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Joshua Gillin, PolitiFact Florida/Times Staff Writer

Joshua Gillin

Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact Florida and the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and still writes their bi-weekly video game column, Geek Speak. A Nebraska native, he has a degree in journalism from his home state university and is a diehard Cornhusker. Besides a stint writing about media news for The Poynter Institute, he has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He lives in St. Petersburg.

Phone: (727) 893-8337

Email: jgillin@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JPGillin

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  1. Sony's PlayStation Vue adds to spate of cable-free TV options

    Pop Culture

    It looks like all you would-be cord-cutters will have a new TV option very soon.

    In an announcement this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony president and CEO Kaz Hirai said the company's long-awaited PlayStation Vue service will arrive in the first quarter of 2015.

    While the likes of Comcast and Cox and Bright House Networks likely aren't quaking in their boots about losing too many subscribers just yet, it's good news for those of us sick of being held hostage by cable companies....

    PlayStation Vue, which will be offered on a month-to-month basis, offers live TV as well as access to a catalog of programming.
  2. PolitiFact Florida examines Jeb Bush's stance on same-sex marriage

    Blog

    As same-sex marriages begin in Miami, PolitiFact Florida takes a look at former Gov. Jeb Bush's stance on the issue in a new fact-check.

    The Democratic National Committee went on the attack last week, as speculation mounted about a Bush presidential run in 2016. "Bush not only opposes marriage equality, he’s said he ‘personally’ believes gay couples should be banned from adopting children," the DNC said....

  3. PolitiFact Florida's five most popular fact-checks for 2014

    State Roundup

    A busy election season is over, but as PolitiFact Florida reflects on what our readers found most popular, we noticed an interesting trend — many of our most widely read fact-checks for 2014 weren't election-related at all. Whatever could pique readers' interest more than gubernatorial candidates' records on education spending or jobs numbers? Read on and find out which were the top 5 items of the year....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Tracking Gov. Rick Scott's 2014 campaign promises

    State Roundup

    If his campaign promises are any indication, Florida is getting a different Gov. Rick Scott in 2015 than the one it got in 2011.

    In 2010, Rick Scott ran on a platform of growing jobs, downsizing government, drug testing welfare recipients and cracking down on illegal immigration. In 2014, he still made job growth his mantra and promised more tax cuts, but Scott also highlighted softer goals of improving education and the environment. ...

    Gov. Rick Scott gives his victory speech Nov. 4 the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs after defeating Democrat Charlie Crist.
  5. PolitiFact Florida adds new campaign promises to the Scott-O-Meter

    Blog

    Now that Gov. Rick Scott has narrowly won a second term, PolitiFact Florida will be keeping track of a slew of new campaign promises.

    The fact-checking website has added 20 new pledges to its Scott-O-Meter, which rates the outcomes of Scott's promises to voters. PolitiFact previously had been tracking 57 promises from Scott's 2010 campaign, when the former hospital chain executive ran on a platform heavy on tax cuts, rebuilding the economy and slashing government spending....

    Rick Scott made much more populist promises in 2014 than he did in 2010.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Kriseman hasn't kept promises on Pier, Rays

    News

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's first year in office is coming to a close. When it comes to making progress on his campaign promises, Kriseman has seen both success and failure.

    PolitiFact Florida has been tracking 25 statements from Kriseman's 2013 campaign on our Krise-O-Meter. So far we've looked at a little over half of those, with five Promises Kept, four Promises Broken, three In the Works, two Stalled and one Compromise....

  7. Best video game trends of 2014 focus on freedom

    Pop Culture

    It's the time of year when we all are supposed to reflect upon the bountiful year with a fond eye, then rank arbitrary totals of things in hasty lists slapped together in time for us to enjoy the holidays and read without thinking too much.

    So in that vein , might I present my five favorite gaming trends, in no particular order? Great!

    1. Cross-platform titles. It's good to see that even though the new hardware is out there and respective networks are up and running, you can enjoy almost any game no matter the machine on which you chose to spend a month's rent. ...

