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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.

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

"Although the governor doubled the beach fees . . . all the money, as we found out, is all going to an out-of-state company. The state isn't even getting the money for that."

On the last night of the General Assembly, "by 11 o'clock 95 to 98 percent of the business was done. So we really didn't have that late-night session. We were just holding on one bill."

Cranston's 2014-2015 "budget funds 100 percent of the local police and fire pension and other retiree benefit costs."

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block was "fined and had to admit that (he) funneled money illegally to the Moderate Party."

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung "donated to Democrats like Congressman David Cicilline, disgraced (House) speaker Gordon Fox and even Mr. Obamacare, Harry Reid."

The Senate proposal to restore emergency unemployment benefits for five months was "fully paid for."

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

Ken "Block supports Obamacare."

Peter Kilmartin voted for the 38 Studios loan guarantee and his State House job was to "twist [legislator’s] arms to vote for deals like this."

Recent stories from C. Eugene Emery Jr.
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.

Red State debate top PolitiFact Rhode Island item in March

What piqued the interest of PolitiFact Rhode Island readers last month? According to our website data, they were interested in whether the poorest states are Red states, if today's young adults are fit for military service, and the degree to which cancer-causing chemicals are present in marijuana smoke.

Fact-checking Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined other Democrats on the Senate floor this week to stay up all nigh tand talk about climate change. Whitehouse actually gives weekly speeches about climate change, and PolitiFact Rhode Island has been fact-checking him.

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.

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