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Ad attacks Paul Davis' voting record on taxes

A GOP group spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on political ads in Kansas, has released its second ad this month targeting Democrat gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Has Jerry Brown made time for debates before?

When Gov. Jerry Brown announced this week that he would debate Republican Neel Kashkari once – but only once – ahead of the Nov. 4 election, his campaign said Brown could make time for only one debate because of his “demanding and time-consuming job.” “No incumbent governor in California history has participated in more than 1 debate,” Brown’s political spokesman, Dan Newman, said in an email. Not true. The last incumbent governor to participate in more than one debate? Jerry Brown.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

A call for Jihad on a mosque sign in the U.S.?

Nope, it's a fictional sign created with a computer-based image-making tool.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Measuring Merkley’s Record

An ad from a Koch-backed group labels Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley an ineffective leader because he "wrote only one bill that became law" in six years. This claim betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the ways of Congress.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Is California fining people taking part in the ice bucket challenge?

Nope, just another piece of satire passed of as being real.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kashkari’s Big Claims About California’s Poverty

“Do you know what we’re No. 1 at? We’re No. 1 in America in poverty. Twenty-four percent of Californians – you take the low income and the high cost of living – 24 percent of Californians today are living in poverty,” GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said at Voice of San Diego’s Politifest on Aug. 9. Is that correct?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Headed for the Hall of Shame

A Republican ad attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he "voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants." Actually, what Pryor voted for wouldn't have paid a penny to any immigrant while here illegally.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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

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