Friday, October 31st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Dan Maffei and Medicare cuts

Did U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, by supporting Obamacare, vote for Medicare cuts?

Fact checking the ‘war on coal’

Any candidate running for statewide office in Kentucky will have to take sides on the ‘war on coal.’ And if they want to win, they usually have to take the side of coal.

Ad claims Braley follows party line

Has Bruce Braley "voted lockstep with his party 96% of the time”?

Miller-Meeks criticized on outsourcing

Checking “Fancy,” a 30-second television commercial targeted at Republican congressional hopeful Mariannette Miller-Meeks and paid for by Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Jenkins Ads Mislead on Carbon Tax, Coal

Two highly misleading ads from Republican Evan Jenkins leave the false impression that Rep. Nick Rahall is responsible for higher electric rates and personally profited from his votes in Congress.

New Van de Putte ad targets Patrick

A new ad from Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte goes after her opponent, Republican candidate Dan Patrick, regarding abortion and rape.

Ebola in Alaska?

A surprisingly persuasive Ebola alert is a hoax.

Obama’s claim that Obamacare has helped produce a ‘$1,800 tax cut’

Without much fanfare, an old, and questionable, pledge returns.

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.