Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Georgia

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.

Truth be told, some newsmakers got it right

The fact-checking scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are often viewed as heartless Grinches, callously outing falsehoods by politicians and other powerbrokers. Truth be told -- and that’s our mission -- the folks we fact-check often turn out to be correct. So in the spirit of the season, as 2014 winds down, we look back at some of our favorite True ratings for the year. Want to to comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own? Just go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/politifactga). Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/.  

A sampling of Mostly True statements in 2014

There are times when a little additional context or clarification can add to the accuracy of a statement. PolitiFact calls those claims Mostly True. Below is a sampling of some of 2014's top Mostly True statements from Georgia politicians.

A look at the claims that scorched in 2014

It's roundup time at PolitiFact Georgia. We're kicking off our yearly review with a look at the claims in 2014 that, ahem, earned the distinction of Pants on Fire.

PolitiFact names its 2014 Lie of the Year

It is not an exaggeration to say more Americans have died from the flu this year than from Ebola. Yet misleading and ridiculous exaggerations about a virus that killed just two people in the United States last year stoked fear and confusion about the deadly disease. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. They were wrong. That's why PolitiFact's 2014 Lie of the Year is a collection of myths and distortions about Ebola. For a closer look, read the full story here.      

Help us determine the Lie of The Year

It's a different kind of election season: time to cast your ballot in the Readers' Poll among the 10 finalists for Lie of the Year from PolitiFact and PunditFact.

Giving thanks for what's True

As we all sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and express appreciation for all we've have received this year, PolitiFact.Georgia says a special blessing for those times when the Truth-O-Meter spun True.  

Twelve key fact-checks on immigration and executive action

President Barack Obama has unveiled his plan to prevent deportations for a broad swath of people living in the United States illegally. We selected 12 key fact-checks to give readers the basics on immigration and executive action.