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.

Email: jtharpe@ajc.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Jim Tharpe

Pants on Fire!

No Dollar for Donald slogans at this church


The gender pay gap has become a rallying cry in political circles


What if they held an election and most voters didn't really like the choices?

Mostly True

Federal debt is huge and getting bigger

Recent stories from Jim Tharpe

Readying for final GOP debate of 2015

The top nine candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination take to the stage Tuesday for the last debate of 2015. Before the contest airs at 8:30 p.m. on CNN, catch up here with the most recent-fact checks on candidate claims.

It's Election Day(s) for Lie of the Year

It’s that time again, to pick PolitiFact’s "winner" for Lie of the Year for 2015 and the coveted Readers' Choice award that counts your vote.

A primer on Trump before his second Georgia visit

Donald Trump returns to Georgia Monday, with a rally in Macon. PolitiFact Georgia is ready with fact-checks on claims from the GOP presidential contender.

About that big Thanksgiving meal ...

Just how hefty is the food on our tables this Thanksgiving - and some of the folks gathered there? Let PolitiFact serve up the answers.

Democratic hopefuls back for second debate

The remaining three candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination will appear in their second debate Saturday, just a week after the latest debate among the GOP contenders. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will take the stage in Iowa at 9 p.m., and the debate will air live on CBS and its radio affiliates. Click on the headline to see a sampling of fact-checks on those candidates.

Top fact-checks from the GOP debate in Milwaukee

We fact-check the candidates on claims about immigration, the minimum wage, income inequality, the Bible and the tax code. 

GOP hopefuls prepare for another debate

Eight candidates will share the stage for the next prime time GOP presidential debate. Get ready by seeing how they stand up in recent fact-checks.

Reagan fact-check still tops in Georgia

A nearly three-year old check about President Reagan’s support of an assault weapon’s ban was PolitiFact Georgia’s most-read post in October. Looks into the Georgia Bulldogs’ odds of beating Alabama and the Twitter of account of a "Congressman" from Georgia also fared well.  

Republicans return to debate stage

The top 10 candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will appear in their third debate Wednesday, just a week after the first Democratic debate further solidified former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as that party's frontrunner. Two Republicans have withdrawn from the crowded field, which still requires an "undercard" debate of lower performing candidates at 6 p.m. The main debate will air live from Boulder, Colo. on CNBC starting at 8 p.m. Click on the headline for more on those candidates.  

The weird and wacky Truth-O-Meters of late

National politics and claims from Georgia leaders have been keeping PolitiFact busy, but not so busy our scribes couldn't look into some stranger claims connected to the Peach State lately.