Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The most recent articles on PolitiFact Texas

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.

California, New York, Ted Nugent lofted in Texas gubernatorial debate

Greg Abbott considerably outpaced Wendy Davis -- 17 mentions of a reporter's first name to her one, unless we failed to notice a "Peggy" or two in their debate from a Dallas TV studio.   Ahem: Previously checked claims also bubbled up.

Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and slippery moments in debate

Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte each swung away in a Dallas debate. We spotted slippery moments.

City of Austin workers paid over $100K? Ye$.

One of the nearly 80 candidates for Austin City Council made a claim about city workers earning six figures.

"Capital Tonight" features PolitiFact Texas weekly

Paul Brown and "Capital Tonight" have been having us over to take questions. We share video proof (above).

Debate, TribuneFest: 'PolitiFact sometimes gets it right'

We heard fresh possibly checkable factual claims from this weekend's gubernatorial debate in the RGV and the interview sessions at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. At the fest, Republican lieutenant governor nominee Dan Patrick took issue with his latest Pants on Fire.

Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott say buenas noches from Rio Grande Valley debate

Davis and Abbott squared off in the Rio Grande Valley. Now we'll have fresh chances to expand their Truth-O-Meter records.

Greg Abbott mano a mano with Wendy Davis in Rio Grande Valley debate

It's not fisticuffs, but it's as close as we get in Texas politics. Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis debate today in the Rio Grande Valley. Warm up with some fact checks?

Abbott supporters offered subsidized trips to Rio Grande Valley

Greg Abbott is spending money to bring supporters to the Rio Grande Valley, where he and Wendy Davis are set to debate this week.

Ted Cruz on Obama and PolitiFact, 'an institution'

Ted Cruz invoked PolitiFact's Lie of the Year as a reason Barack Obama isn’t necessarily to be trusted.

Mike Collier reads 'fired teachers' into a fact check that didn't go there

It’s True Republican state comptroller nominee Glenn Hegar expressed pride in not increasing education aid. But Democratic nominee Mike Collier incorrectly said we made a judgment linking that legislative action to thousands of fired teachers.