Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Contorno

Steve Contorno

PolitiFact Staff Writer

Steve Contorno is a staff writer for PolitiFact. He previously covered Congress and Virginia politics for the Washington Examiner as well as state and local governments in Wisconsin for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Steve graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and a minor in political science, and holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he covered the Illinois legislature for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Email: scontorno@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Steve Contorno

False

Jobs claim derailed in 2011

Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

Says high-speed rail would have created 60,000 jobs.

— PolitiFact Florida

False

Claim is far from rock solid

Mostly True

Close — it's 900,000

Mostly True

Singles out high end of estimated outcomes

False

Claim deserves a lump of coal

Full Flop

Land reverses on auto bailout

Terri Lynn Land
Terri Lynn Land

On support for the auto bailouts.

— PolitiFact National

Mostly True

She's not winning an attendance award

Pants on Fire!

NRA shoots and misses

 National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

"Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights."

— PolitiFact National

Pants on Fire!

Cassidy voted for the same budget deal

Recent stories from Steve Contorno

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.   • Could terrorists use Ebola to attack the United States?  • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes • PolitiFact Georgia: Georgia's economy and the race for governor

Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on CNN

Moderator Jake Tapper quizzed former Gov. Charlie Crist and current Gov. Rick Scott on topics like Ebola, executions and Florida State football.    • PunditFact: Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the second debate say there would be no fan?

Fact-checking the third Florida governor's debate

CNN hosted a nationally televised debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, their final face-off before Election Day. We checked the facts.

PolitiFact Florida previews the Florida governor's debate

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are starting to repeat their talking points; here's your fact-checking guide to their favorite lines. The two debate again Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET.   • PunditFact: A Pants on Fire for Donald Trump • PolitiFact Virginia: Solving the mystery of the no-tax pledge • ISIS fighters caught at the U.S.-Mexico border? Pants on Fire

Previewing the second Florida governor's debate

The candidates are starting to repeat themselves, using their favorite talking points over and over. Here's your fact-checking guide to their favorite lines.

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

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for September 2014

Readers liked our fact-checks on the Islamic State, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Saturday Night Live. 

The Kentucky U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

A look back at the fact-checks in the Kentucky Senate race between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

10 fact-checks about climate change

We’re looking back at 10 of our recent fact-checks on climate change in light of the United Nations summit in New York this week.   • Browse all of our fact-checks on climate change.

Fact-checking the Sept. 21 news shows

The discussion turns to President Barack Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State and Americans' addiction to the NFL.