Articles from January, 2013

A's the most common college grade?

An Austin opinion column led us to consider the prevalence of college A's.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

Rick Perry fulfills, achieves compromises on 54 percent of his campaign promises

The Texas governor has fulfilled, or compromised on, more than half the promises he made winning re-election.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 11:19 a.m.

Doggett v. Cornyn

Lloyd Doggett drew a Half True bead on John Cornyn’s mention of partly shutting down the government.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

Austin mayor's watery claim

Lee Leffingwell’s claim about water quality proved iffy.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

MLK, Romney and the GOP

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been central to two fact checks.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

Perry’s “phenomenal” False

Rick Perry proclaimed a "phenomenal" increase in school funding. It shakes out as a decrease.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.

PolitiFact Texas turns 3

The Austin American-Statesman's Texas-centric venture in fact-checking political figures just turned three.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

OMG! Welfare Death Spiral?! Read before you FWD or RT

A map making the rounds claims that "11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed." We smelled smoke.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

A $300 million fact check

As lawmakers convened, a state board authorized the release of millions of dollars for public schools--reminding us of a pair of relevant fact checks.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

Susan Combs on the Truth-O-Meter

The state comptroller has a Truth-O-Meter report card featuring two Flip-O-Meter checks.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Smoking out Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and Joe Straus

More than 100 times, claims by Rick Perry and two fellow leaders have met the Truth-O-Meter, sometimes to smoky results.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Did Washington say firearms ensured freedom from government tyranny?

Texas’ U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (in the news of late for his vote against re-electing House Speaker John Boehner), recently said on "Fox News Sunday" that Americans should be able to own military-style weapons "for the reason George Washington said a free people should be an armed people. It ensures against the tyranny of the government." That wasn’t quite what the father of our country meant, we learned.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Sizing up the Texas economy

How huge is the Texas economy? We checked a couple big ol' claims.

By Sue Owen :: Published on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

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