The most recent articles on PolitiFact Florida

Fact-checking Trump’s falsehoods about Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian approached, Trump said that Alabama would likely be hit and that he wasn’t sure he had heard of a Cat 5. The exaggerations were easily avoidable.

Hurricanes and tropical storms lead to flood of misinformation

As Dorian moves its way toward Florida, we review the flood of misinformation about hurricanes and tropical storms. 

Can a nuclear bomb stop a hurricane? No, it’s a myth that has persisted for decades

A myth has persisted for decades that the United States could slow down hurricanes with nuclear bombs. President Donald Trump denied a report, based on anonymous sources, that he wanted to employ that strategy.

Would Florida proposal ban virtually all guns? Here’s what we know

Florida’s attorney general says ban on military-style weapons would cover far more guns than what proponents call assault weapons. Here’s what we learned about it.

Unpacking the spin from Democrats, GOP over which side is blocking hurricane relief for Puerto Rico

Each senator blamed the opposing party for holding up relief funding for Puerto Rico. Here’s what’s going on.

Are New Yorkers really fleeing to Florida over taxes?

Sen. Rick Scott lacks evidence that taxes are driving migration.

The DeSant-O-Meter: Tracking the campaign promises of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

We are tracking 15 promises Gov. Ron DeSantis made in his 2018 campaign.

How hard is it for Venezuelans to get asylum in the U.S.?

Florida Democrats say half of Venezuelans’ asylum claims are denied. We found partial data that supports the claim — but the denial rate isn't unique to Venezuela.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott blames Venezuela’s collapse on socialism, but is that the real culprit?

Scott ignores the full story about Venezuela’s economic downfall

Incoming US Sen. Rick Scott kept half his campaign promises as Florida governor

For eight years, PolitiFact Florida kept tabs on Scott’s campaign promises on our Scott-O-Meter. As he leaves Tallahassee for Washington, we review which ones he was able to keep and which ones he didn’t.  

Sorting out fact from fiction in the Florida recounts

We debunk some myths about the recounts

Is the city of Tallahassee the most corrupt in Florida as President Trump said?

Citing an ongoing FBI probe, Trump attacked Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Governor's debate fact-check: Andrew Gillum's Hamilton ticket, Ron DeSantis' $145,000 trips

During the final Florida governor’s debate, Ron DeSantis attacked Andrew Gillum over his record related to a trip to New York City and an FBI investigation. Gillum shot back about DeSantis' own trips.

Fact-checking the CNN Florida governor's debate between Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum met for their first debate on CNN on Oct. 21, 2018. Here's how they fared on the facts.

Fact-checking an attack on Andrew Gillum’s ties to an FBI investigation in Tallahassee

Republican Party of Florida ad misleads by stating Gillum is running from the FBI

El primer debate de Bill Nelson y Rick Scott en la Florida, chequeado

Rick Scott y Bill Nelson argumentaron sobre sus récords y se acusaron mutuamente de representar falsamente los hechos durante el primer debate en la contienda de la Florida para el senado federal. En el debate el martes, repitieron ataques que los votantes ya han escuchado a través de comerciales de 30 segundos.

Nelson, Scott fact-checked each other in their first Florida Senate debate. We fact-checked them

Rick Scott and Bill Nelson argued over their records and accused the other of misrepresenting the facts in their first Florida U.S. Senate debate Tuesday, repeating the attacks already worn into voters’ heads through waves of 30-second commercials. There was plenty to fact-check.

Fact-checking the Florida candidates for governor and U.S. Senate

The midterms in the swing state of Florida are among the most closely watched in the nation

Fact-checking the Florida primary candidates for governor

We fact-checked statements about immigration, guns and the environment by Democrat and Republican candidates running in the Aug. 28 primary.

Fact-checking Sen. Bill Nelson’s claims about Russia hacking Florida’s election system

Nelson has drawn much attention for his statements about hacking, but he hasn’t provided verifiable evidence

What role do septic tanks play in the algae bloom crisis in Florida?

In the Republican primary debate for governor, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam argued about the culprits behind the algae bloom. We explain the research.

Fact-checking DeSantis and Putnam in Florida Republican debate for governor

Republican gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam debated Aug. 8, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Fact-checking the Florida Democratic primary debate for governor

Florida Democrats battling in the governor’s primary fought to establish themselves as Enemy No. 1 of President Donald Trump in their last debate Aug. 2.

What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

Here's what we know so far about his record on abortion cases, and why experts say Democrats are sounding the alarm too early.

TV ad in Florida said PolitiFact is funded by George Soros, but that’s misleading

Ads criticize our fact-check of an attack on U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis

Fact-checking Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate announcement speech

Scott made several claims about the state’s economy and growth as he kicked off his campaign against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. 

Guest column: False attack against Ron DeSantis shows how political attack ads are often crafted

A March 29 fact-check of an accusation about U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., was justifiably rated Pants on Fire by PolitiFact. The claim is ludicrous on its face, and the final determination was easy. However, the episode gives an excellent example of how political attack ads are crafted, and how little substance is often behind them.

Looking at the facts behind Rep. Steve King's criticism of Emma Gonzalez

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, criticized Gonzalez for a patch of the Cuban flag on her jacket.

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?

Fact-checking the St. Petersburg mayoral debate between Rick Baker, Rick Kriseman

Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker squared off on the city's sewage crisis and more July 25 in a televised debate.

Donald Trump extended Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. Here's what that means

President Donald Trump’s administration has extended an immigration designation that benefits about 50,000 Haitians in the United States. Haiti's Temporary Protected Status designation was extended through Jan. 22, 2018.

What’s in the House health care bill?

We looked at the particulars in The American Health Care Act passed by the House May 4.

PolitiFact’s guide to the GOP amendment to health care bill

We look at the components of U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur’s amendment to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Fact-checking Marco Rubio’s statements about the Iran nuclear deal

The Republican U.S. senator from Florida said that the 2015 agreement will not prevent a nuclear Iran.

Is the Center for Immigration Studies a hate group, as the Southern Poverty Law Center says?

We found the case against the center is based on some of its associations rather than its current work.

A week on the ground in Tallahassee with PolitiFact Florida

PolitiFact Florida reporters attended committee hearings, peered in on floor debates and hoofed it to rallies and news conferences during a week of fact-checking lawmakers and lobbyists at the state Capitol. What we found: Less controversial issues produced largely accurate claims, but the truth suffered on more divisive topics, such as gun control and the "stand your ground" law.

Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott's 2017 State of the State address

Gov. Rick Scott reflected on the state's tragedies over the past year and encouraged the Legislature to increase money for Florida tourism and business incentives.

Fact-checking the Gov. Rick Scott, Florida House feud over Enterprise Florida

The Florida House produced videos showing Florida’s jobs and tourism agencies as failures while Gov. Rick Scott fired back with his own defense.

Donald Trump says FBI investigating more people than ever for terrorism, but that’s hard to prove

President Donald Trump said on ABC News that FBI terror investigations are at an all-time high. We look at the data and talked to experts.

The Top 10 most viewed Florida fact-checks of 2016

The presidential race and claims about guns revved up PolitiFact Florida’s Truth-O-Meter during the election year.

Trump security adviser pick Michael Flynn repeated wildly wrong claim about FL Democrats, Sharia law

The retired lieutenant general made the claim in a speech at a temple in August and CNN publicized it Nov. 22.

The electoral college vs. the popular vote: Could states do an end-run around the current system?

After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote, some advocates have renewed efforts to change how we elect the president. We explore some of the legal issues.

No, Patrick Murphy, PolitiFact did not debunk every attack against you

Patrick Murphy should stop we have debunked all of the attacks against him. It's misleading.

Fact-checking the second U.S. Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy go head-to-head in the second U.S. Senate debate. 

Fact-checking the U.S. Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

The Republican incumbent and his Democratic rival from Congress fight it out in their first debate.

