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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 PolitiFact.com, PunditFact.com 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

Email: ahollyfield@tampabay.com

The Hollyfield file: PolitiFact.com

Twitter: @Amy_Hollyfield

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  1. Miami Beach mayor mulling run for governor will do bus tour

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    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 entrepreneur hasn't formally launched a gubernatorial bid yet.

    Consider it a campaign bus tour that he insists is not a campaign bus tour.

    Levine's been tapped by Sirius/XM to make a five-part audio documentary called "A Day In The Sun." Billed as an encounter with everyday people who live in the Sunshine State, the documentary will be recorded during Levine's road trip July 10-14. He'll start in Miami and head north, stopping in areas like Tarpon Springs, Orlando, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine and the Panhandle.  ...

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
  2. Whiskey wasn't my thing, but then I visited the Teeling Distillery in Ireland

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    If you drink your way through a four-day trip to Ireland, can you make an honest recommendation on anything?

    And if on that trip you taste your first whiskey, is it cool to brazenly recommend a distillery visit?

    Here I go: Teeling Whiskey Distillery should be high on your list if you're visiting Dublin.

    Sure you'll be tempted to go to the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery, but follow the brick road to Teeling for a less commercialized experience. The people and the whiskey will charm you....

    The focal point of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin is the copper pots used in the process.
  3. Bill Clinton coming to Miami Beach on Saturday for mayors' convention

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    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 in 2017, Clinton will speak at the day's luncheon at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. It is closed to the public.

    The convention gathers nearly 300 mayors from across the city. It runs through Monday at the Fontainebleau. No details were released on Clinton's speech, but he will be addressing mayors during a lunch with a theme of "city livability." ...

    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.
  4. CFO Jeff Atwater's last day will be June 30

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    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 Scott. Atwater announced back in February that he planned to step down from his elected post to take a position at Florida Atlantic University.

    In his letter, Atwater says his last day in office will be June 30....

    Chief Financial Officer,Jeff Atwater speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference on  Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee.
  5. Gov. Scott signs bill to create Dozier memorials and rebury bodies

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    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 into law Friday.

    The bill (HB 7115) provides $1.2 million to cover the costs of the reburials and memorials for youngsters who suffered physical and sexual abuse at the now-shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. It was among 33 bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Rick Scott....

    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.
  6. John Romano: For David Jolly, opposing Trump is only right

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano talks to former Congressman David Jolly about his willingness to criticize President Donald Trump:

    They call, they email, they pursue.

    The guy they're looking for has been busy planting palm trees at his new home in Belleair Bluffs, but the TV news producers have another project in mind. They're curious if he'll shovel dirt on Donald Trump....

    David Jolly, pictured during a CNN appearance in February, has been sought out by Larry King, MSNBC, CNN and others hoping to get him to talk about Donald Trump.
  7. Bono visits with former President George W. Bush

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    A surprising photo showed up Friday on former President George W. Bush's Instagram feed. Apparently Bono made a visit to the ranch.

    "Bono is the real deal," Bush captioned his Instagram photo. (Yes, he has an Instagram account.) "He has a huge heart and a selfless soul, not to mention a decent voice. @laurawbush and I are grateful he came to the ranch to talk about the work of @thebushcenter, @onecampaign, @PEPFAR, and our shared commitment to saving lives in Africa."...

    Former President George W. Bush and Bono.
  8. Florida joins other states in ending 'tampon tax'

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

    Scott on Thursday approved a bill that would make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual pads tax-exempt starting next January.

    Florida is joining 13 other states and the District of Columbia that exempt taxes on the sale of feminine hygiene products or have enacted laws to exempt these products in the future....

  9. John Romano column: Why this mother is pulling for HB 7069

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano has a compelling column today of why one woman supports HB 7069:

    The political ramifications are not lost on Kristine Benson.

    She understands the Legislature is basically playing a high-stakes game of ransom with funds for education. She's admittedly conflicted. She called the controversial bill HB 7069 a "slimy'' strategy....

  10. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera goes python hunting

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    From our friends at the Miami Herald:

    A ride-along with Florida python hunters paid off for Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera on Monday when the team bagged a 15-foot, four-inch female snake Monday night.

    The group, headed by Swamp Ape Tom Rahill, snagged the snake about 8:30 p.m. in western Miami-Dade County along the L-30 canal, said Randy Smith, a spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District. The district is near the end of a two-month pilot program to test the efficiency of paying 25 hunters to trap the invasive snakes. As of Tuesday morning, the tally stood at 99, Smith said. Rahill, who also traps snakes in Everglades National Park for the park service, has caught four....

    Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera on a python hunt.
  11. John Romano's open letter to Gov. Rick Scott: Fight back the 2010 way

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    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano not mincing words of advice for Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt:

    Can't help noticing you've been a little peeved lately. Honestly, I can't blame you.

    You've been in office long enough to know you're not going to please everyone, and the critics will come at you from every direction. There should be no surprises or complaints there.

    Still, it's gotta sting to be knee-capped by your own cohorts....

  12. Visit Florida hires firm to market to Syrian tourists

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's tourism marketing agency was forced to sign a new contract after a newspaper pointed out Visit Florida hired a firm to advertise to potential Syrian tourists.

    Visit Florida officials said Friday a "clerical error" caused them to include Syria on a list of countries the agency planned to advertise in.

    Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson signed a $14,000 contract with a German advertising firm back in March that included Syria and nine other Middle Eastern countries....

    This photo, taken from video, shows Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) standing guard as U.S. forces take up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria.
  13. Hillsborough public hearing for Constitution Revision Commission is Wednesday night

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    The state's Constitution Revision Commission, a 37-member panel assembled every 20 years to review the constitution and put proposals directly before voters in 2018, is coming to Tampa Bay for a public hearing this week.

    The commission has held public hearings in Orlando, Miami and Boca Raton, Tallahassee and more, but Wednesday will be the first meeting in the bay area....

  14. Governor contender's bachelor days coming to close

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    From Joey Flechas at the Miami Herald:

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is in the midst of touring Florida as he mulls a possible run for governor in 2018, is engaged and awaiting his first child.

    Levine, 55, recently got engaged to Caro Murciano, a real estate agent and younger sister of television actor Enrique Murciano. Levine has never been married before. The couple are expecting....

    Philip Levine.
  15. Corrine Brown found guilty on 18 of 22 charges

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    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty of fraudulently taking hundreds of thousands from sham charity.

    The jury's verdict came after prosecutors put on a detailed criminal case that outlined a pattern of fraud by Brown, 70, that included using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the One Door for Education Foundation for lavish parties, trips and shopping excursions. She was convicted of 18 of the 22 charges against her, including lying on her taxes and her congressional financial disclosure forms....

    Corrine Brown, former congresswoman.