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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

"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.

Says U.S. Reps. Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston have "even changed votes to what I voted, multiple times."

"In order to pass the CRCT in Georgia, you simply have to get half of the answers correct."

"There are still more people uninsured today than when Obama was elected president."

"A child born in America today will inherit $1.5 million in debt the moment they're placed in their mother's arms."

Says some Georgians can get health insurance for $105 a month.  

You can buy lobster with food stamps.

Recent stories from Eric Stirgus
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.

Election and voter ID claims get examined

Today ends a long -- and often annoying -- season of political ads, robocalls from famous politicians and glossy fliers sitting in your mailbox from someone who wants your vote.

PolitiFact Georgia decided to take a look back at a few claims about voting and elections that have been tested on the Truth-O-Meter this election cycle.

Below are abbreviated versions of these fact checks. Look for the complete versions at the PolitiFact online sites. Want to comment on our Truth-O-Meter rulings? It's easy. Just go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia?fref=ts. Readers can follow us on Twitter at PolitiFactGA.

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