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No, Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member

Today in Ferguson, Mo., news, The Washington Post takes on the assertion that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been photographed flashing gang signs with members of the community. He has not.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Did President Obama spurn the ice-bucket challenge?

Just the ice portion; he promised to make a donation.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A Narrow View of Barrow’s Record

A Republican campaign group uses selective evidence to support a Georgia mother's claim in a TV ad that Rep. John Barrow "votes with Barack Obama on every issue that’s important to us here in Georgia."

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

What impact did Obamacare have on CT’s uninsured rate?

State officials declared this month that the number of Connecticut residents without health insurance had been cut nearly in half -- from almost 8 percent of the population to 4 percent -- following the implementation of Obamacare. Is that correct?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A fact-check of education funding in Pennsylvania

You've seen the ads of gubernatorial candidates scrapping over education spending. How accurate are they?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Do fire layoffs return Reno to '77 staffing?

If the layoff of 21 Reno firefighters happens as planned, the city would return to the same fire staffing level it had in 1977. Or at least that's the claim that arose in Washoe District Court in June. Is it correct?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Florida Surrogates Go Nuclear

Two well-heeled surrogates of Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist continue to pollute the Florida airwaves with misleading claims. This time they distort the facts of a state settlement last year with Duke Energy.

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Does Nina Turner's notice about early-voting rallies make the grade?

Nina Turner, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, wants Ohioans to vote early this year – so much so that she's headed around the state this fall to rally voters.

Monday, August 18th, 2014

How accurate is Kasich's 'new business' chart?

Gov. John Kasich boasted about how the state has increased new businesses under his watch in a photo posted to his campaign Facebook page and on his Twitter page. The photo claims Ohio is on pace to create the most new businesses in history, using data from the Ohio secretary of state's office to back up its claims. Is that accurate?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Wyoming Secretary of state candidates fight with transparency

Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Murray worked to separate himself from his fellow candidates Wednesday night during the PBS debate in the Little Theater on the campus of Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Has Tillis' position changed on federal shutdown?

A closer look at another claim in a major U.S. Senate contest.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Fact-checking on Kansas economy reveals questionable claims

A closer look at employment claims in a hot gubernatorial race.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A Fight Over Birth Control in Colorado

A major issue in the Colorado Senate race has been a state ballot initiative on "personhood" and what it could mean for common forms of birth control, including the pill. Neither side is quite telling the whole story.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Lain worked as Common Core expert

Before Wyoming adopted the Common Core State Standards in language arts and math in 2012, state schools chief candidate Sheryl Lain worked for a private organization to train teachers how to use the standards to help their students learn to read.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Absurd Claims That Scott Peters Created, and Solved, the Pension Crisis

“Scott Peters wasn’t on the City Council when the pension problem began, but he was on the Council that ended it,” Scott Peters' spokesman, Alex Roth, said. That rates as huckster propaganda.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Florida Fracking Fracas

A Florida ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott has touched off claims of lying and illegality. We find both sides are bending the facts.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

DCCC Deceptions

A graphic in a Democratic TV ad falsely states that New Jersey GOP House candidate Tom MacArthur was "accused of cheating disaster victims." MacArthur was never personally cited for any wrongdoing.

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Fact-checking the Wyoming gubernatorial debate

From Common Core educational standards to militias, the Wyoming GOP gubernatorial made plenty of claims during Monday night’s debate at Central Wyoming College.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Did Pennsylvania fall to 49th in job creation under Gov. Corbett?

Another fact-check of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Leanest Police Force in San Diego?

“We unfortunately are among the lowest-staffed police departments in the county,” Chula Vista, Calif., Mayor Cheryl Cox said. Is that correct?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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