PolitiFact Deputy Editor
Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson
"When I talk about (raising the) minimum wage ... half of Republicans agree with it."
Recent stories from Louis JacobsonPolitiFact’s Top 5 reports for February
Our readers liked reports about the health care law and chain emails last month, including one about whether Obama has signed more executive orders than any other president in history. (Bottom line: He hasn't.)We put Rick Scott's 2014 State of the State address to the Truth-O-Meter
The governor talked about tax cuts, jobs and education in his fourth session-opening speech. PolitiFact Florida went over some of his statements to see whether what he said was telling the whole story.Florida’s race for governor has dueling attacks on Medicare cuts and Medicare fraud
Gov. Rick Scott’s attack ad about Medicare prompted a counterattack by the Florida Democratic Party about Scott’s past.Fact-checking the March 2 news shows
Russia's military intervention in Ukraine had pundits and politicians talking. They had their facts straight, we found.Ukraine the talk of the Sunday news shows
Russia's intervention led to a debate over America's next move.Debt vs. deficit: What’s the difference?
A few recent fact-checks show that falling deficits don’t mean falling debt.Mailbag: 'You guys are really being finicky'
Another in our regular installment of reader feedback in all its glory.Attack ad on Obamacare revives talking points old and new
An ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee attacks Alex Sink, a Democrat running for Congress in Florida, for supporting the health care law. We put its claims to our Truth-O-Meter.We put the GOP case against Alex Sink to the Truth-O-Meter
A Republican Party of Florida mailer laid out a litany of attacks against the congressional candidate in the 13th District race, so we checked our rulings from years past. It turns out we've heard almost all of them before.In context: What Obama said about "fundamentally transforming" the nation
When President Barack Obama said he had no plans to "fundamentally transform" the nation during a Super Bowl Sunday interview, that sent some viewers back to the archives to find a 2008 quote.
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