Kirk Watson's file:

Democrat from Texas

Kirk Watson, who represents the Austin area in the Texas Senate, was previously mayor of Austin. Earlier, he served on the Texas Air Control Board, precursor to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Recent statements involving Kirk Watson

Says carbon monoxide is still employed to euthanize dogs and cats in 29 Texas animal shelters.

Says in "our region," 2011 was worst drought year ever recorded.

"Texas’ population is projected to double in the next 50 years or so, but our basic amount of water will remain about where it is now."

Says more than $3.5 billion in state revenue that is supposed to be dedicated to basic needs and functions is being diverted to "make the books look balanced."

Recent stories featuring Kirk Watson

Checking Texas shelters that euthanize dogs and cats with carbon monoxide:

Kirk Watson said 29 Texas animal shelters use carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats. That seems about right, though we also spoke with an official who said a rifle is locally preferred.

PolitiFact Texas at the Texas Tribune Festival:

We listened to speakers at the second annual Texas Tribune Festival. Hear anything we should check?


Watson's online meeting hits on familiar themes:

State Sen. Kirk Watson and his guests reflect on 2011 legislative session — and cover some ground previously trodden by PolitiFact Texas.

Kirk Watson “hearts” PolitiFact Texas:

In a recap of the 2011 regular legislative session, Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin touched on redistricting, the state budget — and, repeatedly, PolitiFact Texas.

Democrats paint different picture of Perry's state:

After Gov. Rick Perry’s optimistic State of the State address, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis ripped ruling Republicans while also launching statements that sounded very familiar — as in already fact-checked.

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