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NRA lawsuit says new Florida gun law hurts women

The NRA argues the new age requirements, enacted after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, affect the constitutional rights of young women in particular.  

Fact-checking Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 'fact-checks' about Parkland shooting

The Broward Sheriff’s Office pushed back against claims about its handling of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and how it responded to previous calls about Nikolas Cruz. We fact-checked its fact checks.

Fact-checking claims in the wake of the Parkland school shooting

An organization that fights gun violence attacked Gov. Rick Scott for his support for a controversial gun law. Democrats accused Scott of ending funding for mental health. And conspiracy-minded blogs spread rumors that one of the survivors of the school shooting was a crisis actor.  

No sanctuary cities in Florida? That’s not as settled as Andrew Gillum claims

The policies of so-called sanctuary cities are among the most controversial in the national immigration debate. But Democratic Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum says there are no such cities in Florida, despite Republican rhetoric. Is that true?

Fact-check: How easy is it to get a gun in Florida?

Emma Gonzalez, a high school senior who survived the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, criticized Florida’s gun laws and President Donald Trump’s response during a protest outside of a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.

Fact-checking Richard Corcoran and Andrew Gillum's fiery debate on sanctuary cities

The pair’s Feb. 13 debate about sanctuary cities came less than two weeks after Corcoran’s political committee released a TV ad that promotes HB 9, which would ban sanctuary cities in the state of Florida.

Fact-checking Matt Gaetz's CNN comments about Immaculate Conception, missing FBI texts

In a fiery interview, CNN host Chris Cuomo challenged U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on his claims about the FBI having a "secret society" and the strength of an analogy he offered comparing missing texts from agents with the doctrine of Immaculate Conception.

Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott's final State of the State address

Of course, Scott touted his efforts over the last seven years to bring more jobs to the state — even cracking a joke about his passion project.

What to know before the start of the 2018 legislative session

Members of the Republican-dominated Legislature have their sights set on establishing a scholarship program to help kids who have been bullied, stiffening a ban on texting while driving, and writing a budget that doesn’t raise taxes — among hundreds of other ideas.

How did St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

PolitiFact Florida launched the Krise-O-Meter four years ago to track Kriseman’s 2013 campaign promises about the pier, the Tampa Bay Rays stadium and a slew of local initiatives. How did he do?

The 10 most popular Florida fact-checks of 2017

Fueling our most-clicked fact-checks was an unfounded claim about massive voter fraud in 2008 and a misleading statement from Trump that pre-existing conditions were included in the GOP health care bill. But it wasn’t all politics this year. In September, Florida was menaced by Hurricane Irma and our story debunking myths about hurricane preparedness also made the list.

Did President Donald Trump break a promise to Florida’s Haitian population?

The Trump administration’s Nov. 20 decision came after a review of the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians who arrived after the 2010 earthquake. This announcement prompted outrage from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, a Democrat in Florida’s governor’s race.  

Hollywood Hills deaths after Irma prompt new regulations, but what will they do?

The tragedy at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has sparked multiple investigations and crisscrossing confrontations about what went wrong and what can be done to keep it from repeating.

Hurricane Irma: 5 myths about hurricane prep to forget

We've heard the one about keeping valuables in the dishwasher. But why should that, and other ideas, be avoided in a big storm?