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Katie Sanders, PunditFact Staff Writer

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is a staff writer for PunditFact , a website founded by the Tampa Bay Times and Poynter Institute to fact-check talking heads. She previously reported on state politics and government for PolitiFact Florida from the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau and on breaking news for the Times in St. Petersburg. She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida.

Phone: (727) 893-8037; cell: (850) 673-1511


Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PunditFact

  1. PunditFact: A startling sex stat that checks out


    Aziz Ansari departs from the usual comedian slapstick in his first book, Modern Romance, teaming up with a sociologist and traveling overseas to examine the science of how people date in the Internet-at-your-fingertips age.

    The academic effort intrigued The Daily Show's Jon Stewart during his June 16 interview with Ansari. Stewart asked his former Daily Show intern if he learned anything shocking during his time reporting for the book....

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12:  Comedian Aziz Ansari attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  2. Florida not quite the pretrial services model, despite what John Oliver says

    State Roundup

    HBO host and news-comedian John Oliver surprised us, and maybe even himself, on Last Week Tonight when he hailed Florida as a model for the country for a component of its judicial system — and not for, say, assaults with a slice of pizza, or something like that.

    "Pretrial service programs have succeeded around the country in places ranging from Oregon to Florida," Oliver said. "And it is a truly frightening state of affairs when Florida is a model for progressive change."...

    John Oliver on HBO’s June 7 episode of Last Week Tonight called Florida a “model of progressive change” in pretrial service programs as an alternative to jailing people who can’t afford bail.
  3. Like what you see on Instagram? Some stores let you buy on the spot


    It is a serious shopper's fear: A retailer posts a dreamy outfit on Instagram. You heart it. And then you realize you want to do more than heart it — you want to own it. So you go to the store after work to snatch it up. But there's bad news, slowpoke. While you were working or whatever it is you do, that outfit sold out.

    Bummer, right? Technology can help.

    Some local stores allow you to buy what you see on Instagram essentially that second....

    A screenshot of Misred Outfitters' Instagram account, which it is using to take orders from customers.
  4. PolitiFact explains what's at stake in King vs. Burwell


    After years of political fighting and legal maneuvering, President Barack Obama's signature health care law could collapse over the interpretation of four simple words, "established by the state."

    The clause, tucked into the 906-page law, is at the center of a Supreme Court case seeking to derail federal tax subsidies in 34 states, including Florida, that opted not to create a health insurance marketplace....

    Demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court, which heard a challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March.
  5. My Outfit Monday: Let a statement purse do the work


    These days, the very few remaining before the major life event of my wedding, my head is swarming with last-minute details. And little else. Floral arrangements, musical selections, shot lists, welcome bags, these earrings, those earrings, what napkins look best with these linens, cake toppers, and "hey, what did we ever decide about X, Y and Z?" — you can see there's little room for tons of thoughtfulness poured into more trivial aspects of life....

  6. Check out our fresh new look


    It feels like the Year of Divas.

    We added four new writers a few months ago, the most ever. Katherine, Lisa, Lydia and Michelle have been fabulous and entertaining new voices.

    Now we have a redesigned blog to showcase all of our work!

    We admit we're a little sad to lose our sentimental avatar likenesses, preserved below for eternity.

    old avatar2.jpg...

  7. 3 retail stories to know this week


    A gender pay-gap at the Target cash register? Mistreated angel associates?

    We have some interesting retail stories to jumpstart your Tuesday night dinner conversation.

    The 'Pink Tax'

    The "pink tax" isn't completely new, but it's pretty infuriating and will apparently never change. It refers to the price hike for women's health and beauty products compared to similar products for men. (Ever notice why the goods are kept in different aisles?)...

  8. A must-read take-down of the celebrity 'naked look'


    On this, the Deal Divas and the New York Times fashion critic are on the same page.


    Yes, that means you, Bey, JLo, Ri-Ri and Kim K. West....

    Yeezy might be the only person enamored by Kim's Met Ball look.
  9. Kate Spade surprise sale runs through Thursday


    Love Kate Spade, but not the designer prices?

    * raises hand *

    The company is touting a 75 percent off surprise sale that runs through the end of Thursday.

