Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

What We Were Told about Ebola

Sen. John McCain claimed on a Sunday talk show that “we were told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States.” Not exactly.

Has the government ordered $1 billion in Ebola coffins?

The Obama administration has not, in fact, ordered $1 billion worth of disposable coffins for use with FEMA camps or Ebola victims.

Congress appoints Obama to a third term?

A reader saw a post on Facebook that said "Congress moves to appoint Obama to a third term in 2016" True or false?

DuVal on student-teacher ratios, vacancies

Was an Arizona gubernatorial candidate right about the size of Arizona's public-school classes and the number of teacher vacancies?

Was Ducey right on classroom funding?

Checking the percentage of education dollars in Arizona being spent in the classroom each year over the past decade.

Stewart Mills and the billionaire Koch Brothers

The DFL Party released another wave of advertisements attacking Minnesota Congressional Candidate Stewart Mills. The ad claims Mills backs an agenda that favors outsourcing Minnesota jobs and that Mills supports giving tax breaks to billionaires and multinational corporations. Is that correct?

What you need to know about the “Dishonesty” ad targeting Dave Loebsack

The seventh in a series of political ad fact checks that will be published heading into the Nov. 4 general election.

What Snyder and Schauer got right, wrong

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer faced off in a town hall event today. It was the only time the candidates will meet this election season. Free Press reporters John Wisely, Brent Snavely and Matt Helms checked the facts shared by the candidates throughout the forum.

Double Whopper Against King

A TV ad from Democrat Jim Mowrer claims Iowa Rep. Steve King "did vote to raise his own pay by $20,000 a year and take perks like free health care for life." That's a double whopper.

Why does the CDC have a patent on Ebola?

It sounds nefarious, but it's not.

TV ad embellishes Josh Mandel's accomplishments

If Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's latest campaign ad sounds familiar, it's because it contains several claims he touts while campaigning and promoting the treasurer's office. But repeating a statement often doesn't make it true.

What you need to know about claims in the Bustos-Schilling debate

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and her opponent Bobby Schilling made several claims about one another during a debate at WQAD on October 9, 2014.

Fact checking the second Maine gubernatorial debate

The three candidates for governor – incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler – rehashed some old claims from their first debate and made a few new ones during a forum held Thursday at Thomas College in Waterville.

Did 60 percent of NC's population back gay marriage ban?

Thom Tillis said, "28 months ago, 60 percent of the people of North Carolina decided that they wanted to define marriage as an institution between a man and a woman." Is that correct?

The fierce fight over an abortion ad in New Hampshire

This is a fight over a single word—“force.”

Did D.C. leave $100 million for affordable housing unspent under Bowser?

Is the District of Columbia leaving more than $100 million in affordable housing resources unused as city real estate prices skyrocket?

Are LaGuardia workers striking over Ebola fears?

A 24-hour strike happened, and Ebola was one of the issues raised, though not the only one.

Has Ebola gone airborne?

It's theoretically possible but "way down the list" of concerns given its minimal likelihood.

Begich’s Bogus Tax Boast

Sen. Mark Begich makes the bogus claim in two ads that he "voted against President Obama's trillion-dollar tax increase." He voted against a GOP resolution that set forth Obama's spending levels for fiscal year 2013 but without the president's policy language.

The Bee’s fact-check of the Bera-Ose debate

Amid a flurry of arguments at Wednesday night’s congressional debate, The Bee did the fact-checking and analyzed the claims.