Taking a closer look at Donald Trump's promises in new ad

A Donald Trump ad makes four promises. How many are true?

Donald Trump, Pam Bondi and $25K: Was it pay to play?

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is no stranger to pay-to-play politics.

Rubio ad claims he helped constituent's daughter get cancer-fighting drug before FDA approval

Privacy laws make verifying the story difficult, but it looks like Rubio did initiate the process to help an Orlando woman's family.

Fact-checking Florida's U.S. Senate candidates

We review some statements the major candidates have made ahead of the Republican and Democratic primaries.

PolitiFact Florida's top 5 in July 2016

Fact-checks of claims by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Gov. Rick Scott at the conventions were our most popular.

Following along with the Florida delegation at the RNC

Florida delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland kicked off their quadrennial confab with a breakfast featuring four speakers. PolitiFact took a look at some of their talking points.

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in June 2016

Coverage of the Orlando massacre led our most-popular fact-checks in June.  

A guide to the attacks on Patrick Murphy’s resume

A PAC supporting Marco Rubio says that Patrick Murphy has distorted his business record and educational background. We sort out the facts.  

It's not just Orlando. Scott often fails with FEMA requests

Florida’s requests for federal assistance in emergencies and disasters are denied much more than the national average.

A closer look at the Anderson Cooper-Pam Bondi face-off

An interview in Orlando between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on June 14 has gone viral, due to Cooper’s aggressive questioning about her record on gay and lesbian issues. It also sparked a charges and counter-charges from Cooper and Bondi. We investigate them here.

7 things to know about guns and gun violence after Orlando

The largest mass shooting in U.S. history is certain to spur more discussion about the balance between gun rights and gun restrictions. Here are some of the key points about guns that have been made over the years.   The facts about gay men and blood donation in Orlando

The facts about gay men and blood donation in Orlando

Florida medical organizations have asked for blood donations in the wake of a tragic shooting at an Orlando gay club, but it's difficult for gay men to donate under FDA rules. Here are seven things to know about guns and gun violence after Orlando.

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in May 2016

Gov. Rick Scott’s spat with California and claims by and about Donald Trump led our fact-checks in April.  

Fact-checking the U.S. Senate candidates from Florida

We put several statements from hopefuls looking to fill Marco Rubio’s seat to the Truth-O-Meter test.  

Looking for Jeb Bush's 'pledge' to support Donald Trump

We looked into Donald Trump's statement that Jeb Bush signed a "binding pledge" to support the Republican nominee. Here's what we found.   

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in April 2016

A spat between a Starbucks heckler and Gov. Rick Scott led our fact-checks in April  

Jolly and Grayson tackle King James, Planned Parenthood at open debate

The Republican and Democrat congressmen ignore their primary opponents to face each other as they vie for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat.

Donald Trump’s misleading complaints about election rigging in Florida

The Republican frontrunner and his campaign manager have made a series of false claims about primary contests being stacked against them.

Fact-checking the Starbucks heckler-Rick Scott spat

Gov. Rick Scott tried to get a cup of coffee from one of his favorite spots, Starbucks, on Tuesday in Gainesville. He got a jolt, all right. A community activist let him have it over cuts to health care under his reign. 

Top 5 for PolitiFact Florida in March 2016

Florida’s presidential primary as well as U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz fueled the Truth-O-Meter.  

Florida delegates, explained

PolitiFact National answered five questions about the delegates to the national conventions. Here's how it works in the Sunshine State. 

Fact-checking Jebio in the 2016 GOP presidential race

We look back at our most clicked fact-checks of statements by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to fact-check the immigration debate in 2016  

Trump recounts Rubio’s record, but the history deserves a review

A campaign ad goes after the U.S. senator’s past as a Florida legislator and beyond, but doesn’t always accurately portray what happened.

Did Donald Trump inherit $100 million?

Sen. Marco Rubio says he did, but the evidence is murky.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.  

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 fact-checks for February 2016

Our most read fact-checks were about GOP presidential candidates, the cost of college tuition and climate change.

Do rich foreign women give birth in Miami then not pay the bill, as Rubio said?

Foreigners giving birth are on the rise in Florida, but skipping out on the bill is not a trend.  

Top 5 for PolitiFact Florida in January 2016

The GOP presidential primary and the Democrats’ debate schedule fueled the Truth-O-Meter.  

Checking in on Jebio in January 2016

PolitiFact fact-checks Florida's Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio on the presidential campaign trail  

Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott's 2016 State of the State address

Scott kept the focus on Florida's improved economy during his fifth speech to the Legislature. But is it as sound as he says?

Previewing the 2016 Florida legislative session

Gov. Rick Scott kicks off the 2016 Legislature with a speech that will likely focus on his main concerns, taxes and jobs, but our Scott-O-Meter has been tracking several things he may talk about. • 5 things to know about the fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

5 things to know about the fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on immigration

The senators from Florida and Texas have waged a war of words over immigration. We take a look at their key votes and statements starting with the 2013 Gang of 8 bill.  

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 10 fact-checks for 2015

Our fact-checks of statements by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ben Carson were the most popular among our readers  

The 2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump

A presidential candidate with an unprecedented record on the Truth-O-Meter earns PolitiFact's annual award.

PolitiFact Sheet: Defense spending under Obama and Congress

Our PolitiFact Sheet answers five questions about military spending and cuts over the last seven years. 

Reader mailbag: Jeb Bush's 'statement is logically 'false,' the opposite of true!'

PolitiFact readers sound off on our fact-checks of statements by Jeb Bush about refugees and President Barack Obama about fish swimming in Miami streets  

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 stories for November

Statements by GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio dominated our fact-checks in November.  

Truth-O-Meter sets sights on open carry, campus gun bills

Proponents of firearm legislation draw comparisons between Florida and laws in other states to make their case.

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 fact-checks for October 2015

Marco Rubio’s voting record and finances and a claim by Jeb Bush about taxes kept the Truth-O-Meter busy.  

Charlie Crist to run for Congress

Former Gov. Charlie Crist to run in Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County.

PolitiFact Florida’s top 5 fact-checks for September 2015

Claims from the GOP presidential debate about Donald Trump, President Barack Obama and vaccines fueled the most interest in the Truth-O-Meter last month.

St. Pete mayor moves forward on Krise-O-Meter promises

Rick Kriseman has made progress in the new 2016 budget on three items concerning education and management.

Fact-checking Jeb Bush vs. Donald Trump after CNN debate

We look back at attacks between frontrunner Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.  

Fact-checking Jeb Bush vs. Donald Trump

As the second GOP debate approaches, we look back at attacks between frontrunner Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.  

Bush’s boasting about Florida only tells half the story

The Republican presidential candidate is hoping his record as governor can sell his message to voters, but all of his claims need a little more context.

Bush and Clinton battle even before primary

The Sunshine State will be a swing state in the general election. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are already attacking each other as they each hope to win their party’s nomination.

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 fact-checks for August 2015

Claims about illegal immigration, abortion and college costs were hot topics in the presidential race.  

10 fact-checks about immigration in the presidential race

We have fact-checked misleading claims about anchor babies, deportations, sanctuary cities and the candidates' proposals.  

Checking in on Jebio

Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush have been saying plenty of things on the campaign trail. The Truth-O-Meter has been keeping up with them.

Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS

The former Florida governor tries to blame Democrats and leaves out his brother’s involvement while discussing foreign policy.

Fact-checking Ferguson, one year later

On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.

For the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a look back at our fact-checks

We review claims we’ve checked about voter purges, election laws and racial issues at the ballot box.  

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 fact-checks for July 2015

GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump battled for attention a month before the first debate. Readers made their claims the most-read fact-checks of the month.  

Six fact-checks related to African-American issues

As Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders speak at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, we look at some of our fact-checks of the 2016 presidential candidates’ comments on the black community.  

