Sunday, September 21st, 2014

All stories featuring Wendy Davis

Mailbag: ‘Quit being fanatic left-wing hacks’

We’re hacks twice over, according to reader blasts. It’s time to open our mailbag.

Abbott defended education cuts in keeping with job duties

Davis says Abbott fought school districts in court and defended billions of dollars in education cuts. Yes, but…

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

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

Smoking out voting claims

A Democratic group's claim about the Texas voter ID law proved combustible. We've also checked other voting claims.

Judging Wendy Davis

We saw flaws in two recent claims critical of Davis--one about abortion, the other about taxes.

Wendy Davis v. the Truth-O-Meter

Wendy Davis declared today that she's running for governor, first by email. She’s already got a Truth-O-Meter report card.

Tape recorder? Check. Texas Trib fest? There.

We’ll listen for curious claims during the Texas Tribune Festival taking place at the University of Texas--and we’ll have help.

Is Wendy Davis fairest of them all in Texas?

The single public poll run since Davis filibustered the Texas anti-abortion legislation delivered a mixed message about her popularity.

Price check: Texas special session versus condoms, birth control pills or sexual health educators

For the price of a special legislative session, Texas could pay for many condoms or birth control pills or even sexual health educators, according to a sign we spotted. Let's shop.

Perry: Wendy Davis born to unwed mother, later gave birth out of wedlock

Rick Perry described Wendy Davis today as born to an unwed mother and having given birth out of wedlock. News to us.

Rick Perry's 'Half True' description of Wendy Davis

Time ran out on legislation pitched as improving abortion regulation in Texas. But Gov. Rick Perry called another special session, starting Monday. We spent the filibuster week on a quartet of related fact checks, including whether Perry accurately described Sen. Wendy Davis' childhood and early adulthood.

Laubenberg says her "rape kit" claim may have come out muddled

With the fate of legislation limiting abortions in Texas in question, a legislator who likened rape kits and a surgical procedure advised us that she knows that's not correct and did not intend to say as much.

Encouraged by readers, we're checking just the facts in Texas

We welcomed a long-look chance to describe our mission in the Austin American-Statesman.

Spotlighting claims by Julián Castro, David Dewhurst and Wendy Davis

Our latest checks of leading Texas Democrats and a Republican spotlight inaccurate -- or, at least, incomplete -- accounts of what happened when state lawmakers gathered in 2011.

Is Tommy Lee Jones right on how much Texas spends on education?

Urging Texans to visit a website connecting visitors to their legislators, the actor says Texas ranks 44th in education spending per student. We’ve checked that.

Texas school districts combined are about the size of U.S. Postal Service

Counting all Texas school districts as one entity, you’re eyeing the fifth-largest employer in the world--one that’s about the size of the U.S. Postal Service. That’s the latest in a busload of education claims to face a Texas fact check.

Democrats paint different picture of Perry's state

After Gov. Rick Perry’s optimistic State of the State address, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis ripped ruling Republicans while also launching statements that sounded very familiar — as in already fact-checked.

"Pardon me, but your bias is showing!"

Gov. Rick Perry, no fan of the federal government, has said Washington has three responsibilities: extending the military, securing the border and delivering the mail on time. He also says the feds have blown two of those three. We've not asked which one he considers a success, but can't complain about the mail: our (in) box lacks not.