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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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

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.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 09:44 p.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.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

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?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 03:56 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 01:16 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 03:06 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 05:29 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

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.

By :: Published on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.

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