Ever-evolving Charlie Crist considers run for redrawn 13th congressional district

The former governor's history in Florida politics is long and complex, just like his record on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking David Jolly, Florida's latest U.S. Senate candidate

U.S. Rep. Jolly, whose congressional district is poised to change significantly due to a court-ordered redrawing, is throwing his hat into the ring for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat.

Fact-checking Alan Grayson, candidate for U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will challenge U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in a Democratic primary in 2016, vying for the seat held by Sen. Marco Rubio.   

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 for June 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially announced his 2016 candidacy for president, leading to a fresh round of attacks and claims.  

Political group makes five points about Jeb Bush's record

Women's rights advocates Ultraviolet dig up dirt on the presidential candidate, but some of them don't pass PolitiFact's muster.

IMG Academy projects big economic numbers from expansion, but doesn’t say how

The Legislature put $2 million into the budget at the last minute for the Bradenton-area sports school, which promises thousands of jobs and millions for the state and local economy. But experts say those numbers may be too high.

Fact-checking Jeb Bush who will announce for president June 15

PolitiFact has fact-checked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s claims about Iraq, immigration and education.

Are red light cameras a ‘scam,’ as Marco Rubio says?

As Marco Rubio’s supporters poked fun at a news article about his four traffic tickets, the GOP presidential contender fired back with his own claim about red light cameras. We look at the debate about the cameras.

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 in May

Fact-checks of claims from Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott topped our fact-checks and reports in May.

Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.    • Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown

Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown

The Senate and House disagree over what to do about hospital funding and Medicaid expansion, two subjects that are linked no matter how lawmakers or Gov. Rick Scott try to separate them.

Mailbag: 'Jebio' edition

We take a look at recent reader comments and complaints about our coverage of the two leading presidential candidates from Florida, Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.  

An updated look at statistics on black-on-black murders

The majority of murders are intraracial -- and that has been the trend for many years.  

Annotating Rick Scott on Medicaid expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott made some of his most extended comments about Medicaid expansion to reporters in Washington on May 6, 2015. PolitiFact Florida has annotated a transcript of the press conference. 

State money and Florida hospitals: Counting LIP dollars

Gov. Rick Scott told legislators that hospitals that get tax money are still in the black. We take a look at some of the numbers.

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 for April 2015

Claims by Jeb Bush topped the Truth-O-Meter in the past month.

As the House adjourns early over Medicaid battle, we look at claims on the Truth-O-Meter

We fact-checked claims about the budget, polls, health outcomes and jobs related to Medicaid expansion

Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about same-sex marriage bans. PolitiFact has fact-checked multiple claims related to the topic.

Fact-checking claims about Medicaid in Florida

As the Legislature has stalled amid an impasse over Medicaid expansion, we look back at our fact-checks about the health care program for the poor.

Iranian missiles and the eastern U.S.: How big a threat?

Marco Rubio recently said, "Iran is developing long-range rockets that will at some point in less than a decade be capable of reaching the east coast of the United States." We asked experts what they thought.

Marco Rubio and a gay marriage constitutional amendment: what we know

MSNBC points to a Christian Coalition survey as evidence the senator supports a federal law, but there's no other mention of that position, which his campaign denies.

Fact-checking Sen. Marco Rubio

Rubio announced that he will run for president in 2016. We look back at his statements about immigration, climate change, Obamacare and other topics.

PolitiFact Florida’s Top 5 for March

Claims from Jeb Bush, SeaWorld and a gun rights advocacy group topped were among our most popular last month.

Mailbag: 'How can this FALSE claim be Mostly True?'

Readers talk back about our fact-checks of claims about gators vs. guns, school tests and prayer rugs.

Fact-checking Florida’s Legislature at the halfway point

We have fact-checked claims about school tests, Medicaid expansion, online voter registration and a statistical claim about attacks by alligators vs. gun permit holders.

Fact-checking Patrick Murphy, Democratic hopeful to succeed Marco Rubio

The Treasure Coast congressman who ousted GOP firebrand Allen West wants to run for Senate in 2016.

Fact-checking Rick Scott on the environment and sea-level rise

As Gov. Rick Scott denies news reports that say his administration tried to ban the use of term "climate change," we look back at our fact-checks about the governor and the environment.

PolitiFact Florida’s 5 top fact-checks in February

Claims by Alcee Hastings, Marco Rubio were among our most popular.   Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated

Fact-checking claims about Selma and Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights.   Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated

Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated

PolitiFact Florida is annotating Gov. Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech. Watch live.

Rick Scott challenges Legislature to help him keep his promises

The governor has asked lawmakers to enact several of his second-term campaign promises on taxes, education and the environment. Fact-checks about the Florida Legislature

Fact-checks about the Florida Legislature

As the Florida Legislature convenes, PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked claims about bills related to guns, voter registration and school tests.

Fact-checking Alcee Hastings who called Texas 'crazy'

PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked several claims from the longtime congressman from Broward County, including provocative comments about Texas. 

Examining Florida's Sunshine Law in wake of Gerald Bailey controversy

Questions and accusations fly after the FDLE commissioner was forced out, so PolitiFact Florida explains the state public records laws that some suggest was violated.

Fact-checking claims about Cuba

New rules about normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations set off political claims from Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and others.

Fact-checking U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's new book 'American Dreams'

The Florida senator -- and potential 2016er -- has a new book out. We fact-checked three statements from it about welfare, education and government regulation.

Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott’s 2015 inauguration speech

After being sworn in as governor, Rick Scott made familiar claims about jobs, education spending and tax cuts during his Jan. 6 speech.

PolitiFact Florida's top 10 fact-checks for 2014

You'd think in an election year we'd hear more about the gubernatorial candidates, but the Affordable Care Act, undocumented immigrants and birth control were popular topics, too. With a second term for Rick Scott, we add promises to the Scott-O-Meter Help PolitiFact fund a Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response  

With a second term for Rick Scott, we add promises to the Scott-O-Meter

The governor made 20 pledges on the 2014 campaign trail that we will be tracking the next four years.

Fact-checking South Florida politicians in 2014

PolitiFact Florida fact-checked claims by and about politicians from Miami-Dade and Broward counties on topics including immigration, Obamacare and climate change.   • Tracking St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's campaign promises on the Krise-O-Meter • ​Immigration fact-checking in 2014

Kriseman has hits and misses tackling promises in his first year

St. Petersburg's new mayor delivered on curbside recycling and codes inspectors, but success with the Rays and plans for the pier eluded him in 2014.   Immigration fact-checking in 2014 Rick Scott touts reaching 700,000 jobs, but that's not what he promised

Immigration fact-checking in 2014

We look back at fact-checks about immigration and border security. 

Rick Scott touts reaching 700,000 jobs, but that's not what he promised

While the governor says he reached his 7-7-7 milestone in less than four years, we'd like to remind him the employment goal was on top of normal economic growth.

Fact-checking Jeb Bush, possible 2016 presidential contender

We look back at some of our notable fact-checks of and about Jeb Bush. 

PolitiFact names its 2014 Lie of the Year

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's sixth annual Lie of the Year.

Our top 5 fact-checks for November 2014

Jeb Bush trumps Rick Scott now that the election is over, marijuana continues to capture attention, and race relations draw interest to an older item.

Jeb Bush: ‘Only because I am going to be PolitiFacted’

The former Florida governor mentions PolitiFact during a recent high-profile appearance with the Wall Street Journal.   • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn kept most campaign promises

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn kept most campaign promises

Analyzing the state of Buckhorn's 34 campaign promises as the end of his four-year term approaches.

Fact-checking Jeb Bush, possible presidential contender

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush contemplates a bid for president, we look back on his claims about education, immigration and the economy on the eve of his national education summit.

Fact-checks about Florida voting and elections

Happy Election Day! As Florida residents head to polls, we look back at fact-checks about early voting, restoring the right to vote for felons, purging noncitizens from the voter rolls and more.