    You'll have to surrender your email to enter

    I'm feeling these leverback drop earrings (down to $25), this bow bracelet that would be cute for stacking (down to $30), and, if I had $90 to spare on frivolity, this lemon bag that screams One Good Reason To Be Happy It's Basically Summer. Wallets that are usually $100-$200 are marked down to $50-$80, too, like this cosmic ombre pouch....

    Normally $58, now $29.
  10. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Ben Carson's life story


    With Ben Carson officially in the ring of Republican presidential contenders, Democratic social media activists are using his famous scraps-to-scalpel narrative against him.

    Carson, 63, was raised in a single-parent, impoverished household in Detroit and went on to become a Yale University-educated neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson, in 1987, was the first doctor to separate twins conjoined at the head....

    Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson spoke at Manchester Community College in New Hampshire last Sunday. “I’m not interested in getting rid of the safety net,” he says. “I’m interested in getting rid of dependency.”
  11. Put spring in your step with floral print shoes


    I'm obsessed with super-femme floral heels, and I don't care who knows it.

    And I'm seeing them everywhere.

    It started a few weeks ago, when I bought a pair of strappy floral heels from Aldo — a  rare, seasonal "I've fallen for you, and I can't get up" indulgence. Apparently, I am not too ashamed to tell you that I displayed the heels like the work of art that they are in my house (a la Lisa's lesson) until wearing them to a bridal shower last weekend with a bright red dress from the Dillard's Clearance Center (here are some hot tips for managing the clearance center from a Deal Diva alumna). They were perfect for the event, especially because I was sitting down in them for 90 percent of the time....

    I might be a little shy to try these sky-high Steve Madden stompers, but I wish I weren't.
  12. Clintons not as well-off as predecessors


    The statement

    "When we moved into the White House, we had the lowest net worth of any family since Harry Truman."

    Former President Bill Clinton, May 5 in an interview with NBC News

    The ruling

    Truman's journey to public office followed bankruptcy-dodging and a failed haberdashery business in the 1920s. He worked his way up from county judge to a U.S. senator, vice president and president upon Franklin D. Roosevelt's death in 1945. Even when he was earning $10,000 as a senator in 1935 ($171,000 in 2015 dollars), he could not save the family farm his mother owned....

    Former U.S President Bill Clinton speaks during a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday May 6, 2015. Bill Clinton has largely stayed on the sidelines during the early weeks of his wife's presidential bid, opting to focus on his foundation work instead of visiting early primary states with his wife. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) XJAL102
  13. What moms really want for Mother's Day


    Is your mom not like other moms? Is she the cool mom? No? Great, neither is mine — in that she is a really excellent mom who does not follow Amy Poehler's example in Mean Girls and is deserving of a restful, rewarding Mother's Day. And I want to give it to her, dang it.

    At Deal Divas, we usually blog about Mother's Day gift ideas, but this year is different — dare I say, better. We have not one but two experienced mothers on staff who have practical advice for what your mom really wants to get out of the annual special day. ...

    Not a cool mom? Fine by us. We love you more.
  14. Gwyneth Paltrow misinformed on food stamps


    The statement

    $29 is what "families on SNAP (food stamps) have to live on for a week."

    Gwyneth Paltrow, actor, April 9 in a tweet

    The ruling

    The health-conscious actor accepted a challenge to live on food stamps for a week and draw attention to the Food Bank for New York City last month.

    Paltrow shared a photo of her grocery haul in a tweet and the Internet quickly balked at her choices....

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21:  Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Lionsgates's "Mortdecai" at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
  15. A story about Harry Reid that was, in fact, too juicy to be true


    A month ago, before reporters from Las Vegas to Washington knew him by his real name, Larry Pfeifer told a lie.

    He doesn't dispute it.

    He promotes it.

    The 50-year-old Henderson, Nev., man says he crafted a rudimentary hoax about injuries sustained by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to show how easily partisan media could jump for a juicy story.

    And jump they did.

    "I had a mission," Pfeifer said. "I am sick of reading bull----. I am sick of lies. I am sick of people's lives being destroyed."...

    Yes, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s exercise equipment broke and that is what severely injured his eye.