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Katie Sanders, PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Katie Sanders

Katie Sanders is deputy editor of PolitiFact, the nonpartisan website founded by the Tampa Bay Times to fact-check politicians and public leaders. Read stories she edits and writes here.

Before moving into that role, she was a staff writer for PunditFact , a website created 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.

Before joining the Times, she interned at The St. Augustine Record and National Journal's CongressDaily in Washington, D.C.

She earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and English from the University of Florida. She lives in St. Petersburg with T.J., her husband, and Minnow, their dog.

Phone: (727) 893-8037

Email: ksanders@tampabay.com

Twitter: @KatieLSanders

Blog: Deal Divas

Website: PolitiFact

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  1. A search for heels you can wear to work — comfortably

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    Wanted: Professional shoes with height that I can wear everywhere, that won't kill my feet.

    I've been KonMari-ing my life lately, and have parted ways with shoes that don't serve me anymore. A bag of very pretty heels remains under bed, not exactly fitting the definition of bare essential but sparking all kinds of joy. My problem, though, is these heels are useful for special occasions only — and best chased with a pair of fast flats....

    Target LifeStride Bindi Cut-out Heeled Pumps, $29.99
  2. Alicia Keys isn't judging people who wear makeup

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    Alicia Keys is a natural wonder, a gifted singer-songwriter and a barenaked face in a TV sea of lip kits and falsies.

    Not that there is anything wrong with those. More on that in a second.

    Keys, as you may have heard, is going without makeup this summer (she broke the news in a Lenny Letter essay May 31. No lipstick, no concealer. No makeup for tapings of her new show "The Voice," nor for her performance at the Democratic National Convention in July....

    Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz walk the red carpet before the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, 2016.
  3. When is it okay to talk about the clothing of a woman in politics?

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    It's a question 10 women would answer 10 different ways. And as a political journalist with an eye for what people are wearing, it's one I've wrestled with, too.

    Is it so wrong to incorporate what a woman is wearing into a story when she's running for office?

    After all of this time, I explored the question in a story for Sunday's politics-themed issue of the Times' Latitudes section, the Art of Politics....

    The outfits of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren looked a lot more similar in color on TV than in photographs, I promise.
  4. We want to see what politicians wear. Is that so wrong?

    Fashion

    Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren walked onto the stage in Cincinnati with wide grins and windshield-wiper waves, the crowd roaring for their first campaign appearance together.

    With Warren's endorsement of Clinton weeks out of the bag, news stories that day in June told of how Warren went after Republican Donald Trump as a "nasty man," how she yelled, "I'm with her, yes, her," referring to Clinton, and how she assured her progressive following that Clinton would be tough on trade abuses and Wall Street greed....

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sported similar colors at a campaign rally in June. 
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  5. Sunshine Thrift giving away freebie for National Thrift Shop Day

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    Sunshine Thrift, one of our favorite chains around, is celebrating Wenesday's annual National Thrift Shop Day with a freebie.

    The rules: You have to spend more than $20, and it only goes to the first 100 customers.

    I have no idea what it is, but let us know if you score something cool on top of a cart of discounted goods.

    Here's where to find the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Bradenton stores....

    Bethany Cromwell finds a pair of pants to show to her mother, Catharine Cummings while shopping at Sunshine Thrift Store at 4304 S Dale Mabry Highway.
  6. My Outfit Monday: My favorite summer dress

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    Let's celebrate these back-to-school days with a short story.

    A young woman walked into Target a few weeks ago, bright-eyed about the possibilities and 98 percent sure she could still be considered a "young" woman in her late 20s. She moved from aisle to aisle, bracing herself for loading a cart's worth of cheap summer clothes into her vehicle.

    She took 10 dresses back to the fitting room. Nine of 10 were ill-fitting insults....

    Spoiler: The story is about me, Katie, and not my just-as-prominently featured best friend, Downtown Crane.
  7. Get glam at the Norma Kamali exhibi at Tampa Museum of Art

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    Calling all lovers of fashion history — Times art critic Lennie Bennett has the scoop on an exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art you won't want to miss.

