Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Articles from June, 2011

Kirk Watson “hearts” PolitiFact Texas

In a recap of the 2011 regular legislative session, Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin touched on redistricting, the state budget — and, repeatedly, PolitiFact Texas.

George Will “hearts” Rick Perry

Over lunch with Gov. Rick Perry in San Antonio, conservative pundit George Will developed a column extolling Perry’s potential as a presidential aspirant — and plowed into turf we’d previously worked ...

Mailbag, the sequel

We emptied some of our mailbag last week, saving blasts touching on obesity, Barack Obama and Ron Paul until now...

Latino power in Texas

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, recently wrote that the map of 36 Texas U.S. House districts advanced to Gov. Rick Perry by the Republican-controlled Legislature "diminishes the voting strength of the growing Hispanic electorate." Republican colleagues charged her with race-baiting. We rated Mostly True an earlier claim like Van de Putte’s...

Jon Stewart, Fox News & PolitiFact

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, fresh off having a statement about viewers of the Fox News Channel rated False, ascended Mount Fib (his words) in a segment of his Tuesday show.

Lawmakers, Perry stand up for incandescents

Texas lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry have taken a stand for the right of every Texan to buy Texas-made incandescent light bulbs. The proposal just signed into law reminds us that we’ve illuminated bulb claims before.

Mailbag: "It's no wonder you people are losing your jobs."

Our inbox was bulging with criticism, compliments and some choice words to keep our egos in check.

Rick Perry’s Texas success story

Gov. Rick Perry, who subbed in for Donald Trump at a New York dinner Tuesday, often touts his home state’s economic prowess. We’ve tested some of his claims.

Fact-checking the GOP debate in New Hampshire

Gov. Rick Perry won’t be there, but U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will, and we’ll be watching for testable statements.

Senate debate over, now the Truth-O-Meter

Four Republican hopefuls vying to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey made claims during a Wednesday forum that we’d checked before.

Texas no-fly zone?

Will the Feds make Texas a no-fly zone if legislators criminalize "groping" during airport pat-downs? Does purchasing an airline ticket buy you a background check? PolitiFact scanned these and other high-flying claims.

Leo Berman claim about Obama topped our charts

During the 140-day Texas legislative session that ended May 30, we tested claims from floor debates, press releases and advertising. But by far, our most-read article proved to be a check of state Rep. Leo Berman's statement about Barack Obama’s birthplace. Presenting the top 10 PolitiFact Texas articles from January through May...

Texas Democrats accused of maxing out U.S. credit card

The National Republican Congressional Committee says big spending by congressional Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Ruben Hinojosa and Henry Cuellar of Texas, pushed the nation’s debt to the limit. PolitiFact Ohio poked into that.