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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. Wasserman Schultz staffer arrested, then fired

    Blog

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, has fired an IT worker arrested on bank fraud.

    Imran Awan was fired Tuesday, according to her office spokesman David Damron.

    "Mr. Awan previously served as an employee in our office, but his services have been terminated,” he said in an email.

    Fox News reported that Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport Tuesday after buying a ticket to Pakistan on Monday with a return ticket for January....

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.
  2. Florida complies, somewhat, with data request by Trump commission

    Blog

    Florida agreed Thursday to comply with a request from President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to provide extensive voter roll data — but only partially.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state will provide the data that is publicly available, but will not hand over any information on voters that is not public, including driver license numbers or social security information....

    Ken Detzner
  3. Florida will comply with part of Trump commission's voter data request

    State Roundup

    Florida agreed Thursday to comply with a request from President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to provide extensive voter roll data — but only partially.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state will provide the data that are publicly available, but will not hand over any information on voters that is not public, including drivers' license numbers or Social Security information....

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent the official response on Thursday.
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Claim that 5.7 million noncitizens voted is wrong

    State Roundup

    President Donald Trump's unfounded allegations that millions voted illegally in 2016 is back in the news, with his supporters pointing to a new analysis that claims millions of undocumented immigrants voted in 2008.

    Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt talked about it on the morning show recently.

    "5.7 million — that's how many illegal immigrants might have voted" in 2008, she said. Her comments referenced an article in the Washington Times....

    Instances of noncitizens voting have been reported, but evidence points to a small number among millions of votes cast.  
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum overstates campaign donors

    Gubernatorial

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he outperformed his rivals for Florida governor in a key fundraising metric despite having less name recognition and taking time off from the campaign.

    His campaign issued the following statement to media under the headline, "Gillum Leads Gov. Field in Donors, $1.2M Raised YTD," on June 9:

    "Our campaign was thrilled for the mayor's family to welcome their third child last month, and he took some well-deserved time off the campaign trail. We're excited to have more than 7,000 contributors, the most in the race, and we're raising the resources to compete in all 67 counties....

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the Capital Tiger Bay Club on  May 31.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Sarah Palin's post about Paris accord uses 2011 photo of Florida House

    Legislature

    It's clear that Sarah Palin hates the Paris climate agreement.

    What's unclear is why a photo of Florida lawmakers was used to make her point in a viral post on Facebook against the deal.

    "Don't be fooled! The Paris climate accord is a scam," stated the headline at the top of Palin's Facebook post Tuesday. (By Wednesday, Palin had deleted the post, which had been shared at least 8,000 times.)...

    Sarah Palin shared a viral post about the Paris accord that uses an unrelated photo of Florida House members from 2011.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Is the GOP health bill bad for seniors? We fact-checked that

    Gubernatorial

    A Florida Democrat running for governor is warning about massive insurance rate increases for low-income seniors as part of the House Republican health care bill.

    Chris King, a Winter Park businessman, recently called on Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to decry the health overhaul based on analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    "The only thing as reckless and disappointing as the 800 percent premium increases Florida seniors will face under Trumpcare is Rick Scott and Adam Putnam's silence on the issue," King said in a May 25 press release that describes the bill as hiking premiums for low-income seniors. Putnam is running for governor, and Scott is considering running for the U.S. Senate....

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King said Florida seniors face an 800 percent premium increase under the GOP health care bill.
  8. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Samantha Bee on Florida felonies

    State Roundup

    Comedian Samantha Bee traveled to Florida, where she says "retirees and democracy go to die," to shed light on how the state makes it difficult for felons to regain the right to vote.

    On her TBS show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on May 10, Bee spotlighted efforts by advocates to collect about 700,000 signatures to place a question on the 2018 ballot.

    The amendment, which would have to pass by 60 percent to be enacted, calls to restore voting rights for felons automatically for those who have fully completed their sentences including parole or probation. That would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would still have to ask the Cabinet to restore their rights, a process that is currently slow and cumbersome....

    Samantha Bee hosts Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. Bee portrayed some of Florida’s felonies as not so serious on her show.
  9. PolitiFact: House Speaker Richard Corcoran misleads about education legislation negotiations

    State Roundup

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says his critics are wrong that the main education bill was hammered out behind closed doors.

    Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, tweeted that it is "fiction" to say that the "best and brightest teachers and principals provision in HB 7069 was NOT made public."

    "Fact: these provisions were contained in HB 7069 which was filed on March 10, 2017 passed two committees and the House 79-38 on April 13th, 2017."...

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes, center, was all smiles on the House floor May 5 after budget negotiations. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  10. Fact-checking Richard Corcoran's misleading tweet about education bill negotiations

    Blog

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says his critics are wrong that the main education bill was hammered out behind closed doors.

    "Time to end the myth of ‘legislation negotiated in secret.’  #transparency #HB7069#PutKidsFirst," Corcoran tweeted May 12....

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, left, and Senate President Joe Negron talk to the press at the end of the legislative session on May 8, 2017.
  11. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking attack ad against GOP health care bill

    National

    A health care advocacy group targeted two dozen House Republicans who voted for the American Health Care Act, including Florida Reps. Carlos Curbelo of Miami and Brian Mast of the Treasure Coast, in a new ad.

    The mostly digital ad by Save My Care says the health care bill will lead to skyrocketing costs for older consumers.

    "Congressman Curbelo just voted for a disastrous health care repeal bill opposed by the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Cancer Society," the ad says. "Curbelo voted to raise your costs and cut coverage for millions, to let insurance companies deny affordable coverage for cancer treatment and maternity care, and charge five times more for people over 50."...

    President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan in the Rose Garden of the White House on 
May 4 after the House pushed through a health care bill.
  12. Former congresswoman Gwen Graham announces run for Florida governor

    State Roundup

    Gwen Graham, a former North Florida congresswoman and daughter of former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, officially announced her bid for governor Tuesday, becoming the first major female candidate in a crowded field.

    "I am so proud to announce I am running to serve as Florida's next governor," she said.

    Graham focused much of her speech on supporting public schools and criticized the state for grading public schools and focusing on standardized tests....

    Gwen Graham announces her run for Florida governor on Tuesday. (Emily Michot  |  Miami Herald)
  13. Gov. Rick Scott miffed about budget but doesn't use 'veto' word

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott is clearly miffed that the state Legislature doesn’t see eye-to-eye with him on tax cuts and the amount of money for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, but he wouldn’t use the “veto” word in an interview in Broward Monday.

    Scott briefly spoke with reporters while visiting Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for Fleet Week. Scott gave no indication about his timeline for setting a special election to fill the seat of Sen. Frank Artiles and called the retirement of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a loss for the state....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners March 30 in Tampa.
  14. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler faces heat from gay community about prayer breakfast speaker

    Blog

    Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler’s battle with the LGBTQ community over the upcoming Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast where a leading national opponent of same-sex marriage will speak could affect Seiler’s statewide political ambitions.

    Seiler will speak Friday at the 55th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by National Christian Foundation of South Florida at the Broward County Convention Center. One of the speakers is Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, a national group that has opposed gay rights, including adoption by same-sex couples. Seiler said he had nothing to do with inviting Daly....

    Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
  15. 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.