Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times
Tom Tobin, 48, has worked at the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times, for 19 years, serving much of that time as a government reporter. As the Times' state reporter, he covered the 2000 presidential recount in Florida. Over the next two years, he covered efforts to rewrite Florida's election law and retool its election machinery. Since 2003, he has been an education reporter, focusing on school board issues, school finance, the achievement gap and desegregation.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Tobin
"When I was mayor of New York City, I encouraged adoptions. Adoptions went up 65-70 percent. Abortions went down 16 percent."
If African-Americans vote their percentage of the population in 2008, "Mississippi is suddenly a Democratic state."
Recent stories from Tom TobinRomney misses easy grounder
At the CNN/YouTube debate, the candidates argued about immigration, crime and Iraq. We found they generally got their facts right, although Huckabee distorted the facts on an education program for immigrants and Romney missed an easy one about the Red Sox.The perils of public financing
Bill Richardson and other critics overstate the drawbacks of John Edwards' decision to take public financingA divide over fences
To illustrate his concerns about a fence between the United States and Mexico, Bill Richardson cites problems with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. But the history of those famous fences is not so clear.Giuliani's "culture of life," defined
Giuliani has been an adoption advocate, but now he says that's the same as being an abortion foe.Obama: I'm a magnet for turnout
The Democrat says he can draw black voters and young people to the polls in a big way, but experts have their doubts.
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