Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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

Mostly False

Viral video overlooks key context in wage gap

Half-True

Constitution puts court under unique pressure

Half-True

Most people shift buying but don't spend more

Mostly True

Transportation bill funding on line

Recent stories from Jim Tharpe

Getting schooled on education issues

Georgia's schools will continue to be in the news as Gov. Nathan Deal launches his bid for voters to approve the Opportunity School District with the power to take control of failing schools, convert them into charters or shut them down. The bill allowing for the overhaul was one of a handful of education-related initiatives to come out of the recent Legislative session. PolitiFact Georgia was there.

Medical marijuana in Georgia

The legalization of a cannabis oil for certain medical conditions in Georgia is just a governor's signature away from reality. The two-year battle for medical marijuana has lent itself to several claims and counterclaims that PolitiFact Georgia checked as the debate wound its way under the Gold Dome.  

Finding the facts in Georgia's religious liberty debate

An ongoing debate over whether Georgia should adopt a religious liberty law is in its second year under the Gold Dome. The speculation and conjecture don't lend themselves to fact checks, but there are judicial facts that can help inform the discussion.  

Fact checking Georgia's bumpy road for transportation cash

At the forefront of the General Assembly session is a  tax proposal to raise at least $1 billion a year in new money for transportation fixes. As it stands now, House Bill 170 would end state sales taxes on gasoline and replace them with a state excise tax on fuel of 29.2 cents per gallon, but the debate continues. Here are some of our fact checks on the issue.

The facts, and fact checks, behind Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech

Actress Patricia Arquette accepted an Oscar for her work in "Boyhood" Sunday night and spoke out on an issue often raised in Georgia politics: The wage gap between men and women. PolitiFact Georgia has found that the rating for the claims vary as widely as the studies that confirm at least some divide,

All about education

Education - from its role in economic development to what to fund and how - remains a hot topic in Georgia. As state lawmakers begin the annual budget process with extra money for education for the first time in years, PolitiFact Georgia has already taken on some claims on the issue.

Drilling down on the state economy

The most recent exclusive Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed that the economy and jobs are the top issue on Georgians' minds for the third year in a row. The question of what state officials can, or should, do to boost employment will be a hot topic under the Gold Dome. Already, PolitiFact Georgia has looked at some claims on the issue.

Fact checks focused under the Gold Dome

PolitiFact Georgia will be keeping its eye on state lawmakers when they convene for the 153rd legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. Check out some fact checks already published on top issues expected during the session.  

Truth be told, some newsmakers got it right

The fact-checking scribes at PolitiFact Georgia are often viewed as heartless Grinches, callously outing falsehoods by politicians and other powerbrokers. Truth be told -- and that’s our mission -- the folks we fact-check often turn out to be correct. So in the spirit of the season, as 2014 winds down, we look back at some of our favorite True ratings for the year. 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 (http://twitter.com/politifactga). Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/.  

A look at the claims that scorched in 2014

It's roundup time at PolitiFact Georgia. We're kicking off our yearly review with a look at the claims in 2014 that, ahem, earned the distinction of Pants on Fire.