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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Fact-checker’s guide to Hillary Clinton's UC Davis speech

Following Hillary Clinton's expansive speech at UC Davis this week, PolitiFact California created a 'fact-checker's guide' examining her claims on everything from abortion to mass shootings to child health care. We found most of her claims were generally accurate, with one large exception.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton as she returns to California

Former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to speak Monday in Davis, California at the Mondavi Center. The event is part of Clinton's book tour. She'll discuss What Happened, her memoir about the 2016 presidential election. Hear something you think we should fact-check? Email PolitiFact California at politifactca@capradio.org, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

How is a ‘mass shooting’ defined?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed there's been one mass shooting per day in 2017. PolitiFact California found Pelosi picked a very broad definition of mass shooting but also found the debate about what exactly defines a mass shooting remains greatly unsettled. We did not rate the claim on our Truth-O-Meter. 

Claims mislead about California forcing jail time for using wrong transgender pronoun

California's LGBT Senior Bill of Rights has sparked misleading claims by conservative news outlets since early this year. The bill, which would prohibit discrimination of LGBT seniors at long-term care centers, is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. PolitiFact California examined the persistent and out-of-context claim that this legislation would send people to jail for using the wrong pronoun on transgender patients at nursing homes.

Bernie Sanders back in California

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is headed back to California to tout his ‘single payer Medicare-for-all’ proposal. As he returns, we examined his health care pitch and his record with the truth.    

Who carries out more terror attacks on U.S. soil: Right wing or Islamic extremists?

California State Senate Leader Kevin de León’s made some bold claims about the rise of radical right wing terrorism following a deadly white supremacist attack in Charlottesville. PolitiFact California investigated the senator’s statements and found there’s evidence backing some of his statements though it’s not as clear-cut as de León suggests.

Fact-checking Kamala Harris’ claim about cost of Trump’s border wall

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., recently claimed President Trump’s border wall ‘could cost taxpayers about $70 billion.’ PolitiFact California found cost estimates vary greatly for the wall and that Harris picked the highest price tag from a partisan study.

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.