Friday, October 31st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Snyder ad on bankruptcy is mostly true

As the Michigan governor's campaign nears its conclusion, incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder released an ad titled "Recovery" Thursday that touts his role in addressing Detroit's financial crisis. The ad is mostly true, but goes too far in places.

Still Spinning Wisconsin Voters

In Wisconsin's pivotal race for governor, both sides are still spinning voters.

Is the government arresting citizens for anti-Obama Facebook posts?

One case blown out of proportion.

Malfunctioning voting machines in Cook County, Ill.?

There were problems, but they weren't deliberate.

Fact checking Andrew Cuomo

In his latest campaign ad, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state has done its part by lowering income taxes, then places the blame on local governments. Is that accurate?

An exaggerated claim concerning savings on Metro’s Silver Line construction

Metro's Silver Line becomes an issue in the Virginia Senate race.

Fact checking the final Massachusetts gubernatorial debate

Last night's final televised debate of the 2014 gubernatorial campaign gave us the biggest emotional moment of the campaign but it gave us plenty to fact check, too.

What you need to know about the ad targeting Ernst on outsourcing

“Picture Quad” is a 30-second commercial, paid for by NextGen Climate Action Committee, that claims Joni Ernst’s connections to outsourcing could hurt your friends and neighbors in Iowa. Is it accurate?

Shining some light on school funding debate

The election is a week away and depending on which TV ads they watch, voters are either told that Gov. Rick Snyder cut education funding by $1 billion or that he increased it by the same amount.

Will noncitizen voters help Democrats?

Is non-citizen voting large enough to tip close races to Democrats?

NARAL’s ‘Edgy’ Condom Ad in Colorado

A TV ad in the Colorado Senate race says Republican Rep. Cory Gardner wants to "ban birth control," so "you better stock up on condoms."

No on 48 ad misleads on California tribal gambling history

Opponents of Proposition 48, a referendum on a state-tribal compact that would allow a Madera tribal casino, have taken to the airwaves with TV ads contending that the measure would set a precedent for off-reservation gambling. A yes vote on the measure upholds the compact; a no vote rejects it. Here's a check of the ad.

A new federal minimum hunting age of 21?

No! Stop believing the National Report, people!

Cortese-for-mayor ad misleads on San Jose cop shortage attacks

Checking the claim that "Sam Liccardo's risky and flawed pension scheme drove 400 San Jose police officers to turn in their badges."

Checking a Glendale city councilwoman on a sales tax vote

Did Norma Alvarez, first elected to the Glendale City Council in 2010, vote against a 2 percent tax increase during her time in office?

Liccardo San Jose mayoral ad shouldn't be boasting as much on cop plan

With the tight race for mayor to be decided Tuesday, many San Jose voters are still trying to make sense of the dozens of mail advertisements they've been receiving from the competing campaigns and special interests.

Phoenix Firefighters claim Prop 487 will end death and disability benefits

No one wants to take away benefits from firefighters and police officers, right?

Was the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law the ’cause’ of Trayvon Martin’s death?

Checking a claim that North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis "even led the effort to pass the kind of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

2014 Campaign Whoppers

No shortage of tall tales in the midterm elections, from both parties.

Is the IRS seizing the bank accounts of innocent Americans?

Is the Internal Revenue Service seizing bank accounts from innocent American citizens under civil forfeiture laws?