Greatest hits of the Florida governor's race

Our final wrap-up looks at the facts tossed around during the Florida governor's race: pocketbook issues, jobs, flip-flops and more.

Fact-checking claims about the environment in Florida’s race for governor

NextGen Climate Change led the attacks on Gov. Rick Scott in his battle against Charlie Crist, and both candidates weighed in on environmental topics.

Crist, Scott keep recycling campaign attacks

We've reached the point where the talking points are repeated so much, it's hard to remember the truth. Good thing PolitiFact Florida can keep things clear.

Fact-checking the third Florida governor's debate

CNN hosted a nationally televised debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, their final face-off before Election Day. We checked the facts.

Previewing the third Florida governor’s debate

With Fangate behind us, we look at some of the lines you might hear Tuesday night on CNN during the third Florida governor's debate.    • Previous coverage: Did the rules of the debate say there would be no fan?

Did the rules of the debate say there would be no fan?

We take apart Fangate to see exactly what the rules said and how the Crist and Scott campaigns responded. 

Fact-checking the second Florida governor's debate

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott debated for the second time on Wednesday night, after controversy over a cooling fan. We checked the facts. 

Previewing the second Florida governor's debate

The candidates are starting to repeat themselves, using their favorite talking points over and over. Here's your fact-checking guide to their favorite lines.

Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist faced off in their first debate of 2014 at Telemundo's studios in Miramar. 

Previewing the first Florida governor's debate

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist faced off in their first debate, hosted by Telemundo and broadcast in Spanish. Here’s a pre-debate summary of fact-checks on their favorite talking points, from education and the economy to immigration, voting rights and Cuba.

Has Charlie Crist flip-flopped on his party, health care, abortion and the stimulus?

A new ad attacks Democrat Charlie Crist for being a flip-flopper. We sort through the issues and rate each one on our Flip-O-Meter.

Crist, Scott TV battle heats up

As campaign spending for TV ads tops $50 million in Florida's governor's race, we take a look at the latest attacks.

A new look for PolitiFact Florida

Why, yes, we do look different! (And be sure to check it out on a smartphone) • The Scott-O-Meter: Rating Gov. Rick Scott on his 2010 campaign promises • PolitiFact Florida: Ready to check new promises from Florida’s next governor

Rating Gov. Rick Scott on his 2010 campaign promises

We look back at Gov. Rick Scott's time in office and review how he's done on the Scott-O-Meter, where we track and rate his 2010 campaign promises for fulfillment. 

PolitiFact Florida: Ready to check new promises from Florida’s next governor

We look at promises made on the 2014 campaign trail so far. 

In Context: Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Scott Walker giving ‘women the back of his hand.’

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz drew national attention for her words about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during a roundtable on women's issues in Milwaukee.

A misleading ad by NextGen Climate against Rick Scott

What do Rick Scott’s depositions from more than a decade ago have to do with current environmental controversies? Nothing

Head into the gubernatorial primary with the facts on your side

PolitiFact Florida has checked statements by Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist -- and we even paid some attention to Nan Rich, too!

Education attacks have played a key role in governor’s race

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have lambasted each other’s records on school funding while cherry-picking figures that put themselves in a favorable light.

NextGen Climate’s attacks on Florida Gov. Rick Scott

A PAC by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer unleashed TV ads that accuse Scott of trying to fleece Duke Energy and for being too cozy with oil drilling interests

PolitiFact Florida to appear in Halifax Media Group newspapers

More readers will get PolitiFact Florida's award-winning fact-checks in their local newspapers. 

Does the All Aboard Florida rail project get taxpayer funding?

Gov. Rick Scott has said All Aboard is completely private. Former Gov. Charlie Crist says it gets millions from Florida taxpayers. We sort out the rail project’s complicated finances.

Fact-checking Debbie Wasserman Schultz on health care court rulings

We fact-checked two claims by the Florida congresswoman related to court rulings about the Affordable Care Act.

Scott, Crist TV ads contradict on tax claims

We sort out opposing claims from political ads about whether Charlie Crist cut taxes or raised taxes.

Caregiver claims by medical marijuana opponents aren't on the books

Saying Amendment 2 helper registries are too lax focuses on the legal details, but ignores the fact the state health department will write those rules should the measure pass in November.

Mailer compares Charlie Crist and Nan Rich in Democratic primary for governor

A mysterious group attacks Crist’s record on abortion, guns, education, gay marriage and adoption, but it ignores his full record, including flip-flops.

Dissecting the Republican theme ‘Crist crash, Scott surge’ in the governor’s race

Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign blames opponent former Gov. Charlie Crist for the economic crash and credits Scott for the surge. Economists say the full story is more complex.

Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked

Revisiting Rick Kriseman's pier promises

St. Petersburg's new mayor made a lot of promises about the future of the city's iconic pier, which remains closed after residents voted to reject its chosen replacement. Some time has elapsed since then, so we decided to look into three vows he made and see how they rate on our Krise-O-Meter.

Fact-checking Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist in the battle for Florida governor

It's only April, but PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked many claims about Obamacare, education and jobs from Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic frontrunner former Gov. Charlie Crist. There's more to come; the general election isn't until November.

Marco Rubio says Snowden revelations 'most damaging' in U.S. history. What do historians say?

Florida's junior senator  said it's the worst case of spying ever. Experts we talked to said it's up for debate, but there are others that could be considered as significant.

Political attacks in governor's race make Medicare claims confusing

Attacks lines about Medicare have been dominating the Florida governor's race. To make sense of the attacks and counterattacks, you need to know the key differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Our primer explains it for you, and where recent ads have been inaccurate.

Top 5 fact-checks for March

PolitiFact Florida looked at Rick Scott’s State of the State address, medical marijuana, state funding for the environment, the Common Core educational standards and Medicare.

Jeb Bush, 2016 contender?

Whether he runs for president or not, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can be counted on for making interesting statements. We fact-checked his recent comments in Broward County on the Keystone XL Pipeline and state revenue.

Rick Scott ad attacks Charlie Crist on Obamacare

Let’s Get to Work’s TV ad says health law has led to 300,000 canceled plans and will drive 2.5 million Americans out of work. Those claims are exaggerated.

Fact-checking the candidates in the U.S. House special election to replace Bill Young

The race to fill the late U.S. Rep Bill Young's open House seat has become a national campaign, thanks to outside money from both parties and special interest groups. We go over the biggest claims concerning the candidates and suss out how accurately issues have been presented in the special election. Voters weigh in during a special election on Tuesday.

Fact-checks of Gov. Rick Scott cross the 100 mark

Since he launched his campaign for Florida Governor in 2010, we've fact-checked more than 100 of Rick Scott's statemens, on things like education, jobs, Obamacare and .... doughnuts

We put Rick Scott's 2014 State of the State address to the Truth-O-Meter

The governor talked about tax cuts, jobs and education in his fourth session-opening speech. PolitiFact Florida went over some of his statements to see whether what he said was telling the whole story.

Florida’s race for governor has dueling attacks on Medicare cuts and Medicare fraud

Gov. Rick Scott’s attack ad about Medicare prompted a counterattack by the Florida Democratic Party about Scott’s past.

We put the GOP case against Alex Sink to the Truth-O-Meter

A Republican Party of Florida mailer laid out a litany of attacks against the congressional candidate in the 13th District race, so we checked our rulings from years past. It turns out we've heard almost all of them before.

Fact-checking the attack ads in Pinellas' CD 13 race

New campaign ads dig into the professional backgrounds of David Jolly and Alex Sink.

It's Jolly vs. Sink for the seat formerly held by Young

A Republican primary on Jan. 14 has set the match up to represent Pinellas County in Congress.

Kathleen Peters, David Jolly attack each other in bid to fill Bill Young's seat

Republican primary candidates have stretched the truth in their race to the U.S. House.

