Articles from September, 2012

Event to kill 80 to 90 million people, John Sharp says

John Sharp said that according to scientists, a future event will take the lives of 80 to 90 million people. Really?  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 2:41 p.m.

Texas Democrats shut out of statewide office longer than Democrats in other states

Joaquin Castro says Texas Democrats lead the nation in a losing-streak way.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Paul Ryan returning to Texas

Paul Ryan stumps in Houston this week. He’s met the Truth-O-Meter already.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.

PolitiFact Texas at the Texas Tribune Festival

We listened to speakers at the second annual Texas Tribune Festival. Hear anything we should check?  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.

Gary Johnson says he'll be on every ballot

The Libertarian presidential nominee said he’ll far outpace other third-party hopefuls by making every state's ballot. We find that's unsettled.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

UPDATED: Who pays taxes? Roberton Williams knows

Flipping channels, we came across a familiar expert speaking to how many Americans pay federal income taxes. Thing is, Roberton Williams has figured into numerous PolitiFact fact checks.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.

A record Texas revenue surplus?

A close observer speculates about Texas government likely having a record revenue surplus -- reminding us of our state budget  fact checks.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at 10:35 a.m.

Jerry Patterson: ‘We’re producing oil and gas, and the turtles are fine’

Texas' land commissioner says he was sued over drilling for oil on the Gulf Coast and protecting turtles, but won. And, he says, the turtles are fine.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Julián Castro echoes Clinton

Castro tracks Clinton about job gains on Obama's watch.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 5:59 p.m.

Readers sound off on time taken for mandated tests

Several readers looked askance at our fact-check on how many days Texas schools spend in mandated testing.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Sixteen Democratic convention fact checks (and counting)

By the time Barack Obama completed his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, PolitiFact researchers had completed 16 fact checks of Democratic speakers.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 10:48 p.m.

Julián Castro and Mitt Romney's advice to borrow from your parents

Julián Castro's keynote included what turned out to be a laugh line -- his claim that Mitt Romney advised college students to start a business by borrowing from their parents, if need be. Did Castro recap correctly?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.

Julián Castro and San Antonio's economy

Julián Castro, keynoter at the Democratic National Convention, aired a familiar claim about San Antonio's economy.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 7:11 a.m.

Julián Castro’s national moment

Four years ago, he bounced around Denver in relative obscurity. Tonight he’s got the coast-to-coast speaking slot that helped elevate a who’s-he state senator named Obama in 2004.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Break the email chain of fools

Like bacteria, chain emails can lie dormant for years, then pop up to spread again. Texas readers have alerted us to some circulating now, addressing tax on home sales, Medicare payments and an "unprecedented" Obama executive order. Inoculate yourself!

By Sue Owen :: Published on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.

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