Friday, October 24th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

In Maine, Medicaid, gun, Ebola claims miss the mark

Maine’s three gubernatorial candidates repeated claims they made in the two previous debates and unveiled a few new ones in their first televised debate Wednesday night in Augusta. Here’s how some of their statements stood up to a Portland Press Herald fact check.

Quinn, Rauner school counting differs

Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you're talking about, and during what time period.

What you need to know about the “Rock Island Racket” ad

“Rock Island Racket” is a 30-second commercial that targets Sen. Mike Jacobs, a Democrat representing Illinois’ 36th District. The ad is paid for by his Republican challenger, Republican Neil Anderson.

Will Phoenix pension reform cost taxpayers $350 million?

Checking a claim by Firefighters in Opposition to Prop. 487.

Mitch McConnell’s puzzling claims on insurance in Kentucky, post-Obamacare

Can you uproot Obamacare without also uprooting the more popular Kynect?

The Uninsured in Kentucky

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes disagreed at their Oct. 13 debate on how many Kentuckians had gained health insurance through the state exchange.

Corbett’s Desperation and Deceit

We've noticed that the most deceitful attack ads often come from candidates who are most desperate. For example, consider the claim by Pennsylvania's unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett that his opponent "is promising to raise middle-class taxes."

Greg Abbott compares Wendy Davis to Obama: A Fact Check

Republican candidate for Governor Greg Abbott is trying to compare his opponent Democrat Wendy Davis to President Obama.

Were Houston pastors' sermons subpoenaed?

A closer look at whether the city of Houston subpoenaed several pastors' sermons to find out whether churches preached against homosexuality or spoke badly of Mayor Annise Parker.

No Proof of ‘Lying’

Sen. Mitch McConnell claims in a TV ad to have "shocking" video evidence from Alison Lundergan Grimes' "own staff" to prove "Grimes is lying" about her support for coal. He doesn't.

Iraq WMD: Does the New York Times probe reflect what administration officials claimed?

Anyone who claims that the New York Times story vindicates George W. Bush-era claims of Iraq WMD automatically earns Four Pinocchios.

Did Arizonans have chance to weigh in on education standards?

A check from the Arizona ­superintendent of public instruction race.

The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research

Is it true that “Republican cuts kill”?

Prop. 1, Prop. 2 backers oversimplify wildfire costs

A closer look at ads for two California ballot measures.

Odd Take on Constitution in Ky Debate

It might seem an odd question for a Democrat to keep ducking: Did you vote for President Barack Obama or not? Can that be so hard?

State Department travel advisory for Texas?

Has the U.S. Department of State issued a travel advisory for the state of Texas? No, just more satire pass off as news.

Is a Texas town quarantined for Ebola?

No, just more satire passed off as truth.

Turbans and beards in the Army?

Did the U.S. Army get pressured to accommodate Muslims by allowing turbans and beards to become a part of their dress code?

A ‘Whopper’ in Arkansas Debate?

At an Oct. 13 Arkansas Senate debate, Rep. Tom Cotton claimed that Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor "voted for every one of Barack Obama's tax increases." Pryor called this a "whopper," and countered that he "voted against every budget that President Obama has offered." We find that both are not telling the whole story.

ISIS terrorists at the border?

Have ISIS militants been captured by Border Patrol in the last 36 hours?