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Amy Hollyfield, Times Staff Writer

Amy Hollyfield

Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the Tampa Bay Times. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and, and PolitiFact Florida, the Times' fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the Times for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the Miami Herald and Florida Today.

Phone: (727) 893-8491


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Twitter: @Amy_Hollyfield

  1. Let's talk about fake news vs. real news!


    Come one, come all to our event next week at the Poynter Institute called "Fake News vs. Real News – and how to tell the difference."

    The First Amendment Foundation is hosting an evening with professionals -- a reporter from PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its fact-checking, and a newspaper and a television editor -- who'll talk about what you can do to identify where a story comes from, and what’s behind it....

  2. A look at what outside lawyering Florida has spent money on


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — The Associated Press has documented that since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, agencies under his control as well as the Florida Legislature and Cabinet officials have spent more than $250 million on private attorneys. Here's a look at some of the spending on outside lawyering Florida taxpayers have had to pay for under Republican leadership:...

  3. President Trump visits Orlando classroom


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    President Donald Trump visited a classroom at a private, religious school in Florida on Friday, signaling that his education agenda will focus on school choice. 

    He started his tour of St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando with a visit to a fourth-grade classroom. 

    Trump shook hands with a pair of students who told him they were learning about the history of Florida. ...

    St. Andrew Catholic School Principal Latrina Peters-Gipson listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion at the school Friday in Orlando.
  4. Gov. Rick Scott greets Donald Trump in Orlando


    President Donald Trump has landed in Orlando for his visit to school. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was there to greet him.

    The visit to St. Andrew Catholic School – “Our goals are simple: College and Heaven” -- is a continuation of the president’s call for school choice during his speech to Congress on Tuesday night. A sizable number of students at the school get assistance through the Florida Tax Credits Scholarship, a voucher program....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, with grandson Auguste at his side, greets President Donald Trump as he deplanes Air Force One in Orlando.
  5. Trump nominee Alex Acosta gave billionaire 'sweetheart' deal


    Nice reporting from our Miami Herald partners this morning. Patricia Mazzei and Jay Weaver with this story:

    A decade ago, a Miami Beach father who traveled to Cambodia to pay for sex with three underage girls was found guilty in federal court and convicted of sex tourism involving children.

    Kent Frank, 50, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Miami’s U.S. attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, declared in a news release that society “cannot permit such individuals to seek sanctuary in our community.”...

    President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, right, briefly stood next to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner before the president addressed Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.
  6. Report: Dave Aronberg's wife files for divorce


    Here's an attention grabbing headline from Jose Lambiet's GossipExtraEXCLUSIVE — BLAME TRUMP: State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s Hot Wife Files For Divorce … Cites Politics, Her Need To Have A Baby As Issues In Their Marriage!

    The Palm Beach County State Attorney got married just under two years ago, but Thursday his wife filed for divorce. From Lambiet's report: ...

    Then-state Sen. Dave Aronberg during the end of the 2011 session.
  7. John Romano column: How Florida's third-largest political party just ceased to exist


    Times columnist John Romano follows up on news that the Independent Party of Florida is no more. An excerpt:

    The party is over. No, really.

    The third-largest political party in Florida ceased to exist this week. It was wiped out not by in-fighting or ideology but by a technicality that may or may not exist.

    If that sounds odd, that's par for the course.

    For the Independent Party of Florida has always been slightly off kilter. Not in its views — which are quite moderate — but in its influence....

  8. Trump golf course ordered to pay $5.7 million to ex-members


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    A Florida golf course owned by President Donald Trump must immediately repay $5.7 million to 65 former members who had been denied membership refunds after he bought the club in 2012, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

    District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter violated contracts the members had signed with the previous owner, Ritz-Carlton. The average payment will be about $87,000 if the ruling is upheld....

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up his book after holding a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club Jupiter on March 8, 2016, in Jupiter.
  9. 5 stolen absentee ballots cast in central Florida


    The Orlando Sentinel has an interesting story this morning to fuel the flames of bad voting:

    By mid-October, Susan Halperin became concerned that she and her husband hadn't received their absentee ballots in the mail.

    So Lawrence Halperin called the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office to find out what was going on. He was stunned to learn their ballots had already been cast. Someone had stolen the Halperins' ballots, faked their signatures and voted....

  10. Hillary Clinton campaigns in Pasco this afternoon


    Hillary Clinton spent the weekend in Florida, Saturday in Daytona Beach, and Sunday in South Florida. Not to mention her downtown Tampa rally last Wednesday....

  11. In Miami, Haitian-American voters grapple with mixed feelings about Clinton


    The Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles had a smart story over the weekend:

    The Clintons have loomed large in Haiti for decades.

    As Bill and Hillary Clinton ascended in the political world, their interest in Haiti — sparked by their 1975 honeymoon there — kept pace. They played key behind-the-scenes roles in Haiti presidential elections and publicly championed the Caribbean nation after the 2010 earthquake....

  12. Hillary Clinton plans rally Wednesday in downtown Tampa


    More details are in on Hillary Clinton's planned campaign stop Wednesday in all-important Hillsborough County.

    She'll have an early-vote rally at 2:45 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. 

    Doors open at 12:15 p.m. You can RSVP for tickets here....

  13. Hillary Clinton on Matthew: 'My heart is broken for the victims'


    Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement from the candidate this morning on the storm:

    “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, and my heart is broken for the victims and their families in Haiti, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Florida.

    “This is a serious storm, and it has already caused serious damage.  If you get an evacuation order, please follow it immediately.  Bring any important documents, medicines, and your pets with you.  Listen carefully to instructions from local and national officials.  And if you’re not sure what to do, please visit for tips on staying safe....

  14. Hillary Clinton cancels Florida ads as storm approaches


    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is canceling ads that were to air on Florida stations that carry the Weather Channel. The decision comes as Hurricane Matthew gains strength.

    Clinton spokesman Jesse Fergus said Thursday that the campaign asked the stations to delay the ads until after the storm passes.

    The Florida Weather Channel ads were part of a multimillion-dollar reshuffling of Clinton ads to reach voters the campaign sees as critical to winning the election....

  15. Donald Trump plans Ocala event next week


    Republican nominee Donald Trump will bring his campaign back to Florida next week, planning an event Wednesday in Ocala.

    Trump's campaign website has ticket information for the noon event at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., in Ocala.