Articles from December, 2013

Presenting: The top 10 PolitiFact Texas fact checks of 2013

In 2013, readers flocked to our fact checks of chain emails, statements about abortion and our report card for Ted Cruz. Hope you’re ready for the PolitiFact Texas Top 10 of 2013.

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

Fact-checking immigration: PolitiFact's year-end report

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed immigration reform, but it died in the House. Along the way, we rated plenty of claims on both sides.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Up and away with a faux fact check of Santa

We’re not bringing the Truth-O-Meter to Santa Claus. But a writer did.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.

Abbott defended education cuts in keeping with job duties

Davis says Abbott fought school districts in court and defended billions of dollars in education cuts. Yes, but…

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Sam Houston says he's practiced law far longer than Greg Abbott did before becoming attorney general

Attorney general aspirant Sam Houston says he’d have far more experience practicing law on taking office than incumbent Greg Abbott had when he took the job.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.

PolitiFact lie of the year probed on CNN

PolitiFact honcho Angie Drobnic Holan spoke with Jake Tapper of CNN about why Barack Obama's claim proved to be PolitiFact's Lie of the Year.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.

Cornyn, Davis tops among fact-checked statewide candidates

We’ve identified two Texas leaders--Cornyn and Davis. But we're not forecasting election results.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Gun homicides down after - not due to - 1996 Texas law

Running for lieutenant governor, Jerry Patterson claims that not only did predictions of "blood in the streets" fail to come true after a 1996 law let eligible Texans get licenses to carry concealed handguns, but firearms homicides fell 40 percent.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

Cruz, Obama vying with others for Lie of the Year

PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., is primed to name its lie of the year, which may have been uttered by Ted Cruz or Barack Obama. And don't forget the Readers' Choice award.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

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