All stories featuring David Dewhurst

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.

Calling all cars for Texas balanced budget boasts

No one balances a Texas state budget by his or her lonesome. But that doesn’t keep incumbents from suggesting as much. Now we seek your help in identifying such budget claims by candidates in the March primaries.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 10:43 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.

The details behind David Dewhurst's security detail

A foe said Dewhurst is the first lieutenant governor of Texas to have a security detail. That appears so.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 06:00 a.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.

Tape recorder? Check. Texas Trib fest? There.

We’ll listen for curious claims during the Texas Tribune Festival taking place at the University of Texas--and we’ll have help.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 01:18 p.m.

“Sergeant, you don’t know me, but…”

A recorded call lands Dewhurst on the Truth-O-Meter.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 02:58 p.m.

Fact-checking Rick Perry, who declares he won't run for governor in 2014

Rick Perry's promised  "exciting" plan? He's not seeking another term as governor at the least. See updates at For our part, we are posting the Truth-O-Meter report card for the longest-serving governor in Texas history--and True-to-Pants on Fire report cards for various officeholders surely hankering to move up once Perry moves on.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 01:16 p.m.

Dewhurst: 45 days "lost" to state testing

David Dewhurst says Texas school systems lose 45 days to state-imposed tests. We did not find a firm factual basis for his figure.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.

UPDATED: John Cornyn's rancher tweet among many claims about border conditions

John Cornyn’s disputed claim about hundreds of people nightly crossing a Texas ranch hasn't been confirmed. Other border claims have.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 08:41 a.m.

David Dewhurst’s Phoenix kidnapping claim reborn

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas may have been the first political leader to say Phoenix is a world kidnapping capital. Will NRA leader Wayne LaPierre be the last to loft this unsupported claim?  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

Phoenix kidnapping falsehood rises from ashes

The unsubstantiated claim that Phoenix is one of the kidnapping capitals of the world is back -- this time from the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 05:45 p.m.

Flames and a Texas income tax

Ted Cruz whiffed on an income-tax claim earlier this year. He connected regarding Paul Sadler.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 04:18 p.m.

Texas fact checks to take to the polls

Heading into the Texas primary runoffs, we’ve stacked up about a dozen related fact-checks. Meantime, a Sarah Palin check is in the works.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 04:18 p.m.

Checking facts before the Texas primary runoffs

The word "criminal" has popped up in recent, checked candidate or campaign group statements. And for fiscal wonks, there’s a whopping Truth-O-Metered sales tax claim. We invite you to read our latest items before the Texas primary runoffs.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

Calling Dewhurst a moderate

A group that favors Cruz says the major Texas newspapers call Dewhurst a moderate. That's Mostly False.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 04:55 p.m.

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