Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Davis ad slams Abbott over sex abuse case

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Doubling Down in West Virginia

Rep. Nick Rahall's latest TV ad doubles down on the deceptive claim that Republican Evan Jenkins has pledged to "take away" black lung benefits from coal miners.

Colorado’s Contraception Controversy

Both sides in the Colorado Senate race are misleading voters in TV ads on Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills over-the-counter.

Martha McSally's views on gun-show sales

Checking the claim that "nine out of ten Southern Arizonans support background checks for people buying a gun. So why does Martha McSally support the loophole that allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns without a check?"

Would Larry Hogan give corporations a $300 million break?

The claim is stated twice for emphasis in a new television ad attacking Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan: instead of investing in pre-kindergarten programs, he would give “$300 million in tax breaks” to wealthy corporations.

Davis releases new ad in race against Abbott

Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign is rolling out a new television ad accusing her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, of doing “nothing” in reference to prosecuting a sexual abuse case.

Did a teacher get suspended for explicit sex-ed instruction under Common Core?

No evidence to support that this really happened.

The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding.

Checking the 'Talked' ad targeting Ernst over Social Security

Checking the claim that Joni Ernst is talking about “privatizing” Social Security and “risking it on the stock market.”

Checking the "Republicans on Rape" meme

The quotes listed are all real.

Obama’s claim that businesses are in the ‘longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation’

The president gets a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Corbett defends his education spending record amid criticism

“Tom Corbett’s harmful cuts to education are hurting our children,” Katie McGinty, the head of a committee supporting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor, said during a visit to Millersville University on Friday. Here's a closer look at this claim.

Is there bipartisan support for Common Core?

Do the education standards commonly referred to as Common Core have bipartisan support nationwide?

Ducey on DuVal's work as a lobbyist

Is Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey correct in stating that Democratic candidate Fred DuVal has spent his entire career as a special-interest lobbyist?

Are gun-background-check claims true?

Stricter gun background checks may be helpful in reducing gun violence. They may not. But using vague source citations and flawed evidence does not help make one's case.

Welfare for weed?

Can you use Food Stamps to buy marijuana?

Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, "admits she’s too liberal" and that "her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists." Not exactly.

Rhode Island meddling in Colorado?

Rhode Island gets some dark treatment in the latest TV ad arguing over Colorado's Amendment 68.

Gardner's green energy re-brand

There's been a lot of arguing over energy this election cycle. Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner decided it was time for a rebrand in his latest TV ad.

Did John McCain pose with ISIS fighters?

Nurtured by conspiracy blog posts, social media and photo-altering tricks, the false rumors of John McCain's relationship with ISIS have taken on a life of their own.