Therese Bottomly is a managing editor at The Oregonian, with primary responsibility for PolitiFact Oregon and coverage of government and politics. She also is responsible for issues of accuracy and fairness.
The numbers are right, but causation's nowhere in sight
"We’ve seen highway fatalities actually decrease in Colorado" since marijuana use was legalized.
In title but not in practice
Says she does the jobs of state auditor, secretary of state and lieutenant governor "for less than the price of one of them" in Washington state.
The bill doesn’t deserve much of the credit
Says "we got a chance to pass what I think is Oregon's first human trafficking bill which has increased by 66 percent the calls to the human trafficking hotline."
Context is sorely lacking
Says "Every time the Legislature 'suspended' the kicker, most recently the corporate kicker in 2007, Salem spent every penny and failed to stabilize the state's revenues."
Not the kind of thing the CBO says
"The nonpartisan CBO, Congressional Budget Office, has said that the No. 1 policy decision that brought us to the need to prevent the nation from defaulting on our debt for the first time in history were the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003."
— PolitiFact Florida
The final bill did not
House Bill 2301 never had a public hearing
Too much to swallow
Multnomah County’s food action plan "clearly plans to disrupt the free market system in terms of food choices making it harder and more expensive for many residents to eat their food of choice."
Chlorinated, fish-killing water, that is
The Medford Water Commission was fined $279,000 for dumping plain drinking water into a stream.
25 is not 500 but they do have a big effect
"Creating 25 jobs in Umatilla County has the same impact as 500 jobs in the metro region."
But for one you have to work 30 years
"The Public Employee Retirement System is making more millionaires than the Oregon state lottery."
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