Jacobson

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 The Almanac of American Politics 2018 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, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

Email: ljacobson@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Pants on Fire!

She led a round of "Impeach 45" chants

False

2016 was higher than 2012, 2000, 1996...

Full Flop

Reason for flip-flopping is suspect

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Sorting through Trump's shift on releasing White House visitor logs

The Trump administration met widespread opposition from advocates of government transparency when it announced that it would not be publicizing the logs of White House visitors -- as the Obama White House generally had done.

Mailbag: ‘I wish PolitiFact would stop endorsing junk statistics’

Spring is upon us, and so is baseball season, but that doesn’t mean all PolitiFact readers are in a cheery mood. Here are some recent emails we’ve received from readers, edited for space and clarity.

Fact-checking Trump's CEO town hall

The president got his facts straight on illegal border crossings and long-term factory closures. On the failure of the stimulus law and who's out of work, not so much.

Is the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act dead?

The White House is delivering mixed messages on whether it will keep trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while other Republicans say they are committed to that plan.

What's in store with tax reform

The Republican failure to repeal and replace Obamacare sets the stage for a task that's at least just as hard -- passing tax reform.

Fact-checking Trump as GOP health bill stalls

President Donald Trump took reporters' questions after Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed. We dig into some of the claims he made.

House gridlock stalls Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass a health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Fact-checking Trump’s TIME interview on truths and falsehoods

Confronted by his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he make so many unsubstantiated claims.

A week on the ground in Tallahassee with PolitiFact Florida

PolitiFact Florida reporters attended committee hearings, peered in on floor debates and hoofed it to rallies and news conferences during a week of fact-checking lawmakers and lobbyists at the state Capitol. What we found: Less controversial issues produced largely accurate claims, but the truth suffered on more divisive topics, such as gun control and the "stand your ground" law.

Trump's travel ban executive order, take 2

After the judicially challenged rollout of President Donald Trump’s initial executive order on refugees and immigration from Muslim-majority countries, the White House has now put forth a revised version. But how different is the new one from the old one?