Monday, August 3rd, 2015

All stories featuring Rick Perry

Houston wasn't the first word spoken from the moon

Flashback time: In 2011, we rated False a claim the first word spoken from the moon was "Houston."   First word? Maybe "contact light."   Read the original fact check here.

Reader says politically correct terms undermine fact check of Rick Perry on murders by "aliens"

A reader didn't like our not calling border crossers "illegal aliens," also objecting to our references to "unauthorized residents."   Some word choices are a matter of Associated Press style.

Rick Perry announces fresh presidential bid near Dallas

Former Gov. Rick Perry, who just declared for president in an airplane hangar near Dallas, has an expansive PolitiFact record.   See Perry's full Truth-O-Meter record here.   See our Twitter rundown of the most-viewed Perry fact checks over the years. OR comment on Facebook.

Rick Perry and border security

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor expected to announce for president, has hammered the federal government for falling short of stopping illegal border crossings.   Meantime, Perry has misstated quite a bit about conditions on the Texas-Mexico border.   PLUS: Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.

Rick Perry and Texas job gains

Count on Rick Perry, expected to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday, to mention job gains in Texas on his watch.   Here's our primer on employment changes in Perry's 14-year tenure as governor.   PLUS: Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.

Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.    • Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown

Rick Perry celebrates Iowa ice cream, reminding us of food fact checks

Rick Perry, in Iowa, took note of a town's claim to being some kind of ice cream history.   Traitor!   We kid. But Perry's tweet got us to wondering how often we get to check claims tied to what we eat.

Report: Texan Rick Perry poised to announce for president

The Dallas Morning News advises, here, that Rick Perry plans to declare his second bid for president June 4 in Dallas.   Translation: We're about 20 days away from Texans Perry and Ted Cruz facing off for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination--plus a few others, of course.    

Flip-flop: Rick Perry newly opposes Export-Import Bank

Rick Perry as governor urged Congress to keep the Export-Import Bank alive.   Perry, no longer governor, this week declared the bank should die. That's a FULL FLOP for Perry on the PolitiFact Flip-O-Meter.

Biggest Texas tax cut ever? Not

Van Taylor touted tax changes approved by the Texas Senate as the biggest tax cuts in Texas history.   They weren't, we found.

Scott Walker, Greg Abbott and the Truth-O-Meter

Scott Walker and Greg Abbott, both visiting the Texas-Mexico border, have something else in common.   Truth-O-Meter records!   Walker, governor of his state longer than Abbott has led Texas, has been checked more often, though.  

Rick Perry alone among presidential prospects in military service?

Rick Perry, who might join Texan Ted Cruz in declaring for president, has said he's the only aspirant who's got military service under his belt.   That declaration overlooks some fellow longshots.

Pete Sessions’ ‘murders every day’ claim about immigrants released by Obama

Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas?   A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data.   (See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)

Ted Cruz leading Scott Walker in Texas? Not in Pants on Fire ratings

A poll shows Ted Cruz barely still the favorite of Texas Republicans considering presidential prospects--with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker close behind (within the poll's margin of error).   Poll results oft change. But Truth-O-Meter report cards just get longer. Walker has been fact-checked more than Cruz; he  also has more Pants on Fire ratings. More ahead...   Source: News story, "UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015

Five years of truths and not-so-truths

Light the candles. We're five years old.

Rick Perry gets a laugh out of Texas Truth-O-Meter

Outgoing Gov. Rick Perry recently got a laugh out of PolitiFact.   Appreciated -- and here's his Truth-O-Meter report card.

Lesson of 2014: Check the facts behind Mexico border claims

A trio of fact checks of flawed claims about activities near the Texas-Mexico border drew reader interest, each one landing among our 10 most-read stories of 2014:   * Ted Cruz incorrectly said Barack Obama has promised amnesty to illegal immigrants   * Pants on Fire: Duncan Hunter makes unconfirmed claim Border Patrol caught at least 10 ISIS fighters   * Rick Perry claim about 3,000 homicides by illegal immigrants not supported by stat

Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, Ryan Sitton say 1,000 people a day move to Texas -- but hundreds leave too

Triumphant candidates on Tuesday night heralded Texas’ growing power -- similarly invoking the incomplete claim that 1,000 people move here daily.

Take 200 Texas fact checks, call us after Election Day

We figure we've done around 200 fact checks of Texas candidates and political figures leading into November’s balloting.   Ready to gorge?

Texas fact checks in August topped by look into Wendy Davis claim about Greg Abbott and a rapist

An ominous ad about Greg Abbott and a salesman-rapist led our fact checks sparking the most reader interest in August.