PolitiFact Rhode Island reporter
C. Eugene Emery Jr. is a reporter for The Providence Journal and a founding staff member of the Journal's PolitiFact team. Since joining the Journal in 1975, he has been a science and medical writer, covered municipal governments throughout the state, and managed The Journal’s Massachusetts bureau. He was part of the Journal’s Commerce & Consumer team, then its Breaking News team, before joining the PolitiFact Rhode Island staff. Emery has a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in political science, both from Brown University.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from C. Eugene Emery Jr.
"According to one study, the minimum wage today is worth $2 less than in 1968."
Deer baiting, planned for Block Island by DEM, is illegal in Rhode Island.
Recent stories from C. Eugene Emery Jr.Our 2013 Top 10 rulings
In the past year, PolitiFact Rhode Island has published nearly 100 Truth-O-Meter rulings on such weighty issues as gun control, same-sex marriage and climate change.
Not surprisingly, all of those topics were represented in our Top 10 rulings of 2013, along with some subjects that were, shall we say, slightly less serious.
We thought we’d look back on our most popular items of the year -- and our most popular item of all time, which involved Congress. And baboons.Fact-checking voting laws: a year-end report
Amid a nationwide battle about voter access, PolitiFact researched claims about noncitizen voters, restoration of ex-felons’ rights and voter laws nationwide.Mailbag: "Are you kidding me?"
It's been a busy few months for PolitiFact Rhode Island, and it's not even an election year.
We’ve checked claims on school test scores, whether the U.S. military prohibits donations to the Tea Party, Obamacare and a host of other topics.
And many of our readers have let us know what they think of our rulings. We thought we’d share some of their comments with you.U.S. Rep. James Langevin says 60 percent of the weapons used in crimes come from 1 percent of U.S. gun dealers
During a panel discussion on gun violence at the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Public Health Association, U.S. Rep. James Langevin startled the crowd when he declared that 1 percent of gun dealers nationally are responsible for selling 60 percent of the weapons used in crimes.
His Oct. 21 comment took us aback as well. Only a tiny fraction of gun dealers have provided the weapons for most gun-related crimes in the United States?
We decided to check.Fact-checking claims about Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has triggered an avalanche of political rhetoric over the past few years.
PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia have been keeping tabs on that complex debate, trying to parse truth from fiction.R.I. Rep. Charlene Lima takes umbrage at Pants on Fire ruling
Our Truth-O-Meter rulings sometimes provoke strong reactions, especially when they involve pants aflame. One Rhode Island legislator recently took to the floor of the House of Representatives to respond to a Pants on Fire ruling she received.Truth be told, PolitiFact Rhode Island turns 3!
There's a match being lit, but it's not being used to set someone's pants on fire.
It's to light three birthday candles.
PolitiFact Rhode Island is now three years old.
We think it's a cause for celebration and, from what our readers have told us, they have reason to celebrate as well.When the Truth-O-Meter combusts
We've fact-checked several claims recently that have received our worst rating -- Pants on Fire! Here's a quick rundown of the inaccuracies on topics from abortion to the federal income tax.A look back at our climate-change fact-checks
As President Barack Obama unveils a series of planned executive actions on climate change, we recap some of our many fact-checks on the issue.A look back at our climate-change fact-checks
As President Barack Obama unveils a series of planned executive actions on climate change, we recap some of our many fact-checks on the issue.
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