Over the last 12 months, PolitiFact Rhode Island issued 117 Truth-O-Meter rulings, on claims ranging from Obamacare to school prayer to foreign aid.
All had some Rhode Island connection, but many of the most-read items -- based on traffic on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website -- focused on issues far beyond the state’s borders.
Thanks to the reach of the Internet, many have remained popular long after publication, in part because PolitiFact, with affiliates in 11 states, has become a go-to reference for people seeking to separate fact from fiction.
So as a farewell to the year, we thought we’d share with you the PolitiFact Rhode Island Top Ten Most Widely Read rulings for 2012:
The former Arkansas governor says it's a "statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death." We check the facts.
In the final hours before election day, we provide some inside tips on how to find what you want on PolitiFact.
Attacks by conservatives became so sharp last week that Sen. John McCain asked for a cease-fire. Here's a look at why they're unhappy and what PolitiFact has said about their complaints.
Clinton has the endorsement of Jack Nicholson. McCain has Sylvester Stallone. Ron Paul is backed by a late-night radio personality named Waldo. We examine the endorsements of each candidate.
We check the facts from the Republican debate and again find John McCain is incorrect when he says Mitt Romney supported a timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
We check out the latest on President Bush's economic stimulus package and where the candidates stand on economic issues.
We find some exaggerations and mistakes at the Republican debate in Boca Raton.
Mike Huckabee says a national Fair Tax will be like a "magic wand." We say magic wands don't exist.
In a TV ad aimed at voters in Florida, Rudy Giuliani makes claims about cutting taxes, welfare reform and a national insurance fund. We find he's mostly right on two, but wrong on the other.
A breakdown of the immigration issue, including candidate-by-candidate positions.
We find some truth, some exaggerations and a Pants-on-Fire falsehood at the dual debates in New Hampshire.
The campaign has its first attack dog - and he's right! Check out our fact-check of Spike's attack in the lower left of this page.
No one doubts Mike Huckabee's sincerity as a social conservative, but his sympathy tax hikes and government programs haunts him.
The two former governors have been criticizing each other about pardons. We find their claims are accurate and reveal starkly different approaches on clemency.
The former Arkansas governor says he had the "most impressive" education record among the GOP pack. But open-ended superlatives are tough to prove, especially when you've got critics.
They want to be commander in chief, but most of the presidential candidates have not served in the military. Our survey of their resumes finds that five of the 15 candidates have military experience.
Presidential candidates often make historical references to emphasize points or justify positions. A lot of the time, though, they get their facts wrong -- to the dismay of historians.
Romney's hard charge on immigration glosses over details of a complex issue.
We surveyed the 16 candidates to find out which ones have visited Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. As of December 2007, nine have. Here are our findings along with a brief synopsis of each candidate's position on the war, taken from their Web sites.