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America has bases in 130 countries? A million new jobs were created in Texas?  Presidential candidates Ron Paul and Rick Perry of Texas covered a lot of ground in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day debate. Click here for our research on some of their claims.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, Sue Owen :: Published on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 04:20 p.m.

PolitiFact Texas turns two

PolitiFact Texas just turned 2 -- bounding into toddler-hood in part thanks to strong interest in fact checks of Rick Perry and Barack Obama.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

Do Romney, Perry, Gingrich want to zero out aid to Israel?

That's the claim President Barack Obama's campaign makes on its website. But we found serious problems with the charge.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 07:07 p.m.

Rick Perry’s bargain haircut?

Gov. Perry says he once got his remarkable hair cut for $1, but now it’s costing $25. We wondered.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

Perry calls Obama socialist, sets Truth-O-Meter aflame

Debating in New Hampshire on Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry charged President Barack Obama with being a socialist. The Truth-O-Meter found that claim not only inaccurate but ridiculous. Pants on Fire!

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 12:17 p.m.

Perry's abortion shift latest fodder for Flip-O-Meter

We warmed up the Flip-O-Meter to assess Rick Perry's shifting position on abortion. He's not the only Texas official who's received the flip-flop test.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 04:11 p.m.

Super PACs air similar claim on Pelosi-Gingrich ties

Claims about Newt Gingrich teaming with Nancy Pelosi on global warming appear in video ads from two different super PACs, including one supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential candidacy. PolitiFact put those claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 09:59 a.m.

Rick Perry’s bail-out denial catches fire

Rick Perry said a Texas agricultural loan fund he once oversaw did not get bailed out. As governor, actually, he approved spending $14.7 million in taxpayer money to cover program losses.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 01:09 p.m.

Perry a scratched record on Romney book claim

At least three times starting Saturday night, Rick Perry and his presidential campaign revisited the mostly wrong claim that Mitt Romney altered his book between editions to remove a sentence showing his support for a federal mandate that people buy health insurance.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 03:58 p.m.

Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

The Republican candidates discussed the economy, immigration -- and a $10,000 bet. We put some of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 03:25 p.m.

Fact-checking Rick Perry's chat with Jay Leno

In between the late-night jokes, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made claims on taxes, jobs and Social Security that we’d heard before.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 01:54 p.m.

Perry recaps Obama’s 57 states’ goof

 Rick Perry, defending an incorrect reference to the U.S. voting age, said President Obama once referred to the nation's 57 states. He did?

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 01:20 p.m.

Did President Obama call Americans lazy?

A new 30-second television ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes that claim, and we inspect.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 05:30 p.m.

Did President Obama call Americans lazy?

A new 30-second television ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes that claim, and we inspect.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 05:26 p.m.

Perry reminds backers of Ford’s Texas tamales gaffe

After Wednesday’s debate "Oops," Rick Perry’s crew sent out a letter with a few other famous political gaffes -- including the "Great Tamales Incident" of 1976.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

Republican debate touches past claims about federal taxes, Medicaid

A few claims in this week's CNBC Republican presidential debate brought to mind past fact checks. Michele Bachmann spoke to how few Americans pay federal income taxes. Herman Cain bemoaned how much it costs to comply with tax laws. And Rick Perry said things will be better if Medicaid is turned over to states to manage.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 09:54 p.m.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Michigan

We'll be listening closely as the economy takes center stage at tonight's Republican presidential debate at 7 Central time on CNBC. So line up your snacks and flex your Twitter fingers — we'll tweet live @PolitiFactTexas and our colleagues in Washington and Florida will be tweeting @PolitiFact.

By Becky Bowers, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.

Rick Perry said everyone gets a tax cut under his plan

"No matter where you are in the stratosphere, you're going to be getting a tax cut," said Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking of his flat-tax plan.

By Martha M. Hamilton, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

The Best of Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Editor’s note: With the Iowa caucuses only two months away, PolitiFact Georgia will dedicate this week to summaries of key fact-checks on the leading GOP candidates as well as President Barack Obama’s performance on his 500 campaign promises. Today we look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Want to comment on our findings? Visit us on Facebook.  "We cut property taxes by one-third in the state of Texas while I’ve been governor." On the campaign trail in New Hampshire Oct. 1, Perry repeated this common battle cry in his campaign for the Republican nomination. He’s referring to House Bill 1, which he signed into law in 2006. It’s intended to reduce property taxes paid to local school districts. The overhaul effectively lowered the maintenance and operation segment of the school tax, from $1.50 to $1.00 per $100 of assessed property value, or about one-third. But it didn’t translate to 33 percent lower bills for taxpayers. If you look at total property tax revenue, Texans paid about the same amount in 2010 as they did in 2005. If you adjust for inflation, he's closer (it's about 9 percent less), but it's still far short of one-third. We find his claim Mostly False.

By Willoughby Mariano :: Published on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.

Do governors control job gains and losses?

In just the past five months, PolitiFact has checked job-creation and job-loss claims about governors of Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin. Not one of the 11 statements rated True.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 03:28 p.m.

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