Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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Rick Perry pitch touches on fact-checked claims

Perry’s fresh pitch-and-woo for businesses to move to Texas touches on established claims about jobs and people heading our way. The Truth-O-Meter rated the claims Mostly True to False.

My opponent is... RICH!

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.

Candidates use and abuse numbers to make a point

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.