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Articles from May, 2011

Run, Georgia, Run!

With the entry of former pizza CEO and talk show host Herman Cain into the 2012 presidential race, our fair state now boasts two presidential prospects. This means PolitiFact Georgia has the pleasure of checking both of them. Newt Gingrich, whose campaign offices are in Buckhead, earned a True on health care. Cain scored a Mostly True on his claim about food stamp use and False on a gaffe about the U.S. Constitution.  Not to ignore national politics, we gave U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a Pants on Fire for a chart she posted about the national debt. Her Republican counterpart, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, earned a Mostly True for a statement he made on U.S. coal to the Atlanta Press Club. Run, Georgia, run! Want to comment on our findings? Hit the "like" button on our Facebook page to join the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Truth-O-Meter patrols the border

PolitiFact Georgia has you covered on homeland security. The Obama administration trumpeted its reputation on border security recently, so last week, we checked claims about Transportation and Security Administration pat-downs and the border fence. We also switched on our Deal-O-Meter to check whether Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature on Arizona-style immigration enforcement legislation means he kept a campaign promise. For variety, we checked Deal on a claim about the cost of childhood obesity and presidential prospect Newt Gingrich on President Barack Obama and food stamps. Want to comment on our findings? Hit the "like" button on our Facebook page to join the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Gingrich: One web video, two false claims

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced his run for the presidency in a web video. But he was less than accurate in two of his claims.

By Louis Jacobson, Eric Stirgus :: Published on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 11:27 a.m.

Call the doctor! Truthiness in critical condition

Truthiness was in critical condition at PolitiFact Georgia last week. Our team published three fact checks in a row on health care. The first from presidential hopeful Herman Cain on CT scans flat-lined. One by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia on Internal Revenue Service agents and the health care overhaul was DOA. Another by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about hospital care survived and is in good condition. Even on issues outside of health care, truthiness looked at least a little bit puny. A claim by Donald Trump that the U.S. no longer builds bridges needed major surgery, as did a statement by MARTA’s chairman that the transit system is getting safer. Want to comment on our findings? Hit the "like" button on our Facebook page to join the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Curious about Herman Cain? Consult the Truth-O-Meter

The performance of Georgia's own Herman Cain during last night’s Republican presidential debate is sending political opinionators buzzing. After the debate, Fox News aired discussion between veteran political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz and a focus group. Members said that before last night, they didn’t know much about Cain. Afterwards, most of them loved him. Luntz was bowled over. "Something very special happened this evening," he concluded. 

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.

Obama gets Promise Kept for bin Laden campaign vow

With the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead, many PolitiFact readers have pointed out President Obama's vow to kill him from October 2008. Is it the president's most significant Promise Kept?

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.

PolitiFact checks run gamut

Last week, the trusty Truth-O-Meter took on everyone from President Barack Obama to a metro Atlanta Republican flirting with a presidential run to a University of Georgia student activist. And we threw in the governor for good measure. You can find our fearless engine of truthiness Sunday through Friday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and online. Want to comment on our findings? Find our Facebook page and hit the "like" button to join the discussion. You can also follow us on Twitter.

By Jim Tharpe :: Published on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

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