Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Georgia

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.  

Finding the facts in Georgia's religious liberty debate

An ongoing debate over whether Georgia should adopt a religious liberty law is in its second year under the Gold Dome. The speculation and conjecture don't lend themselves to fact checks, but there are judicial facts that can help inform the discussion.  

Fact checking Georgia's bumpy road for transportation cash

At the forefront of the General Assembly session is a  tax proposal to raise at least $1 billion a year in new money for transportation fixes. As it stands now, House Bill 170 would end state sales taxes on gasoline and replace them with a state excise tax on fuel of 29.2 cents per gallon, but the debate continues. Here are some of our fact checks on the issue.

The facts, and fact checks, behind Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech

Actress Patricia Arquette accepted an Oscar for her work in "Boyhood" Sunday night and spoke out on an issue often raised in Georgia politics: The wage gap between men and women. PolitiFact Georgia has found that the rating for the claims vary as widely as the studies that confirm at least some divide,

All about education

Education - from its role in economic development to what to fund and how - remains a hot topic in Georgia. As state lawmakers begin the annual budget process with extra money for education for the first time in years, PolitiFact Georgia has already taken on some claims on the issue.

Drilling down on the state economy

The most recent exclusive Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed that the economy and jobs are the top issue on Georgians' minds for the third year in a row. The question of what state officials can, or should, do to boost employment will be a hot topic under the Gold Dome. Already, PolitiFact Georgia has looked at some claims on the issue.

Fact checks focused under the Gold Dome

PolitiFact Georgia will be keeping its eye on state lawmakers when they convene for the 153rd legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. Check out some fact checks already published on top issues expected during the session.  

Our favorites that popped up in your newsfeed in 2014

It's not always a statement by a politician that spins the Truth-O-Meter into action. There are plenty of claims going viral via social media that drew the attention and scrutiny of PolitiFact Georgia in 2014. Below are some of our favorite memes of the year.  

How the claims stacked up in 2014

The scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are finishing up another year of fact checks. Here's a look at the year, by the numbers.