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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. Did Marco Rubio say felons should be barred from voting but get their guns back?

    Blog

    A Facebook meme suggests that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes convicted felons should regain their right to own a gun but not the right to vote.

    The meme, sent to us by a reader, presents two quotes purportedly by Rubio. The first, dated March 16, is, "No, felons should not have their voting rights restored even after they have served their sentence." The second quote, from May 6, says, "Of course, convicted felons should be allowed to own guns after they have done their time. It is their constitutional right."...

  2. PolitiFact: What Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have said about the war in Iraq

    Blog

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's recent comments about the Iraq War brought up more questions than answers. Did Bush fully understood the question posed by Fox News' Megyn Kelly on May 10?

    Kelly: "On the subject of Iraq, very controversial, knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?"

    Bush: "I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got."...

  3. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio's rhetoric goes too far on military building programs

    State Roundup

    With leaders in Iran, Russia and elsewhere flexing their military muscles, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says the United States needs to ramp up its own military.

    "We are the only nation that is not building the aircraft, the long-range bombers, the additional aircraft carriers, the nuclear submarines that we need for our national defense," Rubio said April 25 at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit....

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to voters during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on April 25 at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Top 5 most read reports for April

    Blog

    Claims by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a GOP presidential contender, dominated our most-clicked fact-checks posted in April. We fact-checked Bush's claims about gun permits, school spending and Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our article about claims related to same-sex marriage and a fact-check about gun sales were also popular. Take a look at our Top 5 among new fact-checks and articles we posted last month, counting down to the most popular....

  5. As the House adjourns early over Medicaid battle, PolitiFact Florida looks at claims on the Truth-O-Meter

    Blog

    A battle over Medicaid expansion led the Florida House to adjourn the session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills dead for now including $690 million in tax cuts, a priority of Gov. Rick Scott.

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said the House will return when the Senate was ready to negotiate their budget differences but it was unclear when that would occur. They will have to come back in a special session to complete the state budget by the June 30 deadline....

  6. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage

    Blog

    The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today about cases involving same-sex marriage, and PolitiFact has been fact-checking the public debate. We've fact-checked claims related to previous court rulings, the cost to couples who can't marry and a proposal in Texas to strip salaries from clerks who issue same-sex marriage licenses.  We've also looked at the views of President Barack Obama; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Read PolitiFact Florida's primer for fact-checks about same-sex marriage....

  7. 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:...

  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. 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."...

  11. 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."...

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush has said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was right to sign that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that Florida has a similar law.
  12. 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."...

  13. 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!"...

  14. 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?
  15. 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....