Gov. Scott Walker says his oath of office rather than political calculations explain his appeal of a federal court decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. We examine how much discretion, if any, he had.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
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.
By James B. Nelson :: Published on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 03:06 p.m.
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.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
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.
By James B. Nelson :: Published on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.
Supporters and critics of Gov. Scott Walker parsed his recent comments on gay marriage. We examine the transcript and compare it to his past words and deeds on the issue.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 01:15 p.m.
Pivoting from his promise of 250,000 new jobs in one term, Gov. Scott Walker is talking up the idea that 17,000 new business entities in the state could get him to that mark in 2015 if he wins a second term. We examine the reality behind his rosy scenario.
Nearly a year ago we introduced the High Five, a review of the PolitiFact Wisconsin items -- fact-checks and sometimes other articles -- that got the most page-views the previous month. As you’d expect, the most popular items each month had been posted in recent days or weeks. But some of our most-clicked items were published months ago. Or even longer.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.
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.
By James B. Nelson :: Published on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
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.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
The PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views in February 2014 (Barack Obama was No. 1, Scott Walker No. 2) are a little like the advertising on a NASCAR racing car. All over the map.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 09:00 a.m.
The bright lights of the national media often cast a favorable glow on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after the November 2013 release of his book, sowing speculation that he would be a contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. A few months later, on Feb. 23, 2014, the lights might have made Walker feel like he was under the heat of an interrogation. As Walker continues to stir national interest, we offer a primer on who he is, focusing on recent PolitiFact Wisconsin items on three key themes of his time as governor: jobs, taxes and fiscal responsibility.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 03:08 p.m.
From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 02:14 p.m.
A judge has thrown out Milwaukee's residency rule, which for 75 years required city employees to live within the city limits. That renewed debate about claims on the merits of the rule. Should public employees be able to live where they want? Should they be required to live and pay taxes in the city that employs them? A roundup of our past ratings on the issue.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
Curious about who -- other than President Barack Obama -- has been fact-checked on the Truth-O-Meter most often? We were, too. So we created a list.
By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 09:00 a.m.
In his State of the State speech, Gov. Scott Walker revised some of the claims he made in the past that had been rated on the Truth-O-Meter. We review what he said then and what he's saying now.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.
What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
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.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
For the second month in a row, Gov. Scott Walker dominated the attention of PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. In December 2013, four of the five PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views were articles about Walker. His new book, "Unintimidated," gave us plenty to examine.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 05:00 a.m.
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.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
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