Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Facts don’t back LePage on Ebola, hepatitis

The governor is outspoken on the infectious diseases but some of his information is not correct.

Letterman Top Ten on Why I Vote Democratic?

No, it's not a real Top Ten list.

DuVal on 'dreamers' licenses, tuition

Does Fred DuVal support giving driver's licenses and in-state tuition rates to young people living in the U.S. without proper legal documentation?

Ducey on California corporate exodus

Is Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey correct in saying California's economic policies drive companies out of the state?

Final Week Spin

With the midterm elections now just days away, many campaigns and outside groups are making their final appeals. And, as has been the case all election season, some of the claims miss the mark.

How not to cite a fact check

The Fact Checker is used to seeing fact checks cited in political advertising and in political debates, but this is a new one.

'Kaptur voted for taxpayer-funded abortion' statement doesn't add up

An anti-abortion group called the Susan B. Anthony List has been so eager to erect billboards saying that Marcy Kaptur "voted for taxpayer-funded abortion" by backing the Affordable Care Act that it pursued a long federal court battle to overturn an Ohio law that stood in its way.

The most fact-challenged ads of the 2014 midterm elections

Some $1 billion in television ads have been dumped on potential voters in the midterm elections, much of it on attack ads sponsored by shadowy third-party groups. The Fact Checker had to view and assess many of these ads, and so we pity the poor voters in crucial battleground states.

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.