Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

All stories featuring David Dewhurst

PolitiFact checked more than 30 candidate claims before Texas party primaries

We poked into more than 30 claims by, or about, candidates on the Texas party primary ballots, extending from remarks by U.S. Senate candidates through those by hopefuls for Travis County and Williamson County posts. Reminders dead ahead.

Craig James, fellow Republicans in U.S. Senate race deplore Obama's leadership

Republicans seeking a Texas U.S. Senate seat have questioned Obama's leadership -- with Craig James recently saying the president seeks to ban U.S. firearms. That claim is smoky.

U.S. Senate debate: 'Facts are stubborn things'

Several Republicans vying for a shot at succeeding Kay Bailey Hutchison clashed over their respective records in tonight's debate. Even before they tangled, one hopeful re-floated a claim about another that we've checked before.

Dewhurst v. Obama

U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst leveled two charges about Barack Obama; one proved True.

Ted Cruz re-defends a flamed claim

In an email blast and blog post, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz of Texas takes issue with our recent flame-kissed rating of his ridiculous claim that an opponent has a record of promoting an income tax.

Ted Cruz's report card

Texan Ted Cruz recently lofted a ridiculous claim about an opponent for the U.S. Senate. His overall Truth-O-Meter report card covers four fact checks.  

PolitiFact Texas digs into Fast and Furious

Attorney General Eric Holder’s congressional testimony on the botched federal gun trafficking operation reminds us of our recent fact-check of a claim by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst that we rated False.

Ted Cruz reminds crowd of David Dewhurst's Communist claim

As noted by Austin’s KVUE-TV, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz this week revisited his charge that an opponent called him a red Chinese communist. We'd checked that.

PolitiFact Texas turns two

PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.

David Dewhurst video distorts journalists' statements about economy

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign posted a video online Nov. 7, 2011, assailing President Barack Obama's record with a couple of edited TV clips that distort journalists' statements, according to our look back.

Are you now or have you ever been?

Provocative labels--socialist, for instance--fly these days like "liberal" used to be tossed around. In Texas, Ted Cruz recently said David Dewhurst’s camp called Cruz a Communist.

David Dewhurst as chupacabra?

Likening David Dewhurst to the mythical chupacabra, Ted Cruz says the lieutenant governor skipped nine U.S. Senate forums after announcing his candidacy in July. Really?

Dewhurst a career politician?

Tom Leppert, the former Dallas mayor running for the U.S. Senate, wasn’t impressed with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s joining the 2012 field of candidates. Leppert reacted to Dewhurst’s declaration by deriding him as a  "career politician." That descriptive of Dewhurst also has been levelled by a U.S. senator who’s backing another Republican running for the Texas seat.

Boehner, Dewhurst and stimulus jobs

Ah, Washington: The U.S. House speaker posts a message on Twitter, then a campaign committee e-mails a barrage of press releases, each one tweaked to target different individual members of Congress, including two Texas Democrats. Before the day passes, the lieutenant governor of Texas airs the same flawed claim about how much each job attributed to the 2009 federal stimulus package ended up costing the federal government.

Phoenix as kidnapping capital tops reader favorites

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.

Dewhurst statement could be PolitiFact Lie of the Year

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas has landed a statement now in the running for 2010 Lie of the Year (though the same statement was, uh, kidnapped by others)...

Passports, please

Whether it's justifying or attacking Arizona's immigration law, or making the case for improved security on the Texas-Mexico border, elected officials have kept us busy checking claims about violence on our southern border.

Beheadings, kidnappings and other immigration distortions

We check some of the worst distortions in the immigration debate.

"Pardon me, but your bias is showing!"

Gov. Rick Perry, no fan of the federal government, has said Washington has three responsibilities: extending the military, securing the border and delivering the mail on time. He also says the feds have blown two of those three. We've not asked which one he considers a success, but can't complain about the mail: our (in) box lacks not.

Dewhurst among un-thrilled with PolitiFact, NPR reports

PolitiFact Texas, launched six months ago, has fans and objectors--the latter includingLt. Gov. David Dewhurst who told NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik: “This is regrettably a new low for the Austin American-Statesman and for this particular group. It shouldn't be in the newspaper. It should be on the editorial page. I mean, for heaven's sakes.” Folkenflik's report aired this week, touching off reaction across the land.