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Checking the facts on California’s wealth and poverty

PolitiFact California has fact-checked numerous claims on the Golden State's extreme wealth and poverty. This article is a compilation of those fact checks, with a focus on assertions by candidates in the 2018 California governor's race. 

How are school shootings defined?

There’s no legal definition or consensus for how best to define a school shooting. PolitiFact California examined how different advocacy groups define these tragic crimes to see where they fit in this unsettled debate. 

PolitiFact California’s Top 10 Most Popular Fact Checks of 2017

Eye-opening claims that California has the sixth largest economy on the planet, the highest poverty rate in the nation and that President Trump’s border wall will cost one and a half times as much as an aircraft carrier all made PolitiFact California’s Top 10 most popular fact checks of 2017.

Who carries out more terror attacks on U.S. soil: Right wing or Islamic extremists?

California State Senate Leader Kevin de León’s made some bold claims about the rise of radical right wing terrorism following a deadly white supremacist attack in Charlottesville. PolitiFact California investigated the senator’s statements and found there’s evidence backing some of his statements though it’s not as clear-cut as de León suggests.

PolitiFact California's Top 10 fact checks (so far) in 2017

In the first half of 2017, PolitiFact California’s most popular fact-checks and articles, in terms of pageviews, ranged from a Pants On Fire claim that state lawmakers legalized child prostitution to a Mostly True statement about the extremely slim odds of being killed by a refugee in a terror attack.

Could Obamacare repeal cost California 200K jobs?

California Democratic State Senate Leader Kevin de León claimed repealing Obamacare could cost California 200,000 jobs. We found there’s some evidence to back this up, but too much uncertainty to rate it on our Truth-O-Meter.

Exploring the facts as California braces for Trump’s immigration policies

Donald Trump’s promises to make hard-line immigration reforms have raised numerous concerns and questions in California. PolitiFact California spoke with immigration experts to sort through the facts and answer some of the most pressing questions.