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Jim Tharpe

PolitiFact Georgia Editor

Jim Tharpe, Georgia PolitiFact Editor,  has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. For 11 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he has written about everything from state politics to whale sharks. A graduate of the University of Florida, Tharpe was a 1989 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Jim Tharpe

Women still do not get paid as much as men, even "for the same work, period."

Says Michelle Nunn has acknowledged allowing a convicted felon to hold a fundraiser for her.

In Georgia, Perdue’s company closed plants and moved jobs to China.

Thomas Jefferson said, "That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."  

Each Georgia taxpayer would have to send $5,000 to the treasury to cover the state’s debt.

Points of Light is  "the world’s largest volunteer organization."

David Perdue led efforts to ship thousands of jobs overseas.

Jason Carter backed three of Nathan Deal’s budgets but accuses the governor of "underfunding education."

Says David Perdue made tens of millions of dollars piling a firm with billions in debt.

Kasim Reed has kept every promise he made as a candidate.

Recent stories from Jim Tharpe
Examining the Israel angle to the Georgia governor's race

Nothing says state politics in Georgia like foreign policy issues, right?

That's at least the case in the governor's race this year between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter.

As the two candidates duel over education and the economy, the question of support for Israel has come up more than once. PolitiFact Georgia looks at one recent case - and explains why the complicated matter has surfaced.

 

A closer look at Michelle Nunn

Which political party controls the U.S.. Senate could hinge on Georgia's battle for the seat being left open with Saxby Chambliss' retirement.

Voters, and fact checkers, got a long look at GOP nominee David Perdue after the nine-week runoff campaign that ended last month.

Democrat Michelle Nunn found herself in the spotlight shortly after that vote, with the accidental leak of a 144-page strategy memo from her campaign.

Below are some of the fact checks connected to that memo and Nunn's bid for the seat.


 
 

Local claims in the Truth-O-Meter spotlight

Fact-checks about tax savings and staffing cuts focus on decidedly local claims.

Fact-checking Georgia's U.S. Senate primary

It's been a bruising battle between veteran Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston and millionaire businessman David Perdue. PolitiFact Georgia has been fact-checking the contest for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. 

Tempest over a presidential text?

Says he just sent his first text message 

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.

Candidates take a ride on the Truth-O-Meter as May 20 primaries approach

PolitiFact Georgia is the non-partisan fact-checking operation of The Atlanta Journal Constitution, which attempts to parse political truth from political fiction.

Our fact-checkers have been keeping a close eye on Georgia’s candidates for office as the May 20 Primary Election nears.

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.

Obamacare claims rarely get clean bill of health

If you wanted to ignite an argument in Georgia, and the rest of the nation, in 2013, you just had to say one word: Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act -- its official name -- became a lightning rod of controversy and a springboard for political pontificating.

President Barack Obama’s assurance that if you like your health care plan you can keep it was named PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact editors.

PolitiFact readers also selected it as their "Lie of the Year" with 59 percent of the vote. It was a landslide. The next highest vote total went to Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for his contention that Congress is exempt from the health care law. But that only got 8 percent of the vote.

Summaries of a few of our favorite Obamacare fact checks from 2013 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/.

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/.

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