On MSNBC, Al Sharpton called Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign message "fact-free" and then offered up some Texas stats that we've checked before.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Critics often say Texas Gov Rick Perry wanted his state to secede from the union. PolitiFact Texas has explored this--thrice now--and pinned what he really said.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
After Gov. Rick Perry’s optimistic State of the State address, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis ripped ruling Republicans while also launching statements that sounded very familiar — as in already fact-checked.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 11:17 a.m.
In American politics, few issues bring blood to a boil as consistently as abortion. Over the past 13 months, we’ve checked numerous related statements including, most recently, Gov. Rick Perry’s Jan. 22 declaration that there have been 50 million U.S. abortions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Woo hoo... sometimes.
By :: Published on Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
When Gov. Rick Perry brought up sanctuary cities as an emergency item for the session, we reviewed statements we've checked that covered similar turf.
By :: Published on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
Texas is $27 billion short of what agencies say they need to continue current services — a hard number on the shortfall that’s been talked about for months, giving us a chance to review statements that didn't hold up.
By :: Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.
Not everyone's pants were on fire this year — some worthy statements sent the Truth-O-Meter needle pointing to True. Statements by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White were among our most-read fact-checks that found the speaker correct.
By :: Published on Saturday, January 1st, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
When Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to Phoenix in June as the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital, it got our attention. Our resulting review proved to be one of our readers' favorite truth tests, though statements by Rick Perry, John Cornyn and even Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also intrigued readers. Click on for our inaugural Top 10.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 06:00 a.m.
After months of sifting through campaign mailers and press releases, it's time to pay attention to some other letters we've received...
By :: Published on Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 10:42 a.m.
The No. 1 article on our website of late? A flawed shot at Gov. Rick Perry, who sailed to re-election Tuesday. But this fall's PolitiFact Texas Top 15 reflects statements by and about other political figures too...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 12:28 p.m.
GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White have kept the PolitiFact Texas Truth-O-Meter clicking--or would that be reeling? Hence, an Election Eve flashback to some of their True, False and Pants on Fire statements...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 11:37 a.m.
Gov. Rick Perry's favorite number: 850,000, which he touts as the Texas jobs added on his watch. Democratic challenger Bill White floats a different doozy: 1 million--nearly the number of unemployed Texans early this year. Conflicting job claims often test the Texas Truth-O-Meter...
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 01:22 p.m.
A quarter century ago, legislative hopeful Rick Perry of Haskell filed paperwork with the state indicating he was worth about $13,000. By 2009, we figure, Gov. Perry was worth a little more than $1 million. That is, his net worth increased 77-fold in 24 years. Why care? Well, how politicians make money is often an attack point — sometimes clear-cut enough for the Truth-O-Meter.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
Chain e-mails keep the Truth-O-Meter in flames
By :: Published on Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 11:04 a.m.
It's an, um, taxing tale, but as expected, Gov. Rick Perry didn't show up to Tuesday night's one-and-done gubernatorial debate (video at right). Compliments of Bill White, Kathie Glass and Deb Shafto, we picked up on claims that we've checked before.
By :: Published on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 01:32 p.m.
It wasn't quite a debate, though Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic nominee Bill White each sat under the bright lights last week and aired claims that have already faced the Truth-O-Meter.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 06:00 a.m.
Bill White says Rick Perry told students organizing a gubernatorial forum that he couldn't attend due to a scheduling conflict. Then the day of the event, Perry tweeted that he'd enjoyed a rare morning off by going for a run with the dog. White's move? A re-tweet, of course.
By :: Published on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
An $18 billion budget shortfall plus $1.7 billion in operating losses plus 850,000 jobs adds up to fodder for the Truth-O-Meter.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
Bill White, the most interesting man in the world? That's not quite Gov. Rick Perry's take in a video ad we've also heard on the radio. Playing on the jaunty Dos Equis ad campaign, Perry closes a list of recycled claims with a final jab about White not making public his tax returns from years he was deputy U.S. energy secretary: "When you run for governor, hide your tax releases, my friends."
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 11:03 a.m.
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