Gov. Greg Abbott's claim about rampant voter fraud launched our No. 8 most-clicked fact check from 2016.
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People get the facts wrong even about Christmas. Ho ho ho!
Greg Abbott, citing a web post, said Syrians were "caught" by federal agents at the border in Laredo. We found that claim Mostly False. See Gov. Abbott's full Truth-O-Meter report card.
It was a very good September for PolitiFact stories featuring Ted Cruz. Five Ted-Cruz-connected stories ranked among our 10 most-read articles in the month.
A Greg Abbott tweet prompted us to check on whether legislative actions that took full effect in 2013 led to fewer abortions and unintended pregnancies. That's a MOSTLY FALSE.
As a candidate, Greg Abbott said the state should encourage quality preschool offerings and beef up math and reading instruction in early grades. Before the 2015 legislative session ended this June, he signed several relevant measures into law. On the Abbott-O-Meter, which tracks progress on the governor's campaign promises, we’re marking KEPT five Abbott campaign promises relating to early childhood education.
Our check into a HALF TRUE Doonesbury claim about Greg Abbott tracking the Jade Helm 15 military exercise drew the most reader views in June. Our reviews of claims by the Midland County sheriff, Abbott himself and Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman also made our top six reader favorites for the month.
The baseball saying is wait til next year. Greg Abbott has said wait til 2017 for lawmakers to revisit his ethics campaign promises. Now we've marked those Abbott promises as BROKEN. See the entire Abbott-O-Meter here.
Greg Abbott said a measure he signed into law returns $1 billion in gold bullion to Texas from the Federal Reserve. MOSTLY FALSE, we found.
Gov. Greg Abbott is aboard with legislation preventing cities, rather than the state, from regulating fracking. The restrictions were proposed after Denton voters barred hydraulic fracking in the North Texas city. A couple fact checks come to mind.
Chatter fanned by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about federal troops imposing martial law in Texas isn't substantiated, news reports indicate. Read a wide-ranging rundown of the situation from reporter Jonathan Tilove of the Austin American-Statesman, here. BONUS: See our 2014 fact check of a claim rooted in a stunt undertaken by a Jones-backed operation that University of Texas students signed a petition supportive of killing babies after birth.
Remember Gov. Greg Abbott's celebration of Dallas students testing better than students any other place in America? He overshot on that. ALSO: On the Abbott-O-Meter, see Abbott's campaign Promises now In The Works.
On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights. Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated
On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights
Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas? A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data. (See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)
Speaker Boehner posted a list supposedly showing 22 times President Obama disavowed his power to stop immigrant deportations without congressional help. That count doesn’t hold up. But Obama made repeated disavowals.
Greg Abbott’s first State of the State address included claims we’ve found factually strong -- plus statements about job gains, education and state workers in Texas, California and Illinois that we haven’t tackled. Highlights ahead.
Did you know? Gov. Abbott, who gave his first State-of-the-State address Tuesday, took office after making about 50 campaign promises. In his speech, Abbott touched on several of his promises -- which may cause the Abbott-O-Meter to show some movement in his favor (we've got fresh mulling ahead). Read all about his speech on statesman.com. Perhaps you noticed a claim we should fact-check! SKIP AHEAD TO ALL OF ABBOTT'S CAMPAIGN PROMISES.
Greg Abbott’s fresh mention of Barack Obama made us wonder. Nearly seven years ago, did candidate Obama promise Texas a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley?
Gov. Greg Abbott didn't list his campaign promises in his inaugural address. But we compiled nearly 100 of his promises in the new Abbott-O-Meter. See the Abbott-O-Meter.