Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

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.

Recent claims about 'good time' for Nebraska inmates

A closer look at prison time in Nebraska.

Tom Cotton’s bogus claim that the Islamic State colloborates with Mexican drug cartels

Just because something is on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true. As a lawmaker, Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton needs to be careful about making inflammatory statements based on such flimsy evidence.

Commercial backing Proposition 46 leaves out costs

Proponents of Proposition 46 are up with another TV ad, this one featuring Bob Pack, a Bay Area man behind the measure whose two children were killed by a driver high on prescription drugs.

Rate-regulation opponents parrot misleading claims

The coalition trying to stop the rate-regulation initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot has gone up with another TV ad, this one focusing on small-business owners. Proposition 45 would require the state’s elected insurance commissioner to sign off on health insurance rate changes.

Fact checking Baker, Coakley’s records on child welfare

Problems past and present in the state child welfare system have suddenly become the main flashpoint in the Massachusetts governor’s race.