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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: Scott says state revenues are growing even after 50 tax cuts

    Gov. Rick Scott's $1 billion tax-cut request is giving the Florida Legislature plenty to chew on, especially after state economists warned that revenues won't be as high as once thought.

    Scott wants a range of cuts, including a reduction in the sales tax on commercial rents and a $770 million break for manufacturers and retailers by getting rid of their corporate income tax. Despite concerns over how the size of his request will affect the budget, Scott was confident the math makes it an easy decision for lawmakers....

  2. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on foreign policy, Ted Cruz on CNN comments

    Politics

    A Saturday night GOP debate and a fresh round of Sunday shows gave PolitiFact plenty to examine ahead of the Tuesday New Hampshire primary.

    Candidates tried to create contrasts on foreign policy, though their specific claims sometimes fell short.

    Republican businessman Donald Trump, who leads the GOP polls in New Hampshire, made the case Saturday that he has the right temperament to be president and offered his early opposition to the 2003 Iraq War as evidence....

  3. PolitiFact Florida: Yes, ignoring a toothache could potentially kill you

    Legislature

    State Rep. John Cortes, D-Kissimmee, made a biting claim about the consequences of poor dental care during debate on a bill that would change the rules for Medicaid coverage.

    HB 819 allows the Legislature to take dental off the list of services that managed care plans are required to offer people on Medicaid. The state would then be able to contract with vendors like MCNA, a Fort Lauderdale dental benefits company, to provide the dental care instead. MCNA lost its Medicaid contracts with the state after the 2011 switch to mandatory managed care....

  4. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the Republican presidential debate

    State Roundup

    With frontrunner Donald Trump absent, GOP presidential candidates largely were left to contemplate the issues — and their own records — during Thursday's final Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses.

    But make no mistake, there was plenty to fact-check in Des Moines.

    Trump discussed his decision to boycott the Fox News debate in a predebate interview on CNN. He said it wasn't because he had a problem with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who was moderating....

    Republican presidential candidates, from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and  Ted Cruz after the debate Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio's boots were made in India, not Wisconsin

    State Roundup

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to stamp out criticism from other presidential candidates about his slick, zip-up boots by saying he's giving American business a leg up.

    Rubio's ankle boots became the subject of Internet scrutiny after he was photographed wearing them in New Hampshire on Jan. 3.

    Pundits and fashion columnists commented on them ad nauseam. Rubio drew fire from his GOP rivals for being perhaps a bit too chic for the campaign trail. Some speculated they were to make the 5-foot-10 senator appear taller. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called the boots "cute" and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Right to Rise super PAC made a commercial mocking them....

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio steps into his campaign bus in early January after a stop at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, N.H. He’s wearing the boots that caused such a stir.
  6. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

    Blog

    In less than two weeks, the nation will start the process of voting for our next president -- and Florida will play a pivotal role.

    Two Republican candidates -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush -- are longtime Florida residents. And there are other candidates who live at least part of the time in Florida, including Republican frontrunner Donald Trump....

  7. PolitiFact Florida: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's misleading claim about debate schedule

    Blog

    Responding to rampant criticism about the Democratic Party’s presidential debate schedule, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has boasted about viewership numbers....

  8. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the Democratic debate in South Carolina

    National

    Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley sparred over guns and health care in the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2016, two weeks before caucus voters in Iowa head to the polls.

    Sanders, a senator from Vermont, started the debate by calling Clinton's attacks on his gun bill voting record "disingenuous," bragging about a poor rating from the National Rifle Association. But Clinton doubled down on her criticisms, insisting Sanders has broken with supporters of gun control many times....

    Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley, left, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders debated Sunday night in Charleston, S.C., in the first Democratic debate of 2016, just two weeks before the Iowa caucus. The tone of this debate was more combative than earlier ones.
  9. PolitiFact: Scott's assessment of Florida's economy a little too sunny

    State Roundup

    The statement

    "We have completely turned our economy around."

    Gov. Rick Scott, Tuesday, in his State of the State address

    The ruling

    We compared from 2010, the year before Scott's first term started, to the most recent numbers available. We learned the state has performed better under certain measures than others.

    Unemployment rate: In November 2015, the unemployment rate in Florida was 5 percent, the same as the national rate. That's the lowest Florida's rate has been since January 2008. November's rate is still a preliminary figure, but it's much lower than the 10.7 percent it was in December 2011....

    Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, 1/12/16, during his State of the State address.
  10. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to move on his promised tax breaks

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address Tuesday kicks off a legislative session that will put several campaign promises to the test.

    It's a safe bet his speech will highlight two of his favorite issues — taxes and jobs. Scott has asked the Legislature for $1 billion in tax cuts, a goal some lawmakers have already said is impossible to meet.

    PolitiFact Florida's Scott-O-Meter is tracking 57 of Scott's campaign promises. Some of those — especially the promises about taxes — will come into play during the session. ...

  11. Rep. Murphy is correct on percentage of gun approvals tied to terror list

    News

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy joined other Democrats in demanding that the House take up a bill that would keep people on the FBI's watch list from buying guns, saying far too many people on the list have been allowed to get firearms.

    Murphy, of Jupiter, tweeted a graphic on Dec. 8, 2015, claiming that "91 percent of suspected terrorists who attempted to buy guns in America walked away with the weapon they wanted."...

  12. PolitiFact Florida: Did Gov. Rick Scott really create 1 million jobs? Not if you count net growth

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott is claiming Florida has added more than 1 million new jobs since he took office, a benchmark he seized to push his legislative agenda for 2016.

    "Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making it easier for job creators to succeed, our businesses are creating jobs faster than we ever expected," Scott said in a news release about November jobs figures. "Even though today's news is great, we have to continue to diversify our economy by cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the Florida Enterprise Fund so Florida can be FIRST for jobs."...

  13. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott has work to do to keep jobs promise

    Politics

    Gov. Rick Scott is claiming Florida has added more than 1 million new jobs since he took office, a benchmark he seized to push his legislative agenda for 2016.

    "Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making it easier for job creators to succeed, our businesses are creating jobs faster than we ever expected," Scott said in a news release about November jobs figures. "Even though today's news is great, we have to continue to diversify our economy by cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the Florida Enterprise Fund so Florida can be FIRST for jobs."...

  14. On Taco Tuesday, finding delicious Mexican food is always an adventure

    Food & Dining

    “How many more?"

    These were the only words our server uttered upon returning to the table at Tacos Flacos, a joint nestled in a Palm Harbor strip mall, hilariously, next to an LA Fitness. No mindless chatter, no awkward "Are we filling up yet?"

    His face was frozen in a straight line, a judgment-free emoji completely void of empty food service platitudes. This was a space of solemn understanding....

    At Tacoson Mexican Grill in St. Petersburg, you can fill your taco with one of seven different meats, including lengua, which, for the uninitiated, is tongue.
  15. PolitiFact: Justice Scalia says most black scientists went to 'lesser' colleges

    National

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is taking heat for comments he made from the bench that some are calling racist.

    While questioning a lawyer during oral arguments in Fisher vs. University of Texas, a case that has the potential to derail affirmative action across the country, Scalia suggested that the practice might actually harm black students by putting them into a scholastic environment for which they are not academically prepared....

    Justice Antonin Scalia made his remarks in arguments for Fisher vs. University of Texas.