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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.

Lawmakers rock the Truth-O-Meter needle

Our meter moved from False to True last week.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Mailbag: “What a complete waste of newsprint.”

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

By :: Published on Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.

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!

By :: Published on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.

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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.

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.

By :: Published on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

Facts debatable? Truth-O-Meter says no

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

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

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.

By :: Published on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.

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.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.

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