PolitiFact Florida's Top 10 fact-checks of 2013

Fact-checks about Trayvon Martin, Obamacare and the federal government shutdown were among PolitiFact Florida’s most read items in 2013.

Krise-O-Meter will track new St. Petersburg mayor’s campaign promises

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will take the oath of office Jan. 2.  On the campaign trail, he made 25 promises to voters about how he will run City Hall. The Krise-O-Meter will track Kriseman’s performance.

Two GOP candidates go on attack in Florida's 13th congressional district

David Jolly and Kathleen Peters are battling for the Republican nomination to fill the seat formerly held by the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

Fact-checking Charlie Crist

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, announces that he will take on Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Was Rubio 'never ... in favor of shutting down the government'?

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says he never wanted to shut down the government and voted to keep the government funded. But his public comments and Senate votes undercut that claim.

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

We look at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman clash over St. Petersburg economy

We fact-checked statements from each candidate during the Oct. 15 mayoral forum hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9.

Pasco House race mailers stretch truth to attack opponents

The campaign to succed Mike Fasano in the Florida House of Representatives takes a deceptive turn thanks to a couple of campaign mailers. 

Mailbag: 'Discontinue this farce'

Readers disliked our takes on Charlie Crist's synopsis of the 2012 voter purge and Broward County Libertarians trumpeting their party as the nation's third-largest.

PolitiFact primer: The politics of pot

Is medical marijuana on its way to Florida? A group is working to collect more than 700,000 petitions to add a question to next year's ballot. Their hope: to amend the state Constitution to allow the use of medicinal marijuana. PolitiFact Florida is following the campaign and looked into claims that marijuana is not addictive and that it's less toxic than alcohol.

On far-right promises, Rick Scott tacks to the center

In 2010, Rick Scott promised to ban embryonic stem cell research, pass a tough immigration law and explore offshore oil drilling. Three years later, that conservative talk is gone.

Top claims about the federal government shutdown

Just days into the federal government shutdown, we’ve already heard some distortions -- and some truths.

Marco Rubio’s Top 5 attacks on Obamacare

Rubio doesn't like the health care law, but his attacks on it aren't always accurate.

Alex Sink decides against run for governor in 2014

Sink, 65, says she will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, focusing instead on her foundation. We look back at how she's fared on our Truth-O-Meter.

Nan Rich attacks Rick Scott on middle-class issues

Rich asks why Scott is pushing for a tax cut when children and the elderly face long waiting lists for services.

Mailbag: 'I regard this fact-check as a total failure ... Get your act together'

Readers let us know what they think about recent fact-checks on marijuana, the "stand your ground" law,  immigration and other topics.

Noncitizen voter purge makes a comeback in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott's administration is at again, looking to purge noncitizens from the voter rolls. Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, cries foul, but he doesn't have his numbers right.

Will Weatherford pokes back at the Truth-O-Meter

Florida's House speaker says he wants to try some 'PolitiFacting' of his own.

Will Weatherford weighs education and health care funding

The Florida State House speaker said, "As a society, we spend more money on people's health care in the last six or 12 months of their life than we spend in the first 18 years of their life educating them." We take a closer look at the data.

Checking Rick Scott's latest tax claims

Florida's governor talked up his tax-cutting efforts to a conservative crowd in Orlando. How did his statements rate on the Truth-O-Meter?

Alan Grayson claims 45,000 people die a year because they lack health insurance

We explain the science -- and the skepticism -- of studies that pin down the number of deaths due to not having health insurance.

How many kids have been cut from Head Start?

Earlier this year, we looked at a claim from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, about the sequester and Head Start. New evidence is now available on how the program is handling budget cuts from the sequester.

Debunked health care claims live on at Tampa town hall

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint brought his "Defund Obamacare" town hall tour to Tampa on Wednesday night. We've heard claims that PolitiFact has debunked before.

Rick Scott halfway to jobs promise? Not so fast

Gov. Rick Scott says he's halfway to completing his centerpiece promise of creating 700,000 jobs. But the numbers don't add up.

Fact-checks for the St. Petersburg mayoral election

As St. Petersburg nears the Aug. 27 mayoral election primary, we round up claims we fact-checked from the three major candidates.

Mailbag: 'I rate you big liars'

Readers weigh in on our checks about a mythical link between third grade data and prison bed planning, wedding vendors "forced to participate in same-sex marriages" under threat of jail, and Gov. Rick Scott's record of tax cuts.

Fact-checking the St. Petersburg mayoral election

Candidates for mayor in St. Petersburg are on the campaign trail and providing fodder for the Truth-O-Meter.

Does St. Petersburg have the No. 3 waterfront in all of North America?

"St. Pete has the third-largest downtown waterfront park in North America, behind only Chicago and Vancouver." It sounds good, but is it accurate?

Fact-checks about the case involving Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

We've looked into several claims about Trayvon Martin's death in Sanford, Fla., and its aftermath.

Mailbag: “PolitiFact Florida has finally lost all credibility."

Readers sound off on our checks about a viral picture of "the real Trayvon," the state pension fund, college tuition and cats. (Yes, cats.) 

Our latest tally of Rick Scott's campaign promises

How did Scott's promises fare during this year's legislative session? We pulled out our Scott-O-Meter.

In context: Rick Scott's comments on Republicans and jobs

To Democratic ears, Gov. Rick Scott's remarks from a GOP dinner sound a lot like Mitt Romney's '47 percent' comment last year in Boca Raton. Read both remarks and decide for yourself.

Fact-checking Rick Scott's table setting

We've fact-checked several talking points included in a campaign-style flier from the governor's office that greeted Florida Council of 100 members at a recent dinner.

Fact-checking House Speaker Will Weatherford

The Republican from Pasco County was everywhere during the legislative session. We checked out his talking points.

Fact-checking more claims about the sequester

Broad-based cuts to the federal budget are starting to have an impact on states and cities. We look at our latest round of fact-checks on the cuts known as sequestration.

PolitiFact Florida wins Green Eyeshade Award for online politics reporting

The winning entry included fact-checks of the 2012 U.S. Senate race and Florida's state government.

Is a new study of Medicaid a game changer?

Opponents of expanding Medicaid have questioned whether the insurance program for the poor actually works. Here, we look at a new landmark study on health outcomes for people on Medicaid. The results were surprising.

PolitiFact Florida tackles claims about Miami Dolphins stadium

The Miami Dolphins are asking for public help to finance a major stadium renovation. We check the facts.

Elections changes coming to Florida, again

The Legislature again is tinkering with Florida elections laws. Get the lowdown.

Jeb Bush’s story of the mom who inspired him to help the disabled

At CPAC, Bush told a brief anecdote about how conservatives should make personal connections and help people. Here's the rest of the story.

At the midpoint: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's campaign promises

We use the Buck-O-Meter to check in on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's campaign promises

What is stopping a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

A recent fact-check rounded up scientific opinion on why researchers still struggle to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Fact-checking Florida at CPAC

What did Florida's conservatives have to say at their annual gathering? We check the facts.

Florida goes to CPAC

It’s the regular gathering of conservatives from around the country. Florida will be well represented, and we’ll be checking the facts.

PolitiFact Florida Mailbag: 'True or false ... It is not complicated'

Readers and others sound off on our latest fact-checks.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz vs. Jeb Bush on immigration

We look at two high-profile Floridians and their recent comments on immigration.

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

We turn on the Truth-O-Meter for Scott's speech and 'pre-buttals' from the Democrats.

PolitiFact Florida presents: Legislature 101

How can you tell when a bill is dead? How many lobbyists are there? What's the one piece of legislation that must pass?

Tracking the top 2013 legislative issues

What will happen in Tallahassee this legislative session? Here's the low-down on the issues we're tracking.

Will a Medicaid expansion create jobs? A review of the evidence

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said the expansion of Medicaid that Gov. Rick Scott now backs will not create jobs. We review the evidence.

