Friday, August 22nd, 2014
No fact check here; just a custard run by Austin American-Statesman staff members attempting their own snapshot like the one shared by Gov. Rick Perry after he was booked on two felony charges. This visit happened Aug. 20, 2014.

No fact check here; just a custard run by Austin American-Statesman staff members attempting their own snapshot like the one shared by Gov. Rick Perry after he was booked on two felony charges. This visit happened Aug. 20, 2014.

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Texas prosecutor Rosemary Lehmberg purchased "72 bottles of vodka in just one store alone, in just over a year."

Under Rosemary Lehmberg, the "Travis County D.A.’s office" convened the grand jury that indicted Rick Perry.

Says Ted Cruz "was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging."

Congress is "on a five-week vacation."

Says that, as a Supreme Court justice, Greg Abbott found that a company whose vacuum cleaners were sold door to door "had no responsibility" in the hiring of a salesman who raped a customer.

"We have less crime in the (Rio Grande) Valley than we do in other major Texas cities."

Austin mayoral candidate "Mike Martinez takes corporate money."

San Antonio is "now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African American woman mayor."

The United States is at "historic record highs" of individuals being apprehended on the border from countries with terrorist ties such as "Pakistan or Afghanistan or Syria."

"We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush."

Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.

Because of the current immigration crisis, Republicans want to "repeal" a 2008 law that President George W. Bush signed and "want to be on record as not wanting to protect children from ... sex trafficking."    

Says John Cornyn dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

"We’ve had about 3,000 murders" in connection with lax border security.

"We have a 40 to 50 percent dropout rate in our inner-city schools."

Says a 9-year-old girl was recently raped in Austin, Texas, by a guy previously "caught four times and released."

More than 3,000 homicides were committed by "illegal aliens" over the past six years.

Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.

Says the Obama administration never responded to his 2012 letter flagging the uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Latinos now make up the majority population in Texas."

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