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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 12:56 p.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 05:26 p.m.
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.
U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst leveled two charges about Barack Obama; one proved True.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 01:15 p.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
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.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 11:21 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
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.
By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 07:28 a.m.
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?
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 11:45 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 12:18 p.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.
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)...
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.
By :: Published on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.
We check some of the worst distortions in the immigration debate.
By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 03:01 p.m.
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.
By :: Published on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at 06:00 a.m.
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.
By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, July 9th, 2010 at 06:11 p.m.
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