Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Our May High Five

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.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's much-scrutinized comments on the state's gay marriage ban

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.

Digging into Scott Walker’s talk of 17,000 job-producing new businesses

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.

The items our readers have loved the longest

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. 

Rush Limbaugh tops our April High Five

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.

Fact-checking the GOP

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.

In February's High Five race: Barack Obama, Scott Walker and some other guys

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.  

Five key pieces from our Scott Walker file

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.

High Five: Money, money, money

From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.

Residency rules revisited

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.

Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

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.

Let me rephrase that

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.

8 things you might hear

What might we hear (from both sides) when Gov. Scott Walker gives his fourth State of the State address Jan. 22, 2014.

Tax cuts, tax hikes? How much and when?

Not that they’re ever far from mind, but taxes have been all over the news in Wisconsin in recent days.

A $50 million question

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.

Our December High Five: Walker again tops the list

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.

The Top Ten of 2013

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.

Solving the "mystery" of Scott Walker's college years and entry into politics

We take a close look at Gov. Scott Walker’s start in Republican politics at Marquette University. Was he "kicked out" of school as the Democratic Party of Wisconsin suggests? Did he leave college just short of a degree for a great career opportunity, as he says?

High Five for November: Walker and Burke

Gov. Scott Walker's property-tax claim, his campaign promises and his new book dominated online traffic at PolitiFact Wisconsin in November. A claim by likely Democratic challenger Mary Burke also drew a big audience.

So, where does Mary Burke stand on the issues?

Nearly two months into her campaign, the picture of Mary Burke as a candidate for governor is something like the Wisconsin sky on many a December day: Mostly cloudy, with sunlight occasionally shining through.