Articles from May, 2012

Gauging Republican beliefs about Obama

Our look at a Texas Democrat’s claim about Republicans and Barack Obama led a reader to point out a poll we’d overlooked.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Texas runoffs mean two more months of fact-checks

The top two vote-getters in the Republican U.S. Senate primary — David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz — are headed to a July 31 runoff. And theirs is not the only unsettled contest. That means about 60 additional days for the Truth-O-Meter to weigh candidate claims.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.

Texas runoffs mean two more months of fact checks

The Associated Press forecasts a Republican runoff in Texas for that party's U.S. Senate nomination. That means about 60 additional days for the Truth-O-Meter to weigh candidate claims. Runoffs occur July 31.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 9:53 p.m.

PolitiFact checked more than 30 candidate claims before Texas party primaries

We poked into more than 30 claims by, or about, candidates on the Texas party primary ballots, extending from remarks by U.S. Senate candidates through those by hopefuls for Travis County and Williamson County posts. Reminders dead ahead.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 28th, 2012 at 12:56 p.m.

A fresh untruth about tuition for undocumented students

We've posted our review of a fresh claim that a Republican legislator gave in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. Our look at this claim -- which caught fire -- reminded us we'd previously explored misconceptions about the Texas tuition law.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 5:51 p.m.

Austin’s KUT and PolitiFact Texas share one-year anniversary

With a gooshy cupcake, PolitiFact Texas and Austin’s KUT, 90.5 FM, marked the anniversary of weekly radio segments exploring Texas Truth-O-Meter items.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 7:11 a.m.

Craig James, fellow Republicans in U.S. Senate race deplore Obama's leadership

Republicans seeking a Texas U.S. Senate seat have questioned Obama's leadership -- with Craig James recently saying the president seeks to ban U.S. firearms. That claim is smoky.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 5:26 p.m.

Ron Paul stops spending; we'll keep checking

Texan Ron Paul is cutting off spending on his presidential campaign. The Truth-O-Meter carries on.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 5:02 p.m.

Leffingwell and fellow Austin City Council incumbents victorious

Lee Leffingwell and three fellow Austin City Council members won re-election Saturday. We earlier checked some of what was said leading up to the vote.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, May 13th, 2012 at 10:44 a.m.

Checking Austin taxes, affordability and a claim about a Rick Perry Republican lobbyist

Wondering if candidates for the Austin City Council are accurate about local affordability or taxes or their opponent's fealty to Rick Perry? We've checked several Austin-centric claims in advance of Saturday's city elections.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.

Mailbag: ‘It is all junk!’

Our check of a claim about testing dates in Austin’s schools drew some emails. Let’s open the mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Planned Parenthood versus the State of Texas

As the dispute over whether the state can exclude Planned Parenthood health centers from the Women’s Health Program plays out in court, we look back at two fact-checks of statements about Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the program.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.

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