Friday, October 24th, 2014

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PolitiFact Florida's Top 10 fact-checks of 2013

Fact-checks about Trayvon Martin, Obamacare and the federal government shutdown were among PolitiFact Florida’s most read items in 2013.

Fact-checking immigration: A year-end report

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed immigration legislation, but it died in the House. Along the way, we rated plenty of claims from all sides.

The Top Ten of 2013

Since May 2013, we've been presenting our monthly High Five -- the PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views each month. But, hey, it's the end of the year -- time to reflect and to celebrate. So, here are 10 items -- the ones that attracted the most eyeballs in all of 2013.

Obamacare claims rarely get clean bill of health

If you wanted to ignite an argument in Georgia, and the rest of the nation, in 2013, you just had to say one word: Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act -- its official name -- became a lightning rod of controversy and a springboard for political pontificating. President Barack Obama’s assurance that if you like your health care plan you can keep it was named PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact editors. PolitiFact readers also selected it as their "Lie of the Year" with 59 percent of the vote. It was a landslide. The next highest vote total went to Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for his contention that Congress is exempt from the health care law. But that only got 8 percent of the vote. Summaries of a few of our favorite Obamacare fact checks from 2013 can be found below. To comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own, go to our Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow us on Twitter through our Twitter handle @politifactga. Full versions, including full coverage of the Lie of the Year, can be found at  www.politifact.com/georgia/.

Fact-checking immigration: PolitiFact's year-end report

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed immigration reform, but it died in the House. Along the way, we rated plenty of claims on both sides.

The president gets asked about winning PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

But he pretty much sidestepped the question during his final press conference of the year.

Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

PolitiFact has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

President Obama has walked away with the dubious distinction of having uttered PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year" for 2013.

A look at claims about minimum wage

Increasingly, state Sen. Nikiya Harris is making a push to raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin. Here is a recent look at claims related to the minimum wage from elsewhere, and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact checking claims about low-income workers

With a presidential speech on income inequality and strikes by fast-food workers in the news, we fact-check two recent claims about the plight of low-income workers.

Cruz, Obama vying with others for Lie of the Year

PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., is primed to name its lie of the year, which may have been uttered by Ted Cruz or Barack Obama. And don't forget the Readers' Choice award.

Giving thanks for True statements

As you prepare to break bread, we break down 10 statements from the past year that we found to be topical, entertaining or both. They all earned a True rating on the Truth-O-Meter.

Walker making news on book tour

Scott Walker became the ubiquitous governor in the days before and after the release of his political memoir, giving one national media interview after another. We take a look at what he said that's new and note where he made comments related to previous PolitiFact articles.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott Walker's new book

In his new memoir, Gov. Scott Walker recounts how he secretly crafted a plan "that gets rid of the unions and eliminates collective bargaining." He dwells on the state of state government’s finances prior to his election and argues for how much better they are now. And he takes a few pokes at President Obama’s Washington. We take a look at how Walker's claims -- new and old -- stack up on the Truth-O-Meter.

When Internet satire gets passed off as "truth"

Like the old game of telephone, satire is being transformed into "truth" by social media and the Internet.

Sooey! Obama urges Texas to mimic Arkansas

Obama, speaking in Dallas, said a million Texans "could get health insurance right away" if the state expanded Medicaid via Obamacare. Arkansas, he said, "reduced its number of uninsured by 14 percent -- already, just in the first month -- by signing people up for expanded Medicaid." See how we rate his Texas claim and a version of his Arkansas claim that we'd already checked.

High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.  

Oops: 'If you like your health insurance, you can keep it'

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it’

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

Does raising the debt ceiling "increase our debt"?

President Obama said at a press conference that raising the debt ceiling "does not allow for a single dime of increased spending." We found this is a tricky statement to parse.