Marco Rubio and the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will give the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here's a look at his PolitiFact record.

Rick Scott's promises at the half-way mark

Gov. Rick Scott is now two years into his first term.  How is he doing on the Scott-O-Meter?

PolitiFact Florida: Our most popular fact-checks of 2012

We select the fact-checks of 2012 from the ones you viewed the most.

Help choose PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

PolitiFact will be choosing the Lie of the Year in the next few weeks. Send them your suggestions!

PolitiFact Florida Mailbag: "You got this one wrong."

Readers react to our fact-checks from the national conventions and elections.

Crank up the Carlos-O-Meter!

PolitiFact Florida tracks promises by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez as he begins a new term. We add one new promise to our Carlos-O-Meter.

Greatest hits of Florida's U.S. Senate race

We review the most significant fact-checks of the race for U.S. Senate between Connie Mack and Bill Nelson.

Testing Medicare claims in the Bill Young-Jessica Ehrlich U.S. House race

We look at dueling ads on Medicare between U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young and challenger Jessica Ehrlich.

Fact-checking Florida's U.S. Senate debate

We looked at dueling claims from Connie Mack and Bill Nelson as they debated on Oct. 17, 2012, in Davie, Fla.

Allen West and Patrick Murphy launch dueling attack ads in a Florida Congressional race

We fact-check ads where the candidates attack each other on matters of personal character.

Fact-checking the Frankel-Hasner race in South Florida

We look at dueling ads in a the congressional race for a seat representing Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Senator Marco Rubio on the Truth-O-Meter

As we await Rubio's remarks at the Republican National Convention, we review our fact-checks of the Florida senator.

PolitiFact Florida Mailbag: 'You are shills for this vicious fascist governor'

Readers weigh in on our latest fact-checks.

Fact-checking the Republican primary

We look at several races where members of the GOP are competing against each other.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez sticks to key promises in second budget

We scour the budget to see if Gimenez is keeping his campaign promises.

Fact-checking Jeff Brandes vs. Jim Frishe in the state Senate GOP primary

Third-party groups unleash dueling attacks.

Will Barack Obama be outraised by Mitt Romney?

Counting the dollars is no easy task, and November’s a long way off.

TV ad claims it has 'the facts' on Bill Nelson, then unrolls falsehoods

We look into an ad from American Commitment attacking U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Liberal group gets its facts wrong with attacks on Gov. Rick Scott

In a fund-raising email, MoveOn said Scott "tried to kick 180,000 people off the voter rolls" and "every one" of the supervisors of election resisted him. Both claims are wrong.

Fact-checking Rick Scott on the health care law

The governor reacts to the recent Supreme Court ruling on health care, but he doesn't have his facts right.

One year in, the Carlos-O-Meter rates Mayor Gimenez’s promises

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has delivered on his key campaign promises as he faces re-election.

Fact-checking Florida on health care

With today's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, we review the best of our fact-checks on health care. Warning: Whoppers ahead!

Checking the Scott-O-Meter on immigration

Gov. Rick Scott has backed off two campaign promises for stricter enforcement on illegal immigration.

Fact-checking George LeMieux

LeMieux drops out of the race and endorses rival Connie Mack. We look back at our fact-checks of LeMieux’s campaign.

Bill Nelson, health care and "the deciding vote"

We look at a TV ad claiming Nelson was "the deciding vote" for the health care law. 

PolitiFact: Double dipping in the local sheriff's race

Former Pinellas sheriff Everett Rice is having to defend claims that he would become a double dipper.

Checking Florida voting claims

Recent attempts by Florida’s Republican leaders to eliminate election fraud have generated legal action, lots of disapproval from Democrats and lots of fact-check fodder.

PolitiFact Florida Mailbag: Marco Rubio, Allen West and the University of Florida

Readers weigh in on our recent rulings, including what Allen West said about communists in Congress.

Fact-checking the U.S. Chamber on Alan Grayson

The fiery liberal's "Die quickly!" taunt lives on in a new campaign ad.

Fact-checking the ad about Obama's promises

We fact-check the new ad from the conservative group Crossroads GPS.

Fact-checking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad on Bill Nelson

An ad about Medicare and the national health care law distorts the facts to scare Florida seniors.

TV ad claims stimulus ships tax dollars overseas

A TV ad on the air in Florida says President Obama's economic stimulus sent tax credits to Mexico, Finland and China. But the facts tell a different story.  

Who to blame for the price at the pump? Tough to say

Summer is coming, the general election is cranking up and that means the price of gas will be talked about. A lot. Find out why explaining it -- and figuring out who to blame for it -- isn't so simple.

Mailbag: 'You really mucked that one up!'

Readers sound off about fact-checks on oil rigs, Pat Boone, voter fraud and shark attacks.

Rick Scott's latest ad: Who is that teacher?

Rick Scott has a curious surrogate in his latest television ad. Is she a public school teacher or a paid actor?

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn: His campaign promises at the 1-year mark

We crank up the Buck-O-Meter to see how Bob Buckhorn is doing at keeping his campaign promises now that he's been mayor of Tampa for one year. 

New feature creates candidate report cards

We look at the 2012 Senate race here in Florida.

Fact-checking Florida's 'stand your ground' law

Turn on the news. Someone from Florida might be talking the death of Trayvon Martin and a controversial law that allows people to use fatal force if they feel their life is in danger.

PolitiFact Florida takes fact-checking to TV

PolitiFact Florida finds an exclusive television home in Tampa Bay.

Florida representatives debate Jay-Z lyrics

We look into Alan Williams and Dean Cannon's debate on the House floor over the Jay-Z song "99 Problems."

How's Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn doing on the Buck-O-Meter?

We look at the mayor's campaign promises on police and public safety as he nears his one-year anniversary in office.

Mailbag: Washington's Birthday edition

We celebrate with comments from readers and fellow citizens on our latest Truth-O-Meter rulings. 

Fact-checking Rick Scott at CPAC

We fact-check two statistics from the governor's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend.

Understanding the USF budget battle

Were the proposed cuts to University of South Florida fair or not? We explain how both sides did their math.

Fact-checking CPAC

Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and other Floridians attended the Conservative Political Action Conference recently. We checked their facts. 

Ronda Storms' food stamp law affects cash assistance, too

Storms said she'll stop people from making withdrawals at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. But how many people do that now?

Fact-checking the Florida primary

What were some of the sharpest attack lines of the past week?

Fact-checking the CNN debate in Florida

The CNN debate in Jacksonville was a contentious affair. We put some of the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Contest for Hispanic vote heats up GOP primary

We fact-check two claims as Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich fight for the Hispanic vote in the Republican primary for president.

PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the Tampa Republican debate

We continue fact-checking the GOP debate at University of South Florida.

Previewing the Republican debate in Tampa

We look back at the previous debates and review the most memorable lines.

Mailbag: Rick Scott, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tampa strip clubs

Our readers weigh in with their opinions on our latest fact-checking reports. 

Fact-checking super PAC attacks on Rick Santorum

We fact-check a television ad that purports to tell you four facts you don't know about Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum.

GOP ad wars invade Florida airwaves

We fact-check a recent campaign commercial in the Republican primary for president. Seen a new ad? Be sure to drop us a line.

Fact-checking Rick Scott's State of the State speech

Rick Scott's second State of the State address included claims about jobs, the cost of living and doughnuts. How'd he fare on the Truth-O-Meter?

10 News checks out the Scott-O-Meter

We look at Gov. Rick Scott's campaign promises in a video report for 10 News.

Rating Rick Scott's campaign promises at the 1-year mark

We've looked at dozens of campaign promises from Rick Scott to see how he's doing. No promise was more prominent than his pledge to create 700,000 jobs -- we rated it Stalled.

PolitiFact Florida’s top 10 fact-checks of 2011

We look back at our most popular reports of 2011: fact-checks of Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rick Scott and Alan Grayson. And then there was that Evan Longoria viral video ...

