Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols is the PolitiFact California reporter for Capital Public Radio. For the past dozen years, Chris has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across California. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he worked at the North County Times in Escondido; the Lodi News-Sentinel and the Sonora Union-Democrat.

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Transportation, construction drive region's job growth

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State's overall tax burden ranks 6th in nation

Recent stories from Chris Nichols

Did Gavin Newsom get his facts right on universal health care?

Did California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom get his facts right on universal health care? We examined claims made on MSNBC's by the Democratic candidate for governor.

What costs more, soldiers' Viagra or transgender health care? What about Mar-a-Lago trips?

Trump's announcement barring transgender service members brought out the examples of things that cost more than military spending on those troops' coverage.

PolitiFact California's Top 10 fact checks (so far) in 2017

In the first half of 2017, PolitiFact California’s most popular fact-checks and articles, in terms of pageviews, ranged from a Pants On Fire claim that state lawmakers legalized child prostitution to a Mostly True statement about the extremely slim odds of being killed by a refugee in a terror attack.

Fact-checking claims by Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein on GOP health bill

California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein have been among the most vocal critics of the GOP health plan. PolitiFact California fact-checked several of their claims about the bill from whether it will "effectively end Medicaid," as Harris said, to Feinstein’s assertion children’s hospitals may be forced to close under the plan.

Did Congressman Jeff Denham really call the GOP health bill ‘bipartisan’ ?

Congressman Jeff Denham’s use of the word "bipartisan" in response to a question about the recent GOP health bill sparked criticism this week from several news and political outlets. PolitiFact California found the truth was stretched on all sides of this story.

Could gas tax hike leave California with 'highest fuel prices in nation?'

Republican George Runner says the state’s proposed fuel tax increase "will make California gas prices the highest in the nation." PolitiFact California wades through fact and fiction on state gas prices.

Fact-checking fake news on International Fact-checking Day

Sunday, April 2, is International Fact-checking Day. To mark the day, PolitiFact conducted a "fact-check-a-thon" on fake news.

Dispelling Myths About Millennials And Homeownership

PolitiFact California explores some common myths about millennials and homeownership. Are millennials simply not motivated to enter the market? And when they do, are they shunning the suburbs in favor of urban neighborhoods? We also look at what's behind low homeownership rates among these children of the Baby Boomers.

Does California give more than it gets from Washington D.C.?

Does California send more money to Washington D.C. than it gets back in return? PolitiFact California examines this question as tensions mount between California Democrats and the Trump Administration over possible federal funding cuts to the state.

Still Burning: Trump’s claim of ‘serious voter fraud’ in Calif. remains Pants On Fire

President Donald Trump this week repeated unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud. In November 2016, PolitiFact Califronia rated Trump's claim about "serious voter fraud" in California as Pants On Fire. We have examined the claim again in this article. Our November rating remains Pants On Fire.