The Bartosek file:
John Bartosek

Former PolitiFact Florida Editor

John Bartosek was with the PolitiFact Florida site as editor from June 2010-11. He previously worked as an editor at the Palm Beach Post for 24 years and in Raleigh, N.C., for 10 years. He was based in West Palm Beach.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bartosek

"China owns about 29 percent of (the U.S.) debt.''

"We already have $23 billion worth of debt."

"Obamacare cuts $500 billion in future Medicare funding in order to fund the new constitutionally questionable government mandate, even going so far as to scuttle Medicare's most popular (and successful) part, Medicare Advantage."

"Studies show that people that are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare."

"For every $1 spent on mitigation, $4 in post-storm cleanup and rebuilding is saved."

Planned Parenthood "raked in more than $300 million in profits over the past four years."

"We had (a bill) in Florida where we now are prohibiting doctors to talk -- particularly pediatricians -- to talk to their patients about gun safety in the home."

"No one thought we could get a bipartisan bill (Medicaid) passed. We did in the Florida Senate."

"It is a greater crime to have an untagged alligator than to host an open house party (for kids)."

"Obama-Nelson economic record: Job creation ... at slowest post-recession rate since Great Depression."  

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Mike Haridopolos and the 'Ryan Plan'

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PolitiFact on TV: Dissecting that amazing catch

PolitiFact Florida reporter Aaron Sharockman explains two recent Truth-O-Meter rulings to Bay News 9's Al Ruechel.

The 2011 legislative session is nearly over. Will Rick Scott come out a winner?

Rick Scott's first legislative session is ending without much movement on some of his biggest campaign promises. No big corporate income tax rate cut. No Arizona-style immigration law. A compromise on employee pension contributions. But are there silver linings for Florida's new governor?

President Obama's 2008 pledge to kill Osama bin Laden is a Promise Kept

During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama pledged several times that he would act to capture or kill terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Today, that's a Promise Kept on our Obameter.

Startling claims spring from debate on elections bills

Two elections bills moving through the Florida Legislature are sparking claims about voter fraud and inefficient voting methods. We take a look at a couple of the more startling claims. 

Debate over Planned Parenthood funding moves to Florida

Planned Parenthood, a group that gets federal money to provide health services, has been a focal point of the Washington debate for several months. And now, the debate has filtered down to Tallahassee.

Tracking Rick Scott's first 100 days in office

Thursday, April 14, 2011, is Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 100th day in office, a symbolic marker in an elected executive's first term. We use the threshold to update our Scott-O-Meter, and provide an overview of Scott's progress.

Dueling ads over 'paycheck protection' legislation

Legislation that would prohibit government unions from collecting dues through automated payroll deductions and require unions to get authorizations from members to use dues for political purposes has produced dueling ads from the Florida Chamber of Commerce -- which supports the idea -- and the Florida Education Association -- which opposes it. PolitiFact Florida takes a look at each ad and puts their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Rick Scott's first bill-signing moves the Scott-O-Meter

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 736, the so-called "Student Success Act" on March 24, 2011, at a school in Jacksonville. See how Scott's first bill-signing aligns with the 59 campaign promises we're tracking on the Scott-O-Meter.
 

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