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Amy Sherman, Miami Herald Staff Writer

Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman is a staff writer for the Miami Herald and for PolitiFact Florida. She was born in Amherst, Mass., and moved to Minnesota to attend college at Macalester in St. Paul. She worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press before moving to Florida in 2004 and joining the Miami Herald.

E-mail: asherman@miamiherald.com

The Sherman file: PolitiFact.com/Florida

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  1. Bernie Sanders rallies Democrats in Miami to push back against President Donald Trump

    Blog

    Independent Bernie Sanders was met with cheers in Miami on Wednesday night as he called for transforming the Democratic Party into a grassroots force that will fight for the poor and middle class and push back against President Donald Trump.

    “We are going to take on the billionaire class…” Sanders said. “Donald Trump did not win the election — the Democrats lost the election! That means rebuilding the Democratic Party, making it a grassroots party — a party from the bottom on up!”...

    Bernie Sanders gives his remarks to supporters during his national tour with Tom Perez at the James L. Knight Center.
  2. Political newcomer to run for agriculture commissioner

    Blog

    A University of Miami law student and political newcomer will announce his bid as a Democrat for Florida Agriculture Commissioner today.

    Michael Christine, 27, filed his paperwork with the state Division of Elections April 11th for the 2018 race. He will graduate from law school in about one month.

    ...

  3. PolitiFact Florida: Yes, high court banned state laws that make executions mandatory for murders

    State Roundup

    Florida Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando, argues that Gov. Rick Scott overreached when he issued an order removing Orlando-area prosecutor Aramis D. Ayala from a high-profile case of an accused cop killer after she said she would not pursue the death penalty in murder cases.

    Bracy, who is chairman of the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote in a New York Times op-ed last week that prosecutors have broad discretionary power....

    State Sen. Randolph Bracy
  4. Fact-checking a Florida senator's claim about Supreme Court and death penalty

    Blog

    Florida Sen. Randolph Bracy argues that Gov. Rick Scott overreached when he issued an order removing Orlando-area prosecutor Aramis D. Ayala from a high-profile prosecution of an accused cop killer after she said she would not pursue the death penalty in murder cases.

    Bracy, an Orange County Democrat and chairman of the Florida Senate criminal justice committee, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that prosecutors have broad discretionary power....

  5. PolitiFact Florida: Does Airbnb decrease housing values?

    State Roundup

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine recently went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb.

    A potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, Levine wrote that Miami Beach commissioners aren't the only opponents of the company, which allows property owners to rent houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors across the world. He said officials in New York, San Francisco and Miami also don't support Airbnb....

    Airbnb allows property owners to rent houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors around the world.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Does Airbnb decrease home values?

    Blog

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb after a conservative publication criticized city officials for supporting fines against the short-term rental company.

    Levine wrote that Miami Beach commissioners aren’t the only opponents of Airbnb, which allows property owners to rent out houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors across the world. He said officials in New York, San Francisco and Miami also don’t support Airbnb. Why?...

    Airbnb, the vacation rental website, has proven a headache for some Florida officials, including Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott's broken promise on drug testing welfare applicants

    Blog

    A father-son lawmaking duo from Clearwater is breathing new life into Gov. Rick Scott's campaign promise to require drug testing for welfare recipients.

    The promise hit a roadblock when federal courts struck down a 2011 law that Scott signed as "warrantless, suspicionless drug testing."

    Because we assess promises based on outcomes rather than intentions, we rated Scott's campaign pledge as Promise Broken in 2015 when he gave up his battle in court and chose not to appeal....

    Rick Scott
  8. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott was right about Florida's unique tax on business leases

    Legislature

    Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the legislative session by touting an economic agenda chock-full of tax cuts to benefit businesses.

    Scott took aim at the state's "unfair" tax on corporate leases in his State of the State address Tuesday, citing David Alfandary, whose factory in Miami produces Colombian baked goods, as an example of a businessman who could prosper without it.

    "David has said that he is very proud to grow his business in Florida, and if we cut this unfair tax, he could grow his business even more," Scott said. "Florida is now the only state in the nation to tax commercial leases."...

    Rep. Janet Cruz said teachers get $10,000 less than average.
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking Rick Scott's big speech

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott vigorously defended the state’s agencies for business incentives and tourism marketing in his State of the State address, delivered just steps away from the fellow Republican attacking the governor’s priorities.

    Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran did not call each other out by name in separate opening-day speeches, but each man used pointed language to double down on his view of the fiery Enterprise Florida/Visit Florida debate....

    Scott's gives his State of the State on Tuesday under the watchful eye of Richard Corcoran.
  10. Miami Republicans rally for Trump

    Blog

    Waving American flags and wearing red hats, about 2,000 people gathered at Tropical Park Saturday morning to show their support for President Donald Trump.

    Displaying signs like Eva Sanchez’s “Latinos Support Trump — Build the Wall & Close the Border,’’ the crowd cheered on Trump’s immigration policies, which call for building a wall on the southern U.S. border with Mexico and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Sudan — from entering the country. (A federal appeals court panel unanimously blocked the ban last month.)...

    Loly Sowers and Roxana Gurgan hold pro-Trump signs at the entrance of Tropical Park as they and fellow supporters wave to cars at the entrance of the park on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  11. Rising Democratic star Andrew Gillum announces run for Florida governor in 2018

    State Roundup

    Andrew Gillum, the young African-American Democratic Tallahassee mayor who took on the gun lobby, has formally announced his 2018 bid for Florida governor.

    Gillum made the announcement through a YouTube video he tweeted Wednesday morning.

    Gillum, 37, has been viewed as a rising star in a party that is clamoring for relevance after Donald Trump's win in November.

    Born in Miami, Gillum announced his run in a biographical video that focuses on Gillum's hardscrabble upbringing — he was one of seven children raised by a mother who was a city bus driver....

    Andrew Gillum, 37, gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention last year.
  12. Rising Democratic star Andrew Gillum announces run for Florida governor in 2018

    Blog

    Andrew Gillum, the young African-American Democratic Tallahassee mayor who took on the gun lobby, has formally announced his 2018 bid for Florida governor.

    Gillum made the announcement through a YouTube video he tweeted Wednesday morning.

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
  13. PolitiFact Florida: Richard Corcoran's claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

    In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

    The bills would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their guns in airports, schools, police stations and polling places, and on college campuses.

    Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran supports expanding the list of where permit holders can carry their guns, possibly as a way to avert attacks. ...

    In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and others locations, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.
  14. Broward responds to Trump's immigration ban

    Blog

    Following President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, the Broward County Commission passed a resolution celebrating diversity while avoiding the term “sanctuary” community.

    The resolution declared Broward an “inclusive and welcoming county for all of it's residents and visitors irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.”...

    Trump has said he will strip communities of federal funds that provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants sought by federal officials.
  15. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio correct that most undocumented immigrants in Florida arrived by plane

    Politics

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio supports President Donald Trump's promise to build a wall at the Mexican border, but he said it won't address the main path that undocumented immigrants use to arrive in Florida.

    "In Florida, 70 percent of the people here illegally came on an airplane," Rubio, a Florida Republican, told reporters Jan. 27 while visiting growers in Immokalee. "They overstayed a visa — the wall isn't going to address that."...

    Regular anti-Trump protests have been planned for Sen. Marco Rubio’s W Kennedy Boulevard office. Rubio supports plans for a border wall, but said it won’t solve all illegal immigration.