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Illegal immigration a hot tamale topic in Texas

Illegal immigration stirs voters. The topic also touches off curious claims.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Dan Patrick on the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Tea-party darling Dan Patrick, who whomped David Dewhurst in a runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, has a mixed record on the Truth-O-Meter.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 09:32 a.m.

Consult Truth-O-Meter, vote in Texas primary runoffs

What are Texas voters supposed to remember past the holiday weekend? Maybe to tote the Truth-O-Meter to Tuesday runoffs.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 05:58 p.m.

Dan Patrick sought to require officers to inquire into legal status of suspects

San Antonio’s mayor said Dan Patrick proposed Arizona-style "show-me-your-papers legislation." Patrick called that a lie. Truth-O-Meter says…

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst debate for the second time in five days

Only in Texas: Two Republican lieutenant governor debates/discussions took place over five days. In today's roundtable, Patrick and Dewhurst aired some previously checked claims.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

Obama, Dewhurst and a climate change musical figured into readers’ favorite April fact checks

What do Barack Obama, David Dewhurst and a climate change musical have in common? Readers flocked to fact checks about them in April. We highlight the Texas top 10.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

UPDATED: Keeping the record straight

We didn’t judge an entire David Dewhurst TV commercial as Pants on Fire. Separately, KERA-TV in Dallas objected to the Dewhurst campaign using video featuring one of its reporters.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 05:08 p.m.

Dan Patrick touts Dewhurst's Pants on Fire

In a fresh video ad, Dan Patrick touts a Pants on Fire bestowed on a David Dewhurst claim.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.

Mr. ‘Goeb,’ meet Mr. Dewhurst

David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick blast away about a name change and campaign debts. The Truth-O-Meter engages.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 05:54 p.m.

Patrick, Castro spar over immigration in San Antonio

Dan Patrick and Julián Castro faced off over immigration, getting chances to improve their respective Truth-O-Meter records.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 07:03 p.m.

Dewhurst, Cornyn among most-fact-checked Texans still in running for statewide office

We’ve checked more than 100 claims by the 20-plus Texans still in the running for statewide office with David Dewhurst proving--by far--the figure most familiar with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

Consult your Truth-O-Meter before voting in Texas party primaries

Texas voters choose major-party nominees on Tuesday, though May run-offs are possible if the lead candidate in each primary fails to draw more than half the vote. Warm up for voting by reviewing claims we checked during the election run-up--including a smoky statement about the planet’s warmth.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Full flops for Dewhurst, Patrick on repealing a constitutional amendment

U.S. Senate hopefuls David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick flip-flopped on whether to change how senators are chosen. Yes, both said, then no.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

Got any questions about the candidates’ answers?

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor faced questions on border security, abortion, education and other key topics in Monday night’s debate hosted by KERA-TV, Channel 13 in Dallas. Read on for the facts on claims they’ve made before -- and tell us what piqued your interest.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 09:44 p.m.

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

We’ve identified two Texas leaders--Cornyn and Davis. But we're not forecasting election results.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Leticia Van de Putte and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Leticia Van de Putte hasn’t run statewide before. But she has a PolitiFact report card.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

Republican brawl for lite guv keeping Truth-O-Meter busy

The Texas race for lieutenant governor won’t top the 2014 ballot. But might it prove No. 1 with curious claims to check?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

Texas abortions down, no longer 80,000 a year

In 2011, we agreed 80,000 abortions annually occur in Texas. Now that figure is too high.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 05:07 p.m.

Austin's Lee Leffingwell survives debut at PolitiFact

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell survived his debut on the Texas Truth-O-Meter last week while statements from three legislators, a Democratic activist and a New York Times columnist also rocked the needle. Read on. It's the debut of the PolitiFact Texas Flashback.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.

Texas school districts combined are about the size of U.S. Postal Service

Counting all Texas school districts as one entity, you’re eyeing the fifth-largest employer in the world--one that’s about the size of the U.S. Postal Service. That’s the latest in a busload of education claims to face a Texas fact check.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

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