Articles from October, 2010

Fact-checking the unbelievable 2010 election campaigns

No matter the results Tuesday, the biggest loser in Florida's epic 2010 election season may be the truth.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, October 29th, 2010 at 9:03 p.m.

If you can stand the heat, we've got Pants on Fire for you!

When we sweep all the Pants on Fire rulings from this campaign into one pile, we've got quite a bonfire. Read on to see what we said – if you can stand the heat…

By John Bartosek, Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson, Aaron Sharockman, Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.

Fact-checking the Florida constitutional amendments

Once you get past the high-profile Senate and governor's races on Nov. 2, 2010, you'll find a half-dozen proposed constitutional amendments. We fact-checked those issues, too. 

By John Bartosek, Laura Figueroa, Aaron Sharockman, Amy Sherman, Cristina Silva :: Published on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 9:32 a.m.

CNN/St. Pete Times debate includes talk about Alex Sink's banking background

One of the most heated exchanges between Rick Scott and Alex Sink at their third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, centered on fraud. But it was Sink, not Scott, in the hot seat. We check the claims from both candidates.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

Governor candidates take national stage for CNN debate

At Florida's third and final gubernatorial debate on Oct. 25, 2010, the only thing Alex Sink and Rick Scott agreed on is that the minimum wage is $7.55. Both were wrong. (It's $7.25). And so it went.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 9:15 p.m.

CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate brings attacks old and new

Did Marco Rubio really say MSNBC's Keith Olbermann should leave the country? Is Kendrick Meek's tax cut math right? Can Charlie Crist finally shed the flip-flop label? These are just a few of the questions PolitiFact Florida examined following the Oct. 24, 2010, hourlong debate on CNN.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at 5:56 p.m.

Early voting begins in Florida, and brawling debates continue

The final countdown begins. Early voting opens today, Oct. 18, 2010, throughout Florida, and the candidates shift into overdrive for their final two-week push with several debates scheduled for the U.S. Senate and governor's races.

By John Bartosek :: Published on Monday, October 18th, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.

Dueling attack ads in state CFO race

Republican Jeff Atwater and Democrat Loranne Ausley come out swinging in a pair of TV ads attacking each other. But each ad has its issues when it faces the Truth-O-Meter.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.

Fact-checking the Florida Democrats' latest attack on Rick Scott

Florida Democrats are airing a new, two-minute ad that whacks Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott for alleged fraud at his former health care company, Columbia/HCA, as well as his current health care business, Solantic. Two minutes makes for plenty of facts to examine.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 at 6:07 p.m.

Fact-checking Florida's gubernatorial debate

Friday night, the end of a long, hard work week, and what better way to kick back than a rollicking Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican candidate Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink?

By John Bartosek :: Published on Monday, October 11th, 2010 at 8:38 a.m.

Fact-checking Florida's U.S. Senate debate

No-party Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio tossed out numbers galore in the Oct. 6, 2010, U.S. Senate debate aired on ABC stations in Florida. Fortunately, we've been checking the facts.

By John Bartosek :: Published on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.

'Taliban Dan': The kinder, gentler sequel

Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, made waves (and enemies) when he ran an ad that called his opponent "Taliban Dan." Now he he's airing a new ad that tones back the rhetoric a bit. We check the facts.

By Louis Jacobson, Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Four weeks to go: Heading down the home stretch

Four weeks to go, and the month opened with a flood of Falses. From Bible verses to solar panels, lost jobs to lost Medicare benefits, all False – or worse.

By John Bartosek :: Published on Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 10:20 a.m.

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