Nancy Badertscher

Staff Writer

Nancy Badertscher has worked at the AJC for 13 years and has spent her career covering politics, education and governments throughout Georgia. She has won more than 25 state and national writing awards and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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Trump holds rally in Atlanta on Saturday

Everywhere Donald Trump goes, people anxiously await his next soundbite. And he rarely disappoints. Trump travels to Atlanta on Saturday to host a noon rally at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. His visit comes after having his invite to a Red State meeting here in August rescinded because of a comment he made about a female debate moderator. Sometimes, his political enemies have tried to use his words against him. For instance, someone tweeted that Trump campaign hats with his "Make America Great Again" slogan were actually made in China. PolitiFact investigated and rated that attack Pants on Fire (Click headline to see more.)

Graham promoting himself as foreign policy expert

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina may be the ultimate Washington insider in the Republican race for president — having spent more a third of his life in Congress. Graham, who was first elected to Congress in 1994, is hoping to build a broad base on one positive aspect of those years of experience: his command of foreign policy. But so far that’s not showing up in the polls. Graham’s statements have hit the Truth-O-Meter 12 times, earning two each True, Mostly True, Mostly False and False ratings and four Half True ratings. He had no statements with PolitiFact’s lowest rating Pants on Fire. Click the headline to see a sampling of those checks. 

Trump makes provocative entry into 2016 presidential race

Real estate tycoon and reality television star Donald Trump carried his legendary reputation for making provocative remarks into his opening foray into the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s comments about illegal Mexican immigrants snagged the spotlight in the already crowded presidential contest and set off political fireworks. Three weeks later, Trump is still fending off criticism for saying Mexico is sending people with drug and criminal problems, even "some rapists," across the border into the United States. Millions of Americans know Trump from the reality television show "The Apprentice" and its catchphrase "You’re Fired." He’s also been in and out of the news for decades for his high-profile business ventures, his marital woes and romances, political jabs and trivia spats. Remember his persistence with the birther claim on President Barack Obama? The feud with Rosie O’Donnell? Some of Trump’s statements have crossed our path. We’ve fact-checked 20 statements, none of which we rated True. We rated two (9 percent) Mostly True, three (14 percent) Half True, 10 (45 percent) False and five (23 percent) Pants on Fire. Click the headline to read a sampling of our fact-checks, plus a brief bio.

Jeb joins the pack

ROAD TO 2016 The Jeb Bush file John Ellis "Jeb" Bush Age: 62, born Feb. 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas Political party: Republican Political experience: Served as Florida secretary of commerce, 1986-1988; ran unsuccessfully for governor of Florida, 1994; elected governor of Florida, 1998 and 2002 Education: Graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., University of Texas with degree in Latin American affairs Business: Real estate development Family: Married to Columba Bush since 1974 and has three children, George P. Bush, Noelle Bush, John Ellis Bush Jr. Interesting factoid: parents are first lady and former President George H.W.. Bush and brother is former President George W. Bush. Fluent in Spanish.

PolitiFact at 5: True-rated fact-checks

What better way to close out our celebration of PolitiFact Georgia’s five-year anniversary than to look at claims that we researched and found were true. Just as the claims we’ve rated False or Pants On Fire point out when politicians got it wrong or played it fast and loose with the facts, the True-rated fact checks highlight when they did their homework and were right. That was the aim five years and more than 1,000 fact checks ago when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched PolitiFact Georgia, a unique journalistic attempt to parse political truth from political fiction. Summaries of a few of our True fact checks through the years are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page ( You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.  

PolitiFact Georgia at 5 shares some favorite claims

PolitiFact Georgia continues celebrating its fifth anniversary today by showcasing some head-turning claims we’ve fact-checked over the years from politicians, newsmakers and social media. Some of the hard-to-believe claims proved to be true, and those easy to accept were sometimes shown to be rather outlandish. But all of them provided interesting fodder for our fact-checkers. Summaries of a few of our favorites are below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page ( You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.    

PolitiFact at 5 looks at some favorite Falses

PolitiFact Georgia is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with a look today at claims that have ended up on the wrong end of the AJC Truth-O-Meter over the years. The Truth-O-Meter arrow struck False in these cases, even if the speaker didn’t always admit to an error. In other instances, we received the email or phone call that essentially said: Oops. My bad. I was wrong. Mea culpa. Summaries of a few of our favorite False rated statements through the years can be found below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page ( You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga.  

Clinton avoids media on Atlanta visit but regularly hits Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton came to Atlanta on Thursday to raise campaign cash, but left without speaking to reporters. She has, however, spent some time on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter over the years. So we thought it would be a good time to review a few of those fact-checks on key issues broached by the former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president. Summaries of those fact-checks follow.

Time to vote, Georgia

It's Election Day in the Peach State. Before you head to the polls to cast your vote in some of the most closely battled and closely watched races in years, get a quick PolitiFact Georgia primer.

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.