Thursday, November 20th, 2014

All stories featuring Jerry Patterson

What do Wendy Davis, Rick Perry, Donna Howard and Jodie Laubenberg have in common?

Last summer about this time, Perry, Davis and several other Texas leaders touched off fact checks connected to the abortion debate.

Consult your Truth-O-Meter before voting in Texas party primaries

Texas voters choose major-party nominees on Tuesday, though May run-offs are possible if the lead candidate in each primary fails to draw more than half the vote. Warm up for voting by reviewing claims we checked during the election run-up--including a smoky statement about the planet’s warmth.

Full flops for Dewhurst, Patrick on repealing a constitutional amendment

U.S. Senate hopefuls David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick flip-flopped on whether to change how senators are chosen. Yes, both said, then no.

Got any questions about the candidates’ answers?

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor faced questions on border security, abortion, education and other key topics in Monday night’s debate hosted by KERA-TV, Channel 13 in Dallas. Read on for the facts on claims they’ve made before -- and tell us what piqued your interest.

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

We’ve identified two Texas leaders--Cornyn and Davis. But we're not forecasting election results.  

Leticia Van de Putte and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Leticia Van de Putte hasn’t run statewide before. But she has a PolitiFact report card.

Republican brawl for lite guv keeping Truth-O-Meter busy

The Texas race for lieutenant governor won’t top the 2014 ballot. But might it prove No. 1 with curious claims to check?

Austin's Fox 7 reviews popularity of abortion measure

Austin's Fox 7 News quizzed us about our check of a claim that the abortion measure before Texas lawmakers has the backing of most Texans--which we rated Mostly False.

Fact-checking Rick Perry, who declares he won't run for governor in 2014

Rick Perry's promised  "exciting" plan? He's not seeking another term as governor at the least. See updates at statesman.com. For our part, we are posting the Truth-O-Meter report card for the longest-serving governor in Texas history--and True-to-Pants on Fire report cards for various officeholders surely hankering to move up once Perry moves on.

Price check: Texas special session versus condoms, birth control pills or sexual health educators

For the price of a special legislative session, Texas could pay for many condoms or birth control pills or even sexual health educators, according to a sign we spotted. Let's shop.

Perry: Wendy Davis born to unwed mother, later gave birth out of wedlock

Rick Perry described Wendy Davis today as born to an unwed mother and having given birth out of wedlock. News to us.

Rick Perry's 'Half True' description of Wendy Davis

Time ran out on legislation pitched as improving abortion regulation in Texas. But Gov. Rick Perry called another special session, starting Monday. We spent the filibuster week on a quartet of related fact checks, including whether Perry accurately described Sen. Wendy Davis' childhood and early adulthood.

A $300 million fact check

As lawmakers convened, a state board authorized the release of millions of dollars for public schools--reminding us of a pair of relevant fact checks.

Fact-checking Obama and others on border claims

President Barack Obama made some testable claims during Tuesday's immigration policy speech in El Paso. But PolitiFact has previously checked numerous border-related statements.