Fact-checking in the Echo Chamber Nation

PolitiFact responds to criticism about the 2011 Lie of the Year.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year 2011 Edition

Readers and bloggers didn't like PolitiFact's choice for Lie of the Year. Here is a sampling of their responses.

Super PAC ad targets Gingrich in Florida

A pro-Romney group is going hard after the former House speaker and sudden front-runner.

The truth about congressional pay raises

How members of Congress found a way to bump up their pay without having to take a vote.

Fact-checking Solyndra

The company's unique solar cells once attracted private investors. Now taxpayers could lose millions. We check the facts.

Marco Rubio's Cuba history gets tested

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio now says he got his dates wrong when he told reporters that his parents left Cuba in the middle of Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

Mitt Romney talks immigration, and Florida, at Tuesday's debate

At Tuesday's CNN debate in Las Vegas, Romney used stats from Florida to attack Texas Gov. Rick Perry over immigration.

Just how big is the proposed casino in Miami?

The Genting Group wants to bring casino-style resort gaming to South Florida. And they want to make a big splash along downtown Miami's waterfront.

Checking Herman Cain's math on 9-9-9

Herman Cain told us that a person making $50,000 a year would be better off under his 9-9-9. We crunch the numbers with a trio of accountants.

First budget moves the meter for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

How'd Carlos Gimenez's first budget track with the promises he made during the campaign? The Carlos-O-Meter has the update.

Fluoride used by Nazis to pacify Jews?

A Florida county is cutting fluoride out of its water supply. One reason some people supported the decision is because they said fluoride was first used by the Nazis to pacify Jews during World War II. We put the claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

How Rick Scott counts to 700,000 jobs

Candidate Rick Scott offered one explanation of the 700,000 private-sector jobs he'd create. Now governor, Scott is saying something different. PolitiFact Florida analyzes his statements on the Flip-O-Meter

Rick Scott's primary math: Florida is important

With the Republican presidential candidates in town, Rick Scott touted Florida's prominence in picking the 2012 GOP nominee.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn's $765.4M budget delivers two Promises Kept

Mayor Bob Buckhorn looks at the $765.4 million Tampa budget and sees no tax increase, no layoffs and no gaping holes. The Buck-O-Meter looks at the budget and sees two Promises Kept.

Fact-checking Tampa's tea party debate

Social Security, Medicare and immigration were some of the hot-button topics at Monday's CNN/Tea Party Express debate at the state fairgrounds. We put the GOP candidates' claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Stanford, Notre Dame and ... the University of Miami?

Donna Shalala says the academic achievements of the University of Miami's student-athletes are "mentioned in the same breath and spirit as Notre Dame and Stanford." We put that to the Truth-O-Meter.

Who's paying for Mike Haridopolos' video attack?

The Senate president makes a video critical of President Barack Obama and refers people to the state website. Readers ask us: Are taxpayers footing this bill?

Mailbag: Readers don't like our ruling on Marco Rubio's Social Security claim

We recently said Marco Rubio was right to claim that the number of workers per retiree in the Social Security system had dropped from 16 to 3. Readers let us have it.

Fact-checking the calls on the robocalls

Gov. Rick Scott's robocalls to voters made national news. When the group Pink Slip Rick solicited calls to Scott, we could not resist fact-checking some of the claims.

Does Rick Scott read newspapers?

He said he doesn't, a statement that has been repeated dozens of times. But is it true? Or just a myth? PolitiFact Florida finds out.

New on PolitiFact Florida: the Carlos-O-Meter

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez promised big reforms during his campaign to replace Carlos Alvarez. We'll tell you if he delivers.

A change in the meter: Barely True is now Mostly False

After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.

Fact-checking the West-Wasserman Schultz feud

Allen West called Debbie Wasserman Schultz "the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives."

Getting it right about Florida's redistricting

Lawmakers are talking a lot about redistricting this summer. But are they always telling it straight? PolitiFact Florida takes a look at some recent redistricting claims.

Get the Truth-O-Meter ready! Alan Grayson's running

Love him or love-to-hate him, Alan Grayson is returning to the political stage -- having announced he'll run for Congress in 2012. We unearth our favorite Grayson fact-checks.

Florida under Gov. Rick Scott: Adding jobs, or destroying them?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Democrats have extremely different takes on employment numbers. But it’s all in how you read them.

PolitiFact Florida wins two Green Eyeshade awards

See the five fact checks that we submitted to the judges.

Fighting for 2012 seat, Senate candidate brings up GOP star

Florida GOP U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner is attacking primary opponent George LeMieux by bringing up a popular name in conservative circles -- Marco Rubio. The Truth-O-Meter takes a look at two Rubio-centric attacks.

Mailbag: PolitiFact reader swears Longoria catch was real

A new batch of mail includes a letter from someone who says he saw the Evan Longoria barehanded catch -- and it was 100 percent real.

Mike Haridopolos and the 'Ryan Plan'

Mike Haridopolos is facing heat for differing positions on whether he'd support what's known as the "Ryan Plan." What's so controversial about the plan? PolitiFact Florida gives you a primer.

Introducing the Buck-O-Meter

The Buck-O-Meter will track new Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s performance on each of his campaign promises — we’ve identified 33 so far.

PolitiFact on TV: Dissecting that amazing catch

PolitiFact Florida reporter Aaron Sharockman explains two recent Truth-O-Meter rulings to Bay News 9's Al Ruechel.

George LeMieux vs. Bill Nelson on earmarks

In a Web ad, former Republican U.S. Sen. George LeMieux attacks Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson over the issue of earmarks, and specifically ties Nelson to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. The ad then claims LeMieux has never requested a single earmark. We check it out.

Voting should be tough, lawmaker says -- just like in Africa

A state senator says he's okay with making it difficult to vote. "Do you read the stories about the people in Africa? The people in the desert, who literally walk two and three hundred miles so they can have the opportunity to do what we do ..." Say what?

The 2011 legislative session is nearly over. Will Rick Scott come out a winner?

Rick Scott's first legislative session is ending without much movement on some of his biggest campaign promises. No big corporate income tax rate cut. No Arizona-style immigration law. A compromise on employee pension contributions. But are there silver linings for Florida's new governor?

President Obama's 2008 pledge to kill Osama bin Laden is a Promise Kept

During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama pledged several times that he would act to capture or kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Today, that's a Promise Kept on our Obameter.

Startling claims spring from debate on elections bills

Two elections bills moving through the Florida Legislature are sparking claims about voter fraud and inefficient voting methods. We take a look at a couple of the more startling claims. 

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding moves to Florida

Planned Parenthood, a group that gets federal money to provide health services, has been a focal point of the Washington debate for several months. And now, the debate has filtered down to Tallahassee.

Politics and the Gulf oil spill: separating fact from fiction on the one-year anniversary

On the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, we look back at some of the dozens of fact-checks we did of political claims that followed in its wake.

Tracking Rick Scott's first 100 days in office

Thursday, April 14, 2011, is Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 100th day in office, a symbolic marker in an elected executive's first term. We use the threshold to update our Scott-O-Meter, and provide an overview of Scott's progress.

Dueling ads over 'paycheck protection' legislation

Legislation that would prohibit government unions from collecting dues through automated payroll deductions and require unions to get authorizations from members to use dues for political purposes has produced dueling ads from the Florida Chamber of Commerce -- which supports the idea -- and the Florida Education Association -- which opposes it. PolitiFact Florida takes a look at each ad and puts their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Rick Scott's first bill-signing moves the Scott-O-Meter

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 736, the so-called "Student Success Act" on March 24, 2011, at a school in Jacksonville. See how Scott's first bill-signing aligns with the 59 campaign promises we're tracking on the Scott-O-Meter.  

PolitiFact Florida turns 1!

