Articles from November, 2010
PolitiFact Ohio launched July 25 just as the election season was picking up steam. Since then it has reviewed more than 80 statements made by politicians. And while it's true that the bulk of the statements came from candidates and their campaigns, PolitiFact Ohio's mission didn't end when the voting ended. As governments in Washington, Columbus and hometown Ohio get back to work, we'll be watching.
Rep. John Boehner said this week that Congress' job, in light of the election, "is to listen to the American people and follow the will of the American people." PolitiFact Ohio and PolitiFact.com have been listening to Boehner, rating 31 of his statements for accuracy. They show that the speaker-to-be often speaks the truth.
John Kasich"s victory over Gov. Ted Strickland was the culmination of a hard-fought campaign in which both candidates at times taxed the Truth-O-Meter. PolitiFact Ohio ran eight of Kasich"s statements through the Truth-O-Meter. His average rating was slightly less than Half True.
One thing that's clear this election season: Neither Democrats nor Republicans have a monopoly on truth. To the contrary, their campaign ads suggest that concept is somewhat elusive for both. Of more than 80 statements PolitiFact Ohio was reviewed since its launch three months ago, nine (so far) were found worthy of the Pants on Fire rating -- five from Democrats and four from Republicans. False ratings were similarly even: six for Democrats and seven for Republicans. At the other end of the scale, 15 statements from Democrats and 13 from Republicans were found to be True or Mostly True.
PolitiFact Ohio was primed for this fall"s hard-fought governor"s race, ready to examine the candidates" statements on how they would lead the state out of economic hard times and deal with a multibillion-dollar budget hole. But the two leading candidates, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich, haven"t come through with those details. They have, however, spent lots of time bashing each other. And when the candidates did focus on the positive and tout their own records, truth didn"t necessarily rule the day.