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Eric Stirgus

PolitiFact Georgia Staff Writer

Eric Stirgus, Georgia PolitiFact reporter,  has covered local government and politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since November 2001. He was most recently assigned to Atlanta City Hall, where he covered the last two years of Mayor Shirley Franklin’s administration, the City Council and the frenetic 2009 mayor’s race. Eric is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and has worked at the New York Daily News, New York Post and St. Petersburg Times. He is a 1994 graduate of New York University.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Eric Stirgus

Says he never wanted to raise the debt ceiling.

Says Democratic candidate for state school superintendent Alisha Thomas Morgan voted to slash funding for the preschool programs for disabled and special needs students.

State Rep. Elena Parent "supported Governor Nathan Deal’s plan to slash the HOPE scholarship."  

Says U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue flip-flopped on releasing his tax returns.

Says Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn supports higher taxes.

David Perdue supports Common Core

"When you get a commercial pilot’s license, you learn to communicate in English no matter where you are in the world."

Women are paid 77 cents for every $1 men get for the same work.

"On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar men make."

Seventy-two percent of Georgians did not have a chance to finish college.

Recent stories from Eric Stirgus
Fact-checking Georgia’s Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate

Georgia’s Republican voters have a handful of candidates to choose from in a primary contest to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss. PolitiFact Georgia has fact-checked claims about immigration, health care, Common Core and the growth of Dollar General, a company once headed by one of the candidates.

Claims about MLK often go astray

In the four-plus decades since his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has become, perhaps, the most quoted and misquoted figured in America.

With today being King’s birthday, PolitiFact Georgia thought it would be timely to look at some claims concerning the Atlanta native and civil rights legend. Not surprisingly, many of these claims needed some context or were flat-out wrong.

Here is a round-up on a few fact-checks involving King.

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 on @politifactga.

Our scorecard of stadium fact-checks

The Atlanta Braves and Falcons were big news off the playing field in 2013.

Both teams were victorious in their quests to win local approval to build new, high-priced sports facilities, but there was vigorous public debate and countless claims to sway metro Atlantans for or against the plans.

PolitiFact Georgia tried to play referee throughout the year to determine the accuracy of some of these claims. Most of the statements had some truth in them, but there was typically some missing context. Below are some of our fact checks and findings.

To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.

Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

Oops! My statement was wrong.

Oops. My bad. I was wrong. Mea culpa.

Over the course of 2013, PolitiFact Georgia has unearthed information that directly contradicts a claim we’ve attempted to fact-check. In some instances, the speaker has admitted the error of the original claim.

PolitiFact Georgia decided to revisit some of our best fact checks in which someone, or an organization, corrected a statement when pressed by PolitiFact Georgia.

Summaries of a few of our favorites of the year can be found below.

To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.

Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at:  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

Fact-checking claims about Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has triggered an avalanche of political rhetoric over the past few years.

PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia have been keeping tabs on that complex debate, trying to parse truth from fiction.

PolitiFact Georgia celebrates three years of fact-checks

On our third birthday, PolitiFact Georgia looks back at some of the most memorable items, specifically those that have involved numbers.

Top 10 fact-checks on guns

As the U.S. Senate moves to take up gun legislation, we fact-check the most interesting and oft-repeated claims from both sides of the debate.

It's Bloomberg vs. LaPierre on gun claims

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NRA's Wayne LaPierre made back-to-back appearances this week on Meet the Press. We checked their facts.

A $1 billion deal

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced recently they’ve agreed to the financial framework of a $1 billion stadium to replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome.

The deal must still be approved by the 15-member Atlanta City Council.


 

A look at how Saxby Chambliss has done on the Truth-O-Meter

Saxby Chambliss, Georgia’s senior U.S. senator, surprised the political world Friday when he announced he’s not running for a third term in 2014, despite recent claims he was ready to take on any and all challengers.

The decision has several politicians and officeholders considering whether to run for the seat. In the meantime, PolitiFact Georgia thought we’d look back at how Chambliss has fared on our Truth-O-Meter.

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