Articles from March, 2011

Is Perry keeping his promises?

Halfway through the legislative session, we decided to review Gov. Rick Perry's campaign promises on the Perry-O-Meter.

Lawmakers rock the Truth-O-Meter needle

Our meter moved from False to True last week.

Mailbag: “What a complete waste of newsprint.”

We fact-check lawmakers, while readers put us in check.

Meter moves on new Perry promises

When Gov. Rick Perry gave a speech about tempering frivolous lawsuits this week, we realized we earlier missed four of his campaign promises. To the Perry-O-Meter!

PolitiFact Week in Review

We checked statements about guns and the rainy day fund last week, as well as a claim about Jim Crow in the Texas Constitution.

Fact-checking Perry’s tele-town hall

During a conference call that reached thousands Monday night, Gov. Rick Perry said lawmakers will balance the budget without raising taxes. We’re tracking that promise, but we’ve previously checked other claims that Perry aired.

Austin's Lee Leffingwell survives debut at PolitiFact

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell survived his debut on the Texas Truth-O-Meter last week while statements from three legislators, a Democratic activist and a New York Times columnist also rocked the needle. Read on. It's the debut of the PolitiFact Texas Flashback.

Texas school districts combined are about the size of U.S. Postal Service

Counting all Texas school districts as one entity, you’re eyeing the fifth-largest employer in the world--one that’s about the size of the U.S. Postal Service. That’s the latest in a busload of education claims to face a Texas fact check.

Facts debatable? Truth-O-Meter says no

When lawmakers debate, factual claims fly--keeping the Truth-O-Meter busy.

Sweeping statements oft fuel fact checks

As fact-checkers, we sit up especially straight when someone connected to Texas politics makes a flat-out claim. Absolutes seem to holler for review.

Fact-checking columnists

Elected officials aren’t the only ones sounding off on Texas politics. We’re lately checking fast balls launched from the Big Apple.

Rick Perry wishes he was in ... Washington?

In a Fox News interview this week, Gov. Rick Perry said he wishes he was part of Thursday’s Washington huddle between President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon. He also bemoaned conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border, touching on hot topics we’ve fact-checked before.