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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. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

    ...

  9. 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
  10. 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....

  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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."...

     Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, greets Florida Gov. Rick Scott on the floor of the Senate during the first day of the 2017 session.
  15. 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.