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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: Checking Jeb Bush on ISIS and bond ratings, plus a special session preview

    Blog

    Not-quite-yet Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continues to sell potential voters on his eight years as Florida’s governor.

    "Florida was the only state during my eight years to go from AA to AAA (in its bond rating)," Bush told business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20, 2015. He added the change followed years of increasing the state’s cash reserves from $1 billion to $10 billion....

  2. PolitiFact Florida's mailbag features a 'Jebio' edition, plus a look at 'Veto Corleone'

    Blog

    PolitiFact Florida readers had plenty to say about a host of fact-checks and stories about the state's two presidential contenders.

    The most recent mailbag is focused on what we've written about both Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. We heard about Rubio's 1999 metaphor, his take on Iranian weapons programs and more.

    Readers also focused on Bush's claims about how many poor people there are, median income in the economic recovery and more....

  3. PolitiFact Florida: Abortion rights group gets it wrong on Bush and family planning

    State Roundup

    A Democratic political action committee ripped Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, saying his positions as Florida's governor preview what he'd be like as commander in chief — particularly when it comes to women's issues.

    Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily's List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women's reproductive and health rights. (Emily's List helps female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.) Schriock ticked off several actions that ran counter to the group's stance, including Bush's support of abstinence-only sex education....

  4. PolitiFact Florida focuses on Jeb Bush three times over the past week

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    PolitiFact Florida has been checking all sorts of statements by and about former Gov. Jeb Bush in the last week, ranging from state spending to the history of the Iraq War to the VA care scandal.

    At a town hall meeting in Reno, Nev., Bush said, "We had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops" in Iraq. We rated that Mostly False. Read that item here....

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Medicaid expansion would help many of the same people that LIP helps

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    Washington may favor expanding Medicaid, Gov. Rick Scott argues, but it won't help the people being served by the soon-to-expire Low Income Pool, called LIP.

    Speaking to reporters, Scott said he doesn't share the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' position that growing Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a better solution than renewing the current LIP fund. The LIP program, which mostly helps cover hospital costs for uninsured and underinsured patient visits, is set to expire June 30....

    Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t believe that growing Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a better plan than renewing the LIP fund.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida takes billions more from Washington than it gives?

    Business

    The statement

    "Florida sends $135 billion and D.C. returns $150 billion."

    Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, May 4 on Twitter

    The ruling

    Florida House members left the legislative session early over health care funding, but they've kept on railing against Medicaid expansion.

    Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, argued against taking federal money to expand Medi­caid, the joint state-federal health insurance program for the very poor, saying it wasn't Florida's money to take....

  7. PolitiFact Florida annotates Rick Scott's comments about LIP and Medicaid expansion

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    Gov. Rick Scott told a press gaggle in Washington on May 6 that a meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell yielded no answers on the future of the Low Income Pool.

    Scott said that HHS was delaying word on their own program in spite of his best efforts. The agency's inaction was neither expected nor warranted, and was holding up Florida's budget.

    PolitiFact Florida decided to take a closer look at his comments and put them into perspective. PolitiFact annotated a transcript of Scott's comments to help readers learn a little more about the LIP, Medicaid expansion and where the budget stands now....

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott misses mark on hospital profitability

    State Roundup

    Before the Florida Legislature fought to a budget standstill over a hole in health care funding, Gov. Rick Scott said lawmakers should stop worrying about giving state money to profitable hospitals.

    His warning came as legislators faced losing the Low Income Pool, or LIP, a joint state-federal program that helps some hospitals and clinics pay for treating uninsured and underinsured patients. Washington last year announced the fund was going to expire in 2015, taking at least $1.3 billion in matching federal funds out of the state budget....

  9. PolitiFact Florida dissects Rick Scott's argument about sending tax money to profitable hospitals

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    Before the Florida Legislature fought to a budget standstill over a hole in health care funding, Gov. Rick Scott said lawmakers should stop worrying about giving state money to profitable hospitals.

