Friday, October 31st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is Nevada 49th for per-pupil spending?

Two respectable reports rank Nevada 49th for per-pupil spending on education in 2012. Two other sources — one that's more recent and one that takes into account important regional differences — put Nevada at 48th.

Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn't an "imminent threat" to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator's remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said.

NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley "voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley's clearly stated position.

Are state prisons cheaper than private prisons?

Checking a claim that's coming up in Arizona state legislative races.

Terry, Ashford ads given a fact check

Fact checking a Nebraska congressional race.

Obama stars in 'the most racist decal ever'

It's on a truck in Tyler, Texas.

Did Ed Gillespie dance with a dictator?

Checking an ad that claims that Ed Gillespie's "firm even lobbied for five foreign governments, including a dictator now awaiting trial for war crimes.”

Claims about Sinema's voting record on terrorists partly true

Did Kyrsten Sinema vote in Congress "to give terrorists full legal rights under the Constitution">

Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

Clay Aiken's latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes.

John Patrick Carney's attacks in 'coffee' ad don't hold water

Democratic auditor nominee John Patrick Carney’s recent television ad offers a provocative claim: that Republican incumbent Dave Yost wasted taxpayer money by paying $7 per cup of coffee at his own anti-fraud and waste conference.

Democrats use Obamacare against Ose

House Majority PAC, a Democratic group, has criticized Republican congressional challenger Doug Ose for his stances on veterans and Social Security. Now, in a new television ad, the group is targeting the former congressman for his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new plan.

Tobin voted to lower child-welfare funding

Checking the claim in Arizona that Republican Andy Tobin "voted to cut Child Protective Services, eliminating 159 caseworkers and investigators. Over 900 reports of child abuse and neglect went uninvestigated."

Fact Checking New Mexico's gubernatorial debate

KOAT Political Analyst Brian Sanderoff doesn’t feel either candidate was technically wrong during Sunday’s gubernatorial debate.

First-class travel for lawmakers: A 4-Pinocchio falsehood pops up again

Nothing depresses The Fact Checker more than seeing the same Four-Pinocchio falsehoods repeated over and over.

Student Loan Stretching

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton mischaracterizes the Affordable Care Act's impact on student loans, and a teachers union stretches Cotton's voting record on the issue.

Do same-sex unions lower marriage rates?

Does the legalization of same-sex marriage make different-sex couples less likely to marry?

Rand Paul’s claim that the White House suggested Ebola transmission is like AIDS

Did the administration suggest Ebola was like AIDS? Did it play down the possibility of direct contact?

Braley’s pay for female staffers

Bruce Braley’s average male staffer earns significantly more than the average female staffer, though not as significantly as the ad claims when past years are taken into account.

Iowa Senate Candidates Spar on ISIS

A closer look at a claim in an ad airing in Iowa that also made it in to the Oct. 16 Senate debate.

Ebola + Microchips = Hoax

A grand unification theory of all conspiracy theories.