Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

John Bartosek

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Bartosek

False

U.S. residents and institutions own the majority of U.S. debt

True

Scott focused on debt numbers

Mostly False

A positive balance sheet doesn't equal profit

True

Sobering fact: Illegal gator killing can lead to more prison time than hosting underage drinking party

Recent stories from John Bartosek

Mailbag: PolitiFact reader swears Longoria catch was real

A new batch of mail includes a letter from someone who says he saw the Evan Longoria barehanded catch -- and it was 100 percent real.

Mike Haridopolos and the 'Ryan Plan'

Mike Haridopolos is facing heat for differing positions on whether he'd support what's known as the "Ryan Plan." What's so controversial about the plan? PolitiFact Florida gives you a primer.

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.