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 with his lovely wife, a young daughter and an aging tomcat larger than most zoo animals.

Phone: (727) 893-8337

Email: jgillin@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JPGillin

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  1. 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."...

  2. 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....

  3. 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.”
  4. 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.”...

  5. George Sheldon accuses Attorney General Pam Bondi of wasting Florida's resources

    Blog

    While George Sheldon is new to Florida’s attorney general race, he’s no stranger in state politics.

    The onetime Democratic representative said Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has been wasting taxpayer resources on partisan crusades that don’t directly affect Florida policy, he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Wednesday.

    ...

  6. Scott, Crist TV ads contradict on middle class claims

    State Roundup

    The attacks in this 2014 campaign for Florida governor have been tit for tat.

    Gov. Rick Scott says he boosted education funding, Democrat Charlie Crist says no — he did.

    Crist says the economic "turnaround started at the end of my term." Scott says Florida hemorrhaged jobs under Crist and Scott's the reason behind brightening skies.

    One uneven playing field is TV, into which Scott and his allies have poured millions to run campaign advertisements. Now, Crist is out with his first TV ad, featuring upbeat music and Crist standing on a Florida beach. ...

  7. Nan Rich details why she's the better Democrat for Florida governor's race

    State Roundup

    Former state Sen. Nan Rich is working hard to get out the message about her gubernatorial campaign. Namely, that despite what Charlie Crist says, she's the only true liberal in the race.

    The Democrat from Weston visited the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday to discuss her platform, and mentioned more than a few times that she thinks the former Republican governor is not the person for the job....

    “I can mobilize the Democratic base better than he can,” Nan Rich said of Charlie Crist.
  8. Nan Rich assails Charlie Crist's record, touts her 'grass roots network'

    Blog

    Former state Sen. Nan Rich is working hard to get out the message about her gubernatorial campaign. Namely, that despite what Charlie Crist says, she’s the only true liberal in the race.

    The Weston Democrat visited the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday to discuss her platform, and mentioned that she thinks the former Republican governor is not the person for the job.

    "Your record of what you've done is a good indicator of what you're going to do," Rich said, pointing out her own record of supporting public education, civil liberties, LGBT rights and child welfare advocacy. She also discussed a long record of favoring stricter gun laws, opposing school vouchers and pushing for a higher minimum wage....

  9. PolitiFact Florida checks Charlie Crist's record on marijuana laws

    State Roundup

    A radio ad attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist accuses him of signing the nation's "harshest marijuana laws." And it's aimed at a voting bloc that overwhelmingly sides with Democrats: African-Americans.

    "While Crist was coddling the gun lobby, he was cracking down on us," says the ad from Progressive Choice Florida, a 501(c)4 group that has been attacking Crist from the left. "Passing maximum sentencing laws. Signing the nation's harshest marijuana laws. And enacting the country's strictest penalties against non-violent offenders — many of whom just happen to be black."...

  10. Legoland's new Duplo Valley is big for little ones

    Florida

    For all the things Legoland has going for it, the park still has had some obstacles to being a perfect attraction. There's the long drive across Winter Haven. The $14 parking. And the fact there's really not much for the tiniest tots to do.

    The park has addressed that last part in spades this season, revamping its Duplo Valley toddler section for children 5 and younger with all-new rides and facilities. What better way to give it a test-drive than to drive my own 2-year-old daughter (known to most friends and family as the Pink Ninja, thanks to a creative aunt) to Polk County and give it a spin?...

    Chip Litherland Photography Inc. WINTER HAVEN, FL -- May 22, 2014 -- LEGOLAND Florida celebrates the opening of DUPLO Valley an area designed for toddlers ages 2-5 in Winter Haven, Florida, on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
  11. PolitiFact Florida checks claims on Charlie Crist's tax returns, marijuana laws

    Blog

    With criticism of Charlie Crist mounting this week in the state's gubernatorial race, PolitiFact Florida checked a couple of claims that have been made against him. One is about financial disclosures, while the other concerns Florida's drug laws.

    Rick Scott has attacked Crist for refusing to release his wife Carole's tax returns, saying "candidates for governor routinely disclose" their spouses’ tax returns. We rated that one here....

  12. David Jolly isn't yet worrying about Beverly Young's 2016 challenge

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly expressed concern about plenty of issues during the Suncoast Tiger Bay political club luncheon in St. Petersburg on Monday, but the 2016 election wasn't one of them.

    Jolly already is facing Libertarian Lucas Overby in his Nov. 4 re-election bid. The Democrats did not field a candidate. Jolly took the seat in a special election after Young died last October. Young's widow Beverly had said her husband hand-picked Jolly to be his successor, but has since announced she will run for the seat herself in 2016....

  13. U.S. Rep. David Jolly talks about veterans issues, Iraq and Jeb Bush

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. David Jolly addressed the Veterans Affairs scandal and said intervention in Iraq should be "on the table" at a Suncoast Tiger Bay political club luncheon Monday, his first appearance since winning office.

    Jolly, who won Florida's 13th congressional district over Democrat Alex Sink in a March special election, focused on concerns over care and facilities for veterans in the wake of VA secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation in May. The event was held at Orange Blossom Catering in downtown St. Petersburg....

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly addresses members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Orange Blossom Catering in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. Politifact Florida: Defining pot caregiver falls to state under Amendment 2

    State Roundup

    Even as polls show plenty of Floridians are ready to approve the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot, opposition groups are aggressively trying to swat down supporters' arguments.

    One such group is Vote No On 2, which has dedicated a website to pointing out what it calls loopholes in the ballot measure. Among them, the group says, is that the proposal would let almost anyone give out the drug to patients....

  15. KRISE-O-METER: How's St. Petersburg's new mayor doing on those campaign promises?

    Politics

    A little more than five months into his first year in office, Mayor Rick Kriseman has focused on several of the promises he made on the campaign trail.

    While talk often centers on whether Kriseman will find a Pier design the entire city can support or end the stadium stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays, that's not all the new mayor has been doing.

    PolitiFact Florida has been tracking many of Kriseman's campaign promises. Here's a look at his progress on housing, transit and the city's website:...