Articles from April, 2013

More voters turned out for Austin election of '73 than for latest election with mayor's race?

Bee Moorhead tweeted about Austin's local voter turnout being worse of late than in, say, 1973. Get out!

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Most Texas government workers got no pay raise from 2009 to 2012

An employees group says most state workers got no raises from 2009 to 2012. That checked out.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Hammond: Businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in Texas

Bill Hammond, who helms the Texas Association of Business, spoke up for business tax cuts by saying businesses pay 60 percent of taxes in the state. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

Perry says Obama yet to respond to 2010 letter on border security

In a CNN interview, Perry said Obama has yet to respond to the 2010 letter on border security he tried to hand the president on the tarmac of a Texas airport. We see smoke.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Al Qaeda camps with Mexican cartels? That's speculation, not fact

Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN that al Qaeda has camps south of the Rio Grande. That's speculative, we find.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Dewhurst: 45 days "lost" to state testing

David Dewhurst says Texas school systems lose 45 days to state-imposed tests. We did not find a firm factual basis for his figure.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.

Texas supports a show glorifying cheaters?

You never know what you’ll hear on the Texas House floor. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when a legislator said government props up a show glorifying cheating spouses.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

Further checking Ted Cruz on Medicaid expansion

PolitiFact in Washington took a longer look at a Ted Cruz claim about Medicaid expansion--and stuck with its original False rating.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Perry quotes Obama saying Medicaid ‘broken’

Rick Perry says Barack Obama called Medicaid "broken." That’s Mostly True.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Leffingwell says NRA members support background checks of all gun purchasers

Austin’s hizzoner gets the polls right on Americans, including NRA members, widely supporting background checks before all gun purchases.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.

Checking Texas shelters that euthanize dogs and cats with carbon monoxide

Kirk Watson said 29 Texas animal shelters use carbon monoxide to euthanize dogs and cats. That seems about right, though we also spoke with an official who said a rifle is locally preferred.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

Perry, Cornyn, Cruz and Medicaid doctors in Texas

Perry, Cornyn and Cruz stood behind a claim that only 30 percent of Texas physicians accept new Medicaid patients. Survey says otherwise.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.

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