Friday, August 28th, 2015

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

Bruce Elfant says U.S. voter turnout about 100th among industrialized nations; Texas not high either

A Travis County official, Bruce Elfant, says that in voter turnout, Americans suck compared to voters elsewhere.   OK, those weren't his words. But he made a similar point, which we found MOSTLY TRUE.   READ THE FULL FACT CHECK HERE.  

Julián Castro: Less than half of poorest Americans have home web access

Julián Castro, the Texan in President Obama's cabinet, recently declared that less than half of the poorest Americans have home Internet subscriptions.   True, we found.   READ THE FACT CHECK HERE.

Robots feeding fact checks? Soon.

Robots and fact checks go together like, well, you fill in the blanks.   But it's happening.

John Cornyn--a Texas leader not running for president--and the Truth-O-Meter

John Cornyn, the second-term senior U.S. senator for Texas, isn't running for president--unlike Cruz and Perry and Texas natives Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina.   He's still getting some Truth-O-Meter love. Let's peek.   SEE CORNYN'S TRUTH-O-METER REPORT CARD HERE.

Eight things to know per Planned Parenthood videos

Stealth videos released by an anti-abortion group led us to wonder about the murky guidelines for using fetal tissue for research purposes. MOSTLY FALSE: John Cornyn tweet about Planned Parenthood and violation of Hyde amendment.   EIGHT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS, AHEAD.

Texas-born Carly Fiorina on the Truth-O-Meter

We've written quite a bit about Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry running for president.   Here's a quick look at Austin-born Carly Fiorina, who had some good moments in the first Republican presidential debate last week.   See her Truth-O-Meter report card HERE.

17 candidates, 2 debates, 1 Donald Trump and plenty to fact-check

Seventeen candidates, five moderators, two debates, one Donald Trump. All of it kept the fact-checkers busy Thursday.

Ted Cruz, Rick Perry among 17 Republicans debating today

Rick Perry relies on some well worn talking points in first debate.      

Checking claims about Texas voting rights and fraud

An appeals court panel today agreed the Texas photo voter identification law violates federal voting rights.   We've previously looked into claims about voting in Texas.

Limbaugh claim about Austin effectively banning barbecue restaurants catches fire

Rush Limbaugh's drew a Pants on Fire for his claim that Austin is effectively banning barbecue restaurants.   That's not so--and ridiculous. PANTS ON FIRE!    

Texas Capitol placed facing south to honor the heart of capital

We love it when a reader claim touches off our hunt for facts.   That’s what happened when Christine Gilbert of Austin wrote that the Texas Capitol faces south to honor a battle at Goliad. Not so, we concluded, though Goliad was invoked at the Capitol’s dedication.   READ OUR CAPITOL FACT CHECK HERE.   Readers subsequently nudged that we missed a possible explanation; they speculated the building was erected facing south to catch the winds off the Gulf of Mexico. Details ahead...

Donald Trump over-counts U.S. 'illegals'

Donald Trump says he heard there could be 34 million U.S. "illegals."   PANTS ON FIRE, PolitiFact Florida found.   NEW: Pundit correctly says majority of Hispanic residents in the country were born in the U.S.   As of 2012, according to a federal agency, some 11.4 million residents lived in the country without legal authorization. Others put the number between 11 million and 12 million. MORE AHEAD:

Greg Abbott keeps five early childhood education campaign promises

As a candidate, Greg Abbott said the state should encourage quality preschool offerings and beef up math and reading instruction in early grades.   Before the 2015 legislative session ended this June, he signed several relevant measures into law.   On the Abbott-O-Meter, which tracks progress on the governor's campaign promises, we’re marking KEPT five Abbott campaign promises relating to early childhood education.

Tweets from 2015 Global FactChecking Summit in London

What happens when fact-checkers from around the globe gather in a single room in London? We've got your Twitter live feed.

Were Donald Trump, John Cornyn 'draft dodgers'?

In 2014, we found no substance to a claim John Cornyn dodged the draft.   Did Donald Trump dodge? PolitiFact just lofted a jump ball.   SEE THE TRUMP STORY HERE. SEE THE CHECK PER JOHN CORNYN HERE.   NEW: See our story showing tweets from the 2015 global fact-checking summit in London, HERE.