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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. PolitiFact Florida: It's not just Orlando. Scott often fails with FEMA requests

    Blog

    In what has become a familiar political two-step, Gov. Rick Scott bashed Washington after he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help but didn’t get it.

    Scott specifically blamed President Barack Obama following FEMA’s refusal to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the June 12, 2016, massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Scott had asked for $5 million to deal with emergency response efforts, medical care and counseling....

  2. PolitiFact Florida fact-checks Obama's claim that Charlie Crist led Florida into recovery with stimulus

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist once faced withering criticism for hugging President Barack Obama, but now Obama is returning the favor by embracing Crist's congressional campaign.

    Obama endorsed Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, for a U.S. House seat in a recent statement. Obama said Crist "has always put people above politics," and proved it during his gubernatorial term between January 2007 and January 2011 — right as the Great Recession gripped the state following the housing crash....

    Former Governor Charlie Crist waves to the crowd during the National Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
  3. PolitiFact Florida: Loretta Lynch says gays and lesbians are most frequently targeted for hate crimes

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    The Orlando shooting massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub that led to the deaths of 49 victims has led to more national attention about hate crimes targeting the gay community.

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke about the attack hours later on Fox News Sunday.

    "I think we have to keep our eye on a larger picture here, which is the victims of this crime were from a community that is often marginalized and that, frankly, the LGBT community is more often the victims of hate crimes than any other recognized group," she said....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist led Florida into economic recovery with stimulus, Obama says

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    Former Gov. Charlie Crist once faced withering criticism for hugging President Barack Obama, but now Obama is returning the favor by embracing Crist’s congressional campaign.

    Obama endorsed Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, for a U.S. House seat in a June 20, 2016, statement. He said Crist "has always put people above politics," and proved it during his single gubernatorial term between January 2007 and January 2011 — right as the Great Recession gripped the state following the housing market’s crash....

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio rates a Full Flop over running for Senate

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    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced that he will seek re-election in Florida, ending weeks of speculation about his political future.

    Rubio told reporters that he faced a sense of duty to remain in office whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected president....

  6. PolitiFact Florida: Tim Canova says he helped draft part of Dodd-Frank. Did he?

    Blog

    Tim Canova, who is in a Democratic primary battle with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, says he pushed to crack down on the financial services industry even before the financial collapse. And, he says he played a role in the 2010 financial reform bill.

    Canova, a law professor and first-time candidate, said in a June 1 Medium post he "helped to draft parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments."...

  7. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio didn't say he hated the US Senate, but was definitely no fan

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    Marco Rubio has yet to bow to pressure to reconsider his decision against seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. But he is pushing back hard against the suggestion that he didn’t like his job in the upper house of Congress.

    "Flashback to another article quoting a ‘longtime friend’ saying I ‘hate’ Senate. Words I have NEVER said to anyone," Rubio tweeted on May 16, 2016....

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio didn't say he hated the Senate, but was definitely no fan

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    Marco Rubio has yet to bow to pressure to reconsider his decision against seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate. But he is pushing back hard against the suggestion that he didn't like his job in the upper house of Congress.

    "Flashback to another article quoting a 'longtime friend' saying I 'hate' Senate. Words I have NEVER said to anyone," Rubio tweeted on May 16.

    The tweet linked to a Washington Post article put online on Oct. 25, 2015, that quoted an anonymous Floridian friend of Rubio's as saying the gridlock in the Senate had worn out the freshman senator. "He hates it," the source said....

    CHAPIN, SC - FEBRUARY 17: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) appears with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at an event February 17, 2016 in Chapin, South Carolina. Haley endorsed Rubio in the state’s upcoming primary. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Donald Trump minimizes number of revoked gun permits in Sunshine State

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    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continued their battle over gun rights following his recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association.

    Trump told the NRA that Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment (she doesn’t) while Clinton said that Trump wants to allow guns in schools (he has promised to get rid of gun-free zones).

    But Trump says Clinton’s positions are misguided because gun permit holders follow the law — and that includes Florida, where he says only a tiny speck have lost the right to a gun permit....

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Todd Wilcox's claim that waterboarding works

    State Roundup

    U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox said the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding isn't torture but an effective tool in the global war on terror.

    It gets results, he said.

    In an interview published in the Miami Herald on May 20, Wilcox blamed the White House for limiting the country's ability to gain intelligence from alleged terrorists.

    "I can tell you that the enhanced interrogation techniques that have since been banned by this administration — specifically waterboarding — work," said Wilcox, who is vying for the Republican nomination to replace Sen. Marco Rubio. "They work on the terrorists, and there's a proven history of that."...

    U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox speaks at the Plant City Republican Women Federated Women’s Club meeting in April.
  11. PolitiFact Florida checks whether waterboarding actually works, like US Senate candidate and former CIA officer Todd Wilcox says

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    U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox said the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding isn’t torture but an effective tool in the global war on terror.

    It gets results, he said.

    In an interview published in the Miami Herald on May 20, Wilcox blamed the White House for limiting the country’s ability to gain intelligence from alleged terrorists....

  12. PolitiFact Florida:Fact-checking Rick Scott's higher education promises before his Orlando summit

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    Gov. Rick Scott holds a higher education summit in Orlando this week so PolitiFact Florida checked on Scott's progress on two higher education promises.

    Scott promised to make Florida No. 1 in higher education affordability -- even though our tuition is already one of the lowest in the nation. Here is our update about his promise....

  13. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claim that Amendment 2 will bring more pot shops than Walmarts and Walgreens

    Opponents of Florida's medical marijuana amendment have fired up a new round of attacks, claiming there will be a dispensary on practically every corner if voters approve the initiative.

    In a three-minute ad released May 16, the group Vote No On 2 calls Amendment 2 "a scam to legalize pot." Should the measure pass, they say, it's likely that places to buy medical marijuana will outnumber two large chains. ...

    A variety of marijuana called “Chiquita Kush” is sold at Ganja Gourmet in Denver. Colorado has a reported 528 licensed medical marijuana centers serving 114,000 people.
  14. PolitiFact Florida: Medical marijuana dispensaries will outnumber Walmarts and Walgreens in Florida, anti-pot group says

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    Opponents of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment have fired up a new round of attacks, claiming there will be a dispensary on practically every corner if voters approve the initiative.

    In a three-minute ad released May 16, 2016, the group Vote No On 2 calls Amendment 2 "a scam to legalize pot." Should the measure pass, they say, it’s likely that places to buy medical marijuana will outnumber two well-known retail outlets....

  15. PolitiFact Florida: Alan Grayson lacks evidence for accusation about Patrick Murphy's father and All Aboard Florida

    Blog

    U.S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson dismissed a New York Times story about his hedge fund as "full of s---" in a sit-down with CBS4’s Jim Defede, a reaction so wrong his own campaign corrected him on the facts.

    But that wasn’t the only attack in the interview that ran off the rails. Grayson called rival Patrick Murphy a "walking, talking crook" and zeroed in on Murphy’s wealthy businessman father, another focal point in the race between the two Democratic congressmen running for Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat....