Monday, November 24th, 2014

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

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!

Take 200 Texas fact checks, call us after Election Day

We figure we've done around 200 fact checks of Texas candidates and political figures leading into November’s balloting.   Ready to gorge?

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis on the Texas Truth-O-Meter

Election Day looms. So it's timely to recap some instances of the Texas gubernatorial candidates getting things right -- or wrong.   But you can see every fact check we've ever done of Republican Greg Abbott here.   See every check we've done of Democrat Wendy Davis here.

Debunked: Texas prisoner-cannibal didn’t request child for last meal

A Texas prisoner absolutely didn’t request a child for his last meal.

Muslim prayer rugs on Texas-Mexico border? No confirmed finds

David Dewhurst said prayer rugs were found in the Texas brush near Mexico.   That's not factually confirmed, we concluded, and ridiculous.

Greg Abbott claim about terrorist prosecution leads to Austin woman declaring husband's innocence

A fact check led to an interview with the wife of an Austin man awaiting sentencing on terrorism-related charges. In a news story, she says her husband was pressured into an overseas plan by federal operatives.

Wendy Davis wheelchair ad hammers 'Mostly True' claims

We didn’t rate the wheelchair ad.   But the Truth-O-Meter has chewed over two Wendy Davis’ claims in the spot.

Texas Department of Public Safety says whoa to California congressman's ISIS claim

It’s not often, we figure, that a Texas state agency openly clashes with a congressman.   But it happened this week when California Rep. Duncan Hunter said the Border Patrol had caught Islamic State terrorists crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

Dan Patrick misses on ISIS, Central America, scores on other charges about Van de Putte

Dan Patrick's fresh multi-part claim about Leticia Van de Putte's record had enough factual support to rate Half True. In his new TV ad, Patrick otherwise makes an ISIS claim that hasn't previously borne out.

September's popular fact checks include reviews of Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis

Our check of a Ted Cruz claim about crucifixions in Iraq proved our most-read article in September. But fact checks of Wendy Davis also attracted many readers.   September’s top 5 hits, ahead.