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. Medical cannabis concerns unfounded, Amendment 2 organizer says

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — An organizer of Florida's medical marijuana amendment beat back the latest round of opponents' attacks Thursday, contending that the proposal says more than enough to address concerns about legal implications.

    Ben Pollara, spokesman for the John Morgan-backed pro-amendment group United for Care, told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Thursday that Amendment 2 is not a veiled effort toward total marijuana legalization. That was among the charges made last week in a visit to the board from a group representing the Drug Free America Foundation....

  2. Medical cannabis concerns unfounded, Amendment 2 organizer says

    Blog

    The organizers of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment beat back the latest round of opponents’ attacks Thursday, contending that the proposal says more than enough to address any concerns about the amendment’s legal implications..

    Ben Pollara, spokesman for the pro-amendment group United for Care, told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Thursday that Amendment 2 is not a veiled effort toward total marijuana legalization. That was among the charges made last week in a visit to the board from a group representing the Drug Free America Foundation....

  3. PolitiFact Florida reviews claims by Rich, Crist and Scott for primary day

    Blog

    Before Floridians headed to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election, PolitiFact Florida reviewed some of the statements made by the three biggest names in the gubernatorial race. 

    We've checked Democrats Nan Rich and Charlie Crist and Republican incumbent Rick Scott during the primary campaign. They've had plenty to say about education, jobs, taxes and the economy, but we break it all down for you here....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: GOP claim on Obamacare rated Pants on Fire

    State Roundup

    FPO

    Charlie Crist's vow to change Florida law about insurance regulation during a Facebook Q&A on Aug. 6 was not liked by the Republican Party of Florida.

    In answer to a voter's question, Crist said he would reinstate the state insurance commissioner's power to renegotiate 2015 health insurance rates in time to keep costs down.

    "The fact that we have a law on the books under Rick Scott that says the Office of Insurance Regulation can't regulate insurance is astounding," Crist said. "We deserve better, you deserve better."...

  5. Pinellas sheriff: Medical marijuana amendment has bad side effects

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is against access to the potential medical benefits of marijuana — he's worried about the potential side effects.

    During a visit to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday, Gualtieri expressed dismay about Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative on this November's ballot. Gualtieri, constitutional attorney Susan Kelsey and Dr. Rafael Miguel of the Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine's Pain Medicine Program, were representing Drug Free America's campaign against the amendment....

    Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri supports proven medical uses for cannabinoids, such as the recently approved Charlotte’s Web, but he believes Amendment 2 is written in ways that will lead to negative side effects.
  6. Bob Gualtieri, Drug Free America worry about broad medical marijuana language

    Blog

    It’s not that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is against access to the potential medical benefits of marijuana; He’s worried about the side effects....

  7. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claims about energy policy

    Energy

    Campaign ads are polluting this year's gubernatorial campaign, making plenty of harsh attacks about both Gov. Rick Scott and his leading Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist.

    PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked two ads from a political action committee called NextGen, funded by billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer. The ads target Scott as cozy with Florida polluters.

    Duke Energy ad...

    Tom Steyer
  8. PolitiFact Florida checks claims about energy policy and pollution in gubernatorial race

    Blog

    Campaign ads are really polluting this year's gubernatorial campaign, making plenty of harsh attacks about both Gov. Rick scott and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist. PolitiFact Florida has taken on a quartet of claims from the last few days.

    First is environmentalist PAC Next Gen Climate saying Scott "is letting Duke (Energy) keep collecting billions" despite troubled power plants. That's referring to the electric company's failed nuclear projects north of Tampa Bay. We rated that one here....

  9. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking link between marijuana and fatal car crashes

    State Roundup

    Medical marijuana opponents are taking to the streets to oppose Amendment 2, citing statistics that drugged driving would be a major side effect to legalizing cannabis.

    Don't Let Florida Go To Pot, a coalition of more than 40 organizations fighting against the proposed medical marijuana amendment, says on its website that the drug is implicated in a fourth of all fatal accidents.

    "Twenty-five percent of all drug-related fatal vehicle accidents in the U.S. involve marijuana," the group says under the header "Statistics."...

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist says Rick Scott raised property taxes.

    Blog

    Charlie Crist's latest campaign commercial says Gov. Rick Scott raised property taxes. But the process isn't that simple.

    PolitiFact Florida researched this claim to explain how your taxes pay for schools. Whether or not those taxes have gone up is a matter of tax rates vs. tax collections. Read PolitiFact's findings here....

  11. Bungie's 'Destiny' a win for gamers, developers

    Pop Culture

    There's been no question that Bungie's upcoming Destiny is, ahem, destined to be the marquee title of the new console generation. But the beta has turned out to be a goldmine even bigger than publisher Activision could have dreamed.

    The two-week online test run, which ended July 27, brought in more than 4.6 million gamers. If that number sounds high, that's because they don't really go much higher....

    Whether you liked what you saw or not, chances are you played it.
  12. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.

    In one free-wheeling discussion with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board last week, former Gov. Crist attacked Scott's education spending.

    "I can only imagine how nice it would be to serve as governor when you have a surplus of almost $3 billion. That's what this guy has right now," Crist said. "And in spite of it, he still hasn't matched what I did during the recession for per-pupil funding for kids. In fact, he's about $200 less."...

  13. PolitiFact: Does light rail reduce congestion?

    State Roundup

    The statement

    "Light rail does not reduce congestion."

    No Tax For Tracks, in a website post at RailTaxFacts.com

    The ruling

    Critics of the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit initiative are attacking the plan at full speed by questioning the effectiveness of the proposal's light rail line.

    We wondered if the idea of reduced congestion was a dependable guidepost, or if we're all being taken for a ride....

  14. Charlie Crist calls Scott administration incompetent, says he's ready to change Florida's course

    State Roundup

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist wants to get his old job back because he wants Florida back. And it shouldn't be a surprise he switched parties to try to do it, he says.

    "It's a unique race, obviously, for a lot of reasons," Crist told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday in a wide-ranging discussion about the governor's race. "To be running as a Democrat is a lot more fun for me, frankly, because I feel more at home."...

    Charlie Crist says the key to Florida’s future is its education system. “Instead of destroying it, fortify it, nurture it.”
  15. Charlie Crist calls Scott administration 'incompetent,' wants to reverse course as governor

    Blog

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist wants his old job back because he wants Florida back. And it shouldn’t be a surprise he switched parties to try to do it.

    “It’s a unique race, obviously, for a lot of reasons,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board in a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday. “To be running as a Democrat is a lot more fun for me, frankly, because I feel more at home.”...