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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: Can Jeb Bush claim he's released all his emails?

    Blog

    As the other presidential candidate with a private email server, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trying to contrast himself with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    "My email address, write it down, and send me your thoughts, jeb@jeb.org," he’s shown telling a crowd in an Aug. 27, 2015, campaign video (the clip is from the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 14). "By the way, I just gave out my email address. It’s exactly what I did when I was governor of the state of Florida. I released all my emails; I’m writing an e-book about my emails."...

  2. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush on Trump's political affiliation, Obama deporting criminals

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    PolitiFact Florida took on a pair of claims by former Gov. Jeb Bush about GOP presidential rival Donald Trump and current President Barack Obama. 

    After losing ground to Trump in the polls following the first GOP presidential debate, Jeb Bush has gone on the attack, questioning the real estate mogul’s Republican bona fides.

    "Mr. Trump doesn't have a proven conservative record," Bush said at a town hall in Merrimack, N.H., on Aug. 19, 2015. "He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican."...

  3. PunditFact finds a mixed bag in talk-show claims on immigration

    National

    Republican presidential candidates defended their ideas to curb illegal immigration at birth and along the border Sunday, doubling down as news anchors pressed about the practicality of their plans.

    On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos questioned Donald Trump about how he would deport undocumented immigrants and whether he'd be willing to spend the estimated hundreds of billions of dollars that it would take....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS

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    In a major foreign policy speech this week, Jeb Bush forcefully argued that the current problems in Iraq -- especially increasing violence and the rise of the Islamic State -- are due to President Barack Obama, supported by his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

    That argument forecasts Bush’s hopes of being the Republican nominee who takes on Clinton and the Democrats in November 2016....

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS

    State Roundup

    In a major foreign policy speech this week, Jeb Bush forcefully argued that the current problems in Iraq — especially increasing violence and the rise of the Islamic State — are due to President Barack Obama, supported by his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    That argument forecasts Bush's hope of being the Republican nominee who takes on Clinton and the Democrats in November 2016. ...

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Tuesday. The former Florida governor said the U.S. may need to send more ground troops into Iraq to defeat Islamic State militants, but he stopped short of saying how many as he outlined his strategy for combating a threat that's "spreading like a pandemic." (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Years ago, Jeb Bush cut state funding for Planned Parenthood

    News

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is using the recent release of activist videos criticizing Planned Parenthood as a chance to advertise his own record on restricting abortion.

    During the first Republican primary presidential debate on Thursday, Bush sidestepped a question from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly about his time on the board of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, which has donated millions to Planned Parenthood. Instead, Bush reiterated he had a long history of opposing abortion....

    Jeb Bush used the debate to reiterate his position.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Have 40% of illegal immigrants simply overstayed their visas?

    News

    Sen. Marco Rubio said that while people sneaking into the United States is a legitimate problem, the immigration system is so broken that almost half of all immigrants who are in the country illegally entered through legal channels.

    "We have a porous border, meaning not just the border with Mexico, but 40 percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas," the Republican Florida senator and presidential candidate said on Fox & Friends on July 22....

    In discussing immigration, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida cited data going back to the 1990s, which is the best available because of a lack of updates by federal agencies.
  8. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio talks illegal immigrants, Bush touts Hispanic voting record

    Blog

    Both of Florida's presidential contenders ended up on the Truth-O-Meter over the past week.

    Sen. Marco Rubio said that while people sneaking into the United States is a legitimate problem, the immigration system is so broken that almost half of all illegal immigrants came into the country through legal channels.

    "We have a porous border, meaning not just the border with Mexico, but 40 percent of people in this country, illegally, are overstaying visas," he said on Fox & Friends on July 22....

  9. PolitiFact Florida revisits Charlie Crist's record on the Truth-O-Meter

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    Former Gov. Charlie Crist wasted little time after U.S. Rep. David Jolly announced a run for Senate, suggesting that he may be return to the campaign trail to run for Jolly’s House seat.

    On July 21, 2015, Jolly joined a crowded field vying for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by presidential candidate Marco Rubio. His 13th congressional district seat faces an overhaul. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled eight districts, including the one Jolly currently represents, must be redrawn to comply with voter-approved fairness guidelines....

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Trump says Florida had five 'sanctuary cities' when Jeb Bush was governor

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    Donald Trump criticized GOP primary rival Jeb Bush’s stance on immigration, implying the former governor allowed parts of Florida to shield illegal immigrants from federal laws while Bush was in office.

    "The polls just came out, and I'm tied with Jeb Bush. And I said, oh, that's too bad, how can I be tied with this guy? He's terrible. He's terrible. He's weak on immigration," Trump said during a speech in Phoenix on July 11, 2015. "You know, the sanctuary cities, do you know he had five of them in Florida while he was governor? Can you believe this? I didn't know that."...

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Senate candidate Todd Wilcox

    State Roundup

    An Orlando businessman vying for Marco Rubio's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat announced his candidacy by saying fresh blood is needed to change the worst economic climate the country has ever faced.

    "It's time to restore America's prominence both here at home and abroad," Todd Wilcox, a former Green Beret and CIA veteran, said in a statement announcing his candidacy July 8. "The economy is growing at a dismal rate. More businesses are closing than are opening for the first time in our nation's history."...

  12. PolitiFact Florida: Senate candidate Todd Wilcox says more businesses closing than opening for first time

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    An Orlando businessman vying for Marco Rubio’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat announced his candidacy by saying fresh blood is needed to change the worst economic climate the country’s ever faced.

    "It's time to restore America's prominence both here at home and abroad," Todd Wilcox, a former Green Beret and CIA veteran, said in a statement announcing his candidacy on July 8, 2015. "The economy is growing at a dismal rate. More businesses are closing than are opening for the first time in our nation's history."...

  13. PolitiFact Florida: Bilirakis says Florida has reduced carbon emissions 20 percent since 2005

    Blog

    Republicans in Congress recently voted for legislation that would prevent the federal government from implementing new emissions regulations on power plants -- in part, some argue, because utilities are already cutting carbon levels on their own.

    U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, said that HR 2042, known as the Ratepayer Protection Act, would protect states from costly rules that aren’t necessary. The bill would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce nationwide carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The legislation also would allow states to opt out of the reduced emissions requirement....

  14. PolitiFact Florida: Statement on Bush, tuition goes beyond numbers

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    Former Gov. Jeb Bush likes to advertise education reforms during his two terms in office, but the Florida Democratic Party wants to remind voters those changes came at a price.

    In a news release, Democrats cited what they said were Bush's dubious gubernatorial achievements, including that he "oversaw (an) average in-state tuition increase of 48.2 percent during his tenure."

    Did public university tuition go up by almost 50 percent in eight years during Bush's two terms? That number is more or less correct, but there's more to the Bush-era education overhaul than that....

    Truth-O-Meter for PolitiFact with a Mostly True ruling.
  15. PolitiFact Florida: Political group Ultraviolet makes five points about Jeb Bush's past

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    A Facebook meme from a political group made so many simultaneous assertions about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, we couldn’t put them all on the Truth-O-Meter.

    That doesn’t mean we can’t still examine the quintet of claims, however.

    Ultraviolet, which describes itself as a community "mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights," posted an image labeled "5 things you should know about Jeb Bush" to its Facebook page on June 15, 2015. A few days later, the group added a link to information backing up its claims. PolitiFact Florida wanted to review this information for ourselves....