Articles from August, 2011

Mailbag: Social Security as a Ponzi scheme

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stumping for president, has revived his description of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, a claim we rated False last year. It seems timely to share fresh reader missives per our judgment.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.

Rick Perry stands by book

According to an Aug. 28, 2011, Houston Chronicle news report, Gov. Rick Perry isn’t backing off his latest book. Good to know; "Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington" just helped us complete a fact check of Bloomberg pundit Margaret Carlson’s claim about Perry’s stances on Social Security, Medicaid and the federal income tax.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Rick Perry airs 2010 "lie of year" in fund-raising pitch

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, leading the field for the Republican presidential nomination in a recent Gallup poll, recently dispatched a fund-raising letter touching on some claims we’ve reviewed — including the PolitiFact National 2010 Lie of the Year.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Al Sharpton is fired up about Rick Perry

On MSNBC, Al Sharpton called Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign message "fact-free" and then offered up some Texas stats that we've checked before.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

Rick Perry and secession

Critics often say Texas Gov Rick Perry wanted his state to secede from the union. PolitiFact Texas has explored this--thrice now--and pinned what he really said.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.

Rick Perry's rural legend

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told crowds this week the government wants to require farmers to have a commercial driver's license before they can drive a farm tractor across a road. PolitiFact Texas checked it out and rated it False.

By Bill Adair, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 1:17 p.m.

Rick Perry and the Texas economy

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry now running for president, we review our fact-checking on claims about jobs and the Texas economy.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.

Checking Rick Perry

No one in Texas has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than Rick Perry, who's gotten more True ratings than anyone else in the state -- 10 -- while also leading in False (14) and Pants on Fire ratings (7). The just-declared presidential hopeful has generally fared well on our other meter, the Perry-O-Meter, which rates the fulfillment of campaign promises, though given his speech in South Carolina today we're also marking as a Promise Broken his repeated vow not to run for president.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Saturday, August 13th, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

Perry nails jobs claim

In a Texas speech, expected presidential candidate Rick Perry accurately pegged a claim about recent job growth in Texas while touching on claims we’ve previously found incomplete. Meanwhile, an Iowa group’s pro-Perry TV ad, posted to the right, offers an untested take on the job-gains topic.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.

Watson's online meeting hits on familiar themes

State Sen. Kirk Watson and his guests reflect on 2011 legislative session — and cover some ground previously trodden by PolitiFact Texas.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.

Dewhurst a career politician?

Tom Leppert, the former Dallas mayor running for the U.S. Senate, wasn’t impressed with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s joining the 2012 field of candidates. Leppert reacted to Dewhurst’s declaration by deriding him as a  "career politician." That descriptive of Dewhurst also has been levelled by a U.S. senator who’s backing another Republican running for the Texas seat.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.

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