Friday, October 24th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

New, loose voting rules in Colorado?

Will voters in Colorado be able to print ballots at home and turn them over to "vote collectors"?

What you need to know about the ad claiming Neil Anderson would cut Medicaid

Checking the claim that Illinois State Senate candidate Neil Anderson would target Medicaid for budget cuts if he serves on the Illinois State Senate.

Does Bill Cassidy like millionaires more than seniors?

Has Bill Cassidy has voted for tax breaks for millionaires while voting to cut Social Security payments and the Medicare prescription drug benefits?

Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell

Thought you'd seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting.

34 Million Green Cards?

Has President Obama issued an executive order to obtain 34 million blank green cards for a post-election immigration surge?

Fact-checking the State Senate District 15 candidates

At a breakfast forum hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the two candidates for state Senate District 15 fielded questions yesterday morning on gambling, marriage equality, higher education, energy and other topics. And based on a fact-check, their comments were mostly accurate.

Immigration mailers at issue in Arizona's CD1

Checking a mailer funded by the Arizona Republican Party says that Andy Tobin is “a leader in the fight to secure the border.”

Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim

In The Fact Checker’s experience, the most fact-challenged ads are those that fly under the radar, as campaigns hope that reporters don’t notice the content — but voters do.

San Diego’s Packed Convention Center

Checking the claim that “San Diego’s Convention Center is fully booked.”

Goddard statement on dual-track voting unsupported

Checking the claim in Arizona that "we could have saved almost $2 million spent implementing the dual track in the primary, I don't know what it will cost in the general. But $2 million to facilitate the votes of 21 people."

Patrick says Van de Putte is “out of touch” on education

A new television ad from Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick goes after his opponent, Democrat Leticia Van de Putte, for her record on education. “Leticia Van de Putte is out of touch with Texas parents and wants Washington bureaucrats to run our schools,” the narrator says at the beginning of the ad.

Is Nevada 49th for per-pupil spending?

Two respectable reports rank Nevada 49th for per-pupil spending on education in 2012. Two other sources — one that's more recent and one that takes into account important regional differences — put Nevada at 48th.

Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn't an "imminent threat" to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator's remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said.

NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley "voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley's clearly stated position.

Are state prisons cheaper than private prisons?

Checking a claim that's coming up in Arizona state legislative races.

Terry, Ashford ads given a fact check

Fact checking a Nebraska congressional race.

Obama stars in 'the most racist decal ever'

It's on a truck in Tyler, Texas.

Did Ed Gillespie dance with a dictator?

Checking an ad that claims that Ed Gillespie's "firm even lobbied for five foreign governments, including a dictator now awaiting trial for war crimes.”

Claims about Sinema's voting record on terrorists partly true

Did Kyrsten Sinema vote in Congress "to give terrorists full legal rights under the Constitution">

Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

Clay Aiken's latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes.