Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Pro-Schauer ad mostly true, but misleading

The latest ad from the Democratic Governors Association in support of gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is more truthful than false, but it gives a false impression of the now defunct Michigan Business Tax and the corporate tax that replaced it.

How Often Do San Diego Teachers Get Graded?

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has long branded himself a reformer. Now he’s taking on the education system.

Colorado legalizes recreational use of crystal meth?

Nope. More satire passed off as truth.

Michelle Obama divorcing over husband's golf obsession?

Of course not. More satire passed off as truth.

Playing Politics With Immigration

Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates' positions.

Pay-to-play accusation against Mike DeWine an issue of dollars and sense

As Attorney General Mike DeWine seeks re-election, critics have accused him of wringing campaign contributions out of law firms that do work for the state.

Rove-affiliated group attacks Grimes for stance on immigration bill

On Monday, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the hard-fought Kentucky senate race, tried to distance herself from President Obama with an ad showing her shooting a gun. McConnell responded in kind. At the same time, an independent group tied to Republican strategist Karl Rove began airing this ad blasting the “Obama-Grimes” plan to give “amnesty” to illegal immigrants. What’s going on here?

Rick Scott attack ad misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. Not only is there no evidence to support this accusation about Crist, the Miami Herald has identified the man as Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar — and found that he never made that allegation in his successful lawsuit to recover millions of dollars in Rothstein-related losses.

Davis ad slams Abbott over sex abuse case

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Doubling Down in West Virginia

Rep. Nick Rahall's latest TV ad doubles down on the deceptive claim that Republican Evan Jenkins has pledged to "take away" black lung benefits from coal miners.

Colorado’s Contraception Controversy

Both sides in the Colorado Senate race are misleading voters in TV ads on Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills over-the-counter.

Martha McSally's views on gun-show sales

Checking the claim that "nine out of ten Southern Arizonans support background checks for people buying a gun. So why does Martha McSally support the loophole that allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns without a check?"

Would Larry Hogan give corporations a $300 million break?

The claim is stated twice for emphasis in a new television ad attacking Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan: instead of investing in pre-kindergarten programs, he would give “$300 million in tax breaks” to wealthy corporations.

Davis releases new ad in race against Abbott

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Did a teacher get suspended for explicit sex-ed instruction under Common Core?

No evidence to support that this really happened.

The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding.

Checking the 'Talked' ad targeting Ernst over Social Security

Checking the claim that Joni Ernst is talking about “privatizing” Social Security and “risking it on the stock market.”

Checking the "Republicans on Rape" meme

The quotes listed are all real.

Obama’s claim that businesses are in the ‘longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation’

The president gets a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Corbett defends his education spending record amid criticism

“Tom Corbett’s harmful cuts to education are hurting our children,” Katie McGinty, the head of a committee supporting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor, said during a visit to Millersville University on Friday. Here's a closer look at this claim.