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Trending in the Wisconsin governor’s race: The Truth?

Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke have made a string of accurate claims of late. But there is still plenty of time for the rhetoric to heat up.

In Context: Giving women 'the back of his hand'

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz made national headlines and stirred controversy when she sharply criticized Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during an appearance in Milwaukee on Sept. 3, 2014. At one point, Wasserman Schultz said: "Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand."

The August High Five: Election for governor dominates

With Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke locked in a close battle, statements related to the Nov. 4, 2014 election topped our most-clicked list for August.

The High Five: Scott Walker's clickability

Statements Gov. Scott Walker made about his Democratic challenger, the former Democratic governor and gay marriage were among our most-clicked items in July 2014. A congressional hopeful’s claim about the Common Core school standards also made the High Five.

Our June High Five

Two sharply different statements regarding the now-stalled investigation into whether there was illegal coordination among conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign rose to the top of our most-clicked list for June. A statement by Rep. Paul Ryan on whether or not Medicare is growing broke also received lots of attention.

Some of the themes that will shape the governor's race

More than four months out before the November 2014 gubernatorial election in Wisconsin, some of the campaign themes are coming into focus. Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs and the economy. How that record compares to that of his predecessor, Democrat Jim Doyle. And the record of likely Democratic nominee Mary Burke, both as Doyle's commerce secretary and as a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp.

Fact-checking state Democrats

Wisconsin is second in the nation in losing jobs? Milwaukee is second-highest in the recovery of children from sex trafficking? In Wisconsin, a woman earns 80 cents for every $1 a man earns? A look at 10 recent claims on the eve of the state Democratic convention.

Our May High Five

Our analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s new way of talking about job creation topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for May, our list of the most-clicked items for the month. So did items about Benghazi (times 2), jobs and private-school choice.

Rush Limbaugh tops our April High Five

Rush Limbaugh, the nation’s No. 1 talk radio host, topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for April 2014, our list of the five most-clicked items from the previous month. Limbaugh claimed that Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Gov. Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%." We rated that False. From Scott Walker to Mary Burke and Mike Tate, the rest of the list is a bipartisan one.

Fact-checking the GOP

Wisconsin’s job growth in 2013 was the best since the 1990s? At least 70 percent of residents approve of the state’s wildly controversial collective bargaining reform law? When Republicans ran Washington, they let the food stamp rolls skyrocket? We revisit these and other recent claims by Wisconsin Republicans ahead of their annual state convention.

High Five: Money, money, money

From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.

8 things you might hear

What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.

Tax cuts, tax hikes? How much and when?

Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.

A $50 million question

Democrat Mary Burke has emphasized one particular business accomplishment in contrasting herself with Republican Gov. Scott Walker. So far, she has offered no hard evidence to prove or refute it.

The Top Ten of 2013

Since May 2013, we've been presenting our monthly High Five -- the PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views each month. But, hey, it's the end of the year -- time to reflect and to celebrate. So, here are 10 items -- the ones that attracted the most eyeballs in all of 2013.

High Five for November: Walker and Burke

Gov. Scott Walker's property-tax claim, his campaign promises and his new book dominated online traffic at PolitiFact Wisconsin in November. A claim by likely Democratic challenger Mary Burke also drew a big audience.

So, where does Mary Burke stand on the issues?

Nearly two months into her campaign, the picture of Mary Burke as a candidate for governor is something like the Wisconsin sky on many a December day: Mostly cloudy, with sunlight occasionally shining through.

Candidates by any other name: Do they smell as sweet?

Striving to concoct a negative image for opponents, political partisans are playing the age-old Name Game for keeps as Wisconsin enters a big 2014 campaign season. In the governor's race, "Millionaire Mary" takes on "Governor Ultrasound."

High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.