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Perry: Wendy Davis born to unwed mother, later gave birth out of wedlock

Rick Perry described Wendy Davis today as born to an unwed mother and having given birth out of wedlock. News to us.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

Rick Perry's 'Half True' description of Wendy Davis

Time ran out on legislation pitched as improving abortion regulation in Texas. But Gov. Rick Perry called another special session, starting Monday. We spent the filibuster week on a quartet of related fact checks, including whether Perry accurately described Sen. Wendy Davis' childhood and early adulthood.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 05:29 p.m.

Rick Perry pitch touches on fact-checked claims

Perry’s fresh pitch-and-woo for businesses to move to Texas touches on established claims about jobs and people heading our way. The Truth-O-Meter rated the claims Mostly True to False.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 03:54 p.m.

Rick Perry’s count of $10,000 college degrees

Rick Perry touted 13 Texas institutions offering $10,000 college degrees. We wondered.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 09:43 a.m.

El Paso "safest" large city in US? Hold fire

El Paso's county judge said the city is the safest burg of its size in the country. That sounded familiar--and flawed.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

PolitiFact Texas marks two years on Austin's KUT FM

Once a week for two years, Austin's KUT News has talked through one of our fact checks. Cake time? Kind of.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

Rick Perry, Sam Houston, slavery--and the Boy Scouts

Rick Perry, exhorting the Boy Scouts to continue excluding gays, analogized to Sam Houston and slavery on the eve of the Civil War. We wondered about that.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

UPDATED: Grading Texas claims by, and about, Barack Obama

The president’s one-day swing to the Austin area gave rise to fact checks of, and about, him.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Obama, Perry, Hinojosa and jobs, jobs, jobs

Barack Obama came and went. Rick Perry and a leader of Texas Democrats took the occasion to loft jobs-related claims--now fact-checked.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 06:33 p.m.

Mailbag: PolitiFact Texas proves facts ‘are irrelevant to what you do’

A Texas congressman is silly, one reader writes. PolitiFact Texas writes as if facts are irrelevant, another says. Let’s open the mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

Cartoonist incorrect about last state inspection of Texas plant

A California editorial cartoonist said the state of Texas last inspected the plant in West in 2006. That’s not so.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 03:30 p.m.

Hammond: Businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in Texas

Bill Hammond, who helms the Texas Association of Business, spoke up for business tax cuts by saying businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in the state. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

Perry says Obama yet to respond to 2010 letter on border security

In a CNN interview, Perry said Obama has yet to respond to the 2010 letter on border security he tried to hand the president on the tarmac of a Texas airport. We see smoke.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Further checking Ted Cruz on Medicaid expansion

PolitiFact in Washington took a longer look at a Ted Cruz claim about Medicaid expansion--and stuck with its original False rating.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 02:26 p.m.

Perry quotes Obama saying Medicaid ‘broken’

Rick Perry says Barack Obama called Medicaid "broken." That’s Mostly True.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Perry, Cornyn, Cruz and Medicaid doctors in Texas

Perry, Cornyn and Cruz stood behind a claim that only 30 percent of Texas physicians accept new Medicaid patients. Survey says otherwise.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 07:59 a.m.

Encouraged by readers, we're checking just the facts in Texas

We welcomed a long-look chance to describe our mission in the Austin American-Statesman.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 05:42 p.m.

UPDATED: John Cornyn's rancher tweet among many claims about border conditions

John Cornyn’s disputed claim about hundreds of people nightly crossing a Texas ranch hasn't been confirmed. Other border claims have.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 08:41 a.m.

Mailbag: “Thanks again for showing your true colors”

We’re showing our colors, readers say, which is bad.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

Texas judge read PolitiFact before finding school finance system unconstitutional

A news bulletin said PolitiFact influenced a judge’s decision that the Texas school funding system is again unconstitutional. Aw shucks. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

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