Everywhere Donald Trump goes, people anxiously await his next soundbite.
And he rarely disappoints.
Trump travels to Atlanta on Saturday to host a noon rally at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. His visit comes after having his invite to a Red State meeting here in August rescinded because of a comment he made about a female debate moderator.
Sometimes, his political enemies have tried to use his words against him. For instance, someone tweeted that Trump campaign hats with his "Make America Great Again" slogan were actually made in China.
PolitiFact investigated and rated that attack Pants on Fire (Click headline to see more.)
Gay rights issues - from marriage between same-sex couples to religious liberty proposals on the state level - have been in the news this year.
As Atlanta prepares to celebrate the Pride Festival this weekend, we took the opportunity to take a look back at some of the statements and claims on those issues this year.
Georgia political leaders and thinkers have made plenty of claims lately that have gotten lost in the din of presidential hopefuls.
PolitiFact Georgia has paid attention, though, and checked out some of the statements from the Peach State. Read more on by clicking through on the headline.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina may be the ultimate Washington insider in the Republican race for president — having spent more a third of his life in Congress.
Graham, who was first elected to Congress in 1994, is hoping to build a broad base on one positive aspect of those years of experience: his command of foreign policy. But so far that’s not showing up in the polls.
Graham’s statements have hit the Truth-O-Meter 12 times, earning two each True, Mostly True, Mostly False and False ratings and four Half True ratings. He had no statements with PolitiFact’s lowest rating Pants on Fire.
Click the headline to see a sampling of those checks.
Eleven of the 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president will be on the main stage at the second debate Wednesday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, trailing in the polls, won't be among them. As part of PolitiFact's ongoing series examining statesment from candidates on both sides of the aisle, today we look at claims made by Jindal, who will again appear in the "undercard" debate prior to the main event.
As we near the the next national GOP debate on Sept. 16, political watchers are keeping an eye on polls to see who in the crowded field will make the stage for CNN's broadcast.
As part of PolitiFact's ongoing series examining statesment from candidates on both sides of the aisle, today we look at claims from one of the standouts of the first debate in August, Marco Rubio, Florida's junior senator.
The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is so large, the first debate was split into two.
Although the top 10 polling candidates drew the prime-time slot in the Aug. 6 events, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina drew media and voter attention with her performance in the "Happy Hour" debate among the seven remaining candidates. Today, PolitiFact Georgia looks at our checks on claims made by Fiorina as part of our weekly series on White House wannabees from both sides of the political aisle.
Folks were still cleaning up the debate podiums in Cleveland when 10 Republican candidates for president were on their way to Atlanta.
They will be in town for this weekend's RedState Gathering, a convention at the InterContinental Buckhead for conservative and party activists.
The event will be lived streamed here if you want to watch. Expected candidates and speaking times are:
Friday Aug. 7:
10:30 a.m. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
11:30 a.m. — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
1:30 p.m. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
3:30 p.m. — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
4:30 p.m. — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
Saturday Aug. 8
9:00 a.m. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
11:30 a.m. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
1:30 p.m. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
4:30 p.m. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — developer Donald Trump speaks at the event's "tailgate" at the College Football Hall of Fame
As the race for the 2016 presidential nominations heats up, PolitiFact Georgia is taking time to remind readers of our fact-checks from the candidates.
Each week, we alternate between the large Republican field and the relatively small Democratic offering. Today, we look at our checks on claims made by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who is making waves in the Democratic race.
As the road to the 2016 presidential race heats up, PolitiFact Georgia is taking time to remind readers of our fact-checks from the candidates.
Each week, we alternate between the large Republican field and the relatively sparse Democratic offering. Today, we look at our checks on claims made by former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who trails in the Democratic race.
Real estate tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump carried his legendary reputation for making provocative remarks into his opening foray into the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump’s comments about illegal Mexican immigrants snagged the spotlight in the already crowded presidential contest and set off political fireworks. Three weeks later, Trump is still fending off criticism for saying Mexico is sending people with drug and criminal problems, even "some rapists," across the border into the United States.
Millions of Americans know Trump from the reality television show "The Apprentice" and its catchphrase "You’re Fired."
He’s also been in and out of the news for decades for his high-profile business ventures, his marital woes and romances, political jabs and trivia spats. Remember his persistence with the birther claim on President Barack Obama? The feud with Rosie O’Donnell?
Some of Trump’s statements have crossed our path. We’ve fact-checked 20 statements, none of which we rated True. We rated two (9 percent) Mostly True, three (14 percent) Half True, 10 (45 percent) False and five (23 percent) Pants on Fire.
Click the headline to read a sampling of our fact-checks, plus a brief bio.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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