Articles from April, 2011
During a lengthy conversation with the Texas Tribune, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas touched on at least four claims previously run through the Truth-O-Meter.
In a move to end "birther" claims that he wasn’t born in the United States, President Barack Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday. State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, remained skeptical.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has launched a presidential exploratory committee. We’ve previously explored several statements by the outspoken Republican.
With $830 million in federal education aid poised to flow into the state, the Perry-O-Meter tilted to Promise Kept on a pledge by the Texas governor to work with the U.S. Education Department to secure that money for schools.
President Obama’s interview with a Texas reporter and a poke at Gov. Rick Perry by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tickled the Truth-O-Meter last week. We also pondered the costs of cancer and whether Austin’s water has a dash of added toxicity. To the Flashback...
Boy howdy LBJ, we’re already edging toward the 2012 presidential election judging from a March claim that snagged our attention. We took up GOP prospect Mitch Daniels’ riposte that government workers in 41 states fare better than the taxpayers who support them. Of course, many possible candidates also are fair game for the Truth-O-Meter.
True: Readers sometimes question our conclusions. Maybe this will help. We’ve just posted an explanation of the Truth-O-Meter ratings to our home page.
Two "what-if" warnings and a compensation snapshot per the state’s thousand-plus school superintendents fluttered the Texas Truth-O-Meter last week. To the Flashback...
State Rep. Stefani Carter’s claim that the Beaumont school district has the state’s highest-paid superintendent caught our attention. Really? Our own spot-check — taking into account salaries plus benefits — revealed that at the least, the leaders of the Houston and Dallas districts get more ...
Textbooks? Check. Handgun? That prospect’s being debated at the Texas Capitol as lawmakers consider legislation allowing guns on campus--plus, we now read, a proposal letting legislators and others tote concealed weapons anywhere.
Our fact-checks about college tuition and the craft beer industry were reader favorites last week. We also checked how many Texas college students arrive academically unprepared and whether an Austin elementary school is rooted in the Texas Constitution.
State Rep. Van Taylor says you're more likely to get zapped than to be shot by a concealed handgun license holder. We weren't so sure.
When San Antonio state Rep. Mike Villarreal recently piped up about the growth of the craft beer industry, he stepped into familiar Truth-O-Meter terrain.
Our review of U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s comment about terrorists putting explosives into baby dolls was a reader favorite last week. But we also checked eye-catching statements by Sen. John Cornyn and state Rep. Sylvester Turner.