    Getting rid of that Kinect and giving us games for a third off? What a steal!
  8. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Scott touts reaching 700,000 jobs, but he promised more

    State Roundup

    Less than three weeks before his second-term inauguration, Gov. Rick Scott is crowing that he has accomplished a goal he initially said could take seven years, despite the fact he isn't even halfway to what he actually promised.

    Scott and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said Friday that as of November, the state had added 715,700 private-sector jobs since December 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data....

  9. 'Borderlands Online' continues export trend to China gamers

    Pop Culture

    China's video game console ban may be over, but publishers are lining up to offer more and more Western wares via PC and mobile devices.

    The latest company to follow the trend is 2K Games, which announced this week they would be releasing Borderlands Online, an MMO adaptation of Gearbox's Mad Max-inspired shoot 'n' loot series, according to MMOCulture.com. Shanda Games will be publishing the title, created in cooperation with 2K and Gearbox, Kotaku reported. The support team will be based in Shanghai to help with a launch sometime in 2015....

    Prepare to see Claptrap in a whole new light — if you’re playing from mainland China.
  10. Multiplayer pangs point to prime time problems

    Pop Culture

    It's been a year since the new wave of video game consoles was fully unleashed on the world, and so far there seems to be one thing in common: If you want a good multiplayer experience, stick with the last generation.

    But don't blame the hardware makers so much, because it's the software that's not playing nice.

    The news as of late is that 343 Industries has been apologizing profusely for the ruinous matchmaking on its recently released, high-def redux of the Halo saga....

    You could duke it out with 343’s developers, if only you could get online.
  11. PolitiFact Florida reviews its fact-checks of former Gov. Jeb Bush

    Blog

    While everyone waits to see if former Gov. Jeb Bush announces an intention to run for president in 2016, PolitiFact Florida revisits its fact-checks about him.

    The site has written 17 items about Bush since 2010, on topics ranging from education to immigration to the economy. He’s earned four True ratings, six Mostly Trues, two Half Trues, four Mostly Falses and one Pants on Fire....

  12. PolitiFact Florida: Amendment 2 got more votes than most recent governors

    State Roundup

    Floridians turned down a state constitutional amendment for medical marijuana, but it's clear that a majority of voters were all for the idea.

    Amendment 2, which would have changed the state's Constitution to allow the sale of cannabis for "certain medical conditions," such as cancer and Parkinson's disease, rang up 57.6 percent of the vote. Unfortunately for the measure's supporters, amendments require at least 60 percent approval to pass....

  13. Bungie helps brain surgery patient start rehab with a bang

    Pop Culture

    There's been more and more research that shows video games can help keep your brain younger, improve your mental flexibility and even give you a boost after a stroke, but here's a story that you're sure to remember.

    A poster on Reddit, whom Kotaku has identified as Brittany Levasseur, recounted a story last week about her husband, Eric. It seems Eric has had seven brain surgeries over the last year, including having portions of his brain removed and a section of his skull replaced with a titanium plate....

  14. This year, Halloween haunts the new game consoles

    Pop Culture

    It's been a long time since video-game consoles offered anything to frighten us — except for the price tags.

    It's great to realize, then, that the latest generation of consoles have worked very hard to bolster my faith in software that scares.

    Survival horror as a genre was on life support until the most recent wave. The trend of spooky games apparently reached its zenith with September 2001's Silent Hill 2, and really hasn't offered anything new that worked the way it was supposed to since December 2001's Fatal Frame (a fourth sequel hit Japan this year and is headed to Wii U, meaning no one will ever play it). ...

    What is that in The Evil Within? It’s best not to ask.
  15. Voting smooth and turnout strong in Tampa Bay area

    News

    While the Crist campaign pointed to hourlong waits and equipment problems in Broward County, Tampa Bay had a busy but smooth day at polling places.

    Supervisors of elections in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties all reported good turnout in their precincts. The only hiccup in Hillsborough happened when two polling places serving three precincts in Seffner lost electricity temporarily Tuesday morning. Voting continued with scanners operating on backup batteries until power was restored....