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Emery Jr.

C. Eugene Emery Jr.

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. He can be reached by email or at 401-277-7442.

Email: gemery@providencejournal.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from C. Eugene Emery Jr.

False

What about the aborted flat tax and revised estate tax?

Mostly False

Most don't qualify for benefits that high

 Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

"Common welfare programs give income of $43,330 or $20.83 an hour."

Recent stories from C. Eugene Emery Jr.

500 Truth-O-Meter rulings -- and counting

PolitiFact Rhode Island marks a milestone today -- our 500th Truth-O-Meter ruling. When The Providence Journal began our partnership with PolitiFact.com in June 2010, few in Rhode Island had heard of the organization, and few other news organizations had formal fact-checking operations. More than four years later, PolitiFact has become a verb in the Ocean State, as in "I’d better be careful what I say or they might ‘PolitiFact’ me. More:

PolitiFact R.I. launches Gina-Meter

During her long campaign for governor, Gina Raimondo talked at length about Rhode Island’s problems and what she’d do about them if elected. She made promises on issues ranging from jobs, education and transportation to gun control,  business regulations and aid for veterans. Will she keep them? To help voters keep score, PolitiFact Rhode Island has launched the Gina-Meter to track Raimondo’s progress.

The PolitiFact Rhode Island Top 10 fact-checks of 2014

From beach fees to marijuana, from pensions to slavery, PolitiFact Rhode Island covered a lot of ground in 2014, a year that was also marked by hard-fought political campaigns that generated many dubious claims. Overall, we issued 90 rulings that hit every stop on our Truth-O-Meter, from True to Pants on Fire. As the year ends, we thought we’d take a moment to review our most widely-read PolitiFact items of 2014. Here they are, in descending order, as determined by page views on our PolitiFact Rhode Island website:

Previewing the Providence mayoral debate

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From True to Pants on Fire: Our guide to Tuesday's primary election

Over the past few months, PolitiFact Rhode Island has been busy fact-checking the many claims and counterclaims that have been made in the 2014 primary races. Not surprisingly, we found many to be untrue. We checked statements made by candidates for many different offices, but spent most of our time on the highest profile races -- the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor. In the end, when the last TV attack ad has aired, the last campaign mailer has arrived in the mailbox, the last robocall has landed in your voicemail, you -- the Rhode Island voter -- will have to decide who the best candidates are. As you make your choices, you can see all our rulings on our website, PolitiFactRI.com, which is searchable by candidate name, office sought, and subjects, such as "taxes," or "jobs." Here are summaries of our rulings in the governor’s races.

No lie! PolitiFact R.I. turns 4

Four years ago today -- June 25, 2010 -- PolitiFact Rhode Island published its first Truth-O-Meter rulings. Political discourse in the state hasn't been the same since. We constantly see politicians and other public figures hesitating when they speak, expressing concern that they will be fact-checked. It has made some -- but not all -- take more care in the facts they present to support their arguments, improving the level of political discourse in the state. Click on "more" to see how our rulings break down.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked

March mailbag: Physically fit adults and carcinogens in marijuana

It's time once again for a peek into the PolitiFact Rhode Island's mailbag to look at some of the reactions we've gotten from readers to recent fact checks.