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Consult your Truth-O-Meter before voting in Texas party primaries

Texas voters choose major-party nominees on Tuesday, though May run-offs are possible if the lead candidate in each primary fails to draw more than half the vote. Warm up for voting by reviewing claims we checked during the election run-up--including a smoky statement about the planet’s warmth.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Full flops for Dewhurst, Patrick on repealing a constitutional amendment

U.S. Senate hopefuls David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick flip-flopped on whether to change how senators are chosen. Yes, both said, then no.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

Federal aid covers most costs of cameras near Texas-Mexico border

Texan Todd Staples made a claim about his agency funding cameras watching the Texas-Mexico border. Most of the program's funding originated with Uncle Sam.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 06:29 p.m.

The details behind David Dewhurst's security detail

A foe said Dewhurst is the first lieutenant governor of Texas to have a security detail. That appears so.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 06:00 a.m.

Got any questions about the candidates’ answers?

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor faced questions on border security, abortion, education and other key topics in Monday night’s debate hosted by KERA-TV, Channel 13 in Dallas. Read on for the facts on claims they’ve made before -- and tell us what piqued your interest.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 09:44 p.m.

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

We’ve identified two Texas leaders--Cornyn and Davis. But we're not forecasting election results.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Leticia Van de Putte and the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Leticia Van de Putte hasn’t run statewide before. But she has a PolitiFact report card.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

Republican brawl for lite guv keeping Truth-O-Meter busy

The Texas race for lieutenant governor won’t top the 2014 ballot. But might it prove No. 1 with curious claims to check?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.

Fact-checking Rick Perry, who declares he won't run for governor in 2014

Rick Perry's promised  "exciting" plan? He's not seeking another term as governor at the least. See updates at statesman.com. For our part, we are posting the Truth-O-Meter report card for the longest-serving governor in Texas history--and True-to-Pants on Fire report cards for various officeholders surely hankering to move up once Perry moves on.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 01:16 p.m.

Texas wildfire claims

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told reporters Monday that Texas will seek a federal disaster declaration for the wildfires ravaging parts of the state. Earlier this year, we fact-checked contrasting claims about the state’s request for such a declaration in the wake of other fires.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

Texas Truthiness in 2010

Not everyone's pants were on fire this year — some worthy statements sent the Truth-O-Meter needle pointing to True. Statements by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White were among our most-read fact-checks that found the speaker correct.

By :: Published on Saturday, January 1st, 2011 at 06:00 a.m.

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