Friday, October 24th, 2014

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High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.  

Would a Kenosha casino drain 40% of the Milwaukee casino's revenue?

Given that we’re talking about projections, we can’t test on the Truth-O-Meter whether the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee would lose as much as 40% of its revenue if the Menominee tribe opens a casino 40 miles to the south in the Kenosha. We can, however, share what we learned from seven gambling experts.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for September

Reader favorites last month dealt with the jobs picture, the state budget and a review of Truth-O-Meter items on Obamacare just days before the government shutdown. We promise to remain open for business, no matter what happens in Washington.

Testing Obamacare on the Truth-O-Meter

The Affordable Care Act reaches a milestone on Oct. 1, 2013, when health insurance marketplaces that were set up as part of the law begin enrolling people. Many claims on both sides of the political aisle have been made about President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, which has been implemented in phases since becoming law in March 2010.     

In Context: Scott Walker's critiques of the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign

Might Gov. Scott Walker's blunt critiques of the Romney campaign come back to haunt his nascent presidential aspirations for 2016? With our In Context feature, we review the record but will let you decide.

The August High Five: Walker, Walker, Walker

Gov. Scott Walker continues to click with PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. The three items that got the most page-views on our site in August 2013 were each Walker-related. And two of those involved perhaps the central issue of Walker's tenure: jobs. Rounding out the High Five were statements by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

In Context: Walker on extending Act 10 to police, firefighters

Gov. Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters from Act 10, his 2011 law curtailing the collective bargaining power of most public employees. But in late July 2013, Walker seemed to open the door to extending the law to police and fire -- then the next day, he seemed to walk back his comments. So, what did the governor actually say?

Our High Five for July

The link between seeing ultrasounds and choosing abortion; how rare homicides used to be in Milwaukee; and Gov. Scott Walker's statement about much milk Wisconsin imports (yes, imports) were our most popular articles among online readers in July 2013. Here's a recap of July High Five, the five stories that received the most page views.

A roundup of ratings on eve of National Governors Association meeting

Chief executives of the states will discuss a variety of issues at the National Governors Association convention, which is set for Aug. 2 to 4, 2013, in Milwaukee. We welcome them to Wisconsin with a roundup of recent gubernatorial Truth-O-Meter items produced by PolitiFact Wisconsin, as well as by our PolitiFact siblings in nine other states and at PolitiFact National.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for June

It's time for our monthly recap of the five items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In June, the NRA, junk food, Scott Walker and Obamacare were on top of the list.

The Truth-O-Meter and the 2013-15 state budget

Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the 2013-15 state budget into law on June 30, 2013. The two-year tax-and-spending plan takes effect the next day. We’ve covered the budget terrain with a number of Truth-O-Meter items. Here’s a roundup of claims on school vouchers, bail bonds, tax cuts and more.

In Context: Strong statements on abortion

Lawmakers and partisans on both sides of the abortion issue reacted strongly to statements made during the legislative floor debate as the Wisconsin Senate narrowly passed a Republican-backed bill last week. Here -- in our In Context feature -- we take a closer look at the attention-getting remarks on the bill, which requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound.

Introducing the High Five: A look at our most-clicked items for May

Today we introduce a new feature: the High Five. We’ll recap the five PolitiFact Wisconsin items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In May, they included a one drink maximum; a girl, an injured woodpecker and the FBI; repeated hand-washing and a memorable Clinton vs. Johnson moment.

Public vs. Private: Sorting out the truth in the debate over school choice

Wisconsin was a national pioneer in sending Milwaukee children to private schools with publicly funded vouchers. Now, with the Legislature debating Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand choice to additional cities, we shed light on some of the key disputes over the choice program.

The UW System's "slush fund" -- $1 billion, $207 million or what?

The amount of excess cash in the University of Wisconsin System’s bank account is: A) "Nearly $1 billion" B) $648 million C) $207 million Everyone has a different view on how much extra money the UW System has. We dig into the various numbers being tossed about.

Would expanding Medicaid be good for jobs?

Gov. Scott Walker announced Feb. 13, 2013 that he would reject an expansion of Medicaid offered as part of Obamacare, saying he has a better idea for helping more people get health insurance. Some advocates of making more people eligible for Medicaid say the expansion would create jobs. Is the picture that clear?

Fact checking Gov. Scott Walker's budget address and Democratic attacks

After -- even during -- Gov. Scott Walker's 2013 budget address, Democrats tried to poke holes in his rosy picture of the state's finances and economy. We get behind the back-and-forth by reviewing Truth-O-Meter rulings and other sources.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's "from dependence to independence" speech

When Gov. Scott Walker proposed reforming Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment compensation, all in one speech, the howls from the left were sharp. But what did Walker, who increasingly is viewed as a presidential candidate in 2016, actually say? We explore with our In Context feature.

Rounding up claims from the 2013 State of the State

During his 2013 State of the State speech, Republican Gov. Scott Walker made a few familiar claims. So did Democratic leaders in response. Here’s a look at how those past statements fared when we first looked at them.

As State of the State approaches, take our quiz on Walker ratings

On Jan. 15, 2013, Gov. Scott Walker will give the annual State of the State speech. Based on what the first-time Republican executive has said in recent months, we have an idea of what some of the themes likely will be. So, if Walker does make some familiar claims, will you know how they were rated on the Truth-O-Meter? Test yourself with our brief quiz.