Articles from May, 2011

PolitiFact Texas on the air

We've debuted regular appearances on a Dallas public affairs TV show and Austin’s KUT-FM.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Countdown to Perry for president?

Is the country ready for another Texas president? After repeatedly denying that he’d run for the nation’s highest office, Gov. Rick Perry changed tack, saying he’d consider it. Time to update the Perry-O-Meter...

By :: Published on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.

Rick Perry tours border with Fox's Van Susteren

Gov. Rick Perry hosted Greta Van Susteren of Fox News on the Texas border this week and talked about border security, the president’s recent El Paso stop and that Perry is "tempted" to run for president in 2012. We heard claims like those we’ve checked before.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

Perry keeps promise on eminent domain reform

More than a week before the end of the legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill limiting the power of governments to seize private property. That’s a Promise Kept.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.

Checking Obama, Paul, gas prices and border fence

President Barack Obama figured into our fact checks of gas prices and border fencing last week. We also looked into a comparison by GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul of Texas and Texas Democrats’ budget claims. To the Flashback...

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.

Is Tommy Lee Jones right on how much Texas spends on education?

Urging Texans to visit a website connecting visitors to their legislators, the actor says Texas ranks 44th in education spending per student. We’ve checked that.

By :: Published on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 2:47 p.m.

Is the border fence finished?

In his immigration policy speech in El Paso on May 10, President Barack Obama said the U.S.-Mexico border fence ordered by Congress years ago is "basically complete." PolitiFact checked that.

By :: Published on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 10:41 a.m.

Flashback: Obama, the Mexico border and Shariah law

Fact-checks of legislators and an Austin City Council hopeful blended last week with looks at President Obama’s statements while in Texas — plus our first review of a claim by the White House press secretary, Jay Carney.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.

Perry and Obama remain miles apart

The White House says Gov. Rick Perry turned down an invitation to meet with the president. We put that claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.

Fact-checking Obama and others on border claims

President Barack Obama made some testable claims during Tuesday's immigration policy speech in El Paso. But PolitiFact has previously checked numerous border-related statements.

By :: Published on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.

Ron Paul's belly ache, two Texas Pants-on-Fires

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, bellied up to a Half True claim in the first pre-2012 GOP presidential debate last week. In our fact checks, we rated a pair of other Texans’ statements Pants on Fire. To the Flashback...  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.

Fact-checking Ron Paul’s first debate

We're fact-checking several claims the Texas Republican made during Thursday's presidential debate in South Carolina. Check back to see how he fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.

Obama’s birthplace, a Perry promise, Texans gambling

Our look into a Texas legislator’s assertion about President Barack Obama’s birthplace proved our readers’ favorite article last week. We also marked a Rick Perry promise "kept" and probed Texans gamboling to gamble. To the Flashback...

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.

Obama promised to kill Bin Laden

With the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead, PolitiFact readers pointed out President Barack Obama's October 2008 vow to kill him. Is this the president's most significant Promise Kept?

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 10:31 a.m.

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