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Greg Abbott, Rick Perry air unconfirmed claims about 3,000 murders by unauthorized immigrants

Rick Perry and Greg Abbott, championing border security, each attributed 3,000 killings to people jailed in Texas living in the United States without legal authorization. But their declared source for this figure doesn’t prove out such claims--and there are unanswered questions.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 04:00 p.m.

Wendy Davis says Abbott lost in court four times in a hurry

Davis told supportive Democrats that Abbott, a fellow lawyer, lost four times in court in a short spell. We explored some litigation limbo.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Greg Abbott claim linking FBI to Wendy Davis lacks proof her work is under investigation

News stories spurred Abbott to say Davis' legal work is under investigation--in April. Abbott stepped up that charge in a billboard this week, saying her work is "currently" under FBI investigation.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 04:13 p.m.

No proof Wendy Davis raised money for a socialist or socialist group

Similar ridiculous claims by Greg Abbott and David Dewhurst caught the Truth-O-Meter on fire.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 01:59 p.m.

Obama, Dewhurst and a climate change musical figured into readers’ favorite April fact checks

What do Barack Obama, David Dewhurst and a climate change musical have in common? Readers flocked to fact checks about them in April. We highlight the Texas top 10.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Davis overstatement: Abbott seeks to force standardized tests on 4-year-olds

Wendy Davis said Greg Abbott wants to force 4-year-olds to take standardized tests. In reality, volunteering school districts would choose how to assess pre-kindergarten classes.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.

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.

Cornyn cages Stockman, Democrats may need runoff to settle Senate nominee

Primary election returns aren't final, but John Cornyn crushed his proclaimed tea-party challenger while Democrats might face a May runoff to settle on Cornyn's November foe. We've piled up our latest fact checks of Cornyn and outright winners Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. For the latest results, go to www.statesman.com.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 09:58 p.m.

Greg Abbott (again) doubts Wendy Davis on gun rights

Greg Abbott, running for governor, told CNN this week that campaigning with provocative rocker Ted Nugent "was a way to expose Wendy Davis for her flip-flopping on gun-related issues." In November, before Davis announced her support for allowing licensed Texans to openly carry pistols on their hips, we took an in-depth look at her positions and votes on gun issues going back to her days on the Fort Worth City Council. Read on for more.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 02:15 p.m.

In context: Greg Abbott on third-world corruption near the Texas-Mexico border

Greg Abbott has been accused of labeling the Texs-Mexico border region "third world." What exactly did he say?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 12:59 p.m.

Wendy Davis claim about child custody Mostly True

We read the divorce decree. We queried expert lawyers. We found a Wendy Davis claim Mostly True.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 05:44 p.m.

Mailbag: ‘Quit being fanatic left-wing hacks’

We’re hacks twice over, according to reader blasts. It’s time to open our mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Fact-checking voting laws: a year-end report

Amid a nationwide battle about voter access, PolitiFact researched claims about noncitizen voters, restoration of ex-felons’ rights and voter laws nationwide.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 06:22 p.m.

Abbott defended education cuts in keeping with job duties

Davis says Abbott fought school districts in court and defended billions of dollars in education cuts. Yes, but…

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Sam Houston says he's practiced law far longer than Greg Abbott did before becoming attorney general

Attorney general aspirant Sam Houston says he’d have far more experience practicing law on taking office than incumbent Greg Abbott had when he took the job.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 10:26 a.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.

November's greatest hits: Checks about Obamacare, Texas voter ID laws

Our checks of claims tied to the Obamacare law and the Texas voter ID mandate were reader favorites in November. Gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis drew attention, too, while Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card remained of interest.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Absolute statements and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

A Greg Abbott claim about the voter ID law causing "no problems whatsoever" reminded us that absolute statements often stir the Truth-O-Meter.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

Smoking out voting claims

A Democratic group's claim about the Texas voter ID law proved combustible. We've also checked other voting claims.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 12:20 p.m.

Judging Wendy Davis

We saw flaws in two recent claims critical of Davis--one about abortion, the other about taxes.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 02:26 p.m.

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