Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Amy Hollyfield, Politifact associate editor

Amy Hollyfield, Politifact associate editor

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.

The Buzz on Florida politics is getting a new look on Tuesday morning.

We're unveiling a new look for The Buzz

The Buzz on Florida Politics is the most popular blog on with a loyal following of millions of readers across the state. Our political reporters work around the clock reporting the latest...
Updated: 3 months ago
Gov. Rick Scott speaks about tourism numbers in Florida during a news conference at the Florida Aquarium Tuesday in Tampa.

Gov. Rick Scott announces record tourism numbers for first half of 2017

Gov. Rick Scott was in Tampa this morning touting record tourism numbers. Times staff writer Tierra Smith was there and reports: Scott used the backdrop of the Florida Aquarium in Tampa this morning to announce that a record-breaking...
Updated: 3 months ago
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the meeting of the Tiger Bay Club at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on May 31.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum cleared in email scandal

Pretty much since Andrew Gillum entered the 2018 race for governor, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee
Updated: 4 months ago
The Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses the NAACP Convention in Baltimore on July 19.

Rev. Jesse Jackson talks voter suppression in Florida

From our friends at the Associated Press: ORLANDO — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says there was no evidence of voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election but says President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity should look at the...
Updated: 4 months ago
Rep. Charlie Crist visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Thursday and shared his words of prayer.

Can Charlie Crist save Florida from hurricanes? He prays, again, that he can

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, is in Israel this week as part of a trip paid for by...
Updated: 4 months ago
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

Miami Beach mayor mulling run for governor will do bus tour

From our friends at the Miami Herald: Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a Democrat seriously considering a run for governor, is about to hop on a bus and scoot around Florida to get to know folks across the state. But the millionaire...
Updated: 5 months ago
The focal point of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin is the copper pots used in the process.

Whiskey wasn't my thing, but then I visited the Teeling Distillery in Ireland

A tour and tasting at Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin delights, as does the "Winter Spice Tea."
Updated: 5 months ago
Former President Bill Clinton gives the opening address to kick off a meeting of International Aid Groups at the InterAction Forum 2017 at the Washington Convention Center on June 20.

Bill Clinton coming to Miami Beach on Saturday for mayors' convention

From our friends at the Miami Herald: Former President Bill Clinton is heading to Miami Beach on Saturday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors. A friend of Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine, who lobbied to bring the event to Miami Beach...
Updated: 5 months ago
Chief Financial Officer,Jeff Atwater speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference on  Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee.

CFO Jeff Atwater's last day will be June 30

From our friends at the Associated Press: TALLAHASSEE — Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is leaving his job at the end of the month. Atwater on Monday turned in his formal resignation letter to Gov. Rick...
Updated: 5 months ago
University of South Florida assistant professor Dr. Erin Kimmerle walks past the notorious white house building at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna in February 2014.

Gov. Scott signs bill to create Dozier memorials and rebury bodies

From our friends at the News Service of Florida: A measure that calls for creating a pair of memorials to boys who were abused at a notorious state reform school, and directs the reburial of remains of unidentified victims, was signed...
Updated: 6 months ago