We've been so busy covering the hectic first weeks of the 2011 Florida legislative session, we forgot to celebrate an important milestone. We've turned 1. Read about our busy first year.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott's first State of the State message

Florida Gov. Rick Scott used his first State of the State speech to push hard for his budget-cutting, tax-cutting, job-growing agenda. Here’s how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott's first State of the State

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will deliver his first State of the State speech at 6 p.m. March 8, 2011, the opening day of the spring legislative session -- and we’ll be fact-checking.

Fact-checking the high-speed rail debate

The fight over high-speed rail is rolling into its third week, and claims from both sides of the debate seem only to be intensifying. PolitiFact Florida offers a guide to several of the most-repeated claims.

Principles of PolitiFact Florida and the Truth-O-Meter

We explain our process for selecting claims to check and how we make our Truth-O-Meter rulings.  

Mail call: Readers criticize Scott and PolitiFact coverage on high-speed rail

The big news in Florida is Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal funding for a high-speed rail line linking Tampa and Orlando. Readers weighed in on both the governor's decision and the fact-checks we did here at PolitiFact Florida.  

Rick Scott's first state budget: How did he do?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pushed a lot of buttons with his first state budget proposal, released Feb. 7, 2011. Here's how some of his campaign promises fared.

Scott 'gets to work' on fulfilling campaign promises

Gov. Rick Scott ended his inauguration speech by repeating his trademark phrase, "Let's get to work." Three weeks into his fledgling administration, he has done just that. We mark the progress on the Scott-O-Meter.

The Scott-O-Meter launches, and you let us hear it

The launch on Jan. 1, 2011, of our Scott-O-Meter certainly piqued the interest of many of our readers. The most overwhelming comment we heard -- why don't you track the promises of President Barack Obama? Well, we do.

PolitiFact Florida's new 'Scott-O-Meter' to track campaign promises

Rick Scott launched his campaign for governor in April with a single promise — to remake state government. Nine months, nearly $75 million and 2.6 million votes later, the enormity of what he meant is coming into focus.

PolitiFact Florida's Top 10 items of 2010

PolitiFact Florida couldn't have asked for a better first year than 2010 -- an amazing election cycle with plenty of interesting facts to check. Which items did you like most in 2010? We unveil the readers' Top 10 Truth-O-Meter items of the year.

Post election, Florida's politicians find the truth

Something must be wrong. In the month or so since the election, Florida politicians have been getting their facts right. Are we on our way out of a job? We take a look.

Rick Scott, Florida's new governor

After a high-spending campaign with mostly his own money, Republican Rick Scott narrowly won election to become Florida's next governor. Here's a look back through our fact-checking eyes at what he said, and what others said about him.

Marco Rubio, Florida's new U.S. senator

After leading in the polls for months, Republican Marco Rubio handily won election to become Florida's next U.S. senator. Here's a look back through our fact-checking eyes at what he said, and what others said about him. 

Fact-checking the unbelievable 2010 election campaigns

No matter the results Tuesday, the biggest loser in Florida's epic 2010 election season may be the truth.

If you can stand the heat, we've got Pants on Fire for you!

When we sweep all the Pants on Fire rulings from this campaign into one pile, we've got quite a bonfire. Read on to see what we said – if you can stand the heat…

Fact-checking the Florida constitutional amendments

Once you get past the high-profile Senate and governor's races on Nov. 2, 2010, you'll find a half-dozen proposed constitutional amendments. We fact-checked those issues, too. 

CNN/St. Pete Times debate includes talk about Alex Sink's banking background

One of the most heated exchanges between Rick Scott and Alex Sink at their third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, centered on fraud. But it was Sink, not Scott, in the hot seat. We check the claims from both candidates.

Governor candidates take national stage for CNN debate

At Florida's third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, the only thing Alex Sink and Rick Scott agreed on is that the minimum wage is $7.55. Both were wrong. (It's $7.25). And so it went.

CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate brings attacks old and new

Did Marco Rubio really say MSNBC's Keith Olbermann should leave the country? Is Kendrick Meek's tax cut math right? Can Charlie Crist finally shed the flip-flop label? These are just a few of the questions PolitiFact Florida examined following the Oct. 24, 2010, hourlong debate on CNN.

Early voting begins in Florida, and brawling debates continue

The final countdown begins. Early voting opens today, Oct. 18, 2010, throughout Florida, and the candidates shift into overdrive for their final two-week push with several debates scheduled for the U.S. Senate and governor's races.

Dueling attack ads in state CFO race

Republican Jeff Atwater and Democrat Loranne Ausley come out swinging in a pair of TV ads attacking each other. But each ad has its issues when it faces the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Florida Democrats' latest attack on Rick Scott

Florida Democrats are airing a new, two-minute ad that whacks Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott for alleged fraud at his former health care company, Columbia/HCA, as well as his current health care business, Solantic. Two minutes makes for plenty of facts to examine.

Fact-checking Florida's gubernatorial debate

Friday night, the end of a long, hard work week, and what better way to kick back than a rollicking Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican candidate Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink?

Fact-checking Florida's U.S. Senate debate

No-party Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio tossed out numbers galore in the Oct. 6, 2010, U.S. Senate debate aired on ABC stations in Florida. Fortunately, we've been checking the facts.

'Taliban Dan': The kinder, gentler sequel

Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, made waves (and enemies) when he ran an ad that called his opponent "Taliban Dan." Now he he's airing a new ad that tones back the rhetoric a bit. We check the facts.

Four weeks to go: Heading down the home stretch

Four weeks to go, and the month opened with a flood of Falses. From Bible verses to solar panels, lost jobs to lost Medicare benefits, all False – or worse.

Fact-checking Alan Grayson's 'Taliban Dan Webster' ad

Alan Grayson, the pull-no-punches Democrat from Central Florida, has launched a stinging new ad equating his Republican opponent's views to those of the Taliban. PolitiFact Florida takes a look at two of the claims.

Charlie Crist went to Disney World! Now who paid for it?

Charlie Crist and former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer took their families to Disney World in 2009. Republican donors paid more than $11,000 for the weekend getaway. But did they help pick up Crist's tab?

PolitiFact Florida exclusive: Rick Scott wouldn't be Florida's first bald governor

John Thrasher said this weekend that, if elected, Rick Scott would be Florida's first bald governor. PolitiFact Florida dropped everything to analyze this critically important detail.

Are Charlie's poll numbers hitting the skids?

A top Democratic operative says in a blog post that Charlie Crist can't win his independent campaign for the U.S. Senate because his personal poll numbers are plummeting.

'Stairway to Heaven' meets 'Bridge to Nowhere'

In what figures to be a highly competitive U.S. House race, incumbent Democrat Alan Grayson is attacking his Republican opponent Daniel Webster for a spiral staircase Webster had constructed while House Speaker in 1996.

Florida 2010 primary: Sorting through those attack ads

Fueled by unprecedented amounts of money and a bottomless barrel of attacks, the primary campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate have trapped Floridians in two escalating TV ad wars.

McCollum, Scott trade attacks over illegal immigration debate

Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum are trading attacks routinely as their campaigns heat up. PolitiFact Florida had to weigh in on dueling claims over the issue of illegal immigration in Florida.

Fact-checking the Kendrick Meek/Jeff Greene debate

The Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate debated for the first time this week, and sparks flew.

Rick Scott and the fraud case of Columbia/HCA

With former Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott now leading Attorney General Bill McCollum in polls for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, the attacks are flying. Focus on the fraud, they all say. The fraud, the fraud, the fraud. PolitiFact Florida had to bite. We sort out whether Scott’s old company committed fraud, and also explain Scott’s role with the company.

Florida flip-flops rev up the Flip-O-Meter

Charlie Crist’s hasty exit from the GOP Senate race, the rise of the tea party movement, the Gulf oil spill, and Arizona’s controversial immigration bill are making it difficult for candidates to stay consistent. But the switcheroos are keeping our Flip-O-Meter busy.