Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Georgia

A look at claims from Lincoln Chafee

PolitiFact Georgia has begun an occasional series looking at statements from more than a dozen of the 2016 presidential candidates as part of our overall effort to parse fact and fiction in the political talk. Today, we turn our attention to claims from former U.S. Senator and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. (See previous stories on other candidates here)

Ted Cruz is in the race

ROAD TO 2016 The Ted Cruz file Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz Age: Born Dec. 22, 1970 ( 44) Political party: Republican Political experience: Domestic policy advisor to the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign; associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; solicitor general, state of Texas; elected in 2012 as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Education: Graduated with honors from Princeton University, with high honors from Harvard Law School, was law clerk to William Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Hispanic to serve in that position. Business: Private law practice Family: He and his wife Heidi live in Houston with their two daughters, Caroline and Catherine. Interesting factoid: Father was born in Cuba, survived being imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He made 50 cents an hour washing dishes, put himself through the University of Texas and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. His father is now a pastor in Dallas. Source: Cruz Senate website, news reports  

Fact checking Hillary Clinton

With more than a dozen candidates announced for the 2016 presidential election, there will be plenty of claims coming from all political corners. PolitiFact Georgia has begun an occasional series looking at statements from the candidates as part of our overall effort to parse fact and fiction in the political talk. Today: a look at the statements from former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Last week's summary on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can be read here).

Jeb joins the pack

ROAD TO 2016 The Jeb Bush file John Ellis "Jeb" Bush Age: 62, born Feb. 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas Political party: Republican Political experience: Served as Florida secretary of commerce, 1986-1988; ran unsuccessfully for governor of Florida, 1994; elected governor of Florida, 1998 and 2002 Education: Graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., University of Texas with degree in Latin American affairs Business: Real estate development Family: Married to Columba Bush since 1974 and has three children, George P. Bush, Noelle Bush, John Ellis Bush Jr. Interesting factoid: parents are first lady and former President George H.W.. Bush and brother is former President George W. Bush. Fluent in Spanish.

PolitiFact at 5: True-rated fact-checks

What better way to close out our celebration of PolitiFact Georgia’s five-year anniversary than to look at claims that we researched and found were true. Just as the claims we’ve rated False or Pants On Fire point out when politicians got it wrong or played it fast and loose with the facts, the True-rated fact checks highlight when they did their homework and were right. That was the aim five years and more than 1,000 fact checks ago when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched PolitiFact Georgia, a unique journalistic attempt to parse political truth from political fiction. Summaries of a few of our True fact checks through the years are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.  

PolitiFact Georgia at 5 shares some favorite claims

PolitiFact Georgia continues celebrating its fifth anniversary today by showcasing some head-turning claims we’ve fact-checked over the years from politicians, newsmakers and social media. Some of the hard-to-believe claims proved to be true, and those easy to accept were sometimes shown to be rather outlandish. But all of them provided interesting fodder for our fact-checkers. Summaries of a few of our favorites are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.    

PolitiFact at 5 looks at some favorite Falses

PolitiFact Georgia is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with a look today at claims that have ended up on the wrong end of the AJC Truth-O-Meter over the years. The Truth-O-Meter arrow struck False in these cases, even if the speaker didn’t always admit to an error. In other instances, we received the email or phone call that essentially said: Oops. My bad. I was wrong. Mea culpa. Summaries of a few of our favorite False rated statements through the years can be found below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.  

Clinton avoids media on Atlanta visit but regularly hits Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton came to Atlanta on Thursday to raise campaign cash, but left without speaking to reporters. She has, however, spent some time on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter over the years. So we thought it would be a good time to review a few of those fact-checks on key issues broached by the former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president. Summaries of those fact-checks follow.

A look at local claims

With all the national doings, PolitiFact Georgia is shining the spotlight on some local and statewide claims.

Fact checking the new transportation law

Gov. Nathan Deal made filling potholes on Georgia's roads and fixing state bridges a step closer to reality by signing a sweeping transportation funding bill. The measure will raise about $1 billion a year - enough to tackle the state's mounting project backlog but not likely to make a dent in the overall need to keep all infrastructure up to date. PolitiFact Georgia kept tabs on the political struggle to get the bill passed, and has several fact checks to help explain what you can expect.

Same-sex marriage claims on the Truth-O-Meter

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments that could result in legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. At issue is whether the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which guarantees due process and equal protection, compels states to recognize such unions and whether states such as Georgia, which now ban the practice, must recognize the marriages performed in other states. PolitiFact Georgia has prepared a primer on the claims, including the Peach State's role in the issue.

Getting schooled on education issues

Georgia's schools will continue to be in the news as Gov. Nathan Deal launches his bid for voters to approve the Opportunity School District with the power to take control of failing schools, convert them into charters or shut them down. The bill allowing for the overhaul was one of a handful of education-related initiatives to come out of the recent Legislative session. PolitiFact Georgia was there.

Revving up on claims about Mercedes' move

PolitiFact Georgia has taken the wheel before on claims about Mercedes-Benz USA's move to metro Atlanta. With the luxury automaker again in the headlines following the 2015 Legislative session, we revisit some of our fact checks on claims about the relocation and what it means for Georgia.  

About those claims from the General Assembly

The hallways under the Gold Dome are quiet now. But the 2015 Legislature session kept reporters and fact checkers alike busy during a 40-day session filled with truths, falsehoods and some claims that fell in between.  

Medical marijuana in Georgia

The legalization of a cannabis oil for certain medical conditions in Georgia is just a governor's signature away from reality. The two-year battle for medical marijuana has lent itself to several claims and counterclaims that PolitiFact Georgia checked as the debate wound its way under the Gold Dome.