    His warning came as legislators faced losing the Low Income Pool, or LIP, a joint state-federal program that helps some hospitals and clinics pay for treating uninsured and underinsured patients. Washington last year announced the fund was going to expire in 2015, taking at least $1.3 billion in matching federal funds out of the state budget....

  10. PolitiFact Florida checks Rubio's claims the U.S. is not upgrading weapons systems

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    Sen. Marco Rubio's claims about defense spending warranted a review by the Truth-O-Meter, after the presidential hopeful said the U.S. is not upgrading its weapons systems.

    "We are the only nation that is not building the aircraft, the long-range bombers, the additional aircraft carriers, the nuclear submarines that we need for our national defense," Rubio said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on April 25, 2015....

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Running the numbers on Medicaid expansion

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    Even before the Florida House adjourned early, Speaker Steve Crisafulli laid blame for the session's budget impasse clearly on Medicaid expansion.

    In an op-ed printed in the Tampa Bay Times, Crisafulli wrote that the Senate had "partnered with the Obama administration" to demand the expansion. But the House believed the move would drag people into a costly system that didn't work.

    "Under federal law, other low-income Floridians have access to health care subsidies to buy private insurance for less than the average cost of a wireless phone bill," said Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island. "In fact, if we choose Obamacare expansion, 600,000 will lose eligibility for their subsidies, of which 257,000 would be forced into Medicaid. "...

    FILE- In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are beginning their first legislative session as their chambers' leaders with a unified front and much in common. Both are conservative Republicans with business backgrounds who list faith and family among their highest values. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File) MH201
  12. PolitiFact: Checking claims on Medicaid, Low Income Pool

    News

    A feud over Medicaid expansion that stretches from Tallahassee to the White House means the Florida Legislature may not pass a budget by the time the session ends on May 1. PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the fight over whether more poor Floridians will be able to qualify for heavily subsidized health insurance.

    The federal government is offering billions if Florida expands Medicaid, paying 100 percent of the expansion at first and gradually downshifting to 90 percent in later years. The program currently eats up a sizable portion of the state budget....

    Gov. Rick Scott has taken different positions on Medicaid over the years, but has settled into opposition during the session.
  13. PolitiFact on Richard Corcoran's saying Medicaid is dangerous for patients

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    Constituents demanding a solution to the Legislature’s budget impasse over Medicaid expansion have been emailing Rep. Richard Corcoran, who has been telling voters that the federal program is dangerous for its patients.

    Several PolitiFact Florida readers have sent in an email response from the Land O’ Lakes Republican, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission. In his reply, Corcoran decries the already high enrollment and expense of Medicaid, the joint state and federal health care program for the very poor, as a reason to not accept federal expansion money under the Affordable Care Act....

  14. PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio's bad analogy: Borrowing 'like it's 1999'

    Perspective

    Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed his 2016 presidential campaign Monday, but an apparent musical analogy in his announcement speech was a bit off-key. During a speech in which he implied his opponents were too old, Rubio accused the competition of wanting to recycle ideas "stuck in the 20th century."

    "They're busy looking backwards, so they do not se"They're busy looking backwards, so they do not see how jobs and prosperity today depend on our ability to compete in a global economy," Rubio said. "And so our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it's 1999."...

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announces his candidacy for president on April 13 at the Freedom Tower in Miami.
  15. Looking back over Marco Rubio's position on a federal marriage amendment

    Blog

    A report on MSNBC earlier this week said Sen. Marco Rubio contradicted himself by saying he had never backed a constitutional amendment forbidding gay marriage on the national level.

    In a Tuesday interview with Kasie Hunt, Rubio said "I’ve never supported a federal constitutional amendment on marriage." Rubio on Monday announced a run for the White House.

    The network pointed out a Christian Coalition voter guide from 2010 that said he did favor such a change. It seems to be the only place that mentions that position, however....