Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

All stories featuring Tom Barrett

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.

Candidates by any other name: Do they smell as sweet?

Striving to concoct a negative image for opponents, political partisans are playing the age-old Name Game for keeps as Wisconsin enters a big 2014 campaign season. In the governor's race, "Millionaire Mary" takes on "Governor Ultrasound."

Promises, promises: Gov. Scott Walker, the Walk-O-Meter and 2014

Barring something unforeseen, Gov. Scott Walker will stand for election for the third time in four years in November 2014. One year out, we examine his record on keeping campaign pledges he made in the 2010 contest. Sneak preview: he's keeping far more than he's breaking.

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.

Debate rewind: A look at our past recall-related ratings

The final recall debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett covered some familiar ground. Here's a round up of some of the repeat claims and how we rated them the first time they came around.

Our roundup of recent Wisconsin recall ratings

The partisan passion on both sides of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall as taken a toll on truth-telling. We take a look at recent ratings, as the June 5 election approaches.

Behind the Rhetoric: School budgets in the years ahead

In our fourth "Behind the Rhetoric" article, we look at how school districts are situated for the coming academic year after the cuts made in the state budget.

Behind the rhetoric: The in-state, out-of-state campaign money debate

Both sides say the other is relying on out-of-state contributions in the 2012 gubernatorial recall. We dig into the numbers in the third in our series of background stories on key questions in the race.

Behind the rhetoric: The WEA Trust and school health care costs

In the second of our-pre-recall backgrounders, we look at the WEA Trust and health care costs for school districts.

Behind the rhetoric: How Walker's union limits affected school budgets

Education funding is a major battleground in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. We take an in-depth tour of Milwaukee-area school districts to see how they fared under Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts and the limits he put on collective bargaining.

Right to Work: A look at its impact in other states

Gov. Scott Walker's view on extending right-to-work laws to private sector unions in Wisconsin has emerged as a major issue in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election. Here's a quick look at right-to-work's impact in other states, based on Truth-O-Meter rulings past.

A round up of recall charges, counter-charges

The pace of claims and counter-claims is accelerating as Wisconsin’s recall election for governor sprints to its June 5, 2012 conclusion. The primary is May 8. We’ve been tracking many of the statements, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at the some of the major emerging issues in the early campaign ads.

The best of 2010 from PolitiFact state sites

We launched partner sites in eight states in 2010 and found the Truth-O-Meter worked as well on governors and mayors as it does on the president.  To end the year, we review some of our favorite state Truth-O-Meter items.

Our procrastinator's guide to the 2010 race for governor

For those just getting focused on Tuesday's gubernatorial election, we've rounded up the key charges and counter charges -- and our past rulings on them -- from Friday night's final debate.