Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

Texan Pete Gallego: This Congress the least productive, least popular in U.S. history

Pete Gallego of Texas slipped this into his farewell remarks on the House floor: "This Congress made history as the least productive, most unpopular Congress in the history of this proud nation."   Ever ever ever?   See the full fact check of U.S. Rep. Gallego, D-Alpine.

Austin Mayor-elect Steve Adler on the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Steve Adler, set to be sworn in as Austin's mayor in January, already has a record on the Texas Truth-O-Meter.   See Austin Mayor-elect Steve Adler's PolitiFact report card.

PolitiFact names its 2014 Lie of the Year

The emergence of Ebola in the United States sparked a political and media frenzy, but many of the claims made were far from accurate. Collectively, they are PolitiFact's sixth annual Lie of the Year.   Meanwhile, in Austin, runoffs for local offices are Tuesday. See related fact checks here!

Checking Austin candidates for mayor, city council

If you vote in Austin, you (should) know about 10-1; the soon-to-be reconfigured Austin City Council will have 10 members elected from individual districts plus the mayor elected citywide. Runoff elections are Tuesday.   We ended up doing more than 10 city-related fact checks. Here's a snapshot.   See every fact check related to Austin city government here.

Texan not in running for lie of the year

No Texan made it into the nominees for PolitiFact's lie of the year. You can vote anyway.   Vote now in PolitiFact Readers' Poll for the 2014 Lie of the Year.

Does Obamacare give businesses a $3,000 incentive to hire illegal immigrants?

Did President Obama's November announcement potentially affecting millions of unauthorized residents also create a $3,000-per-immigrant hiring incentive?   PolitiFact in Washington wondered.

Texas hits in November: Greg Abbott fact checks, Twin Towers recap

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott figured into two of our most-read fact checks in November. But a 9/11 story won the month, per online reader views. More ahead or below.   The Texas Cinco:   * "Greg Abbott says he has sued Obama administration 25 times"   * "Roger Williams: Obama policies contributed to raising gas prices from $1.89 in 2009 to $3.51 today"   * "Americans must answer U.S. Census Bureau survey by law, though agency hasn't prosecuted refusals since 1970"   * "Greg Abbott plan doesn't mandate standardized testing of 4-year-olds, but school districts could take that tack"   * "In Context: Laura Pressley’s ‘something was planted’ in World Trade Center"

Texas worst in voter turnout? Maybe Indiana

Jason Stanford was hardly the only person to say Texas had the nation’s worst voter turnout this November.   But when he made his declaration, we noticed--and checked.

American turkeys heftier than ever?

Up over there in Wisconsin, a writer wondered if U.S. turkeys really are heavier than before.   In a hurry to know? "Turkeys today are twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says,"

Obama incorrect his position 'hasn’t changed' on using executive authority to address immigration

Paul Brown of TWC News asked us if Barack Obama was accurate about his position not changing on whether he alone can change immigration policies.   * False: "My position hasn’t changed" on using executive authority to address immigration issues.  

In Context: Laura Pressley’s ‘something was planted’ in World Trade Center

A candidate for the Austin City Council, Laura Pressley, says a scientific study proves demolition materials were waiting in the Twin Towers when two jets struck. We see no sign she's said the government put the stuff there.

Mailbag: 'What is this – something like the immaculate immigration?'

Ever get behind on mail? We sure did.   Open the mailbag, Arthur.

Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, Ryan Sitton say 1,000 people a day move to Texas -- but hundreds leave too

Triumphant candidates on Tuesday night heralded Texas’ growing power -- similarly invoking the incomplete claim that 1,000 people move here daily.

Republicans rolled in Texas; not everyone fact-checked yet

John Cornyn and Greg Abbott were among the Republicans who won every race for statewide office again -- the kind of sweep that Texas voters have touched off every year since 1996.   We've got work ahead. Not all the winners have extensive Truth-O-Meter report cards.

Take the Texas Truth-O-Meter Quiz

Think you're a whiz on Texas politics? Then take the inaugural PolitiFact Texas quiz!