Friday, October 31st, 2014
Jacobson

Louis Jacobson

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. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Pants on Fire!

No need to stockpile

 NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America

"If Cory Gardner gets his way, you'd better stock up on condoms."

— PolitiFact National

Mostly False

Her house is pricey, but not that pricey

False

Cultural factors bigger than economic ones, scholars say

Mostly False

Paved the way for ... not really anything

Mostly True

Mostly True, again, and again

Half-True

Both came to support it after opposing it

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

A look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts. 

Boo! Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

We look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts.    • In context: Hillary Clinton and corporations creating jobs • Catch up with the Q and A session we hosted on Facebook • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign

Rand Paul on the Truth-O-Meter

We've recently fact-checked statements by or about Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky and a possible 2016 contender.    • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign • PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 26 news shows • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes  

PolitiFact's 9 biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign

We select the nine biggest falsehoods we've fact-checked this election season, with claims about Islamic State, the U.S.-Mexico border, guns and women's health making the list.   • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes • PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 26 news shows • Could terrorists use Ebola to attack the United States? 

Could terrorists use Ebola to attack the United States?

Terrorists using Ebola would be the sum of all fears. But is it plausible?   • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes • PolitiFact Georgia: Georgia's economy and the race for governor • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking CNN's Florida governor's debate 

Fact-checking the second Florida governor's debate

Charlie Crist and Rick Scott debated for the second time on Wednesday night, after controversy over a cooling fan. We checked the facts. 

Previewing the Kentucky U.S. Senate debate

We look back at claims we've checked from both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.    • PolitiFact Virginia: Get the facts from Monday night's Senate debate • PunditFact: Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist faced off in their first debate of 2014 at Telemundo's studios in Miramar. 

Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

PolitiFact Florida and PolitiFact Wisconsin are fact-checking Friday's high-profile debates in races for governor. In Florida, it's Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist; in Wisconsin, it's Scott Walker vs. Mary Burke. 

Tuesday night reruns in North Carolina

Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan squared off in their second debate, using many lines we've heard before. • PolitiFact Virginia looks at the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PunditFact looks at a startling statistic on female murder victims.