    The CFDA award-winning designer Norma Kamali is showcasing 25 pieces evoking highlights of her career in a retrospective at the museum. Kamali, 71, was at the forefront of many trends since the 1970s, including sweatsuits, the inimitable sleeping bag coat, and the famous Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit silhouette. (You'll learn a lot more about her, like I did, when you read Bennett's piece.)...

    Fashion designer Norma Kamali poses for a photo with her exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art.
  8. The designer behind Michelle Obama's blue dress at the DNC

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    First lady Michelle Obama stunned at the Democratic National Convention's opening night in Philadelphia with a powerful address in support of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama said the United States has come far to be the greatest country in the world considering she wakes "up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." (That's True, by the way.)...

     First lady Michelle Obama walks on stage to deliver remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The dress is American designer Christian Siriano.
  9. Old Navy's summer sandals are pretty cute

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    I have reached the point of summer where my stand-by sandals are barely hanging on.

    Jewels are dangling from the toe strap. My dog chewed the heels of my favorite camel-colored flats. The cheaply sewn soles are, not surprisingly, splitting and flapping, as if to say move-on-dot-org.

    Maybe the solution is to invest in more expensive sandals with more miles in them. Maybe I should not go for trendier looks in bright colors but instead more evergreen neutrals....

    Old Navy slip-ons with perforated strap. $18
  10. Here's your guide to July 4 sales

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    Here's your exclusive look at Fourth of July sales. We'll update this post as we gather more intel.

    Kate Spade New York: The sale is on sale. Take an extra 30 percent off items such as this cheery wine tote ($12), this really adorable kite-adorned iPhone 6 case ($22), or a legit smaller handbag in pretty summer pastels (down from $298 to $208).(On second thought, just get this ice cream cone phone case and make me really jealous.) The checkout code is SUNSHINE. ...

    An ice cream phone case would sure quell the summer heat.
  11. We need to revisit those hair-tie bracelets

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    Man, what a day, a week, a year it's been in news, and not just for political journalists. But okay, I have to say, especially for political journalists. With the conventions and debates and ads coming to swarm our TVs these next few months, I'm already just feeling like

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    How much are you willing to pay for a fashionable, functional wrist accessory?
  12. My Outfit Monday: The time I under-reacted, fashion-wise, to a tropical storm

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    I'm a notorious over-preparer with storms, but really only as it pertains to what I'm wearing. If it's storming when I wake up, I go straight to my polka-dotted rainboots (from Walmart, for kidz) and a rain jacket made for adventuring. One hundred percent of the time this happens, it has stopped raining by the time I get to work, and it's clear everyone but me checked the all-day forecast.

    With Tropical Storm Colin bearing down on us with rain and high winds, I would have had a great excuse to do all of that....

    It's me, Katie, in the rain!
  13. Here's what this high school teacher learned about life as an American in Hiroshima (w/video)

    Features

    HIROSHIMA, Japan — Reminders come, if she lets them, as Leslie Wier walks to school.

    The river by her apartment is lined by cherry blossom trees with November red leaves. There is a playground, a docked oyster restaurant, the slab of rock Leslie lies on to daydream.

    Leslie, 31, walks by a park of monuments and crosses a bridge, joining morning commuters along the city's widest street. Peace Memorial Park. Peace Bridge. Peace Boulevard. Bones of infrastructure named in a campaign to avoid repeating history....

    Leslie Wier looks out on the view at a shrine at Miyajima island in Hiroshima, Japan, this past November. The former University of South Florida student teaches English at a high school in the city. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

  14. Ashley Graham debuts swimsuit line for sizes 10-24 (and it's on sale)

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    And now for a word on bathing suit season that won't leave you all stabby.

    Model Ashley Graham, who's like really pretty, released a line of 11 hot bathing suits this week that come in sizes 10-24.

    You may recall Graham is an expert on the subject, having modeled for Sports Illustrated's bathing suit issue....

    Ashley Graham's swimsuit line is pretty fun. Dive in!
  15. Amazon shutting down MyHabit, focusing on Amazon Fashion

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    If you're a shopping hound on Amazon, we may have some bad news for you. The MyHabit flash-sale site is closing down.

    The news has been out for a couple weeks, but the shipping giant announced it to subscribers this morning....