Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for 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. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. 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@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Mostly False

Trump tweaks thrice-wrong talking point

Mostly True

Yes, though bulk of losses came under Bush, not Obama


Percentage working is what matters, not raw number


Contradicted by voluminous USA Today report


Slow growth is still growth

Mostly False

Glenn ignores drop in crime during Obama presidency


Her proposals aren't radical enough to endanger program

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Comparing the economic agendas of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

On the economy, Hillary Clinton offers a lot of detail about what she would do as president. Donald Trump offers less, but hits a few issues hard. Here's a rundown of what each candidate says they would do if they win the White House.

Fact-checking Donald Trump on the final night of the Republican convention

Fact-checking the fourth night of the Republican National Convention. 

7 misleading statements Donald Trump may repeat in his convention speech

Trump will likely repeat attacks on Hillary Clinton and his own statements about immigration, refugees, security and the Middle East.

The third night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, fact-checked

Covering the third night of the Republican National Convention. 

Melania Trump could be the first non-U.S. born first lady since ...

In her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Melania Trump told the crowd, "I was born in Slovenia. A small, beautiful, and then communist country in central Europe." As she told her personal story, we wondered about how unusual her birthplace would be for a first lady. As it turns out, only one first lady has been born outside the United States.

Following along with the Florida delegation at the RNC

Florida delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland kicked off their quadrennial confab with a breakfast featuring four speakers. PolitiFact took a look at some of their talking points.

PolitiFact annotates Barack Obama's statement on shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

As part of PolitiFact's partnership with Medium, we annotated President Barack Obama's remarks from Poland on the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. 

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in June 2016

Coverage of the Orlando massacre led our most-popular fact-checks in June.  

Donald Trump’s ‘Star of David’ tweet: a recap

For a story that broke over Fourth of July weekend, the controversy over an allegedly anti-Semitic image tweeted by Donald Trump attracted quite a lot of attention. In case you weren’t plugged in over the holiday weekend, here’s what you missed.

Donald Trump cites Ronald Reagan as a protectionist hero. Was he?

In his speech in southwestern Pennsylvania attacking the United States' long record of free-trade agreements, Donald Trump invoked Ronald Reagan as an example of a president willing to impose tariffs to protect American industries. Reagan did -- but he also had a substantial free-trade record. We take a closer look.