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Last week's themes: Money and Power

Last week's themes were money and power. AJC PolitiFact Georgia used the Truth-O-Meter on General Assembly Republicans, who stripped power from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and cheerily called it a "power-sharing agreement.” We tested former President George W. Bush on his record on the national debt. And to mark the start of Atlanta's fledgling bid to bring back the Super Bowl, we looked at the last time the game came to town. The Atlanta Sports Council said its economic impact was $292 million. Was it really that much? Join us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

With the election's end, 'truthiness' improves

The election cycle might have ended, but the old Truth-O-Meter kept spinning last week at AJC PolitiFact Georgia. Topics ranged from animal abuse to the national debt to high school graduation rates. And just about the time Georgians were finishing off the last of the Halloween candy and beginning to plan for the Thanksgiving feast, we took a look at childhood obesity. It was an unusually "truthy" week, as it turned out. We'd like to take some credit for keeping the power brokers a little more honest. But then we'd probably have to give ourselves a "Pants on Fire." We hear the state Legislature will be returning to Atlanta in a few months. So it's fitting, we had a bit of a break from the usual mendacity. The Truth-O-Meter needs all the rest it can get before the General Assembly's calamitous return. In the meantime, we'll keep the Truth-O-Meter primed. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.

By Jim Tharpe :: Published on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

Elections are over, but the Truth-O-Meter abides

Memories of the 2010 election may be fading, but the Truth-O-Meter abides. Politicians take liberties with the truth in all seasons. Reporters at AJC PolitiFact Georgia will test their truthiness through the winter holidays and beyond. Last week we paused to make room for other election coverage. This means today's roundup includes only three items. Enjoy. And join us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

Don't panic. Use your Truth-O-Meter.

Election Day is tomorrow. Don't panic. Your Truth-O-Meter is here to help. It's been working hard all election season, which means that AJC PolitiFact Georgia can now present to you a roundup of some of our rulings on the governor's race. Our findings aren't pretty. Experts told us the rivalry between Democrat Roy Barnes, a former governor, and Republican Nathan Deal, a former U.S. congressman, will go down as one of the ugliest in recent history. The state's biggest congressional race, which is in a district that snakes through the center of the state, also took a stroll through the mud. And the Atlanta area's toughest General Assembly race is in flames. Brace yourselves. And don't forget your Truth-O-Meter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest updates.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

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