Articles from May, 2013

El Paso "safest" large city in US? Hold fire

El Paso's county judge said the city is the safest burg of its size in the country. That sounded familiar--and flawed.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

Susan Combs knows the Truth-O-Meter

Susan Combs knows the Truth-O-Meter. That’s not so for all the prospective contenders to succeed her.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.

PolitiFact Texas marks two years on Austin's KUT FM

Once a week for two years, Austin's KUT News has talked through one of our fact checks. Cake time? Kind of.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.

Bill Hammond says only 25 percent of Texas high school graduates are college ready

A leading business advocate said only one in four Texas high school graduates is college ready. Really?

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.

Rick Perry, Sam Houston, slavery--and the Boy Scouts

Rick Perry, exhorting the Boy Scouts to continue excluding gays, analogized to Sam Houston and slavery on the eve of the Civil War. We wondered about that.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

Mayor warns of 1 million people “coming to town”

Lee Leffingwell said 1 million additional people are "coming to town." We took that to mean Austin.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

UPDATED: Grading Texas claims by, and about, Barack Obama

The president’s one-day swing to the Austin area gave rise to fact checks of, and about, him.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Mailbag: PolitiFact Texas's pants are on fire

We blew it, readers say, in rating Pants on Fire a claim about science and greenhouse gas emissions.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

Is Ted Cruz constitutionally eligible to be president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." PolitiFact Ohio dug in.

By Tom Feran :: Published on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Obama, Perry, Hinojosa and jobs, jobs, jobs

Barack Obama came and went. Rick Perry and a leader of Texas Democrats took the occasion to loft jobs-related claims--now fact-checked.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.

Top 10 PolitiFact checks of claims by, and about, Barack Obama as he hies to Texas

What better way to welcome Obama to Central Texas than walking through the most popular PolitiFact fact checks of, or about, him this year--plus they include a 2012 check of Romney.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Mailbag: PolitiFact Texas proves facts ‘are irrelevant to what you do’

A Texas congressman is silly, one reader writes. PolitiFact Texas writes as if facts are irrelevant, another says. Let’s open the mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

Is a new study of Medicaid a game changer?

A few weeks ago, we rated a claim by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that "expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas." Then, this week, a landmark study was published that addresses some of the same questions. Would it have changed our False rating for Cruz? We take a fresh look.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 12:37 p.m.

Cartoonist incorrect about last state inspection of Texas plant

A California editorial cartoonist said the state of Texas last inspected the plant in West in 2006. That’s not so.  

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

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