Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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

Half-True

Support linked to ability to win, not ideology

Mostly True

Scholarshp program had to change

Full Flop

Lottery funds have been door opener

False

Education spending a major campaign theme

Mostly True

Being against the farm bill isn't the same as opposing farmers

Mostly False

Immigration reform included border protection first

Recent stories from Jim Tharpe

Fact-checking the flashpoints in the U.S. Senate race

Republican David Perdue's business record and Democrat Michelle's Nunn's ties to President Obama have become the most talked about claims in Georgia's effectively tied U.S. Senate race. We look at the facts behind the talking points.  

Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

A look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts. 

Georgia's economy and the race for governor

Georgia's economy and how it spends or doesn't spend tax dollars have become hot rhetoric in the neck-and-neck governor’s race between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter.

Outsourcing issue heats up Georgia's close U.S. Senate race

The business records of Republican candidate David Perdue and Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn have drawn new attention in light of recent disclosures about Perdue's outsourcing experience.

Fact-checking Georgia's down ballot races

The close and closely watched political races for govenor and U.S. Senate are hardly the only contests voters will decide in Novbember. What about some of them?

Fact-checking Georgia's tight U.S. Senate race

The fight between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue in Georgia's Senate race is intensifying. A recent exclusive Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows the race is so tight, it is within the margin of error. PolitiFact Georgia has followed the race closely for months. Several recent fact checks are below.

A new look for PolitiFact Georgia

Just in time for easier reads during campaign season, we give you a new design for our fact checks. (Want to see how easy? Check us out on your mobile device!) The Deal-O-Meter: Tracking the 2010 campaign promises of Gov. Nathan Deal Statements that earn the ruling Pants on Fire  

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.