald Trump was aware of the case and if he was satisfied with the pace of the investigation.

    "I haven't had a conversation with him specifically about that but I do think it is something we should fully look into and there should be a thorough investigation," she said....

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.
  9. Wasserman Schultz staffer arrested, then fired

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, has fired an IT worker arrested on bank fraud.

    Imran Awan was fired Tuesday, according to her office spokesman David Damron.

    "Mr. Awan previously served as an employee in our office, but his services have been terminated,” he said in an email.

    Fox News reported that Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport Tuesday after buying a ticket to Pakistan on Monday with a return ticket for January....

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.
  10. Florida complies, somewhat, with data request by Trump commission

    Blog

    Florida agreed Thursday to comply with a request from President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to provide extensive voter roll data — but only partially.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state will provide the data that is publicly available, but will not hand over any information on voters that is not public, including driver license numbers or social security information....

    Ken Detzner
  11. Florida will comply with part of Trump commission's voter data request

    State Roundup

    Florida agreed Thursday to comply with a request from President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to provide extensive voter roll data — but only partially.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state will provide the data that are publicly available, but will not hand over any information on voters that is not public, including drivers' license numbers or Social Security information....

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent the official response on Thursday.
  12. PolitiFact Florida: Claim that 5.7 million noncitizens voted is wrong

    State Roundup

    President Donald Trump's unfounded allegations that millions voted illegally in 2016 is back in the news, with his supporters pointing to a new analysis that claims millions of undocumented immigrants voted in 2008.

    Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt talked about it on the morning show recently.

    "5.7 million — that's how many illegal immigrants might have voted" in 2008, she said. Her comments referenced an article in the Washington Times....

    Instances of noncitizens voting have been reported, but evidence points to a small number among millions of votes cast.  
  13. PolitiFact Florida: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum overstates campaign donors

    Gubernatorial

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he outperformed his rivals for Florida governor in a key fundraising metric despite having less name recognition and taking time off from the campaign.

    His campaign issued the following statement to media under the headline, "Gillum Leads Gov. Field in Donors, $1.2M Raised YTD," on June 9:

    "Our campaign was thrilled for the mayor's family to welcome their third child last month, and he took some well-deserved time off the campaign trail. We're excited to have more than 7,000 contributors, the most in the race, and we're raising the resources to compete in all 67 counties....

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the Capital Tiger Bay Club on  May 31.
  14. PolitiFact Florida: Sarah Palin's post about Paris accord uses 2011 photo of Florida House

    Legislature

    It's clear that Sarah Palin hates the Paris climate agreement.

    What's unclear is why a photo of Florida lawmakers was used to make her point in a viral post on Facebook against the deal.

    "Don't be fooled! The Paris climate accord is a scam," stated the headline at the top of Palin's Facebook post Tuesday. (By Wednesday, Palin had deleted the post, which had been shared at least 8,000 times.)...

    Sarah Palin shared a viral post about the Paris accord that uses an unrelated photo of Florida House members from 2011.
  15. PolitiFact Florida: Is the GOP health bill bad for seniors? We fact-checked that

    Gubernatorial

    A Florida Democrat running for governor is warning about massive insurance rate increases for low-income seniors as part of the House Republican health care bill.

    Chris King, a Winter Park businessman, recently called on Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to decry the health overhaul based on analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    "The only thing as reckless and disappointing as the 800 percent premium increases Florida seniors will face under Trumpcare is Rick Scott and Adam Putnam's silence on the issue," King said in a May 25 press release that describes the bill as hiking premiums for low-income seniors. Putnam is running for governor, and Scott is considering running for the U.S. Senate....

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King said Florida seniors face an 800 percent premium increase under the GOP health care bill.